Conclusion: By the end of 2004, there were changes visible on the horizon for DVD. The proliferation of HDTV's was creating a growing interest in players capable of upscaling video from DVD's to HD resolution, and the impending HD optical disc format war (Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD) was little more than a year away. The OPPO Digital OPDV971H rolled out in that environment at a price lower than most other upsampling players.
Excerpt: I recently purchased a Vizio 50" plasma TV that has an HDMI hookup option. The issue is that I hooked up both component-video and HDMI cables from my hi-def cable box, as well as the Denon DVD-2910 (remember that one?), and in both cases the component-video connection gives me a sharper, blacker (blacks), brighter color picture.
Excerpt: Introduction In this day and age, it seems everyone, short of your immediate family, is manufacturing a DVD player. However, with so many manufacturers throwing their hats into the ring, it can become somewhat daunting as to which player to buy. Sure, you can stick with the brands you know, like Sony and Denon (to name a few), but all too often, you may end up paying a little more for the name recognition than for the performance.