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.
Excerpt: The world of home video is about to change with the introduction of Blu-ray and HD-DVD products. But before that happens, manufacturers are coming up with innovative ways to keep people interested in current DVD technology. We have seen players that feature media-card readers, support for DivX and other encoded media content and now DVD players that up-convert the picture signal to a high definition resolution such as 720P or 1080i.
Pros: Exceptional video quality; compatible with a ton of codec's and recordable media formats
Cons: Cheap looking remote and DVD tray; buttons on the remote are not backlit