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Old 11-01-05, 11:02 PM
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Is this DVD Player any good?

OPDV971H 1080i HDTV-Ready Divx DVD Player with DVI Output - http://www.oppodigital.com/
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Old 11-02-05, 12:34 AM
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Yes. Search on Oppo here, check AVSForums for more info, and look at Home Theater Secret's DVD Shootout. It's their #2 DVD player of all time, only beaten by a Denon that costs several times more than the Oppo does.
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Old 11-02-05, 08:48 AM
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I just ordered one last week, after a couple of months' worth of research. Hopefully I can hook it up this weekend...
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Old 11-02-05, 08:54 AM
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Looks like Amazon is having a 5% off sale on this until the 7th... http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00078GLJY

Of course that doesn't include the DVI-HDMI cable that you get if you order it direct so it might be a wash (if you need that)...


BTW I see it does PAL/NTSC, but is it region free? Am I overlooking that somewhere?

Never mind, found the answer
http://www.dvdtalk.com/features/004343.html
The player is compatible with both NTSC and PAL discs, and can convert PAL to NTSC and vice versa. Although set for Region 1 by default out of the box, it can also be made region-free in the service menu by hitting SETUP-9-2-1-0 on the remote and selecting Region 0, then SETUP again to exit.

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Old 11-02-05, 05:44 PM
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I was thinking of getting this dvd player but with the pos tv that I have it wouldn't do anything for me.
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Good call, lemieux

From what I can glean, the Oppo is great for one thing: its digital DVI output. (Which I, personally, can make use of.) Its composite, s-video, and component outputs are rumored to be pretty much crap.
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Old 11-03-05, 09:17 AM
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Not crap, just fairly standard and nothing exciting. But yeah, the only reason you would want this (or any other upconverting player) is if you're using the DVI out to a HD or ED set and are upconverting the signal. If you have a standard TV and are planning on using Component or SVideo, you're better off buying some $99 player.
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Old 11-03-05, 10:40 AM
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Which would be the Pioneer 285, $80.
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Which would be the Pioneer 285, $80.

Would you happen to know if the Pioneer has an optical audio output?
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Old 11-03-05, 11:34 AM
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Doesn't appear to http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_t...sterid=9311120

Audio Output: Digital Coaxial, RCA
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Old 11-03-05, 01:16 PM
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Just found a double-boxed Oppo, freshly shipped from California, on my porch at lunchtime. Probably won't be able to hook it up 'til the weekend.

I'll post back with my thoughts...
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Originally Posted by Fielding Mellish
Just found a double-boxed Oppo, freshly shipped from California, on my porch at lunchtime. Probably won't be able to hook it up 'til the weekend.

I'll post back with my thoughts...
I assume you ordered directly from Oppo? my Amazon stuff never seems to come double boxed.
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Yep. Besides the free cables, it comes pre-loaded with the latest-and-greatest firmware. In all, it seemed worth the extra 15 bucks.
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Old 11-03-05, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Fielding Mellish
I'll post back with my thoughts...
Please do. I've been considering purchasing a DVI-out player and this was tops on my list.

My one concern (very minor) is that is doesn't seem to play DVD-Rs, according to many reports (according to one review I saw). I don't ofen play DVD-Rs, but occasionally do. Of course, I could always use my Phillips 642 for that.

To anyone who has this, have you played DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs with any success?
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For those who ordered from Amazon the latest firmware is 25 Oct 05, instructions on upgrading are given here http://www.oppodigital.com/opdv971h_..._download.html Seems an easy enough process...
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Originally Posted by mbs
Please do. I've been considering purchasing a DVI-out player and this was tops on my list.

My one concern (very minor) is that is doesn't seem to play DVD-Rs, according to many reports (according to one review I saw). I don't ofen play DVD-Rs, but occasionally do. Of course, I could always use my Phillips 642 for that.

To anyone who has this, have you played DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs with any success?

From the info page about the new firmware
3. Enhance support for DVD+R Dual Layer discs

The player has better support for DVD+R Dual Layer discs. However the playability of self-recorded discs may vary depending on media and formatting software types.
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Originally Posted by mbs
Please do. I've been considering purchasing a DVI-out player and this was tops on my list.

My one concern (very minor) is that is doesn't seem to play DVD-Rs, according to many reports (according to one review I saw). I don't ofen play DVD-Rs, but occasionally do. Of course, I could always use my Phillips 642 for that.

To anyone who has this, have you played DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs with any success?
FWIW, I've had absolutely no problems playing any DVD-R or DVD+R. I've played a lot, so it's not like I've just had one disc and said it worked. They've also come from various sources, too. The Oppo has played everything I've ever thrown at it.
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The Pio 285 does not, coax only. Adapters are cheap, though.
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The Pio 285 does not, coax only. Adapters are cheap, though.

Whe you say "cheap", are you talking about the $30 ones or are there some that are less?
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Yes, there are ones that are less than $30. I think I've seen them down to around $15.
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Old 11-03-05, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by renaldow
FWIW, I've had absolutely no problems playing any DVD-R or DVD+R. I've played a lot, so it's not like I've just had one disc and said it worked. They've also come from various sources, too. The Oppo has played everything I've ever thrown at it.
Cool. Thanks for this info!
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Old 11-03-05, 09:23 PM
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thanx for all the responses, i think im getting te oppo now
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Old 11-04-05, 08:12 AM
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Got my Oppo last weekend and it played a few dvd-r's that I put in just fine as well, not too mention watching Ep. 3 this past week on it was pretty damn nice.
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Old 11-04-05, 11:23 AM
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My TV has an HDMI input.

You guys think this player will still deliver the goods with a DVI to HDMI cable? I have no experience with a DVI to HDMI 'converting cable'.

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Old 11-04-05, 11:41 AM
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Whe you say "cheap", are you talking about the $30 ones or are there some that are less?
http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd...number=180-960

It's even powered. Maybe $20 isn't cheap to everyone. I figure picture first on my list, so I think of this as cheap.

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DVI to HDMI should be just fine. The Oppo does very well, from what I hear, with DVI-HDMI conversion. The video really isn't changed at all with this process, just a pass through adapter. Just buy a DVI-HDMI cable instead of a DVI-DVI or HDMI-HDMI cable. Player probably comes with it, actually.
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