Review (July 2008) - OPPO
By Kevin Nakano
Oppo Digital, Inc. located in Mountain View, CA has introduced the OPDV981HD HDMI-enabled DVD player, which is the successor to their highly regarded DV971H DVD player. The new DV981H has the same Genesis/Faroudja FLI-2310 video processing chip to handle deinterlacing along with the DivX Certified Mediatek MT1389 MPEG decoder chip. The DV981H has an attractive black finish and features a stylish low-profile chassis with a blue fluorescent display. The thin tray compliments the low profile design. Few buttons occupy the front panel and include Power, Open/Close, Play/Pause and Stop. The DV981H supports DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), DivX®, XviD, Audio CD, HDCD, and Kodak Picture CD formats. The unit has a built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoder along with a Soundfield (Concert, Living Room, Hall, Bathroom, Cave, Arena, Church and Off) and EQ (Rock, Pop, Live, Techno, Classic, Soft, and Off) processor. Karaoke fans will be happy to know that the DV981H works with karaoke discs as well. The unit has the ability to load new firmware updates with the latest features and bug fixes from the OPPO website.
In looking back at the earlier DV971H, the biggest strength of the unit was its ability to play virtually any recordable disc. While this may be less of an issue nowadays with so many players capable of playing recordable media, the DV971H did it without any issues. This along with the exceptional deinterlacing and scaling made it one of my favorite DVD players. Everything I admired with the DV971H is also on the DV981H and some of the shortcoming found on the earlier unit have been addressed. Pressing the front panel open/close button with the unit off would not do anything on the earlier model. However, on the DV981H the same action turns the unit on and ejects the tray. Also, pressing the power button with the tray open on the DV971H would shut the unit off while leaving the tray out. This has been fixed on the DV981H.
- Kevin Nakano
Mitsubishi HC5000 Full-HD 1080p LCD Projector
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