|Brand Name||OPPO Digital|
|Item Weight||8.4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||17 x 10 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||DV-981HD|
|Batteries||2 AAA batteries required. (included)|
Oppo DV-981HD Universal DVD Player with HDMI, 1080p Up-Converting, DivX & SACD (2008 Model)
- Offers HDMI interface, with HD upconversion output resolutions of up to full 1080p
- Multiple playback formats, including DVD-Audio, Super Audio CS, Audio CDs, HDCD, WMA, and more
- Outputs in stereo, or in 5.1 surround sound
- S-Video out, digital coaxial, and optical audio outs
- Built-in equalizer, channel trim, and channel delay functions
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The DV-981HD excels in translating standard definition video stored on DVD discs to high definition format suitable for display on HDTV and home theater projectors. Featuring an HDMI output and DCDi by Faroudja video processing technology, it delivers a breath-taking picture with vivid color, fine details, and life-like picture quality. The player also supports high-resolution audio formats such as DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD (SACD) for enveloping acoustics. Designed for HDTV enthusiasts, the DV-981HD delivers exceptional core video performance as it improves picture quality with progressive scan, film mode detection, TrueLife enhancement and motion adaptive noise reduction. Available up-converted output resolutions include 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i and even true HD 1080p. The DV-981HD is also compatible with discs and TVs in both NTSC and PAL formats. Not only is the picture gorgeous, but the sound is equally impressive. The high bandwidth HDMI output enables transmitting multi-channel high resolution digital audio to a compatible A/V receiver or TV. Additional audio outputs include digital coaxial and optical, as well as gold-plated 5.1-channel and stereo analog outputs powered by a 24-bit/192kHz high resolution audio D/A converter. Its ability to truthfully reproduce sound from DVD-Audio, SACD, HDCD, music CD and Dolby Digital or DTS sound tracks makes the OPPO DV-981HD a true universal player. The OPPO DV-981HD is a tremendously versatile player and an official DivX certified product, offering compatibility with many digital audio/video/picture types and formats such as DivX video, Kodak Picture CD, Windows Media Audio (WMA) on CD-R/RW, DVD+/-R,RW and DVD+R DL discs. Its dual-laser optical pickup head ensures skip-free playback with excellent error correction. Boasting a stylish and sleek black casing, the DV-981HD is a perfect match for any high definition home theater systems.
The DV-981HD is the latest incarnation in Oppo's highly aclaimed line of upconverting DVD players. It offers an HDMI interface (HDMI Specification 1.1), with HD upconversion ouput resolutions of 720p, 1080i, and full 1080p. This is Oppo's most full-featured player yet, and as such, it's not a DVD player for people with regular analogue sets. While the DV-981HD doesn't offer component output, and doesn't output standard or native resolution, it does represent one of the best (if not the best) upconverting DVD players out there, and it's perfect for people with HDTVs up to full 1080p who aren't ready to jump on the HD DVD or Blu-ray bandwagen. In addition to excellent upconversion, the DV-981HD offers playback of a whole host of formats including DVD-Audio, Super Audio CS (SACD), Audio CDs, HDCD, WMA, Kodak Picture CDs, all version of DivX including DivX6, as well as Xvid, .SRT, .SMI, .IDX, and .SUB file formats.
The DV-981HD outputs audio in stereo or in 5.1 channel surround, either via HDMI, or through the included 5.1 analogue outputs. Other connections include S-Video out, and digital coaxial and optical audio outs. It features 24-bit, 192 kHz high resolution audio D/A converters, supports virtual surround in six settings, and has built-in equalizer, channel trim, and channel delay functions.
Farudgja DCDi Technology
Rather than trying to build their own upconversion technology for this machine, the Oppo DV-981HD the DCDi Faruja technology from Genesis Microchips. In addition to upscaling a DVD's native 720x480 interlaced video to 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, Farudja technology also detects content that has gone through 3:2 pull down to convert film content to NTSC for video, and recreates the original frames by blending the fields back together. It then processes for any edit mistakes and reconstrucs an accurate signal, producing an image free of motion artifacts. The unique DCDi algorithm can also identify moving edges within an image and adjust interpolation at a pixel level to create smooth edges for on-screen objects, eliminating the jaggy edges that commonly result from other upconversion techniques. Farudja processing also uses a proprietary "TruLife Enhancement" technology to identify transitions in the image considered to be details such as skin texture, freckles or hair, and enhance those to bring more detail in an image to life on the screen. This approach avoids image artefacts common with the peaking filter approach used by other systems for detail enhancement. The Farudja system uses temporal filtering for noise reduction, and can achieve 6 to 10 dB of Noise reduction without introducing artefacts or losing sharpness in the image.
- HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface: 1
- Analog Stereo Audio (Mixed 2-Channel Left/Right): 1 group (2 connectors)
- Analog 5.1 Channel Audio: 1 group (6 connectors)
- S/PDIF (IEC-958) Coaxial Digital Audio: 1
- S/PDIF (IEC-958) Optical Digital Audio: 1
- Composite Video: 1
- S-Video: 1
- No Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) on the DV-981HD model. This model is designed for use with a display device with HDMI or DVI digital video input.
Compared with Other Oppo DVD player models
At the time of this writing, Oppo also has the DV-970HD upconverting player, and their original OPD971H model. Of these three models, the DV-981HD is the only that upconverts to full 1080p, the other models offer upconversion to 720p or 1080i only. Both the DV-981HD and the DV-970HD offer Super Audio CD (SACD) playback, the OPDV971H does not. The other major difference to consider is that the DV-981HD and the OPDV971H both use Farudja processing for video upconversion. The DV-970HD uses a different upconversion system that may not be as full featured as the Farudja. For this reason Oppo recommends the DV-981HD, or the OPDV971H for use with larger screen HDTVs 50 inches or greater, while the DV-970HD is only recommended for HDTVs smaller than 50-inches. Oppo recommends the DV-970HD for use with external video processors or scalers, and suggests careful calibration of both the DV-981HD and the OPDV971H when used with DLP HDTVs. Both of these players are good for use with DLP HDTVs, but for the best picture, some setup time is required. For disply with a DVI input on your HDTV, an HDMI-DVI adapter is required with both the DV-981HD and the DV-970HD models.
What's in the Box
Oppo DV-981HD upconveting DVD player, a High-quality certified HDMI cable with gold-plated HDMI connectors, Remote control with "glow in the dark" keypad (batteries included), Stereo audio cable, Composite video cable, and User manual and warranty information.
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I've been using this player for a year now and I still LOVE it. My friend gave me a DVD with several movies in AVI and an XVid formats. Typically, I would have to watch these movies on my PC. I was pretty psyched to find that Oppo will play the files. When I popped in the disc, I see a blue menu with all the files. The player decodes each selected file and it had no problem playing 3 out of the 4 AVI files. For some reason, one of the AVI files won't play. The XVid file played fine. The quality of these compressed AVI files, as you can imagine, isn't great. But depending on the source of the AVI file, the output quality to a 46" HDTV is almost as good as a DVD and much better than VCD or VCR quality.
The major failing is the remote control. It is not backlit and has poorly arranged tiny buttons which are difficult to locate in a dark room. It is claimed that the buttons "glow in the dark" but this glow is so feeble that I need a small flashlight to help me find the buttons I want in my dim theater room. The important buttons you tend to use 95% of the time (such as Play, Stop, FF etc) are the same tiny size and shape as the rest of the buttons and are not distinguishable in any way, so you have to hunt for them. I will probably purchase a universal remote with back-lighting to replace the Oppo remote.
Another small problem is the inability of the system to recall where a DVD was playing when you stop the player and turn off the power. You are required to eject the disk in order for the system to recall the last played point. This is cumbersome. Or you can leave the power on (but this is probably not advisable if you plan to continue the DVD the next day or thereafter). Oppo could fix this problem with a firmware upgrade. I wonder why they haven't done this yet.
The positive aspects outweigh the annoyances, so I will keep the player. When Oppo designs a better remote then this will warrant a full five stars.
The picture on a flat screen 32" LCD HD Emerson. The dvd's i own that say "remastered" versions looked like i was looking out a window rather than at a tv screen. Previously i ha all kinds of problems with my dvd player telling me disc cannot be played, discs skipping mid movie, whole chapters not being playable, a disc i honestly thought was defective in a box set but everything i've thrown at this Oppo it has played and quickly too. You don't have long loading times when you first put a dvd in. I have picture cd's, avi discs, divx movies, mpegs on cd and this Oppo plays it ALL. I also found out my tv doesn't support full 1080p resolution so i'm only using the 1080i resolution and STILL getting a terrific picture.
I couldn't wait to try out the SACD decoder for an SACD 5.1 CD of Dark Side of The Moon and the sound won't play through a "Digital/Optical" Cable. According to the user manual it's not supported due to copyright resctictions of DVD-Audio and SACD. You have to use the 5.1 ANALOGUE channel output. It plays through the TV usng the HDMI connection just fine, just not the receiver withou the additional analogue connection.
The options available to you through the setup menu should fit anyone.
this player didn't take long to set up and just start watching movies.
Anything new is gonna take a little getting used to and is to be expected, but so far only having this a week or two i've never been happier with a dd player. I'm thinking a lot of the picture quality has to do with Oppo's True Life technology video processing which can be turned on or off. I reccomend keeping it on by all means.