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- Product InformationMovie night just got better with the Oppo DV-981HD DVD player. It offers an HDMI interface with high-definition output resolutions of 720p, 1080i, and full 1080p for better picture quality. Outputs on the player include two analog audio, one analog surround, one composite, digital audio coaxial RCA, HDMI, and S-video. In addition, it features progressive scan and offers a resume function, parental controls, on-screen display, and a remote control for convenience and easy use. The player uses the NTSC and PAL video output system. It is important to remember that the product is only compatible with 1080p televisions. Without a component video output, the device will not work on an analog television.
- DVD TypeDVD Player
- Number Of Discs1
- Playable Disc FormatsDVD-Audio
- FeaturesProgressive Scan
- Playable File FormatsDivX
- Progressive ScanWith Progressive Scan
- Video Output SystemNTSC,PAL
- Video Upconversion1080i (HDTV),1080p (HDTV),720p (HDTV)
- Picture ControlBrightness,Contrast,Saturation,Sharpness,Zoom
- Audio DAC24 bit / 192 kHz
- Audio SNR100 dB
- Surround SoundDTS (Digital out only),Dolby Digital (Digital out only),HDCD Decoder,Virtual Surround
- OutputsAnalog Audio x 2,Composite x 1,Digital Audio Coaxial RCA,Digital Audio Optical x 1,HDMI,S-Video
- Remote ControlStandard
- On Screen DisplayYes: English
- Parental ControlYes
- Resume Function-1Bookmarks
- Weight5.2 lb.
- Exterior ColorBlack
- Release DateDecember
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- cjbonura46Oct 25, 2015by
Bought this primarily for SACD music. Could not ask for a better value.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Pre-owned
- stevenel57Feb 21, 2011by
Oppo DVD Player - ...Not Working...
This Oppo player is a non-Blu-Ray, but just about everything else player it does SACD's which most other DVD and other stuff players won't do. It also effectively doubles your on screen resolution through the use of: upscaling. One problem with the Oppo players in general is they are built to a price-point. In other words, they have a fixed cost for the "expensive" chips used in the circuitry, and to comply with the penny-pinching middle-management types as they tend to skimp on anything which doesn't show. If you compare the DV-981HD (list price $229.) inside with the Oppo BDP-83 (list price $500.) the DV-981HD power supply is much simpler. The DV-981HD uses one 3-terminal regulator and several cheap under-rated zener diodes, while the BDP-83 is chock full of 3 terminal regulators, five or six of them mounted on heat sinks. Another place where Oppo tends to go cheap is the Capacitors and Op-Amps in both the Power Supply, and in the audio section. This means that the DV-981HD and other similar older Oppo products (DV-970, DV-980, etc.) will start to fail after about one, or two years past the warranty period. In the Audio section, I noted that the input and output caps for the six audio channels were all capacitors of the same value, voltage and type. I thought this extremely odd, as usually a typical value for the input cap of an IC Op-Amp would be between 1uF. and 10uF. and the output cap going to the outside world, typically would be: 100uF or maybe 220uF. Well Oppo uses 12 caps of 47uF./16 Volts for all the audio sections, which I'm sure compromises the Bass Response in both of the Stereo Channels and the Subwoofer on the 5.1 channel outputs. The same thing is seen in the Power Supply, not the best caps, but some cheap caps - seen in several places. So Oppo saved a few pennies on caps for sure! All the Output dual Op Amps in the DV-981HD are Fairchild 4558's, a decent but rather cheap Op Amp, used on cheap consumer equipment, and costing well under 20 cents each in large quantities. Since the near-best of the best dual Op Amps are around $1.20 in production quantities, even with mediocre caps, the sound could have been the best it could be -- if Oppo had spent another two dollars, making those two of the three parts used top-notch. There are also mechanical shortcuts, the three motors used in the disc loader and DVD mechanism, seem to be similar and from the same supplier. That might be fine for the disc load and slide motors which get relatively little use, but the spindle motor which likely approaches spinning a half a million times a day - tends to wear out, according to Oppo Technical Support. So, the DV-981HD is a nice sounding, above average video-wise all disc player (except Blu-ray) but which won't sound quite as good as the higher priced Oppo's or anything not made to a stingy price point. Bearing in mind that the DV-970HD, DV-980HD, and DV-981HD tend to wear out after about 3 years use, those who know are currently selling them before the sets start to exhibit symptoms. Considering that these were primarily manufactured in 2006 and 2007, around 100% of sets soon will be dying, either now, or later in 2011 from both electrical and mechanical problems. Definitely worth considering at prices UNDER fifty bucks, as Oppo will repair it for a flat fee of $50. plus bothways shipping (figure ~$90. total) and then you have an above average DVD/SACD/CD player which should be running good for another three or four years. Read full review
- makana11-halfJul 01, 2011by
Blu-ray performance at a DVD price? This one's pretty close...
This is a great DVD player! If you've ever experienced issues like macroblocking, discs skipping due to minor scratches, or are just sick of tired of standard DVD giving you pixelation, look no further. This player has it all, without the blu-ray price! For those who have never heard of Oppo Digital, this company was the first to not only to match the infamous Denon brand for performance, but do it at a fraction of the cost. The final version of this series (Oppo Digital DV-983H) is the first and still ONLY DVD player to EVER get a perfect rating from hometheaterhifi.com (out of hundreds of players reviewed). Now that most companies have abandoned excellence in DVD player manufacturing to concentrate on Blu-ray, that record is likely to stay unbroken. To begin with, this player will give you a selection of switchable resolutions including 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p, depending on what suits your television. Because there is no component video output, you can be sure that Oppo Digital expended ALL its resources on making sure the HDMI output was top-notch. Don't you hate when you buy something with HDMI and even the composite RCA output looks better? Not this player. Sound quality is top-shelf on this unit. Dolby Digital and dts digital output give you the basic tools but where this player really shines is its ability to play Super Audio CDs. Like Denon, they paid attention to detail in both video AND sound. The outputs include Digital coaxial, optical, and even 5.1 RCA audio for older high-quality audio amplifier/receivers. This was an absolute must for someone like me who has HDMI on my television but no HDMI on my aging receiver. Yes, you can hook up both, and one will not cancel out the other like those cheap "all-in-one" systems you see at Best Buy. The front panel LCD on this unit is clear to read. I will not lie — to some the bright blue may be distracting, but for me, it was a relief. If a movie is going long, I don't want to squint to see how much more time is left. On that note, the remote control is backlit — an excellent decision by Oppo. For once you can play, pause and rewind without having to turn the lights on. The layout of the keys are intelligent as well. On the first movie played, I had mastered the keys before the film was finished. You can't get any more simple than that — without sacrificing features. I live in Hawai‘i, and the guy I bought this player from lives on the East Coast, so suffice to say, it took awhile to get here. But, boy, was it worth the wait! I certainly don't want to wait for the price of Blu-ray to come down when I can experience the awesome flawless upconversion of the Oppo Digital DV-981HD. Read full review
- mastervbguruJul 09, 2013by
An amazing up-convert player second to none.
This is the second Oppo DVD Player I have purchased (my first was the DV-970HD). Having setup up a Media room in my basement (and moving the DV-970HD player there), I needed a new one for the Family Room. The DV-981HD is an amazing product. Like its predecessor, it is second to none in upconverting DVDs on 1080 HD TVs (I have a Samsung 55" LED/3D TV). I own two (2) Blu Ray Players (a Sony Playstation and an LG BP620C 3D). Neither come close to the DV981-HD in upconverting DVDs. My wife purchased all three seasons of Downton Abbey on DVD, and they look absolutely stunning on this player. I would highly recommend this player to anyone who has a 1080 TV and an extensive collection of DVDs (or rent DVDs on a regular basis). It will breathe new life into them. You will NOT be disappointed. Read full review
- gonecatfishinSep 10, 2008by
Nothing beats HD, but....
Let's be honest here... HD on a 1080P television is incredible. SD on HDTV is not so much. However, with the right source, SD becomes watchable.The Oppo makes SD watchable on LCD. It does it very well, better than most and definately better than anything in it's price class. If for no other reason, this player is worth it for the de-interlacing alone. Amazing! My tv it turns out, does horrible de-interlacing. I thought it did fine, but Oppo reminded me that it does not, indeed, deinterlace all that well. Picture quality... Very nice for SD. As good as it gets, actually. Upscaling quality is dependent on source material, for example you can upscale a compressed, burned copy of and all you will get is a 1080P display of garbage. Throw in say, Star Wars and wow... Not HD but still, extremely nice. The sound is excellent, I would recommend users check the volume setting on their DVD players. This one actually has volume controls, they may have been set low for some reason. Macroblocking is a known issue with the Faroudja chipset, I have decided to just deal with it I guess. Some movies it is more obvious, and again it is somewhat dependent on source material. Animated movies such as "Simpsons" experience a lot of macro-blocking. YMMV. All in all, a very decent performer at a great price. Read full review
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