Need Help with DVD Buying

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by PeterST, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. PeterST

    PeterST Auditioning

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    Hi everyone
    I need some help with the purchase of a DVD.
    Right now I own a Pioneer Elite DV-09 and I am thinking of buying a OPPO OPDV 971H.
    Do you think I will get a better picture and sound. I 'll
    tell you about my DV-09 for those who are not familiar with it because of it's age.

    THX Certified
    *Urushi w/ Rosewood Finish


    Mechanical Features

    *All Copper Chassis & Internal Shielding
    *Aluminum Front Panel
    *Quad Layer Chassis
    *3 Box 4 Chamber Construction
    *Double Air-Lock Shield Door


    Performance Features

    *New Video LSI for improved data reading and improved Video S/N ratio
    *Exclusive Video Processing Circuitry
    *Component Frame DNR
    *Y/C Timing Adjuster
    *10 Bit Video Encoder
    *DTS Compatible
    *Twin Non-Switching Power Transformers
    *New Accurate Digital Servo for reduced Jitter
    *10 Bit Video Processing
    *10 Bit Video DAC’s
    *High-Bit Legato Link Conversion S
    *Dual 96K / 24Bit Audio DAC’s


    Convenience Features

    *Jog / Shuttle Remote
    *New GUI Menu System
    *Heads Up Full function remote
    *Bit Rate Display
    *Condition Memory


    Output Terminals

    *Component Video Output (DVD only)
    *AC-3 Bit Stream / PCM Optical Output
    *Gold Plated AC-3 Bit Stream / PCM Coaxial Output
    *Gold Plated PCM Coaxial Output
    *Gold Plated Analog Audio Output x 2
    *Gold Plated S 2 Video Output x 2
    *Gold Plated Composite Video Output x 2
    *Net weight 40 lbs.


    Thanks
    Slate
     
  2. John S

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    The Oppo is generally good. You should make sure you can return it if you do not like it.

    Your planning on going digital video to your display right?

    What display? Some are quirkier than others with the Oppo.
     
  3. PeterST

    PeterST Auditioning

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    Hi John
    Thanks for the Reply, I am using a new Pioneer 43"
    Plasma PDP-4360HD.
    Hope this helps.

    Thanks
    Slate
     
  4. John S

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    This is one of those funky resolution panels.


    I don't reccomend sending DVD via digital video to these x768 panels. I think I'd keep in on component and not do the Oppo in all honesty.


    These x768 digital displays just always seem best with their own internal scaler and de-interlacer.
     
  5. PeterST

    PeterST Auditioning

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    John,
    Connected to the Plasma I also have HD Cable box from our cable company(scientific atlantic) and I am planning on using DVI to HDMI cable for the picture,and coxial to my receiver(Pioneer VSX-27TX Elite) for sound.
    What do you think?

    Thanks
    Slate
     
  6. John S

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    Well it should be alright...

    No matter what on that plasma, it has to be converted so you are losing some of the benefit of digital video is all.

    You still get an all digital conversion though, just no way to get 1:1 pixel mapping with it.


    The Oppo has been problematic on x768 displays using it's DVI output from what I have been reading.
     
  7. Jay Tee

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    John - I too am thinking of buying a Samsung 937 with DVI and using a DVI/HDMI cable into my 50 inch HD Plasma. Are saying that the picture quality would be compromised in any way because of the cable conversion process? Would I be better off with HDMI to HDMI even though I have a receiver and would not be using the audio portion of the HDMI cable?
     
  8. John S

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    I should not give the wrong impression here.


    DVI / HDMi are beneficial, HDMI does have a slight egde over DVI.


    The native resolutions of True 16:9 digital panels are x720, there are also a large crop of x768 digital panels. To these displays you can never get a 1:1 pixel mapping anyways, so the largest benefit of scaling is lost with them is all.
     
  9. Jay Tee

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    John - So what are you saying - If one has a choice then they should buy HDMI to HDMI and forget the DVI concept? I actually reasoned that DVI should be best where there is a receiver involved because the DVI cable limited itself to only video. Please elaborate.
     
  10. John S

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    No.. HDMI is better because it will actually pass 10bit and even 12 bit color processing. DVI maxes at 8 bits. Not that many displays can take advantage of 10 bit and 12 bit processing, but for those that can it should make for a more vivid exerperience, maybe even help with some of the NTSC scaled to HD resolution macroblocking artifacts.


    The fact audio is in HDMI -vs- no audio DVI really has no bearing on the video quality what so ever.
     
  11. Jay Tee

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    John - Thanks heaps, that totally changes my mind in reference to selecting a DVD player.
     

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