I am unhappy with my Oppo DVD player. The reason I even considered an Oppo is because of all the great reviews I read about Oppo online. I managed to find someone here in Canada that sells them online and purchased the 981. I soon discovered the whole macroblocking issue. After repeated attempts to resolve the problem through contacting Oppo customer service and my online retailer, with no positive results, I decided to ask the retailer to refund the purchase. Because it was beyond the refund date, they could not refund it but would allow me to exchange it for the cheaper 971 model which did not have the Farrouda processor. Unfortunately, I continue to have macroblocking problems which are quite annoying especially when watching dark scenes.It's not noticeable with animated movies as they look great as does the HDTV throught the digital cable, so I know it's not my new Toshiba Plasma display that's the problem. Now I'm stuck with an overpriced and poor quality DVD player. So buyer beware! I now want a Toshiba DVD player. After basing my first purchase on online reviews, like the ones here, I am sceptical. However, I do like to read feedback. I'm considering the A2. The reason I want to go with Toshiba, is that I feel confident it's a good name brand and should be compatible with my Toshiba display.