Panny s77 or Oppo 970HD

Roger D

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I need help choosing between these two players. I can buy the Oppo new, or the Panny used 7 months for slightly less, but price difference is not an issue.

I plan to hook up HDMI directly to a Toshiba HD ready tv. Audio will be COAX to my receiver.

I know they're both well reviewed and I've read the Secrets shootout. I also see that the Panny has a higher score. But I still think the Oppo might be better since it's new and the Panny has been in the market for 2? years?

I'm not 100% sure I'll make use of 6ch SACD with the Oppo, but I'll definitely be trying it and that's what's leading me that way.

Can anyone make a recommendation?
 

Mort Corey

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The Oppo would be NEW with a warranty. It even comes with an HDMI cable. Once you have experienced a good SACD recording you'll be hooked.

Mort
 

John Garcia

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If you don't need SACD, you might consider the 971H even. As a stand alone player, it is actually a better upconverting player from what I understand.
 

Dave H

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The 971 does have better deinterlacing and scaling with Faroudja (however, both players share same MPEG decoder). However, macroblocking is a possibility with the 971 and it may have a bit softer image (depending on the display/output).

The 970 will be a bit sharper, but with somewhat less "finesse." Macroblocking no issue here.

Rumor is a new Oppo with better performance than either model is coming by the end of the year.

While I've used both Oppos, I haven't used the Panasonic S series. However, I'd be more inclined to go with the 970 especially if what you watch are mostly film-based DVDs.
 

Roger D

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WOW! Thank you for that unanimous response. The s77 is officially ruled out of my selection.

Now I just have to decide between the 970 and Oppo's newest player coming out this fall. I think I might jump on the 970 knowing that that new Oppo will be priced above the 971, but you never know...
 

Dave H

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You could buy the 970 and sell it. Oppos sell fast.

Also, keep in mind this new Oppo will likely be priced higher than the current models.
 

JGiampa

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You guys think that the oppo HD971 looks better at 1080i than the Samsung HD960 does at 1080p?

If so why is that?
 

Mike Romo

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Oh, great. I was just about the pull the trigger on the 970 but now I think I should wait to see what they announce! aieee!!
 

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