OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player

HDMI - MPN: DV981HD
Product Details
Quick Glance
Media Supported Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DivX, DVD, DVD Audio, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, HDCD, SACD, XviD
Video Upscaling 1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Expert Reviews
OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player with HDMI, SACD/DVD-Audio, and Faroudja Processing
4.5 Star Review  about.com - Dec 31, 1969

The OPPO Digital DV-981HD bridges the gap between standard DVD quality and Blu-ray/HD-DVD, in terms of what you see on the screen. This DVD player brings out the most from standard DVD, courtesy of its on-board Faroudja video processing. In addition, HDMI connectivity delivers the possible signal from DV-981HD to an HDTV. Other features, such as DVD-Audio, SACD, and Divx playback add great audio and video flexibility. If you are looking for a new DVD player, to use with a flat panel HDTV and surround sound system, check out the DV-981HD. For less than $250 it performs as well as, or better than, more expensive units. For a more indepth look at the DV-981HD, check out my review.

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Oppo DV981 HD DVD Player
4.5 Star Review  hdtvsolutions.com - Apr 7, 2007

As the current king of OPPO's well respected line of upconverting DVD players, the DV-981HD honors the crown with superb video and audio processing. The DV-981HD can expand a standard definition DVD to HD 1080p resolution, but it cannot playback high definition DVDs. For those of you who still own a lot of SD DVDs or are not ready to make the commitment to either the Blu-ray or HD-DVD formats, the DV-981HD is a great option.

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OPPO DV-981HD
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Feb 8, 2007

THE GOOD: Excellent image quality; upscaling to 1080p over HDMI; attractive, understated black design; multichannel SACD and DVD-Audio over HDMI; DivX/Xvid support; aspect-ratio control; can be made region-free with a simple hack. THE BAD: Worth it only for use with 1080p TVs with an HDMI input; no component video output. THE BOTTOM LINE: Performing nearly as well as players costing four times the price, the Oppo DV-981HD is an unbeatable bargain for videophiles and enthusiasts.

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Best DVD Player
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player as a best pick for the Best DVD Player. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Oppo DV-981HD
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 26 expert reviews for Oppo DV-981HD and the average expert rating is 88 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for Oppo Digital DV-981HD DVD Player
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Dec 29, 2009

Video is Average according to 3 DVD Player experts. -- ""-hdtvsolutions.com -- "The DV-981HD itself has a Video Setup menu full of controls for Brightness, Sharpness, Contrast, and Saturation"-hdtvsolutions.com -- "Switchable NTSC/PAL output - automatic PAL/NTSC bi-directional conversion"-hometheater.about.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Audio, Formats, Usability, etc.

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User Reviews
Oppo DV-981HD Upscaller
5 Star Review   By member stoneyjb - Nov 25, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent upscaller, ease of installation.

Weakness: Flimsy Disk Tray; remote extreamly difficult to read.

Was able to hack my way through the setup without using the manual. The imagery is excellent. Wish they had made the remote easier to read with better contrast and larger fonts. Also, most of my other remote do not have codes for the Oppo.

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"What's An Oppo?" I Asked.....But Now I Know!!!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Excellent upconversion to 720p/1080p,plays many different video formats, plays PAL encoded discs, excellent picture quality

Weakness: disc tray doesn't slide all the way out, tray kinda flimsy

Upon getting a 37 inch LG LCD television earlier this year, I noticed standard progressive scan DVD player couldn't provide as good a picture as the TV was intended to bring. After searching stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. I tried the internet, and kept seeing the name Oppo. "What's an Oppo" I asked myself, never hearing of this brand of DVD player. However, upon reading all the unanimous reviews of how great this DVD player was, I decided to buy one back in May of this year. To date, I have been 100% very satisfied with this DVD player, and the excellent picture that now comes from my DVD's. This player will make you want to revisit movies like LOTR, Harry Potter,Toy Story, Star Wars, etc. all over again. It also handles PAL encoded discs, as I have two, and they look awesome with the upconverting. Now, this player has only S-Video and HDMI outputs (with Oppo providing a HDMI cable with their DVD player), so make sure your tv has either one of these hookups. At $229, plus free shipping at places like Amazon, Oppo is defintely a player to be reckoned with. Now I know what an Oppo is!!

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The Best DVD Player EVER (until the next dvd generation price drops
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Upconverts all DVD to 1080P via HDMI.Plays all kind of media.Region Free.DTS optical output.Stylish all black slim design with cool blue leds.Extraordinary Packing. Only $229.00(HDMI cable included).

Don't buy this DVD player if you don't have a full-HD(1080P) display; that's why it doesn't have a component video output. To make it region free: 1-Turn it on (without any disc). 2-Press setup on the remote control. 3-Press the following numbers 9210. 4-A grey screen will appear. Press the number 0. 5-Press setup again. DONE! Your OPPO DVD player is region free from now on. Obs.: you can revert it any time you want it. Just repeat the operation above and press your region number or the region number you want it, instead of 0.

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oppo -981HD
5 Star Review   By member jmaxc1999 - Jun 3, 2007   

Strengths: DCDi faroudja chip,firmware upgrades

Weakness: remote! but not a big issue,gets pretty warm when playing movies.

very impressed with this player has the same chip that the yamaha RX-Z9 flagship model has.(pissed off my friend who has it ha ha! he can,t upconvert dvd's to 1080 cause he doesn't have hdmi.)A true universal player,can't wait too see what the next oppo model bring(maybe a silicon optix chip!)pictures are sharp on 1080i. I can't wait to see what firmware upgrades comes out to even better improve this player.

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OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player
5 Star Review   By member mytearoom - May 31, 2007   

Strengths: Root menu option. 720p 1080i 1080p Up-Conversion. Dolby Digital and DTS DCDi by Faroudja video processing technology. Plays DivX, XviD, HDCD, WMA, Kodak Picture CD and a bunch of other Media types.

Weakness: none yet

OPPO Brings New Life to your standard DVDs. I choose this DVD player based on it's features and options, I just love it! Even the little options and features make this player an even better DVD player than the rest. Like being able to put a DVD in the drive and skip right to the root menu to setup the DVDs options and play the movie with out all the previews etc. I knew when buying this DVD player it was HDMI output I had no problem connecting it to my HD projector and turning off the audio option on the HDMI output and using the Optical output for audio to the stereo. Setup was super easy! The remote works great and is loaded with features and options others don't have on there remotes. The OSD "On Screen Display" works great. I'm amazed at the picture quality of the up-conversion this DVD player provides. The other 2 up converting DVD players I had don't even come close to the quality of this oppo DVD player. I've tried a bunch of different types of media PAL NTSC and many others like DIVX XVID WMV etc. I've had no problems playing any media yet. The optical audio output sounds great DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro-Logic II and Linear PCM support! No problems playing 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (wide-screen) DVDs. The adjustable video controls: Sharpness, Contrast, Brightness, and Saturation where set perfect out of the box no need for adjustment. I haven't played with the 3D Surround (Virtual Surround) audio options on the OSD: Concert, Live, Dance, Techno, Classic, Soft. Our stereo has these options. Other options that are very nice are the DVD tray is very strong and flexable it seems as though it won't ever break! "great news if you got kids" I have also found it super easy to browse photo Cd's and MP3 disc's. when watching a movie turning on/off the subtitles during movie is super easy just grab the remote and hit the button. same with changing a title or song on a CD or DVD CD you can skip right to the track you want. Tons of features & options awesome picture quality great audio! I highly recommend this OPPO DVD Player!

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Upconverting Dv-981HD DVD player
4 Star Review   By member barmaley - May 27, 2007   

Strengths: slim profile, nice look, 1080p upconverting, multi-region, plenty of formats

Weakness: overheat, can be picky with the media, on-screen menu

Generally is a very good unit that supports almost everything you can throw in. Quality of sound and picture is very good, nice up-converting to 1080p (most other do it to 1080i), easy setup (how hard can it be anyway). I found just a few weak parts and some of them are probably related to my particular unit. 1. The indicator's panel is a bit misaligned and bottom part of the symbols can be cut out of view under some angle. 2. Overheat. 3. The on-screen menu looks and feels very outdated. 4. Long names of the files are scrolling in a weird way. 5. Doesn't support other languages in file names.

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the best dvd player for reg. and hd tv
5 Star Review   By member polly06 - May 12, 2007   

Strengths: nice looking blue light,pict.clarity,sound selection,region free,ntsc/pal,

Weakness: can't read buttons on remote, so small,I've to wear eyes glasses to see which one play or stop or subtitle

this dvd player is hi-end with the cost of reg. player,lots of good review from pc world mag. it can play dvd movies from any regions. thanks to oppo teams that made good player, I did compared to pioneer 490v,696v could'n beat this oppo dv-981hd.I trie this player on reg.tv 480i,the quality of picture clearer than pioneer than I connected hdmi cable to hd tv, the pict. so sharp and crystal clear without paying hd dvd player price.

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Great DVD player, but no resume
5 Star Review   By member scottegos2 - Apr 26, 2007   

Strengths: Fantastic upscaling excellent tech support plays SACD over HDMI multi system (plays PAL & NTSC) simple to make region-free

Weakness: can't resume most of the time

Mostly, this is an unbelievably incredible player. Picture and sound are stellar. Setup is easy and it even comes with an HDMI cable! Also, it's one of the few (well, I don't know of any others) that will play multichannel SACD audio over the HDMI port (note: It decodes it on the player and sends it over the HDMI as multichannel PCM, not digital, in case you really care). The tech support was easy to reach, and they were knowledgeable about the product. My only complaint -- which is unfortnately a deal breaker for me -- is that if you hit the power button by accident or something then you have to start from the beginning of the movie again.

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Best DVD Player
4 Star Review   By member plai74 - Apr 5, 2007   

Strengths: DCDi by Faroudja; Upconvert to 1080p; DIVX6/XVID, MP3, SACD, HDCD; HDMI cable provided

Weakness: Flimsy Disk Tray; No Component Output; Ugly remote

I purchased this DVD player based upon the numerous glowing reviews. Upon receiving the DVD player, I was surprised the care taken into packaging. The DVD player was wrapped in a special velcro-enclosed wrapper. HDMI cable was included as well. I paired this DVD player with a Panasonic plasma HDTV (TH-42PX60U) via HDMI. Despite the limited resolutions of the HDTV, picture was still gorgeous at 1080i. When you think Oppo cannot trump their previous DVD player, they up the ante with this latest offering. This is the best player you can get without paying an exorbitant amount of money. Forget about Denon, Pioneer Elite, or other similar high-end components. This player has them beat. MSRP was $229 that can be purchased directly from Oppo itself or from Amazon. I purchased from Amazon to save on the shipping fee as Amazon can ship this without additional cost. The price was higher than most DVD players, however the ability to play multi-format and upconvert to 1080p can't be beat. Though a word of note, price of HDDVD price are dropping. A HDDVD player can be had for about $350. Until the Blu-ray and HDDVD format war has been settled it is a little to jump onto the HDDVD bandwagon. The ability to play DIVX was a plus. However, not all my DIVX files are capable to be played. I believe the problem lies in the fact that Oppo states in the manual that DIVX file encoded beyond a certain resolution cannot be played. I was little miffed by it as Oppo fail to disclose this fact except in the manual.

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Couldn't be Happier
5 Star Review   By member wickywoo - Mar 22, 2007   

Strengths: - Best picture quality I have seen from a standard dvd player - Sound is amazing - Plays pretty much any disc you throw at it - Includes HDMI cable - Great support from Oppo

Weakness: - Setup menus look cheap

It was difficult for me to take the plunge on this player initially due to the price, but I have not regretted it once since I've hooked it up. It truly does deliver on all its promises, and it was especially nice to find a player that took advantage of the 1080p option on my LCD. If you are looking for a DVD player while the current next-gen format war wages on, I strongly recommend this product.

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Product Details
Quick Glance
Media Supported Audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DivX, DVD, DVD Audio, DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, HDCD, SACD, XviD
Video Upscaling 1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Summary
Product Title OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player
Manufacturer OPPO Digital
Power Score 4.4 | 23 Reviews
Product Type
Disc Mechanism: Tray
Number of Discs Supported: 1
Video Quality
Video Format Standard: NTSC, PAL
Audio Quality
On-board Decoders: Dolby Digital 5.1-channel, DTS
Audio DAC: 24 Bit
Compatibility
Image Format: JPEG
Interface
Video Output: Composite (RCA), DVI (Unspecified), HDMI, S-Video
Audio Output: 5.1-Channel RCA (Decoded), Digital Coaxial, Digital Optical
Other Features
Remote Control: Illuminated Remote
General Features: Multi-Camera Angle Select, Multi-Language Select, Progressive Scan
Dimensions
Height: 1.6 in
Width: 10.6 in
Depth: 16.5 in
Weight: 5.20 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 1 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
SKU: DpgopoDV981HDUS
Description: DV-981HD Up-Converting Universal DVD Player
Video Features: Closed Caption, DVD Resume Playback, Motion Zoom (2x, 4x), Repeat Mode, Title/Chapter Search
Expert Reviews
OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player with HDMI, SACD/DVD-Audio, and Faroudja Processing
4.5 Star Review  about.com - Dec 31, 1969

The OPPO Digital DV-981HD bridges the gap between standard DVD quality and Blu-ray/HD-DVD, in terms of what you see on the screen. This DVD player brings out the most from standard DVD, courtesy of its on-board Faroudja video processing. In addition, HDMI connectivity delivers the possible signal from DV-981HD to an HDTV. Other features, such as DVD-Audio, SACD, and Divx playback add great audio and video flexibility. If you are looking for a new DVD player, to use with a flat panel HDTV and surround sound system, check out the DV-981HD. For less than $250 it performs as well as, or better than, more expensive units. For a more indepth look at the DV-981HD, check out my review.

Read the full review »

Oppo DV981 HD DVD Player
4.5 Star Review  hdtvsolutions.com - Apr 7, 2007

As the current king of OPPO's well respected line of upconverting DVD players, the DV-981HD honors the crown with superb video and audio processing. The DV-981HD can expand a standard definition DVD to HD 1080p resolution, but it cannot playback high definition DVDs. For those of you who still own a lot of SD DVDs or are not ready to make the commitment to either the Blu-ray or HD-DVD formats, the DV-981HD is a great option.

Read the full review »

OPPO DV-981HD
4 Star Review  cnet.com - Feb 8, 2007

THE GOOD: Excellent image quality; upscaling to 1080p over HDMI; attractive, understated black design; multichannel SACD and DVD-Audio over HDMI; DivX/Xvid support; aspect-ratio control; can be made region-free with a simple hack. THE BAD: Worth it only for use with 1080p TVs with an HDMI input; no component video output. THE BOTTOM LINE: Performing nearly as well as players costing four times the price, the Oppo DV-981HD is an unbeatable bargain for videophiles and enthusiasts.

Read the full review »

Best DVD Player
4.5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player as a best pick for the Best DVD Player. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Oppo DV-981HD
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 22, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 26 expert reviews for Oppo DV-981HD and the average expert rating is 88 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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ReviewGist for Oppo Digital DV-981HD DVD Player
2 Star Review  reviewgist.com - Dec 29, 2009

Video is Average according to 3 DVD Player experts. -- ""-hdtvsolutions.com -- "The DV-981HD itself has a Video Setup menu full of controls for Brightness, Sharpness, Contrast, and Saturation"-hdtvsolutions.com -- "Switchable NTSC/PAL output - automatic PAL/NTSC bi-directional conversion"-hometheater.about.com Read more to find expert opinions on more features like Audio, Formats, Usability, etc.

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User Reviews
Oppo DV-981HD Upscaller
5 Star Review   By member stoneyjb - Nov 25, 2007   

Strengths: Excellent upscaller, ease of installation.

Weakness: Flimsy Disk Tray; remote extreamly difficult to read.

Was able to hack my way through the setup without using the manual. The imagery is excellent. Wish they had made the remote easier to read with better contrast and larger fonts. Also, most of my other remote do not have codes for the Oppo.

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"What's An Oppo?" I Asked.....But Now I Know!!!
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Excellent upconversion to 720p/1080p,plays many different video formats, plays PAL encoded discs, excellent picture quality

Weakness: disc tray doesn't slide all the way out, tray kinda flimsy

Upon getting a 37 inch LG LCD television earlier this year, I noticed standard progressive scan DVD player couldn't provide as good a picture as the TV was intended to bring. After searching stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. I tried the internet, and kept seeing the name Oppo. "What's an Oppo" I asked myself, never hearing of this brand of DVD player. However, upon reading all the unanimous reviews of how great this DVD player was, I decided to buy one back in May of this year. To date, I have been 100% very satisfied with this DVD player, and the excellent picture that now comes from my DVD's. This player will make you want to revisit movies like LOTR, Harry Potter,Toy Story, Star Wars, etc. all over again. It also handles PAL encoded discs, as I have two, and they look awesome with the upconverting. Now, this player has only S-Video and HDMI outputs (with Oppo providing a HDMI cable with their DVD player), so make sure your tv has either one of these hookups. At $229, plus free shipping at places like Amazon, Oppo is defintely a player to be reckoned with. Now I know what an Oppo is!!

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The Best DVD Player EVER (until the next dvd generation price drops
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Upconverts all DVD to 1080P via HDMI.Plays all kind of media.Region Free.DTS optical output.Stylish all black slim design with cool blue leds.Extraordinary Packing. Only $229.00(HDMI cable included).

Don't buy this DVD player if you don't have a full-HD(1080P) display; that's why it doesn't have a component video output. To make it region free: 1-Turn it on (without any disc). 2-Press setup on the remote control. 3-Press the following numbers 9210. 4-A grey screen will appear. Press the number 0. 5-Press setup again. DONE! Your OPPO DVD player is region free from now on. Obs.: you can revert it any time you want it. Just repeat the operation above and press your region number or the region number you want it, instead of 0.

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oppo -981HD
5 Star Review   By member jmaxc1999 - Jun 3, 2007   

Strengths: DCDi faroudja chip,firmware upgrades

Weakness: remote! but not a big issue,gets pretty warm when playing movies.

very impressed with this player has the same chip that the yamaha RX-Z9 flagship model has.(pissed off my friend who has it ha ha! he can,t upconvert dvd's to 1080 cause he doesn't have hdmi.)A true universal player,can't wait too see what the next oppo model bring(maybe a silicon optix chip!)pictures are sharp on 1080i. I can't wait to see what firmware upgrades comes out to even better improve this player.

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OPPO Digital DV-981HD DVD Player
5 Star Review   By member mytearoom - May 31, 2007   

Strengths: Root menu option. 720p 1080i 1080p Up-Conversion. Dolby Digital and DTS DCDi by Faroudja video processing technology. Plays DivX, XviD, HDCD, WMA, Kodak Picture CD and a bunch of other Media types.

Weakness: none yet

OPPO Brings New Life to your standard DVDs. I choose this DVD player based on it's features and options, I just love it! Even the little options and features make this player an even better DVD player than the rest. Like being able to put a DVD in the drive and skip right to the root menu to setup the DVDs options and play the movie with out all the previews etc. I knew when buying this DVD player it was HDMI output I had no problem connecting it to my HD projector and turning off the audio option on the HDMI output and using the Optical output for audio to the stereo. Setup was super easy! The remote works great and is loaded with features and options others don't have on there remotes. The OSD "On Screen Display" works great. I'm amazed at the picture quality of the up-conversion this DVD player provides. The other 2 up converting DVD players I had don't even come close to the quality of this oppo DVD player. I've tried a bunch of different types of media PAL NTSC and many others like DIVX XVID WMV etc. I've had no problems playing any media yet. The optical audio output sounds great DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro-Logic II and Linear PCM support! No problems playing 4:3 (standard) and 16:9 (wide-screen) DVDs. The adjustable video controls: Sharpness, Contrast, Brightness, and Saturation where set perfect out of the box no need for adjustment. I haven't played with the 3D Surround (Virtual Surround) audio options on the OSD: Concert, Live, Dance, Techno, Classic, Soft. Our stereo has these options. Other options that are very nice are the DVD tray is very strong and flexable it seems as though it won't ever break! "great news if you got kids" I have also found it super easy to browse photo Cd's and MP3 disc's. when watching a movie turning on/off the subtitles during movie is super easy just grab the remote and hit the button. same with changing a title or song on a CD or DVD CD you can skip right to the track you want. Tons of features & options awesome picture quality great audio! I highly recommend this OPPO DVD Player!

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Upconverting Dv-981HD DVD player
4 Star Review   By member barmaley - May 27, 2007   

Strengths: slim profile, nice look, 1080p upconverting, multi-region, plenty of formats

Weakness: overheat, can be picky with the media, on-screen menu

Generally is a very good unit that supports almost everything you can throw in. Quality of sound and picture is very good, nice up-converting to 1080p (most other do it to 1080i), easy setup (how hard can it be anyway). I found just a few weak parts and some of them are probably related to my particular unit. 1. The indicator's panel is a bit misaligned and bottom part of the symbols can be cut out of view under some angle. 2. Overheat. 3. The on-screen menu looks and feels very outdated. 4. Long names of the files are scrolling in a weird way. 5. Doesn't support other languages in file names.

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the best dvd player for reg. and hd tv
5 Star Review   By member polly06 - May 12, 2007   

Strengths: nice looking blue light,pict.clarity,sound selection,region free,ntsc/pal,

Weakness: can't read buttons on remote, so small,I've to wear eyes glasses to see which one play or stop or subtitle

this dvd player is hi-end with the cost of reg. player,lots of good review from pc world mag. it can play dvd movies from any regions. thanks to oppo teams that made good player, I did compared to pioneer 490v,696v could'n beat this oppo dv-981hd.I trie this player on reg.tv 480i,the quality of picture clearer than pioneer than I connected hdmi cable to hd tv, the pict. so sharp and crystal clear without paying hd dvd player price.

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Great DVD player, but no resume
5 Star Review   By member scottegos2 - Apr 26, 2007   

Strengths: Fantastic upscaling excellent tech support plays SACD over HDMI multi system (plays PAL & NTSC) simple to make region-free

Weakness: can't resume most of the time

Mostly, this is an unbelievably incredible player. Picture and sound are stellar. Setup is easy and it even comes with an HDMI cable! Also, it's one of the few (well, I don't know of any others) that will play multichannel SACD audio over the HDMI port (note: It decodes it on the player and sends it over the HDMI as multichannel PCM, not digital, in case you really care). The tech support was easy to reach, and they were knowledgeable about the product. My only complaint -- which is unfortnately a deal breaker for me -- is that if you hit the power button by accident or something then you have to start from the beginning of the movie again.

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Best DVD Player
4 Star Review   By member plai74 - Apr 5, 2007   

Strengths: DCDi by Faroudja; Upconvert to 1080p; DIVX6/XVID, MP3, SACD, HDCD; HDMI cable provided

Weakness: Flimsy Disk Tray; No Component Output; Ugly remote

I purchased this DVD player based upon the numerous glowing reviews. Upon receiving the DVD player, I was surprised the care taken into packaging. The DVD player was wrapped in a special velcro-enclosed wrapper. HDMI cable was included as well. I paired this DVD player with a Panasonic plasma HDTV (TH-42PX60U) via HDMI. Despite the limited resolutions of the HDTV, picture was still gorgeous at 1080i. When you think Oppo cannot trump their previous DVD player, they up the ante with this latest offering. This is the best player you can get without paying an exorbitant amount of money. Forget about Denon, Pioneer Elite, or other similar high-end components. This player has them beat. MSRP was $229 that can be purchased directly from Oppo itself or from Amazon. I purchased from Amazon to save on the shipping fee as Amazon can ship this without additional cost. The price was higher than most DVD players, however the ability to play multi-format and upconvert to 1080p can't be beat. Though a word of note, price of HDDVD price are dropping. A HDDVD player can be had for about $350. Until the Blu-ray and HDDVD format war has been settled it is a little to jump onto the HDDVD bandwagon. The ability to play DIVX was a plus. However, not all my DIVX files are capable to be played. I believe the problem lies in the fact that Oppo states in the manual that DIVX file encoded beyond a certain resolution cannot be played. I was little miffed by it as Oppo fail to disclose this fact except in the manual.

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Couldn't be Happier
5 Star Review   By member wickywoo - Mar 22, 2007   

Strengths: - Best picture quality I have seen from a standard dvd player - Sound is amazing - Plays pretty much any disc you throw at it - Includes HDMI cable - Great support from Oppo

Weakness: - Setup menus look cheap

It was difficult for me to take the plunge on this player initially due to the price, but I have not regretted it once since I've hooked it up. It truly does deliver on all its promises, and it was especially nice to find a player that took advantage of the 1080p option on my LCD. If you are looking for a DVD player while the current next-gen format war wages on, I strongly recommend this product.

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OPPO DV-981HD a Sub $250 Gem
4 Star Review   By member dodge_law - Mar 17, 2007   

Strengths: Same DCDi chip by Faroudja for motion rendering/shading used by DVD players costing up to 4X; HD Up-Conversion to max 1080p; Universal DVD Player; SACD/DVD-Audio; 11-bit video DAC; vivid color/detail

Weakness: Cheap looking remote; HDMI to DVI not option to HDMI cable; lacks intuitive setup owner will break out the manual); lack of "handshaking" with your plasma/LCD to output highest native resolution

Impressive! This OPPO played all CD (including ripped/burned Windows Media content)/DVD content I threw at it--it may truly be "region-free." Fine tuning with the manual is tollerable. But don't take my word for it. Go to the OPPODIGITAL site and check out this beauty's genes (including awards and inductry recognition) and see for yourself how it fared in benchmark tests! On-screen setup is a breeze. Your plasma/LCD/monitor must have 1080p as a native resolution and be able to resolve every pixel in order for you to enjoy the use of HDMI with DVD "film" content. 16:9 widescreen is necessary to enjoy DVD movies in the format the directors/producers intended. You cannot rescale video content on the fly, sadly. You must stop your DVD briefly and press the HDMI button on the oddly cheap looking remote. The DVD player is, however, solid, modern and polished with adjustable blue lighting on the console faceplate. Price should continue to fall as CES 2007 showcased a newer technology with alternative algorithm for video scaling/motion rendering that even Faroudja himself has openly praised. Bottom line up front is that the colors pop if you set them to and the picture quality benefits from the Faroudja DCDi chip. Dolby Digital DTS is supported onboard for you audiophiles.

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upconverting
5 Star Review   By member sicu - Mar 8, 2007   

Strengths: allows one to watch DVD's and near Bluray, HD-DVD quality without shelling out $$$

Weakness: none so far

Overall I am very happy with this upconverting player. The picture quality is great. Hook was simple and remote control is easy to use. I do not find any of the parts to be flimsy which has been complained about Oppo products.

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Oppo DV-98HD DVD Player
5 Star Review   By member danekt32 - Mar 3, 2007   

Strengths: Amazing video quality, build quality more exensive than it seems, true videophile/neer reference quality

Weakness: Very minor, remote buttons not easy to navigate.

Hands down best DVD under $250. I'd wager it's as good as any non Blu-ray/DVD-V player on the market under $1000. If you own a 1080p display you'd be crazy to not consider this unit unless you opt'd for Blu-ray or DVD-V. Awesome.

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Awesome universal player
5 Star Review   By member poyang - Feb 28, 2007   

Strengths: Plays almost any DVD disc from any region. SACD, DVD-Audio, Divx, Xvid. 1080P upconvert.

Weakness: The tray felt a bit flimsy, and have became stuck sometimes. But press the open/close button a few times and it fixes itself.

Beautiful 1080P upconvert picture. Plays SACD / DVD-Audio discs through multi-channel output. The blue light on the player was really bright, but once dimmed it fit perfectly with other AV components. I bought mine directly from Oppo, and it was nice of them to throw in a free HDMI cable. And since the player does not have component out, HDMI is the only way to get the upconvert feature. Can use key code to make the player region-free, and that in itself is a big plus. Wish it could have USB input so I can use a USB flash instead of having to burn avi files on DVD-R. But that would put it into media center category.

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Oppo 1080p
5 Star Review   By member Maverick_Cool - Feb 25, 2007   

Strengths: * Nice picture and sound quality * Comes with a good quality HDMI cable * Very good quality at 1080p * One of the best among competition

Weakness: * No Component Out

One of the top notch players. The Oppo DV-981HD excels at what it is meant to do and does so at an unbelievable price. I highly recommend it for 1080p HDTV.

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Oppo DV-981HD Upconverting DVD Player
5 Star Review   By member hipperhiep - Feb 20, 2007   

Strengths: Exellent pictures.

This player is a perfect solution for anyone who have 1080p HDTV. It does a perfect job in up-converting normal DVD from 480i to 1080p. Friendly user GUI. Easy upgrade firmware. Can play PAL and NTSC with easy hack from the remote control. This is a cheap way to watch near HD quality from normal DVD without breaking your wallet.

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Oppo DV-981HD
5 Star Review   By member wildrover - Feb 6, 2007   

Strengths: You can tweak every detail. Great remote, would be nice to have a backlight on it but not a deal breaker. picture and sound is awesome.

Weakness: backlight on remote would be nice

I recommend this to anyone looking for a great 1080P DVD player without breaking the bank. Slick design, very slim, and sharp looking display as well. Menu is easy to navigate.

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