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Comparison of the DV-970HD and OPDV971H

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Oppo has seemingly cornered the market on buzz, becoming the “Apple Computer” of rumor and forum discussion. Following the success of their flagship (and still shipping) OPDV971H upconverting DVD player, they naturally felt inclined to release a new upconverting DVD player that also handles SACD – for $50 less. Now, before you fall off your chair and pull out your credit card, realize that this is a different player. Instead of the Faroudja video processing, this new player utilizes a different chipset and scores slightly lower in our video performance testing. However, for those using 42” or smaller screens or for anyone looking for a bargain upconverting player, it’s going to be hard to turn away the additional features provided by the DV-970HD. The new DVD player also offers USB audio capability as well as the ability to read flash memory cards. Both players sport the latest generation Oppo remote control and the reflective mirror-face of the original player has been replaced by a brushed aluminum finish with mirror trim.

Comparison of the Two Players

To illustrate the above differences we have prepared a brief table outlining the differences between the two DVD players:

Feature

OPDV971H

DV-970HD

SACD

No

Yes

DVD-Audio

Yes (analogue)

Yes (analogue/HDMI)

Digital Video Output

DVI

HDMI

HDCP-compliant

No

Yes

Component Output

480i/576i

480i/480p/576i/576p*

Chipset (deinterlacing/scaling)

Faroudja/Genesis

FLI2310

MediaTek

1392

Cross color separation

Yes

No

Noise reduction

Yes

No

2:2 pull-down

Yes

No

3:2 film pull-down

Yes

Yes

Finish

Mirror front

Brushed aluminum with mirror trim

USB & 4-in-1 memory card reader

No

Yes

Included cable

DVI/DVI-HDMI (6')

HDMI (6')

Audio output

Analogue/SPDIF

Analogue/SPDIF/HDMI

*will do 720p/1080i on non-CSS-encrypted discs

 

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