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Oppo OPDV971H DVD Player Review

by October 10, 2005
Oppo OPDV971H

Oppo OPDV971H

  • Product Name: OPDV971H DVD Player
  • Manufacturer: Oppo
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: October 10, 2005 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 199


  • RF AMP/Servo DSP/CD Decoder/DVD Decoder: MTK1389
  • Memory (Flash): 16M(bit)
  • Memory (SDRAM): 64Mbit
  • D/A Converter for Video: MTK1389 108MHz/12bit & CS4955 54MHz/12bit
  • D/A Converter for Audio: CS4360 192KHz/24bit
  • Loader: Sanyo Optics DV34S


  • Updatable via CD-Rom

Power Supply:

  • Input Voltage/Frequency: 110-~240V 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption in Standby: <1 Watt
  • Max Power Consumption in Operate: 20 Watt

Video Characteristic:

  • Video Amplitude VP-P (V): 1.0±0.2 (75 ohm)
  • S-Video Amplitude VP-P (V): Y:1.0VP-P/75 ohm, C 0.286VP-P/75 ohm
  • YCbCr: Y:1.0VP-P/75 ohm, Cb/Cr 0.7VP-P/75 ohm
  • Resolution: 720X480X30/NTSC or 720X576X25/PAL
  • Horizontal Resolution (TV Line): ≥ 450 lines
  • DVI: 480p, 576p, 540p, 720p, 1080i

Audio Characteristic:

  • Frequency: 20Hz~20KHz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >90db
  • Dynamic Range: ≥ 80 (1KHz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.01%

Unit Dimension:

  • 16.5” x 10 5/8” x 1 7/8”(420mm X 270mm X 47mm)
  • Net Weight: 2.5Kg


  • Excellent video performance when using DVI output
  • Basic DVD-Audio support
  • Nice small form factor


  • Component video outputs only support 480i
  • Atrocious manual that goes through the settings labels without explanation
  • Menu button on remote located out of reach
  • Sub-par bass management and distance delay options for DVD-Audio
  • Runs hot
  • Slow button response and cycle time
  • Inaccurate black/white level setting for factory default
  • Macroblocking enhancement bug present when properly calibrated


It seems as if everyone is talking about the Oppo (‘oh-poe’) OPDV971H DVD player. The main attraction behind this new player is its DVI output and ability to upconvert DVD source material to both 720p and 1080i (in addition to the expected 480p). It is also HDCP-free, making it a player that is compatible with both HDCP and non-HDCP equipped displays. On board Faroudja DCDi processing (via an FLI-2310 chip) makes for an even more impressive package as the picture coming off of this $199 DVD player can rival other players priced much higher.

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About the author:

Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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