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Post 1 made on Wednesday January 17, 2007 at 21:02
frank52
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Has anyone purchased the OPPO DV-981HD 1080p High Definition Up-Converting Universal DVD Player with HDMI


$229.00 is a great price and with the ongoing war between BLU-RAY and HD-DVD it would not be a bad idea to buy one of these units until the dust settles.
Then again I do not want to throw over $200.00 out of the window!!

Fish


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Price: $229.00
Post 2 made on Thursday January 18, 2007 at 07:06
Daniel Tonks
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Well, it's not exactly a replacement for HD-DVD or Blu-Ray... SD is still SD no matter how high you scale it. :-)
Post 3 made on Thursday January 18, 2007 at 09:58
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I've had both a Cyberhome DVD player with HDMI-out that would upconvert (piece of cr@p), and now am using a Samsung DVD-R with HDMI-out that upconverts (very well). The Cyberhome was $80ish at Walmart a few years back, and the Samsung I bought recently at BestBuy for $179. It's on sale right now for $162ish.

Daniel is right, but DVDs sure do look better upscaled on a HDTV monitor than they ever did on an old-fashioned TV.

I'll buy a HD/BluRay player when they are $229. I might have bought a $499 HD DVD player recently until I realized NO PLACE in my town rents HD DVDs yet.
Post 4 made on Thursday January 18, 2007 at 19:05
Daniel Tonks
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Although I've also heard plenty of stories that if you have a high-end television *its* scaler is often just as good or better than the one in these inexpensive scaling players...
Post 5 made on Thursday January 18, 2007 at 20:25
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I notices a scrolling line on a G4 TV show saying the LG's new combo HD-DVD/BluRay players are available at a few compusa stores. Couldn't find it at their web site though.
OP | Post 6 made on Thursday January 18, 2007 at 21:52
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Thanks for your responses. I have been tempted to purchase a Toshiba HD player for $400.00 but the only thing holding me back is the idea that these companies are not sure which format will survive. Plus with my setup and layout I would need a 35' HDMI cable. Now you are talking about a few hundred dollars more.
$400.00 for a DVD player and another $200-$300 for a cable???
Sounds crazy.
Right now my Infocus displays a beautiful picture and the expense of HD and Blu-Ray not to mention the cables has me disgusted. I do not mine spending money ,even a lot of money for a piece of equipment but your are crazy to spend your money on something that might not be around by next year.
If there was one format or the agreement of both formats co-existing the prices would be lower. I didn't even mention the expense of the discs themselves....$25.00 to $35.00 a pop.
We better not hold our breaths about the prices dropping all to soon either because I have read where Blu-Ray and HD will not reach half of the market of consumers who have standard DVD playing until the year 2015.


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Post 7 made on Thursday January 18, 2007 at 23:15
Daniel Tonks
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Even a 35 foot component cable is pretty expensive.
Post 8 made on Friday January 19, 2007 at 08:51
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With regard to the HDMI cable, in a post somewhere in RC I saw a reference to a site called cablesforless.com so I tried them. I got a 25 ft HDMI for $45. It seemed like a good cable and it works perfectly. They do not have a 35 ft but they have a 50 ft that is $120. Personally I would not hesitate to buy it. So, they also have the same 2 sizes as everyone else...too short and too long. Here is the address for the HDMI cables:
[Link: cablesforless.com]
Mike
Post 9 made on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 07:25
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You can get a very well made 35' HDMI cable at Monoprice for $40:
[Link: monoprice.com]

The Toshiba HD players also have the best picture quality on standard DVD's than just about any player I have seen. I think they are worth $400 just for playing standard DVD's, the HD is just a bonus.
Post 10 made on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 08:47
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Frank, i currently own a older oppo with component out and its quite good. I think you can tell by he responses here and in other threads that HDMI is a problem child to say the least. My experiance with it hasnt been good. Id avoid it if you can. You wont see a difference . I wont buy a HD player untill prices drop to the 2 to 3 hundred level!
Never eat on a empty stomach!
OP | Post 11 made on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 10:35
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Thanks again for all of your responses.
I have been reading a lot about the BLU-RAY and it does not seem to be getting off the ground like Sony had predicted.
In the Home Theater arena at least.
They keep on talking about it taking off once PS 3 comes on the market....which it has and the dealers in my area are selling Toshiba HD-DVD players alot more than BLU-RAY because of the price of both player and cables.
How many of those people who bought a PS 3 are really going to go out and purchase a BLU-RAY player strictly for HT? These PS3's are really popular so much so that they are still unavailable at least in my area and the prices that some people are selling them for because they had bought two or more are really crazy.

Personally I really like the Toshiba HD DVD player. It has a great HD picture. It's cheaper. There has not been any shipping problems due to manufacturing, there have been no recalls on these things as with the BLU-RAY. Again they are cheaper!

Also I read that the next HD-DVD player from Toshiba has been teaming up with a company called Silicon Optics and the picture and sound are even better.
I am not sure when it is coming out, I think in April.

Yellowlt4........I have a Toshiba 5disc player now for five years and it is still running like a champ!!!
I also have a Sony 777 and it is a awesome player but when I did purchase it I had to return one because it was not working right.
Have not had a problem with the new one since.
Post 12 made on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 15:28
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If you go with an HD player, I would go with the PS3. It is an incredible machine. Also HD DVD is pretty much dead. You are right that BD did not have a great start, but it started much latter (Jul vs April). Had some hics (some bad mastering meaning some movies needed to be re done, players from other makers took longer to come to market, bug in the Samsung that took 3 months to get fixed...) and still it over took HD DVD in all categories before the end of the year.
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Post 13 made on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 15:56
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Ehhh, I don't think HD-DVD is dead. I think they're pretty much neck in neck right now.
LET'S GO BUFFALO!!!
Post 14 made on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 16:08
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who will win the race, the guy that started further down and caught up and is now surpassing or the guy that lost the lead he had at the beginning?
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Post 15 made on Saturday January 20, 2007 at 16:17
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HD-DVD is anything but dead.
Frank52,
The Toshiba player with the Silicon Optics chip is already out. They use it in the HD-XA-2.
It is the Reon-VX HQV chip. The same chip used in the high end Denon players.
It is arguably one of the best Hi Def machines out there. Also one of the best upscalers for S DVD's.
I picked up the XA-2 a week ago and absolutely love it.
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