Thought I would post my experience and thoughts so far with the OPPO 983H
Two weeks ago while surfing the net I came across
DVDpedia 4.3, http://www.bruji.com/dvdpedia/
this was just the DVD catalogue program I was looking for and it also syncs to my iPhone. So set about entering in all my collection, very easy by the way. Job well done, but then I started to think of all those 842 DVD’s I have, how I now almost exclusively purchase Blu Rays, how I was missing out perhaps on making the most of my collection. That night, late, while surfing this forum I read Momaws review on the Oppo 983, so I them searched the web for other reviews 4 hours later I clicked a few buttons on the OPPO site, flashed the card and my new DVD player was on its way.
5 days latter oppo arrives at work and I set off home to see if it was a good idea!
Well packaged, not apple quality but love the cloth bag.
Unit is attractive, better in the flesh in my view, well made and with quality connectors’, looks and feels every bit of $469 worth.
Comes with high quality HDMI lead around 2m long, would seem a $60+ extra value right there.
Great manual, well written nicely laid out and in real English !
Hook up easy as, just HDMI and power. The included power lead is US but any standard computer type lead fits.
Turn on, set up takes only a few min as the manual makes sense and so do most of the set up menus. A few strange terms like “raw” for audio but other wise very easy.
1.Let the player bed in from new, I was a bit disappointed in the picture for the first 20min, but then it all started to get better and better.
2.After the above I can say this is a cracking player, I did some comparisons with my Sony S1e (blu ray) and my Denon 1920 and the Oppos is much better, but perhaps not in the ways I was expecting. The Sony for instance is actually not to bad a DVD spinner as long as the DVD has correct flags, where the Oppo kills it is in color and natural film like appearance not just detail. As for the Denon, not even playing the same sport. I have had good long looks at most of the better players and the Oppo would beat them all IMO.
3.One issue, no mosquito noise reduction.
4.Sound on the DVD played so far I would rate the best standard Dolby and DTS I have heard in my system.
So to sum up very happy all round with this spur of the moment decision.
I will report back in more detail after I have spent some quality time but right now I just want to watch a DVD
Came region free out of the box, with latest firmware
PS: big thanks momaw for you initial review