m2m, on Oct 16 2008, 10:40 PM, said:
Just a quick question for you -- or anyone owning both the 983H and the BD30:
For upscaling DVD playback, how does the BD30 compare to the 983H?
From what I understand the 983H is the king for DVD upscaling, but for a similar price (given our wonderful exchange rate at the moment) I could go for pristine DVD playback and no BR, or a BR player with XXXXX (insert apt description in comparison to 983H) DVD playback.
If the difference is subtle, I'd be more inclined to just get the BD30. If the difference is night and day, well, I'll have more deliberating to do
Thanks for any help,
This is just one persons view, however food for thought, the Sony 550 will cost the same or less than an Oppo and should be out very soon.
(note no SACD or DVD A though )
Sony bdp s550 picture quality
Okay, there's tons of audio information on the S550's Owner's thread, but not too many people are addressing the PQ. I found this quite frustrating because I wanted to pull the trigger on this machine. I finally lost patience and ordered the unit from ABT. It arrived earlier than expected in a nice double box today ( great price and service ABT!). So here goes:
I hooked the unit up via HDMI to a 60" Sony KDS60A2000. I also have an Oppo DV 983H hooked up to this set.
My first concern was to see how the unit upscales SD DVDs, as this is a major concern for many of us with large SD DVD libraries. Right off the bat, be aware that the S550 will NOT play the PAL format, and region settings does not factor into this.
I chose to start with a well mastered B&W DVD from the Perry Mason Collector's series, then later switched to color episodes from the collection (I have duplicate discs so I could run a nice A&B comparison between the OPPO and the Sony). Everything is set for 1080p, and I picked eight scenes that I know by heart. I'm somewhat obsessive when it comes to PQ and have a lot of patience when doing visual comparisons.
After two hours of viewing back and forth, I was pleasantly surprised how well the Sony upscales. It is in the same league as the Oppo and my Toshiba XA2 (After seeing the great results, I felt I had to get the Toshiba involved).
I would dare say that many would get fooled while doing a blind A&B comparison of the S550 with the OPPO or the XA2. I proved this several times today with my wife and three friends, two of whom are serious videophiles.
Being I was a HD DVD early adaptor, I swore I'd never get a BD player, but who was I kidding... But the fact is I have no BD discs and this machine came a day ahead of schedule, so I'm now off to Walmart to grab a few BD titles, and I will report back on the BD quality. I hope others will begin posting their PQ findings on this thread.
As of now, I can safetly recommend this player when it comes to upscaling SD DVDs. But I will depend on the Oppo for viewing PAL DVDs.