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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
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>> Hi. I'm Matthew Muskovac, associate editor from CNET.com and this is the OPPO DV-983H. Now, this is an up-converting DVD player from OPPO, which is a company you may have not heard of. But over the last few years, they've established an excellent reputation for DVD players with great image quality. Now, if you look at the design on this, you'll notice that it's a little bit thicker and deeper than your standard slim-line DVD player that you may pick up from Wal-Mart for $60.00. One of the small nit-picks that we did have on this product is the remote. There's a lot of buttons on it, and they're cluttered together, which makes it a little bit hard to navigate by feel in a dark home theater. Now, as an up-converting DVD player, of course it plays DVDs, but it also plays some of the niche, high resolution audio discs, such as SACDs and DVD audio discs. Another thing you'll notice is that the connectivity on this device is excellent. If you look around back, there's an HDMI output, which can output DVDs up to 1080 P. There's also older connections such as component video, which is limited to 480 P, and S-video and composite. Some of the more interesting features are a USB 2.0 input so you can plug in a little flash drive and watch DivX movies or listen to MP3s. There's also 7.1 multi-channel analog outputs. If you have an older receiver that doesn't have HDMI, you can use this to get high-resolution audio from SACDs and DVD audio discs. Another thing you'll notice on the back panel is an RS-232 input, which will be great for anyone who has a custom-installed setup. Now, moving on to image quality. Image quality from this device was excellent. We looked at lots of test patterns and DVDs, and on lesser machines we would see things like jaggies or other kinds of artifacts. And we saw pretty much nothing from the DV-983H. Overall, this is one of the best standard def disc players that we've looked at. However, we do know that its high price is going to limit its appeal for most people and that budget video files can probably get a bang for their buck. I'm Matthew Muskovac, associate editor at CNET, and this is the OPPO DV-983H.
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