High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource

Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource >
Rules HDTV Forum Gallery LINK TO US! RSS - High Def Forum AddThis Feed Button AddThis Social Bookmark Button Groups

SD DVD Players and Discs A place to discuss DVD players and discs including SD movie DVDs with the emphasis on upscaling to 720p/1080i. Please do not discuss Blu-Ray or HD DVD technology here.

Please Help THe New Guy Out..DVD Player Advice

Reply
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-10-2007, 08:19 PM   #1  
FRONTLINE ENT.
Thread Starter
 
Big Pauly's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 8
Default Please Help THe New Guy Out..DVD Player Advice

hey folks...

was wondering if you guys could give me your opinion on this player...

Panasonic DVDS53K (Up Converting DVD Player)

I'm a Plasma TV owner (just picked up a beautiful 50" Samsung)

I found out the hard way after going with the Sony DVP-NS75H that the damn zoom icon stays on the screen when you zoom in once ( I hate doing it but on 2.34 movies I can't stand to watch them stretched out)

anyways....I need to replace the Sony, it's shame because it's a great machine...but i can't have that still "zoom" icon on there the whole time

thanks for your time/help...

cheers
Big Pauly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2007, 01:30 PM   #2  
Overclocked at 4GHz
 
18 is # 1's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Forney, TX Where Dallas ends and living begins.
Posts: 1,619
Default

I don't know why you would get a player for about $150 (sug. retail) that gets mediocre reviews, when you can get and the Oppo 970 that blows everyone away! Okay, there mabe one or two that didn't like it. But Oppo will refund your money for 30 days if your not happy. Add to that, your ability to play most any audio format and its a slam dunk.

Last edited by 18 is # 1; 07-11-2007 at 01:33 PM..
18 is # 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2007, 04:06 PM   #3  
UNOTIS
 
unotis's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: FLORIDA
Age: 64
Posts: 4,139
Default

Yes, I would agree with that, the Oppo 970 or maybe the 981, that is if you are not interested in getting a new HD DVD player for $260.88 at Amazon with 5 free HD DVDs tossed in.

One of the two Oppos I mentioned are the upscaling DVD players I would seriously look at they can also play other regionally coded DVDs not normally able to be played here and they play CDs and SACDs also (if those are things you are interested in then another reason to look at them).

Now I expect Chris to come on and post some sort of rebutal to me even mentioning the superb Toshiba A2 HD DVD player (he hates that HD DVD exists and causes the format war).

Last edited by unotis; 07-11-2007 at 04:13 PM..
unotis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2007, 04:08 PM   #4  
My Projector is High Def.
 

Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Marlborough, MA
Age: 45
Posts: 7,087
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by unotis View Post
Yes, I would agree with that, the Oppo 970 or maybe the 981, if you are not interested in getting a new HD DVD player for $260 with 5 free HD DVDs tossed in, Oppo are the ones I would get.

Now I expect Chris to come on and post some sort of rebutal to me even mentioning the superb Toshiba HD DVD player (he hates the HD DVD exists).
That's the better way to go. If you value the 5 movies at $100, then the player is only $160.
mshulman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2007, 04:18 PM   #5  
UNOTIS
 
unotis's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: FLORIDA
Age: 64
Posts: 4,139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mshulman View Post
That's the better way to go. If you value the 5 movies at $100, then the player is only $160.
All true, but the Toshiba although a fantastic upscaler and it has the additional benefit of playing HD DVDs, it also plays CDs to audiophile quality, does not play regionally coded SD DVDs nor SACD or DVD-A discs.

To be totally honest here and try to help the new guy know all the pros and cons.
unotis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2007, 05:18 PM   #6  
How can anyone watch standard def?
 
viperdream26's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 18
Wink OPPO Players

Well both the OPPO 981 & 970 are both a universal player & can handle DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACDs, HDCDs, VCDs, SVCDs, & many other audio/video/picture formats. Also, the ability to play NTSC/PAL discs & easily make the unit region free are an added bonus.

While not recommended for most rear-projection TV's (especially RP-DLP's...due to the enhancement of "macroblocking" artifacts), the 981 stands out as one of the very top DVD upscalers...as evidenced by it's high-score on Hometheatrehifi's very own DVD Benchmark.

The only player that comes close or perhaps a tad better for DVD-upscaling are the Toshiba XA2 & Samsung BDP1200...because they both utilize the HQV Reon chipset (instead of the Fajouda in the 981 or Mediatek as the 970 uses.) Only thing is that their price is relatively astronomical & they are still subject to some limitations which the OPPO's are not.

BTW, the OPPO 970 does not enhance "macroblocking" like the Fajouda-based 981 & is easily recommended for any sort of television.

If you want a sharp, clean & upscaled picture...the OPO 970 is it.

On the other hand, the OPPO 981 adds a smooth, slightly-soft pit & polish to DVD's...making them a bit more "film-like." It may all come down to your matter of preference.

Good luck,

-DB.
viperdream26 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2007, 11:50 PM   #7  
We're caught in a trap...
 
samcan07's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 927
Default

DVD Players A place to discuss DVD players with the emphasis on upscaling to 720p/1080i. Please do not discuss Blu-Ray or HD DVD technology here.


samcan07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 08:13 AM   #8  
UNOTIS
 
unotis's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: FLORIDA
Age: 64
Posts: 4,139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by samcan07 View Post
DVD Players A place to discuss DVD players with the emphasis on upscaling to 720p/1080i. Please do not discuss Blu-Ray or HD DVD technology here.


Oh great, another person trying to make something out of nothing.

Just joking!
unotis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 11:18 AM   #9  
pjc
High Definition is the definition of life.
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by samcan07 View Post
DVD Players A place to discuss DVD players with the emphasis on upscaling to 720p/1080i. Please do not discuss Blu-Ray or HD DVD technology here.


well, since he's asking about upscaling DVD players and the HD-A2 upscales SD-DVD's, it's pretty effing relevant to the OP.

Post Police not needed here.

Last edited by pjc; 07-12-2007 at 11:20 AM.. Reason: toned down
pjc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 11:24 AM   #10  
UNOTIS
 
unotis's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: FLORIDA
Age: 64
Posts: 4,139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by pjc View Post
well, since he's asking about upscaling DVD players and the HD-A2 upscales SD-DVD's, it's pretty effing relevant to the OP.

Post Police not needed here.
I think samcan07 was just joking also.
unotis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 11:30 AM   #11  
pjc
High Definition is the definition of life.
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 2,139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by unotis View Post
I think samcan07 was just joking also.
Well, if he was, I appologize. I'm cranky today . Too many fanboy posts going round from all sides.
pjc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2007, 11:31 AM   #12  
UNOTIS
 
unotis's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: FLORIDA
Age: 64
Posts: 4,139
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by viperdream26 View Post
Well both the OPPO 981 & 970 are both a universal player & can handle DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACDs, HDCDs, VCDs, SVCDs, & many other audio/video/picture formats. Also, the ability to play NTSC/PAL discs & easily make the unit region free are an added bonus.

While not recommended for most rear-projection TV's (especially RP-DLP's...due to the enhancement of "macroblocking" artifacts), the 981 stands out as one of the very top DVD upscalers...as evidenced by it's high-score on Hometheatrehifi's very own DVD Benchmark.

The only player that comes close or perhaps a tad better for DVD-upscaling are the Toshiba XA2 & Samsung BDP1200...because they both utilize the HQV Reon chipset (instead of the Fajouda in the 981 or Mediatek as the 970 uses.) Only thing is that their price is relatively astronomical & they are still subject to some limitations which the OPPO's are not.

BTW, the OPPO 970 does not enhance "macroblocking" like the Fajouda-based 981 & is easily recommended for any sort of television.

If you want a sharp, clean & upscaled picture...the OPO 970 is it.

On the other hand, the OPPO 981 adds a smooth, slightly-soft pit & polish to DVD's...making them a bit more "film-like." It may all come down to your matter of preference.

Good luck,

-DB.
The Oppo 981 is the highest rated DVD player right now on cNet reviews. Compare the two reviews they have on the 970 and the 981, they will give you good points to both.

If I didn't love my Toshiba XA1 and the Toshiba A2 price drop, the 981 would have been my choice otherwise for a upscaling DVD player, I think the 970 is great value but cheaper looking and built slightly cheaper then the 981 (only you can decide if the 981 is worth the extra $79)

Last edited by unotis; 07-12-2007 at 11:34 AM..
unotis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2007, 06:20 AM   #13  
We're caught in a trap...
 
samcan07's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 927
Default

Yes, sorry, I should have made it more obvious that I was joking!!!




samcan07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2007, 02:23 PM   #14  
UNOTIS
 
unotis's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: FLORIDA
Age: 64
Posts: 4,139
Default

Now, I'm not joking!

I don't know if the OP will ever check out this thead again or if he's one that posts and runs off to never come back ever again (we do get alot of those).

But now you can get a new (not Refub.) A2 on Amazon for $231 and when you add in the 5 new HD DVDs, you basically break even.

Even though I think the Oppo 981 is a great upscaling DVD player, how could anyone not think the Toshiba A2 (which is a great upscaling DVD player also) for basically FREE (minus the $200 to $250 savings in HD DVDs) would not be the best deal going?

Unless being able to play SACD, DVD-A or overseas regionally coded SD DVDs is even more important to the OP, although he never even mentioned an interest in those abilities (I added that for Chris) he has previously made those a reason not to purchase a HD DVD player. over a Oppo.
unotis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2007, 11:52 PM   #15  
Overclocked at 4GHz
 
18 is # 1's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Forney, TX Where Dallas ends and living begins.
Posts: 1,619
Default

Some of us don't want to spend an additional $10-20 per disc on a technology that has not worked itself out yet (HD vs. BR). The extra $81 on discs is not a strong incentive for those of us that seek the 970 as a stop gap measure for the next several years (especially when we already have a sizable investment in the older SD technology). $81 is more than half the cost of the 970...
18 is # 1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Go Back   High Def Forum - Your High Definition Community & High Definition Resource >
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


to Please Help THe New Guy Out..DVD Player Advice
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blu-ray vs. HD DVD and DVD bruceames Blu-Ray and Ultra HD Blu-Ray Players 55 12-09-2007 06:51 PM
HD-DVD to launch on time. strawberry Blu-Ray and Ultra HD Blu-Ray Players 61 03-01-2006 11:12 AM
Should I get an upconverting DVD player? TheHinge Rear-Projection TVs 8 12-11-2005 05:33 PM
Multi-region DVD player advice... AXK SD DVD Players and Discs 5 03-15-2005 10:34 PM
Toshiba 52hm84 with a Toshiba 5970 up comversion dvd player problem JamesS. Rear-Projection TVs 0 10-22-2004 10:01 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:36 PM.



Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004 - 2018, MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands