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November 25, 2005

Oppo Digital DVD is a fantastic newcomer

OK, it has not the nice look of up-market machines, the DVD tray recalls those sold by the ton at Ryman, its remote buttons are not back lit… in fact it looks cheap… and it is! Oppo Digital is a Mountain View (CA) company. It may be a newcomer, but the buzz goes louder and louder, since (look below at the specs) this device has been judged “one of the best players” by many reviews across the Atlantic , even if HDMI is missing. This, because Oppo Digital DVD allows upscaling. Face it, because of the current war of formats between Blu-ray and HD-DVD, it’s going to be quite a time before you use them, at least until the market chooses a winner. The Oppo OPDV971H DVD plays anything you want it to reproduce: it is compatible with DVD Video/Audio MPEG4, VCD, SVCD, CD, HDCD, WMA, DVDR/RW, CD-R/RW, and Kodak Picture. As for content, DivX, Xvid, VOD, .SRT, .SMI, .IDX and .SUB are provided. It can convert up regular DVDs to 720p and 1080p resolutions. The device uses the Faroudja DCDi chip, and it can reproduce all abovementioned formats at 480p, 540p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i resolutions. Conclusion: better be equipped with an HD-Ready TV. Last, it is delivered with a DVI cable. The pricing is very reasonable at £139.50 at ITSupplies so that, awaiting the final decision regarding your next Blu-ray or HD-DVD, you might well consider a good bet. Specs (source Oppo Digital) Hardware: -RF AMP/Servo DSP/CD Decoder/DVD Decoder: MTK1389 -Memory (Flash): 8M(bit)/16M(bit) -Memory (DRAM/SDRAM/SRAM): 32Mbit/64Mbit -D/A Converter for Video: MTK1389 108MHz/12bit & CS4955 54MHz/12bit -D/A Converter for Audio: CS4360 192KHz/24bit -Loader: Sanyo Optics DV34S Video Characteristic: -Video Amplitude VP-P (V): 1.0±0.2 (75 ohm) -S-Video Amplitude VP-P (V): Y:1.0VP-P/75 ohm, C 0.286VP-P/75 ohm -YCbCr: Y:1.0VP-P/75 ohm, Cb/Cr 0.7VP-P/75 ohm -Resolution: 720X480X30/NTSC or 720X576X25/PAL -Horizontal Resolution (TV Line): ≥ 450 lines -DVI: 480p, 576p, 540p, 720p, 1080i -Video Decoder Buffer Memory: 64M bits Audio Characteristic: -Frequency: 20Hz~20KHz -Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >90db -Dynamic Range : ≥ 80 (1KHz) -Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.01% Unit Dimension: -W x D x H: 420mm X 270mm X 47mm -Net Weight: 2.5Kg Visit Oppo Digital here



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2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

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