"A great imporvement from 970"5.0 starson by asvaberg
Pros: Picture quality, all round use, audio quality
Cons: difficult to find any
Summary: As long as you know this is not a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray player (Oppo does not try to tell you this is such a player though) - this must be far the best bargain for DVD and CD playback - including SACD, Audio-DVD and other filetypes.
It even fits with USB mass storage such as external harddrive, flash-memorystick or iPOD (the latter is interesting beacuse 970 did not recognize the iPOD when I connected).
As with the 970 the picture quality is excellent - this is also described in th cNET test.
However, I find it proper to comment the audio quality as cNET seems to forget that this is a truly remarcable good aurdio-playback device.
The chip for audio on 980 is newer and better than on the 970, and it has also been modified by Oppo.
I can absolutely recognize that Oppo have done a good job with this DAC.
Regular CD's sounds clearer, more open and fresher - however it is still up to you as user to decide whether you prefer to alter the EQ settings in the player - a very easy way via the on-screen menu. You can, as with the 970, choose between sound styles like rock, pop, jazz - and also give other charasteristics to the sound like 'livingroom', 'concert hall' etc.
My preference is "rock" and no other changes. This gives the sound more bass and more dynamic in the deliverance.
SACD sounds brilliant. I have to use mulit channel as I do not have HDMI in on my receiver. Still, it's a remarcable performane by the Oppo 980.
Audio-DVD have the same, fine audio delivery.
USB: this is what we in Norway would call "the raisin in the sausage" (it meens: this is the The Bonus). An average family today have so many audio devices, iPOD, mp3's, harddisks etc - and it is so easy to just plug them into this DVD player, use the on-screen meny and fill the livingroom with music. But not only that: the 980 is far much better in picture quality for photos. The pictures are larger and with so much better quality that I almost want to say that it is "useless" on the 970
Thank you, Oppo - I give you 10 points for this player as it must be the very best bargain for a DVD/CD player in this price range!
ps! the bag, the cables and the remote are almost the same as in 970 - brilliant!