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Wondering if someone might be able to help me.

As I have a big collection of Standard Def DVD's, I am looking for a Blue-ray player that can simply pass-over the video signal to my AV Amp without tampering with it. My AV amp will have the ability to up-convert or up-scale the SD signal to 1080p for output via my projector.

I don't want to spend tons of money on a high end BD Player with all the bells and whistles. I was seriously considering the Panasonic DMP BD35 or BD60 but neither of these players is able to hand over the video signal coming off a SD-DVD to my amp without processing it. In other words they lack a source direct mode.

I'd like to know whether there is someone out there who knows how I can solve this problem without having to lay down the extra cash for a player like the Oppo BDP-83 just because it has the so called direct mode. I know the Oppo has a ton of features and is capable of loading Blue-ray discs much faster but I may not need those features and speed.

Any solutions or suggestions will be appreciated.

Alternatively, I'm wondering what kind results one would get if they used a Panasonic DMP BD35/60 to play SD-DVDs and hooked it up to an AV amp with a good up-scaler like the Onkyo TX-NR906 (or Denon AVR-4310). I'm of the opinion that a double up-scaling process would occur, once in the player itself and then in the amp. This double processing or up-scaling of the video might deteriorate the final video quality or may add artifacts to the final projected image.

Does anybody here have any knowledge or experience with such stuff ? :help:
 

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If the BD player were to upscale the DVD to 1080P, your AVR shouldn't do any further processing resulting in "double up-scaling".

I'm not immediately familiar with a blu-ray player that will pass 480i/p (unless you set that as the Blu-ray's output, which may be possible). Maybe someone else will have a suggestion.
 

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Hello,
What you need to look for are Blu Ray players which offer a "Source Direct" option. Not all players do.
Pioneer's middle and upper line player offer it. I am pretty sure most Sony's do as well. In addition the OPPO BDP-83 has Source Direct.

With Source Direct, the players outputs 480i for DVD and 1080p/24 for Blu Ray to your processor. For upsampling DVD's having Source Direct is huge.
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Well, there seem to be solutions but none that is cost effective. I am amazed that such a simple feature such as Source Direct is only available on mid to high end players.
 

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Well, there seem to be solutions but none that is cost effective. I am amazed that such a simple feature such as Source Direct is only available on mid to high end players.
I agree Sam, all players should have source direct modes and am sure it cannot be that difficult to implement into the players software...

But like I have said before all players should perform very similar when outputing 1080p24 BD and that the AV amps should allow source direct so the PQ gets untouched...
 

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I agree Sam, all players should have source direct modes and am sure it cannot be that difficult to implement into the players software...

But like I have said before all players should perform very similar when outputing 1080p24 BD and that the AV amps should allow source direct so the PQ gets untouched...
I totally agree with you, seems like I have no choice but to go for the Oppo BDP-83. Did not want to spend that kind of money but then there is no alternative ! :huh:
 

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What would be your alternative recommendation John ?
The Sony players are good VFM, especially the S360 and I have owned Panasonic in the past, but they are all very basic in comparison, if all you want is BD playback then maybe they would suffice?
 

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The Sony players are good VFM, especially the S360 and I have owned Panasonic in the past, but they are all very basic in comparison, if all you want is BD playback then maybe they would suffice?
Well if it was only a BD issue, then I would have settled for a Panasonic player. Need to solve the SD-DVD issue too and that is where the real problem is.

Thanks allot for all your help, it seems like I'll be going for the Oppo.
 

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I also believe (100%) that the new Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player has a Source Direct mode, without any processing,
a video pass-through. List price is $399, but less on the street. I thought you might want to know about that one too.

* But the Oppo BDP-83 is definitively the way to go. :T
 

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I also believe (100%) that the new Pioneer BDP-320 Blu-ray player has a Source Direct mode, without any processing,
a video pass-through. List price is $399, but less on the street. I thought you might want to know about that one too.

* But the Oppo BDP-83 is definitively the way to go. :T

Thanks for that information Bob, any idea how it compares to the Oppo BDP-83 ?

What does it lack compared to the Oppo ?

Also is it possible to get a mod chipped version (Region free BD & DVD) of the Pioneer BD Player ?
 

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Hi Sam,

Like I said, the Oppo is the way to go, mucho mucho better player, all the way baby. :T

* If you want to know how they compare, just check at Home Theater Mag, both players are reviewed there.
Me, I'll take the Oppo any day of the week.

The Pioneer is a very slow player as to loading time, navigation and firmware update.
The Oppo by comparison is light speed fast.

Sam, are you from the UK?
I don't have a clue about the Pioneer capability to be mod.
But I know the Oppo is capable. :bigsmile:

> And more about reviews of the Oppo BDP-83: http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-83/blu-ray-BDP-83-Review.aspx

Have a great day,
Bob
 

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Other than a multiple format player, why is Oppo all that much better? The video chip is top rated. But matched with a processor that has an equally impressive chip, i just cant see spending the extra $200 to possibly not even use this nice chip inside the Oppo. Couldnt you save the extra bucks on the Oppo and put that money into a decent processor instead? That is if multiple formats are not a big thing to you. Just asking?
 

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Other than a multiple format player, why is Oppo all that much better? The video chip is top rated. But matched with a processor that has an equally impressive chip, i just cant see spending the extra $200 to possibly not even use this nice chip inside the Oppo. Couldnt you save the extra bucks on the Oppo and put that money into a decent processor instead? That is if multiple formats are not a big thing to you. Just asking?
Hello,
Where the OPPO's price makes sense is if you are a collector of SACD/DVD-A's and really want an all in one player. In addition, the OPPO offers some of the fastest load times of Blu Ray discs on the market and excellent DVD playback.

All the same, if you do not own SACD's and DVD-A's, and are using an HDMI 1.3 processor to decode and process, there are certainly cheaper players out there that will do an excellent job as well.
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Hello,
Where the OPPO's price makes sense is if you are a collector of SACD/DVD-A's and really want an all in one player. In addition, the OPPO offers some of the fastest load times of Blu Ray discs on the market and excellent DVD playback.

All the same, if you do not own SACD's and DVD-A's, and are using an HDMI 1.3 processor to decode and process, there are certainly cheaper players out there that will do an excellent job as well.
Cheers,
JJ
Thanks,
As much as i like Oppo, I just cant see buying one because exactly what you posted.....

Cheers.....
 

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Other than a multiple format player, why is Oppo all that much better? The video chip is top rated. But matched with a processor that has an equally impressive chip, i just cant see spending the extra $200 to possibly not even use this nice chip inside the Oppo. Couldnt you save the extra bucks on the Oppo and put that money into a decent processor instead? That is if multiple formats are not a big thing to you. Just asking?
1. Are you looking for a nice blu-ray player with Source Direct mode? Meaning that you already have a nice VP (Video Processor) in your TV display, front projector, A/V Receiver or separate VP.

2. Or one with a nice Video Processor chip in it for less than $200?

* If yes to #1, the Panny DMP-BD60 does not have a Source Direct mode, but will do nonetheless.

** If yes to #2, again, the Panny BD60 is only $130 (street price).

-> Oh, and the BD60 is also adept to display a great picture from DVDs.
["And even from a component-video connection, DVD movies for the most part looked crisp."]

["The BD60 aced all of the HQV Blu-ray Disc tests. It also passed most tests on the DVD version of the same program, only coming up short on the Assorted Cadences torture tests. As expected given these results, the BD60's picture quality was uniformly superb with both Blu-ray and DVD movies by way of HDMI."]

*** The Oppo BDP-83 is mainly for a niche market; people that want a Universal Blu-ray player that also plays SACD, DVD Audio and HDCD encoded discs. Plus it also happens to have a great Video Processor too (Anchor Bay ABT2010), with various video adjustments. And the front face is not made of plastic, but solid aluminium. And it looks cool too. And it performs with excellence. And it operates quickly with fast loading and good navigation. Plus the firmware updates are also fast. Plus you get great service from Oppo customer support.
In addition, the BDP-83 does not cut corners on it's HDMI audio implementation for SACD playback.
And it uses Cirrus Logic Dacs in it's multichannel (CS4382A) & stereo (CS4398) analog sections.
Oh, and did I say that it has a great picture and sound on anything you throw at it.
Finally, at only $499, it is THEE VERY BEST VALUE on a Universal Blu-ray Player in the WHOLE WORLD, period!

))) Makes any sense? I guess it's a question of choosing your poison for your particular need, with the best method to kill your system in the most effective way... Killer system!... :bigsmile:
 

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You certainly don't have to sell the Oppo to me. Ive been a fan for years. And they are a OEM company to boot. I don't have a single SACD. And at this point don't plan to start buying those. I have tons of CD's as do most people. I do like to listen to music in 2 channel, but there again, i cant afford a sweet HT and a sweet 2 channel system. So i use my 5 channel amp and use my processor for 2 channel. If i wasn't in need of a processor upgrade, the Oppo would make sense. So this leaves the direct source option in the Oppo. A good feature.

The OP (Sam Ash) might consider a AV receiver or processor that has the HDMI by pass instead of the direct source Oppo. Of course this all depends on money. Will it cost more to buy the Oppo and use the direct source feature or will it cost more to find a processor with HDMI by pass? I guess it doesn't really matter where you upscale at but its confusing sometimes where to do it for the best performance and least price. Spending double on chips and only using one of them is a shame.

So for those that already have a decent chip say in the processor and has HDMI by pass and can answer YES to Question 1 and don't need a multi source player I'm thinking the BD80 with 5.1/7/1 analog outputs or the BD60.

For Blu-Ray movies decide if you want the player to upscale and use the HDMI by pass on the processor (which as stated the BD60 is as good/better as the Oppo) or set up the BD player to output 480i/p for SD disks and let the processor upscale to 1080p. This is where i asked about the $200 difference for the Oppo was worth it or not.

As the OP (Sam Ash) asked about double upscaling, this is another option that could be more affordable than buying the Oppo just for the direct source feature.
 

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Oh, I'm not selling anything to anyone, I just gave an honest simple opinion, just like you just did here above.
And that is the goodness of forums like these, more info for people, so they can make their own choice.

I like your post, and I think it's very positive for Sam (our OP). Thanks. :T
 

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Thanks Lord. Trying to figure out where to spend your money in this game is very hard to do. And actually very confusing. Luckily for people like us we understand this and just don't head out to the local box store and buy something and wonder later why things don't work.

Fwiw, a good buddy of mine was a Beta Tester for the Oppo BD83. It was pretty neat listening to his comments of the machine during the testing phase and then watching Oppo make the required adjustments. Another reason Oppo is a nice choice.
 
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