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989 reviews

Jan, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 989 reviews of OPPO DV-981HD. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the OPPO DV-981HD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 6 user reviews of OPPO DV-981HD from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other DVD Players on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: OPPO DV-981HD - DVD player - UpscalingOPPO DV-981HD - DVD player - Upscaling

Jan, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 907 user reviews of OPPO DV-981HD from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.6/5 for other DVD Players on

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Oppo DV-981HD Universal DVD Player with HDMI, 1080p Up-Converting, DivX & SACDOppo DV-981HD Universal DVD Player with HDMI, 1080p Up-Converting, DivX & SACD

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: Matthew Moskovciak (

Oppo DV-981HD review: Oppo DV-981HD


Intro Over the last couple of years, Oppo has garnered a reputation for making great-performing DVD players at reasonable prices. We tested and liked the Oppo DV-970HD , so we were definitely excited to get our hands on the company's newest model, the...

Excellent image quality; upscaling to 1080p over HDMI; attractive, understated black design; multichannel SACD and DVD-Audio over HDMI; DivX/Xvid support; aspect-ratio control; can be made region-free with a simple hack.

Worth it only for use with 1080p TVs with an HDMI input; no component video output.

Performing nearly as well as players costing four times the price, the Oppo DV-981HD is an unbeatable bargain for videophiles and enthusiasts.

Feb, 2007

Expert review by: (hardcoreware)

Expert Review


So by now you have figured that the Oppo DV-981HD sounds brilliant in theory. It has a ton of features, and is very well designed. But what good are all these features if they don't work properly? What if it chokes on deinterlacing? Is the upscaling...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Christopher Gavula (

Oppo DV-981HD Upconvert DVD Player


I have a large DVD collection.  I am not yet all that excited about investing in Blu-ray where I get to pay twice as much for each new title.  Although many HD televisions perform certain image upconvert functions (to improve the way standard TV and...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: L.A. Audio File (

Expert Review

May, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Boylan (

OPPO Digital DV-981HD Upconverting DVD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player


For those HDTV owners who prefer to take a "wait and see" attitude toward the next generation DVD format war, Oppo's DV-981HD will allow you to squeeze every last drop of quality out of your existing DVDs while you wait for a winner.

All in all, when watching DVDs on the OPPO DV-981HD, it was easy to forget that I wasn't watching real high definition material. Instead of a select few titles available on HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc, I got to enjoy all of my DVDs on a large screen 1080p...

Dec, 2007

Expert review by: Grant Clauser (

Review: Oppo DV-981HD DVD Player


If you just bought a new high definition TV with the latest HDMI connections you probably want to make sure everything you plug into it looks its best. If you're ready to place your bet on the new high definition disc war (HD DVD or Blu-ray) then stop...

When I hooked the Oppo up to an LG plasma the differences were much clearer. The upscaled picture looked sharper and punchier when scaled to the plasma's native 720p resolution. Edges looked smoother and details more realistic. The Oppo also did a...

Sep, 2007

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Oppo DV-981HD


With entry-level DVD players selling for around $49, some might question the wisdom of plunking down $229 for any new universal player. But what if we told you the player in question could compete with models up to five times its price in terms sound...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by: Dick De Jong (

OPPO DV-981HD DVD Player


As the current king of OPPO's well respected line of upconverting DVD players, the DV-981HD honors the crown with superb video and audio processing. The DV-981HD can expand a standard definition DVD to HD 1080p resolution, but it cannot playback high...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: (

OPPO DV-981HD DVD Player Review


Upconversion can look great. But from our experience, it cannot match the detail and richness of an HD disc played back on a HD-DVD or Blu-ray player. No matter how good the video processor, and OPPO's Faroudja is exemplary, you need to fill in too...

Apr, 2007

Expert review by: ConnectReviews (

Oppo DV-981HD upconverting DVD player


Excellent video quality., Free gold-plated HDMI cable., Great design., DivX-certified.

Ugly DivX interface., Poorly designed remote.

Feb, 2007

Product Specifications

The OPPO DV-981HD is the upconverting DVD player for the ultimate home theater experience. Built upon the highly regarded OPPO OPDV971H, the DV-981HD is ideal for high definition TV's and home theater projectors. The DV-981HD excels at making standard definition DVDs look great at high definition resolutions through the use of advanced upconverting technology that outperforms most TV's built-in upconversion capabilities. The DV-981HD makes it possible for you to enjoy your existing collection of DVDs as well as new DVD titles that will continue to be released for years to come.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): Yes
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: No


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface: No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Audio Decoders:Dolby Digital / DTS decoder
Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD / CD-R / CD-RW / DVD / DVD-Audio / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+R DL / DVD+RW / Kodak Picture CD / SACD
Search Speed:16x / 2x / 32x / 4x / 8x
Supported Digital Audio Standards:WMA
Type:DVD player

DVD Features

HDCD decoding: Yes
Picture Zoom: Yes
Picture Zoom Power:1.2x / 1.3x / 1.5x / 1/2x / 1/3x / 1/4x / 2.5x / 2x / 3.5x / 3x / 4x

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Player
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Manufacturer:OPPO Digital
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:OPPO


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: Yes
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: No
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
Super Audio CD Playback: Yes
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording:Not Applicable
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No
USB Recording: No

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No