Wednesday, March 07, 2007
The high definition picture produced by the DV-981HD is further ensured by the fact that it connects to a high definition television set using a HDMI cable. To make matters even worse for Toshiba and Sony's stakes in the high definition digital video disc market, the OPPO DVD player is also much more affordable than devices that play HD-DVD discs and Blu-ray discs. HD-DVD players run about five hundred dollars and Blu-ray disc players run up to one thousand dollars (with the exception of the Sony Play Station 3 which serves as a Blu-ray disc player and runs between five and six hundred dollars- if you can still find one for retail). These prices are in stark contrast to the DV-981HD which costs about two hundred and twenty nine dollars.
Of course the danger that the DV-981HD poses to Toshiba and Sony is presented by the fact that it allows consumers to enjoy movies in high definition without having to take the risk of buying a high definition DVD player that has a good chance of becoming obsolete in the near future, and allows consumers to avoid the extra expense associated with buying both the more costly high definition DVD players and the more expensive high definition DVD's themselves that would be played on them.
It seems that the risk to buying a DV-981HD is that it's still a relatively new and unproven technology that will inevitably have bugs to work out of it. That said technology that can consistently and cleanly up convert standard definition DVD's to high definition resolutions will give consumers what they want at a reasonable price and end the high definition DVD format war with both Sony and Toshiba as losers.