OPPO Digital DV-970HD User Manual

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DVD PLAYER

DV-970HD

ADVANCED SETUP GUIDE

A SUPPLEMENT TO THE USER MANUAL

Table of Contents

Table of Contents................................................................................

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HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE...................................................................

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Using the DVD Setup Menu System...............................................................................................

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SETTING UP THE PLAYER: BASICS....................................................

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Use the Best Available Video Connection.....................................................................................

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Determine Your Display Type ........................................................................................................

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Use the Best Available Audio Connection.....................................................................................

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Connections for Most CD or DVD Playback .................................................................................................................

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But, Wait – I Have HDMI!..............................................................................................................................................

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Connections for Non-Dolby Digital/DTS Receivers, DVD-Audio and SACD ................................................................

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SETTING UP THE PLAYER: ADVANCED..............................................

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Setup Menu Options .......................................................................................................................

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Entering the Setup Menu System .................................................................................................................................

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General Setup Page......................................................................................................................

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Speaker Setup Page .....................................................................................................................

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Audio Setup Page .........................................................................................................................

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Video Setup Page .........................................................................................................................

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Preference Page ...........................................................................................................................

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HOW TO USE THIS GUIDE

This guide is written in a very procedural manner. Unlike most User Manuals which read like dictionaries and are only slightly less interesting, OPPO was kind enough to allow us to contribute to a “kindler and gentler” Setup Guide that takes you through the setup process the way we do it – almost every week of our lives.

So, forget what you know. If you want to learn how to point a remote control, put in batteries, or find out that it’s bad to leave a DVD player out in the rain, read the standard User Manual. If you want to explore the DV-970HD and get it up and running on your system in the best way possible… read on.

Tech Note

- Clint DeBoer

Editor-in-Chief, Audioholics.com

Watch out for these tech notes along the way to help you get the most out of your DVD player purchase. Following these notes can mean the difference between a good picture and a GREAT picture!

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H O W T O U S E T H I S G U I D E

Using the DVD Setup Menu System

In many places of this guide, the DVD player’s Setup Menu needs to be adjusted to match your specific audio/video configuration. To access the DVD player’s Setup Menu simply press the SETUP button on the remote control when the disc is stopped. When asking you to make menu adjustments, we will use the following terminology to indicate the location of the desired function:

Setup Menu Name > Menu Item > Submenu Item (or Selection)

Setup Menu Name is the actual name of the uppermost setup menu level. With the OPPO DV-970HD there are exactly five (5) Setup Menu pages or sections, each represented by an icon on the top of the Setup Menu screen. They are: General Setup Page, Speaker Setup Page, Audio Setup Page, Video Setup Page, and

Preference Page.

Menu Item is the parameter to be adjusted which appears below the Top Menu Name. It is the list of items on the left of the current Setup screen.

Submenu Item (or the selection) is the actual numeric or descriptive element that represents the change being made to the selected parameter. It is the item located to the immediate right of its corresponding Menu Item.

This diagram should give a good description of the various elements and their context. In this screen we could, for example, instruct you to set the Rear Speaker parameter to Small in the Speaker Setup Page. To indicate where we were, you would see the following: Speaker Setup Page > Rear Speaker > Small.

Setup Menu Name

Menu Item

Submenu Item

Off

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SETTING UP THE PLAYER: BASICS

Follow these simple steps to successfully set up your player for use in your system

Use the Best Available Video Connection

Rear Panel

BEST

BETTER

GOOD

Or

HDMI (included) or

HDMI-to-DVI Cable

DVI In

Component Video Cable (optional)

(Y)

(Pb/Cb)

(PrCr)

Video Cable (yellow, included)

Video In

S-Video Cable (optional)

S-Video

If an HDMI or DVI connection is present on your television or display, use it. The OPPO DVD player has an HDMI (digital) video output which presents the highest possible resolutions and video quality. If the television you are using has only component video inputs, then select a component video cable (it has three RCA-style connections on each end typically colored red, green, and blue). If your television is older and has neither of these inputs you may use s-video (a special 4-pin cable) or composite (typically a single yellow RCA-style cable).

Determine Your Display Type

Widescreen, or 16:9 TV

Standard Definition, or 4:3 TV

For best performance, your Oppo DVD player must be correctly configured for playback even before the first disc is inserted. This is done under General Setup Page > TV Display in the Setup Menu.

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S E T T I N G U P T H E P L A Y E R : B A S I C S

If you have a widescreen (16:9) display as pictured on the left, select one of these options:

Tech Note

16:9 Wide – 16:9 (widescreen) sources will be displayed in their native aspect ratio, and 4:3 sources will be stretched.

16:9 Wide/SQZ – 16:9 (widescreen) as well as 4:3 sources will be displayed in their native aspect ratio. Please note that in this mode 4:3 sources will be displayed with black borders on both sides to maintain the correct 4:3 aspect ratio.

If you are using a plasma or widescreen CRT display you will want to avoid leaving black bars on the screen for any length of time as you may encounter temporary burn-in where the display retains memory of the “used” part of screen and the unused (black bar) portions are clearly defined on the screen during subsequent viewing sessions. The “16:9 Wide” mode is the best choice for these types of displays.

If you have a 4:3 or standard definition screen as pictured on the right, select one of these options:

4:3 Pan/Scan – 4:3 TV Pan and Scan. Choose when the display is 4:3. Both sides of a widescreen image are clipped (you lose about 30% of the picture).

4:3 Letterbox – 4:3 TV Letterbox. Choose when the display is 4:3. Widescreen image is displayed in “letterbox” format with black borders on top and bottom (preferred).

Notes When Using HDMI

If your AV receiver or display has an HDMI input, you can use the included HDMI cable to connect the DVD player to the TV. This is the most preferred connection method as it provides a pure digital connection for video signal and, depending upon your system, can also deliver high resolution digital audio over the same cable.

When playback is completely stopped, use the “HDMI” button on the remote control to switch the video output resolution. Select the resolution that produces the best picture quality on your TV. For most flat panels and DLP™, LCD or LCoS (SXRD™, D-ILA™) rear projection televisions this will be 720p. For CRT rear projection televisions this will likely be 1080i. For non HD displays (very rare if they have HDMI or DVI) this will be 480p.

If the HDMI input of your TV is only capable of decoding 2-channel digital audio, it is recommended that you set Speaker Setup Page > Down-mix to “Stereo”. This sets the audio down-mix mode of the DVD player to “Stereo”.

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