I was providing feedback on this player to a forum member, and thought I'd post here what I see as "negatives" on this player. Not complaining and I would buy it again; these are IMO little thingies, but I think it would be fair to share, plus ask input from other 971 owners.
1.-TRAY.-Since this is mentioned so much, I thought I'd just say that I have no issues here; it looks cheap, but I think that is all. It is a different design/material than what we are used to, so I think that's why we see all the complaints.
2.-Picture Quality: AWESOME....but in very few occasions, in dark areas of the screen I can see a bunch of white pixels dancing around.....not sure if this is a player issue, a TV issue, or a combination or both; I prefer to think it's a disc issue; it happens maybe in one out of 20 movies I watch, and it is so fast that some people don't even notice it. Any other OPPO 971 owners have seen this? I have it connected via DVI/HDMI to a CRT TV, 720p or 1080i
3.-Chapter Display: This is probably the most annoying thing I found on this player; if you skip chapters forward or backwards, it does not display what chapter you are in. I've looked in manual/settings and see no reference to this. If any other owner knows how to fix this, I'd love to know.
4.-When you have the player in pause and hit play, it might take a couple of seconds before it reacts. Not a biggie...you get used to it...
So that's it; a great little player for the money, but not perfect :) I'd really like to hear from other owners, specially on the white pixels stuff.