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Oppo BDP-83


$600.00 Released July, 2009

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Decodes all high-definition audio formats (dts HD-MA, TrueHD). Upgradeable firmware. Profile 2.0 capable.

The Cons:No streaming features (no Netflix, Pandora). Flimsy disk tray. No SD-Card support for additional memory (has on-board 1GB).

The Oppo BDP-83 is a high end Blu-ray player and one of the few that are SACD/DVD-A capable. Very few devices with these capabilities are available, and the ones that are are in another price range altogether.

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Product Shot 2 The BDP-83 features an ethernet port for BD-Live (Profile 2.0) support, and also includes 7.1 channel analog audio outputs. The device will include the award winning ABT 2010 chip, allowing for top quality de-interlacing and scaling for both Blu-Ray and DVD media, and will support Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital TrueHD, DTS High Resolution, and DTS HD-Master high-definition audio formats. A beta program was started in March, shipping units to interested parties at $499, before the product was launched in early July with an MSRP of $599.99.

Features

  • Video
    • ABT 2010 de-interlacing and scaling for both Blu-Ray and DVD discs
  • Audio
    • 7.1 channel analog audio outputs
    • SACD/DVD audio format support
    • Support for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital TrueHD, DTS High Resolution, and DTS HD-Master high-definition audio formats
  • Ethernet Port for BD-Live (Profile 2.0) support
  • MSRP: $500-700
  • Release Date: 2008-2009 Winter Season (November-February)

User Reviews (18)

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Pros
  • 12

    Decodes all high-definition audio formats (dts HD-MA, TrueHD)

  • 12

    upgradeable firmware

  • 11

    Profile 2.0 capable

  • 10

    7.1 analog pre-outs

  • 10

    ABT 2010 video processor

  • 10

    great value considering the amount of high quality componentry

  • 10

    Great Video Performance

  • 10

    Front Panel USB port

  • 9

    Extremely quick start up time

  • 8

    First player to support both SACD and DVD-Audio

  • 8

    stylish faceplate

  • 8

    Supports all audio formats

  • 7

    fully featured with all the latest high end standards

  • 7

    DSD Direct Audio out

  • 7

    Only 'reasonably' priced player to provide this combination of feature set and performance

  • 7

    Great customer service, attention to detail and support from manufacturer (sells direct to public)

  • 7

    Excellent value for money for the all round features, support for almost all playback formats, build quality and picture quality.

  • 5

    affordable price

  • 4

    First Blu-Ray player to support DVD-A and SACD. There are many DVD-V, DVD-A and SACD combo players.

  • 4

    Very fast all-around player - playback, startup, menus, etc.

  • 3

    Includes HDMI cable

  • 2

    Two USB ports

  • 2

    Robust player - built to last

Cons
  • 3

    No streaming features (no Netflix, Pandora)

  • 2

    flimsy disk tray

  • 1

    No SD-Card support for additional memory (has on-board 1GB)

  • 1

    No WiFi

  • 1

    No HD-DVD support

  • 1

    Bugs; plagued by small glitches

  • 1

    Performance marred by occasional audio dropouts

  • 1

    SACD sound disappointing for the format

  • -2

    Short power cord

  • -2

    long delay before launch

  • -3

    May not support DVD-Audio after all

  • -5

    Still seems a bit pricey (I duck :>)

Comments (2)

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warry
warry: #oppo_bdp_83 I've had this player for about 3 months. No problems so far. Superb hi-res audio from SACD and DVD-audio when bitstreamed to my Denon AVP-A1HDCI. Picture quality is excellent too. Only complaint is the rather flimsy disc tray that makes a crackling sound when opening and closing. Nov 12, 09
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danzitrice
danzitrice: #oppo_bdp_83 1) Noise Level: The Oppo BDP-83 includes a fan. If I didn't tell you that you would likely never know. There simply isn't fan noise during playback. I have my Oppo sitting out in the open about 10 feet from where I sit. The only time you ever hear the fan is when the fan control logic resets itself briefly, as for example during the loading of a disc. I kid you not, some of the Beta testers have taken to mounting a mirror behind their Oppo so they can even tell when, if ever, the fan is spinning. The mechanism that opens and closes the disc tray is a bit noisier than I'd like but of course that's not a noise that happens during playback.

2) Speed: I ran a set of comparison tests between the Oppo and the PS3 that I last updated a month back. I've not re-run them with the latest firmware, but I have no reason to believe the answers would be different. The bottom line is that the Oppo matches or beats the performance of the PS3 in all but two categories: (1) Navigation through BD-Java disc menus is somewhat slower than the PS3, and (2) Initial loading of BD-Live stuff is slower than the PS3. In contrast, disc load times match or beat the PS3, disc menu loading matches the PS3, and navigation during playback (e.g., chapter forward/back) is dramatically faster than the PS3.

3) Feature Set: The Oppo is basically there now. BD-Java, BD-Bonus View, BD-Live, and lossless audio decoding (TrueHD and DTS-HD MA) are all in there and working now. Add to that Oppo's high quality playback of SD-DVD discs and CDs. Add to that the numerous other media formats the Oppo also handles. I'll let others talk about use of the other media formats.

4) Appearance: The Oppo is simple, clean, and unobtrusive.

5) Remote: Functional. Back-lit. Decent button layout. If you like to use the original equipment remote this one will work for you.

6) Upgrades: Supports new firmware installs over the internet or via USB thumb drive or disc. The internet support is direct wired ethernet (not WiFi radio networking), so if you prefer to use WiFi you will need to pair the Oppo with a Wifi access point of your choice. I.e., use mine with an Apple Airport Express.

Sep 26, 09
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