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Oppo BDP-105 Universal Blu-ray Player Setup & Configuration

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Oppo Blu-ray players are really easy to setup. This can be attributed to their excellent OSD navigation menu and user manual, which in my opinion is second to none in the business. The remote control is also great. It’s based on the previous generation players’ remote but with some minor enhancements including hot keys to the Netflix and Vudu options and a few new added features. The remote is fully backlit with the hit of the bottom right button. I would have preferred a sidebar button but that’s a small nit to pick. The “home” button takes you to all of the streaming options including Pandora, Netflix, Vudu, etc. Access to the input source options is just one click away via the “input” button and all of the OSD functions are easily navigated via the central up/down, left/right and enter buttons.

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Oppo BDP-103/105 Remote Control

I configured the BDP-105 to pass bitstream HD signals via HDMI and disabled bass management for the analog outputs by setting all speakers to “large”.

The BDP-105 was connected directly to the Pass Labs X350.5 two-channel amplifier via Bluejeans balanced cables to the dedicated two-channel system in the Audioholics Showcase Home Theater system. I also tested the unbalanced outputs plugged directly into my Marantz PM-11SE Integrated Amp used in preamp mode. Kimber 8PR speaker cables were used between the amplifier and Status Acoustics 8T reference speakers.

SACD Configuration

For multi-channel usage, the BDP-105 was connected to my Denon AVP-A1HDCI A/V processor using two Sonicwave HDMI cables. The reason two HDMI cables were used was because the BDP-105 only passes SACD in its native DSD format via the HDMI2 output. This is caused by hardware limitation on both the decoder chip and the Marvell video processor.  Only the HDMI1 output gives you 4K up-scaling and color, contrast and detail enhancements. As a result, I configured my A/V processor’s Blu-ray input to accept video and audio from the HDMI1 output of the BDP-105 and utilized a different HDMI input on my A/V processor connected directly to the HDMI2 output of the Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray player when playing back SACD to preserve the native DSD format.

Consumers able to only to utilize 1 HDMI connection would be best served using the HDMI1 output and setting the BDP-105 SACD output to PCM conversion or if they prefer to keep SACD in native format, to utilize the HDMI2 output if 4k upconversion and enhancement features aren’t important for their application. Since the end user applies bass management in virtually all multi-channel installs, DSD has to be converted to PCM anyways. I ran comparative listening tests and found it to make little to no discernible difference whether the PCM conversion happened at the Blu-ray player or in my Denon AVP-A1HDCI A/V processor. When I quickly came to that realization, I disconnected the 2nd HDMI cable and shelved it. For two-channel sources, I mostly listened to SACD via the analog outputs which preserved the format in DSD so I could maintain my bragging rights to my audiophile friends that I was a purist.

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Oppo BDP-105 OSD Input Selector

The Connections

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Back panel Views of Oppo BDP-95 (top) & BDP-105 (bottom)

As you can see in the above photo, the BDP-105 is slightly taller than the BDP-95. Both players measure 16.8" wide by 12.2" deep but the BDP-105 is almost 1” taller, measuring in at 4.8” high. The hefty BDP-105 weighs in at just a little over 17 lbs. Notice the absence of the fan for the BDP-105. The BDP-105 also has a thicker top cover which increases rigidity and gives it that high end look and feel.

The BDP-105 has the most extensive set of connections I’ve seen in a Blu-ray player. It carries over all of the same connections as the BDP-95 minus ALL analog video connections. The BDP-105 is the first player, other than its smaller BDP-103 sibling, to offer HDMI inputs. This allows you to use the BDP-103/105 players to switch between sources though the player itself eliminating the need for an A/V process in more modest setups. Think of the scenario where an audiophile may have a kicking good two-channel rig that they adopted for multi-channel. Since the BDP-105 has a master volume control, they could run the analog outputs directly into their multi-channel power amplifiers and the HDMI output of the BDP-105 into their display. They can also run their cable box directly into the BDP-105 via HDMI and it will decode the 5.1 Dolby Digital bitstream and send it out of the analog audio outputs while also upconverting the 1080i video signal to 1080p sent directly to the display. In a modest setup like this, one simply doesn’t need an A/V processor or receiver, especially since the BDP-105 also acts an internet media streaming device with all of the latest widgets (ie. Pandora, Netflix, Vudu, etc) and can also interface both via Ethernet and wirelessly with your computer through Windows Media Player to play music and video files.

To siBDP105-jacks.jpgmplify connecting smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to your home theater system, Oppo included a dual function front panel HDMI input on the BDP-103 and BDP-105 that also operates as an MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) input port. This allows one to display high resolution pictures, 1080p video and listen to pure digital music all while simultaneously charging the connected mobile device.

Netflix DD+ & 1080p Support!

A pleasant surprise I discovered was when I entered the Netflix menu and not only found a better response time than this model’s predecessor but some enhanced audio and video features too. Since the BDP-103/105 has a new improved DRM scheme, it is able to support 5.1 Dolby Digital+ and up to 1080p video stream when Netflix supports it. I tested this out on the movie Lorax and was very happy with the audio and video performance, which rivaled what I could get from Verizon FIOS. If Netflix would only improve its on-demand selection, I’d unreservedly recommend fellow BDP-103/105 owners to become a subscriber too.

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Oppo BDP-105 Home Menu

Streaming Services & Disc Info

Pandora worked just like it did with the older Oppo players. I was a bit disappointed there was still no option to alphabetize your stored stations or target selected stations for a random play. This app could use a little work. I didn’t test Vudu or Rhapsody since I do not subscribe to those services.

I did have a blast copying music off my iTunes account to a thumb drive and playing it back via the front panel USB connector of the BDP-105.

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Oppo BDP-105 OSD playback from USB device

I thought it was pretty cool that I could get artist and track info along with product year for the album. I’m not sure why iTunes pulled meta data on Pat Metheny (one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time) as Opera Genre, but at least it didn’t list him as Country Music 

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Oppo BDP-105 OSD Readout of King Crimson DVD-A Disc

The BDP-105 gives you all of the data regarding a disc being played in the machine with the hit of the info button. It was pretty cool seeing the disc data rate, type of signal, aspect ratio, etc while jamming out to Steve Wilson’s wonderfully remastered DVD-A disc of the King Crimson Discipline album.

 

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Recent Forum Posts:

Mahoney posts on March 23, 2022 09:54
Hi

recently tried using the multichannel analog outs for Blu rays and the sound is far superior than using HDMI to a marantz processor

I connect the Oppo direct to the denon POA-a1hd 10 channel amp

but the subwoofer performance seems anemic

does the Oppo 105 still clip the subwoofer analog outs if you set your 5.1 speakers to Small?

here’s the Oscilloscope readings of the Oppo 105 subwoofer analog out channel

https://www.diyaudio.com/community/threads/oppo-bdp-105-sends-clipped-signal-on-sub-out-for-movies-with-strong-re-directed-bass.270944/

I even set my left , right centre and other speakers to large but the the subwoofer analog outs sound tame

one of the beta testers for the oppo 105 at avs seems to think the issue was solved by Oppo but I’m not convinced

its post 3491 by Bob https://www.avsforum.com/threads/official-oppo-udp-205-uhd-blu-ray-player-owners-thread.2821841/page-175#post-55668716

justvcant see myself moving to a home theatre processor again now cause they don’t sound that good unless you spend crazy money
frans callebaut posts on December 06, 2020 12:25
hello,
i want to buy a used oppo bdp-105 or 105D, but i see that the 105 has 8 picture noise reduction functions and the 105 D only three. what's the difference between 3 and 8 options to eliminate picture noise reduction ?
best regards,
frans callebaut
GIEGAR posts on March 22, 2017 21:43
gene, post: 949128, member: 4348
Correct, the balanced outputs are pure direct, no bass management.

… and from page 4 of the review:
Note: The BDP-105 bass management only affects the analog multi-channel outputs. Balanced outputs and HDMI outputs bypass this feature.

That's the default setting for the balanced outputs. You can in fact configure the unit to use the balanced stereo outputs and implement bass management.

This article steps through how to do it: Oppo | Using the Dedicated Stereo Outputs in a 2.1 Configuration.

You may wish to edit the article accordingly.

(Apologies if this has been covered previously; I only scanned the thread quickly.)
Coris posts on June 12, 2016 14:57
My fully improved Oppo 105…
sterling shoote posts on April 11, 2016 06:10
Using your balanced or unbalanced output from OPPO you are outputting full frequency, including low frequency. This, it appears, is not how you understand it. You believe with balanced or unbalanced stereo output you are not getting output of low frequency. Is that what you think? I believe you may be misinterpreting the manual. Read page 71 to 73. Now, you may have set your OPPO to small speakers, which would direct low frequency to sub output, at what ever crossover point you selected, down to 40Hz. Setting OPPO to large speakers will get all frequency to mains. You could also use L and R stereo balanced or unbalanced and then connect analog surround, center, and sub to get low frequency to sub if you wish.
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