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Oppo BDP-80 Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

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Oppo BDP-80

Oppo BDP-80

Summary

  • Product Name: Oppo BDP-80
  • Manufacturer: Oppo Digital
  • Review Date: January 25, 2010 09:35
  • MSRP: $289
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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Disc Types* BD-Video, DVD-Video, AVCHD, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD
CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE
BD Profile BD-ROM Version 2 Profile 2 (also compatible with Profile 1 Version 1.0 and 1.1)
Internal Storage 1GB (Actual available storage varies due to system usage)
Output Analog Audio: 7.1ch (also supports 5.1ch and stereo modes)
Digital Audio: Coaxial, Optical
HDMI Audio: Stereo, up to 7.1ch high-resolution PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, and DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream output or decoded into LPCM.
Analog Video: Composite, S-Video, Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr, 480i/480p, 720p/1080i available for non-restricted content only)
Digital Video: HDMI with HDCP (NTSC: 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24, PAL 576i/576p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24)
Video Characteristics Composite Video Amplitude: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)
Component Video: Y: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω), Pb/Pr: 0.7Vp-p (75Ω)
Audio Characteristics** Frequency: 20Hz - 20kHz (±0.3dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >115dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: < 0.008% (1kHz at 0dBFS, 20kHz LPF)
General Specification Power Supply: ~ 100V - 240V, 50/60Hz AC
Power Consumption: 30W (< 1W Standby)
Dimensions: 430mm x 281mm x 53mm, 16-7/8 x 11 x 2-1/8 inches
Mass: 3.5kg / 7.7 lbs

Executive Overview

What can you do when you're one of the most talked about Blu-ray manufacturers on the market? What can you do when it's been uncovered that your player (or at least the vast majority of it) has been dropped into a different chassis and marked up 700%? Well, if you are Oppo Digital, you release another universal Blu-ray player. While your first thought might be that they would release another "audiophile" player and try to cash in on that high dollar crowd, but you'd be wrong. Instead they release the BDP-80 - a player with most of the same components and performance as the award winning BDP-83 but priced over $200 less.

Blu-ray-BDP-80_front

That's right, while other manufacturers are pricing their universal blu-ray players at multiple of thousands of dollars, Oppo keeps reducing their prices. Before we talk about what is different between the new BDP-80 and the BDP-83, let's talk about what is the same. First, and foremost, they are both universal players. That means that not only do they play Blu-rays and DVDs (like everyone else) but they also play SACDs and DVD-As. While most are moving away from those formats, there are many out their with considerable SACD and DVD-A collections that generally have to keep an extra player around just for those discs. Of course, they play back a multitude of other formats as well including AVCHD, CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, and BD-R/RE.

Both of the players include 7.1 channel analogue outputs for compatibility with legacy receivers and processors. These outputs can be configured for 5.1 or 7.1 output. They both include component upconversion to 1080i, support BD-Live and Profile 2.0 (with a gig of internal memory), and 1080p/24Hz Blu-ray output. On-board decoding of the HD audio formats is integrated and most of the connection types are identical (one each HDMI, component, coaxial, optical, and composite video - also dual USBs, and an Ethernet port).

Blu-ray-BDP-80_back

The differences are fairly substantive but are well chosen in our opinion. The older BDP-83 player definitely was geared for someone that wanted everything. The new BDP-80 player is for the user that has a lot but wants a box with universal capabilities. The main difference is the video processing. While the BDP-83 has an ABT2010 with VRS by Anchor Bay Technology onboard processor which scored a remarkable 110 out of 130 on the HQV test, the BDP-80 has a proprietary processor which will most certainly provide significantly reduced video performance. Will this matter for Blu-ray and SACD/DVD-A playback? Not really (if at all) but it will affect how good DVDs will look on your big screen.

Along the same lines, the BDP-80 does not support 24Hz upconversion of DVDs (a feature that not too many use currently). While the BDP-83 has a dedicated set of stereo analogue outputs for stereo playback, the BDP-80 relies on it's 7.1 outputs (which can be selected for just stereo). In addition, the BDP-80 lacks dedicated IR in/outputs, a RS-232 port (optional on the BDP-83), and a backlit remote. The BDP-80 sports a glow in the dark remote (which means you'll need to either do some button memorization or integrate the remote into a universal remote system).

Conclusion

There are a few that will look at the above lists of differences and feel that one (or more) is a deal breaker. The upside is that the BDP-80 is still a remarkable value at $500. For $289, the BDP-80 is ridiculous. So, who should buy the BDP-80? The major downside (for most) will be the video processing. If you have a device in your chain that handles upconversion well (like a top of the line display, an upconverting receiver, or a standalone video processor), than you should be fine. Alternatively, if you are upgrading from a cheapo Blu-ray or universal player and don't care about video processing or watch on a smallish screen and/or from a great distance, perhaps you'll be OK. For those that want a player that some think is worth $3500, the BDP-83 is for you. For those that want a one box solution but don't care that much about all those bells and whistles, check out the BDP-80. Either way, you are getting a lot of performance and features for not a lot of scratch. At least until an A/V manufacturer with high-end aspirations decides to drop it in a pretty case and charge enough for a used car.

For more information, please visit www.oppodigital.com.

 OPPO Blu-ray Disc Player Comparison BDP-80 BDP-83
General Features:
Blu-ray Disc Playback: Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)
DVD-Video Playback: Yes
Yes
DVD-Audio Playback: Yes

Yes

Super Audio CD (SACD) Playback: Yes Yes
Additional Media Formats: CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, AVCHD, MKV, and other audio/video/picture files CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, AVCHD, MKV, and other audio/video/picture files
Video Processing Technology:
Video Processor:

"System-on-Chip"
with Custom Firmware

ABT2010
VRS by Anchor Bay
Digital Video Output:

HDMI

HDMI
HDMI Output Resolutions: 1080p, 1080p24, 1080i, 720p, 480p/480i (NTSC), 576p/576i (PAL) 1080p, 1080p24, 1080i, 720p, 480p/480i (NTSC), 576p/576i (PAL)
Blu-ray 1080p24 Output: Yes Yes
DVD 24p Conversion: No Yes
Source Direct Mode: Yes Yes
Component Video Output: up to 1080i up to 1080i
NTSC/PAL Conversion: Yes Yes
Audio Output:
Dolby TrueHD Bitstream (HDMI): Yes Yes
Dolby TrueHD Decoding (HDMI & Analog): Yes Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Bitstream (HDMI): Yes Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Decoding (HDMI & Analog): Yes Yes
7.1-channel Analog Output: Yes Yes
Stereo Analog Output: Shared with 7.1ch Dedicated Stereo Output
SACD output over HDMI: DSD/PCM DSD/PCM
SACD output over Analog: PCM DSD/PCM
Other Features:
Front Panel Appearance: Plastic with black brushed metal appearance Heavy gauge black brushed aluminum
Chassis Appearance: Black metal Black metal
Dual USB Ports: Yes Yes
IR In/Out Ports: No Yes
RS-232 Remote Control: No
Optional
Remote Control: Glow-in-the-dark Back-lit
OPPO Recommendations:
For home theaters with large screens: (Not Recommended) Yes
For small or medium display screens: Yes Yes
For use with an external video processor: Yes Yes
For use as a digital audio/video transport: Yes Yes
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Recent Forum Posts:

penpitt posts on September 24, 2010 16:41
With the 80 being discontinued I guess I will have to wait until next year for my initiation into the world of Bluray.I was hoping to get one around Christmas when I am finally out of school.I don't want to spend $500 to get a new oppo, but need something that plays DVD-A and SACD. I guess my 980 will have to stay with me for a little longer.
j_garcia posts on September 23, 2010 17:33
PENG, post: 753599
I know I am self serving in saying this as I have a Denon 3910 already but I want them to come up with a BD only player that can compete with Sony and Panasonic in price. I don't even care if they exclude the ABT VRS if that allows them to bring the price down further.

I don't get the impression that they are going to tackle the $100 market again. They turned everything upside down with their early players, but since they switched to BD, they haven't been focusing on the less expensive segment.
PENG posts on September 22, 2010 19:58
j_garcia, post: 753590
It was officially discontinued.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=5181

I know I am self serving in saying this as I have a Denon 3910 already but I want them to come up with a BD only player that can compete with Sony and Panasonic in price. I don't even care if they exclude the ABT VRS if that allows them to bring the price down further.
j_garcia posts on September 22, 2010 19:33
supervij, post: 753172
FYI, the 80 is no longer on Oppo's website.

cheers,
supervij

It was officially discontinued.

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=5181

Confirming the scoop this site gave you just days ago about the end of life for the Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray player (see Blu-ray.com, September 19), Oppo Digital replied to our query for confirmation with the following: “The BDP-80 has been discontinued and we do not have any immediate plans to design or sell a replacement product.” The CE maker clarified that it is working on a new Blu-ray platform, but it will probably not be released until early 2011, or “if we are lucky,” by end-of-year 2010.

Oppo explained to Blu-ray.com that they “will not be making any product announcements at CEDIA,” the reason being that “our general business motto is to only announce a product when it is available for immediate purchase.”

The discontinuation has also been announced through Oppo's Facebook page. No reasons were given for this decision. However, when asked there if a new, cheaper BDP-80 was coming, the reply was: “Definitely some exciting things coming down the pipe, stay tuned.”
supervij posts on September 21, 2010 11:01
FYI, the 80 is no longer on Oppo's website.

cheers,
supervij
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