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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Blu-ray Player Sneak Peek

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Here comes the Oppo Blu-ray player

Here comes the Oppo Blu-ray player

Summary

  • Product Name: BDP-83
  • Manufacturer: Oppo Digital
  • Review Date: September 06, 2008 01:00
  • MSRP: $TBD
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now
  • DVDO processing chipset (VRS by Anchor Bay)
  • 7.1 analogue outputs
  • HDMI 1.3 (with support for native decoding for DTS HD and Dolby Digital Plus/TrueHD)
  • Upconversion of DVDs to 1080p
  • 1080/24p output
  • BD Live 2.0 support (via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet)
  • USB connectivity
  • Dedicated analogue stereo outputs
  • IR control in/out connections ("for Oppo approved connections only")
  • SACD & HDCD support
  • Coaxial & S/PDIF outputs

Executive Overview

Last year Oppo discretely showed off a prototype of its DV-983H flagship universal DVD player at the DVDO booth. This year they didn't disappoint. Unannounced, we got wind of a non-functioning prototype Blu-ray player that was sitting at DVDO's CEDIA booth. What's this? An Oppo Blu-ray player? Could this be the holy grail so many were hoping and waiting for? Apparently yes - though Oppo was not releasing information about availability or pricing as of yet. Here's what we do know.

It Gets Better - Head Over to Our First Look of the BDP-83 and See Features, Pricing, & Ship Date

BDP-83 rear

The unit will have the same DVDO processing chipset as found in the new DVDO Edge (VRS by Anchor Bay). It will have 7.1 analogue outputs, HDMI 1.3 (with support for native decoding for DTS HD and Dolby Digital Plus/TrueHD), and will upscale DVDs to 1080p. It even supports 24p output.Based on the chassis markings, BD Live 2.0 support (via 10/100 Mbps Ethernet) is included out of the box and USB connectivity is provided for photos and music playback. Dedicated analogue stereo outputs are also present and the unit has IR control in/out connections ("for Oppo approved connections only"). No RS-232C control is present. Perhaps most surprising (in a pleasant way) is SACD support as well as compatibility with HDCD's. Coaxial & S/PDIF outputs are present for legacy audio, including Dolby Digital and DTS.

While Oppo isn't releasing any pricing information we can't imagine this unit being competitive unless it is priced at $499 or less given the competition on the market from such companies as Sony, LG, Panasonic and others.

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Lordoftherings posts on October 30, 2009 20:47
Another Rave Review.

Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player review:

@ http://hometheatermag.com/discplayers/oppo_bdp-83_universal_blu-ray_player/

* The one to get for sure.
fastwahoo posts on October 28, 2009 11:41
Discrete stereo outputs

This is one of the main reasons i got this player. In order to utilize this feature what do i need to do. Thanks Barry

We did not stop at just video performance. We further refined the audio stage, including the addition of discrete stereo outputs and increasing the power and efficiency of the power supply. For SACD playback, the BDP-83 supports direct DSD over HDMI and DSD-to-analog without any PCM conversion, a very unique feature.
jcilforever posts on October 14, 2009 21:44
I stopped complaining

I stopped complaining about price bought it and will never look back. The quality is excellent and they are always improving it. The only time the big boys improve is when they build the next model. This player is hands down the best I have had and does everything.

I also complained about price, but the service and quality of the product and forward planning that went into this is amazing! I won't have to worry about it being replaced anytime soon
Stump posts on October 07, 2009 20:28
Oppo Blu-Ray Player BDP83

Oppo Blu-Ray Player BDP83
You guys are talking of the price being too high????
I only heard of OPPO this week while searching for a CD/SACD player.In Australia these machines go for $1075. I will order one today with mods for just under $2000. This is still good value compared to other players.Eamonn
http://www.customanalogue.com/jlti_multiplayer.htm
DaleAV posts on May 28, 2009 16:35
EJ1, post: 495062
I'm curious how the price will drop with time. For now, I don't see why somone wouldn't use a PS3 (or other BD player) with a DV980H.

Probably because not everyone has both players and rather have the benefits integrated in one.

Price drop? Oppo has never dropped prices on hardware still in production.

That's why it is not the player for everyone. You can wait, and know with a Sony, Samsung or Panasonic prices will drop in a few months……before they prepare to release another model.

If you don't need more than just a good BD player, an Oppo is not cost-effective.
Only for those who appreciate the build quality, SACD/DVD capability, multi-channel analog outputs, and leading edge upconversion of std. DVDs, as well as great customer service is it of the greatest value.
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