Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player - Update
- BonusView (BD Profile 1.1)
- Support for CD, DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio
- itstream output of Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio
- VRS by Anchor Bay video processing
- 1080p/24Hz output for both Blu-ray and DVD
- BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live)
- Decodes Dolby TrueHD, and
DTS-HD Master Audio
Since our original coverage of the Oppo BDP-83 BD player back in September, we got our hands on some additional information about the pending release of Oppo Digital's universal Blu-ray player. First off, it's due for release in late December or early January to a handful of "guinea pig" early adopters/beta testers. That's right, we said "Universal" Blu-ray player. Except for Denon's ultra-high-end $3800 DVD-A1UDCI, this is the first universal BD player that will hit the market able to play DVDs, CDs, SACDs and DVD-Audio discs. And the best part is that it will hit the streets at a price somewhere between $499 and $599. Oh, and it will include Anchor Bay's VRS video processing... and do 1080p/24Hz output for both DVD and Blu-ray. Anchor Bay VRS? That's the video processing system that scored the DV-983H a 105/130 on our HQV bench tests and, make no bones about it, means that this will be one top-notch player for video performance.
And it will be Profile 2.0 (BD-Live).
And it will decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio.
Did we mention it's going to be priced between $499 and $599? Oppo seems once again poised to take over the world.
The current crop of players out there (in Alpha testing) are only BD Profile 1.1 (which means they support BonusView and can do picture-in-picture with concurrent secondary audio tracks). These players are also only outputting bitstream audio for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. Oppo says that their engineers are working overtime to provide BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) and audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD by the time the release players will ship. That's exciting, and really puts and affordable universal player solution in the hands of consumers at an appropriate time. When BD Profile 2.0 players are just now hitting the streets (and at somewhat inflated prices) it's a refreshing experience to see a company put out a universal player into the mix - to meet a need and at a price point that doesn't break the bank for most serious enthusiasts.
We commented in our review of the Oppo DV-983H universal DVD player that it had come into the market a couple years too late. It was a top-of-the-line solution given at a time when the target audience was switching over to Blu-ray in favor of higher definition playback. Now, Oppo is coming out with a Blu-ray player that can also handle all those DVD-Audio and SACD discs enthusiasts have collected over the years. Will they want to purchase a separate Blu-ray player and have to maintain two transports, or will this move the masses towards a universal playback solution that promises a one-stop-smorgasboard of audio and video goodness?
We think they are headed for a windfall of sales.
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Comparing to the previous official release version BDP83-40-0925, the major changes included in this version are:
1. Blu-ray Disc compatibility improvement, especially for certain titles such as the European version of “Terminator Salvation”, Indican's “The Wonder of It All”, and “(500) Days of Summer” from Fox.
2. Subtitle shift feature. During playback, press and hold the “SUBTITLE” button to activate the function and then use up/down arrow buttons to move the subtitle. The shift position is saved in the “Video Setup” - “Display Options” section of the setup menu. This feature is useful for customers with 2.35:1 projection screens.
3. OSD position feature. The OSD (On-Screen Display) can be moved to work together with the subtitle shift feature. There is a new setup menu item in the “Video Setup” - “Display Options” section for this.
4. Auto mode for HDMI Audio format. The new “Auto” mode enables the player to use bitstream audio output for audio formats that are supported by the A/V receiver, and LPCM for formats that cannot be decoded by the A/V receiver.
5. Setup menu changes. Some items are re-grouped into the “Display Options” sub-menu under “Video Setup”. Some items are re-ordered in the menu structure to improve the ease of use.
6. Experimental feature - home network streaming. This feature can be accessed from the “My Network” icon in the “Home Menu” screen. It requires a DLNA-capable media server running on your computer. The supported media types are the common set of what the player can decode and what the media server can stream.
7. Experimental Feature - BluTV. This is an interactive television service that will initially feature channels such as casual games, widgets and movie art. To use this feature, the “BD-Live Network Access” item in the “Network Setup” section and the “Secondary Audio” item in the “Audio Format Setup” section of the player's setup menu must be turned on.
I had a number of DVD-A and SACD issues early on, but as of the previous firmware, they were resolved.
Haven't seen much along the lines of feedback on the new firmware… any links?
wriverah, post: 664640Maybe you'd be interested in their wireless bridge set up, http://www.oppodigital.com/wireless-bridge-kit-WBK1/. I also see a link for a $10 rebate there at the moment.
I am thinking to buy Oppo BDP83, but only if I can hook up an wireless (wifi) module thru its ethernet port. Will that be possible? I know this baby does not have a streaming movie service, but I guess I can subscribe to any of the streaming movie services available in the web and download to the Blu-Ray. Will be that possibe? I am kind of a novice trying to get up to speed on the technolgy.
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