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BDP-93 Internet Apps and HDMI Settings

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So the other big news with the Oppo BDP-93 is that it supports some mainstream Internet apps. Primarily, we're talking Netflix and Blockbuster Online (assuming the online version of this company doesn’t go under - fat chance). We tested Netflix and found it to be adequate. Yes, just adequate. You see, Oppo didn't upgrade their system (at least not of this writing) to the new Netflix API that allows you to search and load new movies into your queue. Instead, Oppo has what we consider the "mid-tier" API that lets you browse your Instant Queue as well as various categories that Netflix preselects for you. Search is completely absent and it lacks the finesse of the updated systems found on Roku, Xbox 360, or the PS3 for example. It also didn't stream 5.1 audio as the Xbox 360 and PS3 do... and that kinda sucked big time.

Netflix browse Netflix queue

blockbuster streaming
Hey, maybe if you buy something from them they won't go out of business and take your ability to watch the movie away... Or maybe you should just wait for VUDU...

I was excited to stream music from my Mac, having purchased a great app called Playback, which I use to turn my Mac into a DLNA-compatible server. This lets me share music with the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well as other DLNA-aware clients. My excitement ended abruptly when the Oppo failed to find my music (though it did recognize the Mac through the Playback server software). As I poured over the Oppo manual I found this:

"My Network" is an experimental feature right now. It enables the player to stream audio, video and photo from media servers on the home network.

Perhaps in the future, Oppo will enable more functionality out of this feature. For now, we're not sure how useful it will be or if Windows Users will have a better time of it than we did.

Using the Dual HDMI Outputs & Analogue Component Video

There are some settings associated with configuring the two physical HDMI outputs for use. It's important to note that there is currently, no way to run both HDMI outputs in "parallel" such that both receive a duplicate video signal benefiting from the Marvell QDEO DE2750 video processor. Instead, what you get are two discrete outputs. Only the HDMI 1 jack has the capability of receiving all the benefits of the QDEO - the HDMI 2 output uses the player's Mediatek internal scaler. So configuring the settings has three basic modes which the player somewhat obtusely labels under the heading "Primary Output". We'll clear up when and where you want to use each mode below:

  • HDMI [Mode] 1: This will be the setting for most users who aren't planning on making use of the dual HDMI outputs. When HDMI 1 is set to the primary video output port, the dedicated QDEO DE2750 video processor will be used unless “Source Direct” is selected for the output resolution. The HDMI 2 output, in this mode, will output the native content of the source. For Blu-ray, that's 1080p24 or 1080i and for DVD that's 480i.
  • HDMI [Mode] 2: This is the setting you want to use when you intend to drive two displays or when, for example, you are using a 3D compatible TV, but don't necessarily have a 3D-compatible AV receiver. By selecting this mode, you can send audio out the HDMI 2 output and simultaneously have 3D-compatible video output from the HDMI 1 jack. Keep in mind that this mode uses the Mediatek video decoder in the player to perform necessary video processing on both outputs, not the Marvel QDEO DE2750 video processor. The component video port will get 1080i output for DVD and 1080i-encoded Blu-ray but no output for 1080p/24 Blu-ray discs.
  • Analog: This is the mode you'd select when you intend to use the component video outputs as your primary output. You don't get the benefit of the Marvel QDEO processor, but it ensures that the component output is on and engages the onboard Mediatek video decoder in the player. 1080p/24 Blu-ray media will output as 1080i in this mode through the component video outputs.

What the heck? Yeah, we were confused too. Listen, the big thing to remember is that HDMI 1.4a and 3D are finicky... If the Oppo outputs 3D video using HDMI 1, and HDMI output #2 is going to an AV receiver that doesn't support 3D, then the first output (HDMI 1) defaults to 2D video as well. That's not good. Oppo, knowing this might happen, allowed for the HDMI 2 [mode] to give you truly independent control over the HDMI outputs. While this kills the QDEO video processing, it does at least allow you to send 3D-compatible video to HDMI 1, and audio from HDMI 2 to your legacy (non-3D) AV receiver. Keep in mind you can use HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 mode and output excellent 2D video to both HDMI output connections. When using both outputs for simple 2D video and audio functions combined, however, we recommend setting the player to HDMI 1. Let's take a pictorial journey to make sure you get this:

new HDMI 1
Here is HDMI 1 [Mode] in all its glory. We are feeding two signals to two TVs and we don't give a rip about 3D because it's too darn expensive and there are only like 18 titles available on Blu-ray for it anyway... Note that the second TV/output gets the native resolution of the content source

HDMI 2 Mode
HDMI 2 [Mode] is not very different except that we just turned off the excellent Marvell QDEO video processing and substituted Mediatek. Let's go back to HDMI 1 [Mode] in this case.

new HDMI 2 3D same
When using two 3D television, Mode 2 offers the ability to send a duplicate Mediatek-powered 3D source to each display.

new HDMI 2 mixed
Watch out, though, because if you send a 3D signal to the first display, the second TV must also support 3D or it will show a blank signal.

new HDMI 1 3D modes

OK, now we're using the system wisely. See how we can run the Oppo BDP-93 or BDP-95 in these modes to optimize for the use of a 3D television? In HDMI 1 mode, you can utilize the HDMI capabilities of pass-through to get 3D onto a single television. HDMI 2 Priority/Mode allows for the use of a non-3D compatible receiver in addition to a 3D or non-3D TV.

 

 

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Recent Forum Posts:

j_garcia posts on May 23, 2012 00:23
jlettie, post: 886220
Hi
I'm in the market for the Oppo BDP-93. The main problem you are purchasing the Oppo brand blind. There are no high end A/V stores that sell the Oppo brand. The company has been pushing the both BDP-93 and 95. Oppo claims the 95 has the superior DACs for music.I cannot afford the the 95. When I setup my entertainment system I want to minimize the number of cables. I'm interested in finding out if I connect the BDP-93 HDMI1 output to HDMI IN on the receiver, HDMI OUT from the receiver to the HDMI IN on the TV. What will be the picture Quality? If I wish to play CDs from the Oppo through the receiver, how will the music sound? Do you believe the quality of the sound would be superior to any other Blu Ray player on the market? I'm not including the Oppo BDP-95.

Did you even take the time to read the review? It should MORE than answer all of your questions. If not, there are literally dozens of professional reviews and possibly thousands of user reviews.
Hocky posts on May 22, 2012 09:24
jlettie, post: 886220
Hi
I'm in the market for the Oppo BDP-93. The main problem you are purchasing the Oppo brand blind. There are no high end A/V stores that sell the Oppo brand. The company has been pushing the both BDP-93 and 95. Oppo claims the 95 has the superior DACs for music.I cannot afford the the 95. When I setup my entertainment system I want to minimize the number of cables. I'm interested in finding out if I connect the BDP-93 HDMI1 output to HDMI IN on the receiver, HDMI OUT from the receiver to the HDMI IN on the TV. What will be the picture Quality? If I wish to play CDs from the Oppo through the receiver, how will the music sound? Do you believe the quality of the sound would be superior to any other Blu Ray player on the market? I'm not including the Oppo BDP-95.

It'll be pretty much the same as any quality bluray player.
jlettie posts on May 21, 2012 20:23
Possible purchaser of Oppo BDP-93

Hi
I'm in the market for the Oppo BDP-93. The main problem you are purchasing the Oppo brand blind. There are no high end A/V stores that sell the Oppo brand. The company has been pushing the both BDP-93 and 95. Oppo claims the 95 has the superior DACs for music.I cannot afford the the 95. When I setup my entertainment system I want to minimize the number of cables. I'm interested in finding out if I connect the BDP-93 HDMI1 output to HDMI IN on the receiver, HDMI OUT from the receiver to the HDMI IN on the TV. What will be the picture Quality? If I wish to play CDs from the Oppo through the receiver, how will the music sound? Do you believe the quality of the sound would be superior to any other Blu Ray player on the market? I'm not including the Oppo BDP-95.
cpp posts on April 02, 2012 23:43
Is it possible to use the unit without any video connections just for CD and SACD playback
yep on the remote of the OPPO use the pure direct button

Sure press ‘Pure Audio’ that will remove the video.
j_garcia posts on April 02, 2012 16:31
Dave23, post: 876281
Considering this unit just for CD and SACD playback for the near term and using it in my home theater setup later on. Is it possible to use the unit without any video connections just for CD and SACD playback or do you have to use the on-screen GUI?

For multichannel SACD you will need to hook it up and configure it once for levels and default preferences. After that, you shouldn't need to have it hooked up.
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