UPDATE: The Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player Review has been posted.
Up until recently Blu-ray players have pretty much been limited to the major brands like Sony, Pioneer and Panasonic. Oppo, which has been around a number of years, and many say pioneered the trend of upscaling DVD players is about to release their first Blu-ray player. As more smaller players get into the game, perhaps we will finally see some selection of Blu-ray players under the $250 price point, and perhaps, in not to long, the first $99 Blu-ray player.
Mike is doing the review. I asked him for a few comments about the player for this blog. He wrote the paragraphs below, for me to post -art
Just a heads-up that we are fortunate to be one of the few early reviewers of the long-awaited Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player. The BDP-83 is currently in an early adopter program, where, last month, players were sold to 50 customers randomly chosen from a list of those who indicated their desire to participate in this program. Due to the enthusiastic response, Oppo added another 300 participants to the program.
The BDP-83 has been widely sought due to Oppo’s reputation for the highest quality video AND audio playback capabilitites at a reasonable price. The BDP-83 uses Anchor Bay Technologies VRS video processing (also used for DVD upconversion and deinterlacing), supports BD Profile 2.0 (including BonusView and BD Live), Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA decoding and SACD playback. These advanced audio formats can be output via HDMI or through 7.1 channel analog outputs for legacy equipment. In addition to all of this, there are two USB ports for playback of audio and video from USB storage devices.
Based on feedback from the early adopters, Oppo has released two firmware update so far, adding DVD audio support and addressing a few minor issues. We will have a review up once the remaining issues are sorted out, probably after the next firmware update. My early evaluation of the BDP-83 is that it more than lives up to expectations and will likely become my reference Blu-ray player.