The Art of Home Theater Projectors

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player being reviewed!

UPDATE: The Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player Review has been posted.

Greetings all!

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

Mike wrote:

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.

News And Comments

  • Jeff Hurst

    The finished OPPO BDP-83 article reports the same as I’ve seen on all other blu-ray player reviews – DVD playback can be greatly enhanced, but Blu-Ray content isn’t. My question – shouldn’t it be possible to apply the same upscaling technology to Blu-Ray, and thus adequately feed a higher resolution display than 1080P? The sheer data volume of Blu-Ray would mandate a veeery fast chip, but I think the underlying algorithms to be processed would be identical. 1080P projector prices are falling fast. Doesn’t it seem likely that some manufacturer will release a 2160P projector and use something like a uber-capacity version of Anchor Bay Technologies VRS video processing to upscale Blu-Ray to 2180P? The alternative is they’re going to hit a point where deeper blacks and more lumens aren’t enough to make a competitive advantage. The projectors are possible because we see them in movie theaters all the time. I think 2160P with Blu-Ray upscaling will hit for under $20K within 10 years – and I’ll finally be able to have a 200″ screen that compares to going out to a digital projection theater.

    Here’s the excerpt from your Oppo article: “Next, I switched back and forth between the Auto and Source Direct (which just passes through the video at the source disk’s native resolution) resolution settings to see if there we any differences. With a normal 1080p Blu-ray disk, I saw no difference between the two on my 1080p display. “

    • Lisa Feierman

      Hi Jeff,

      since I already answered the same basic question that you emailed me. Here’s the short version for other readers:

      Without a higher resolution display, I don’t really see any point in upscaling above 1080p. While those devices may show up in a few years (and most likely inside of your 10 year scenario), why worry about the capability in a player today. There will be so many other changes, before that becomes a relevant capability (upscaling to 4K), we’ll likely be dealing with 3D, and a host of other things. Not to mention the supposed incompatibility of HDMI 1.3 to the HDMI 1.4 spec. If the world standardizes on 1.4, sounds like we may all have to replace our cabling, etc. And who knows what other benefits will come across 1.4, that existing 1.3 devices haven’t been able to address.

      Bottom line – unless you can afford a nice 4K pro Cinema projector, hold that thought for a couple few more years, and we’ll see if we are closer…