- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 21 January 2013
The Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray Player on The Bench
With our standard Blu-ray/DVD Benchmark Suite, the Oppo doesn't break a sweat. Every single test it faced it passed without a hiccup or even a close call. Scaling on DVD test patterns was excellent, with images as good as anything I have tested outside of expensive video processors, and no one should be disappointed with the video performance of the Oppo BDP-103.
The Oppo players have never had an issue with our HDMI Benchmark, always serving as a reference that a company that cares enough can get it right, and once again they do. For a reference Blu-ray image, you're not going to beat the Oppo BDP-103 at this price point, or any price point. Those pixels on the disc are designed to come out one way, and the Oppo does it that way.
On our load time tests, the Oppo once again takes the crown as the fastest player we have tested. The new processor helps with Java load times, and disc seek times are very quick as well. The time to Open, Close, and Load a disc from Power Off is very fast at 19 seconds, and that is in Energy Saver mode as opposed to the Instant On mode.
The Oppo players have always been perfect on their colorspace conversions and the BDP-103 doesn't change this at all. The BDP-103 supports RGB, YCbCr 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 perfectly, and you can choose the one that is correct for your environment without worry.
Testing the video processing was done with 1080i and 720p content from an Oppo BDP-93 player. With interlaced content the video scaler was able to properly deinterlace 2:2 and 3:2 content, as well as pass every test for DVD content that it would pass on our Blu-ray Benchmark. Noise Reduction and scaling was very good on 720p content (no cadence tests were necessary with 720p signals), and in both all luma and chroma detail remained for all colorspaces. Used with a Roku stick or smartphone with the MHL input, or with a cablebox or TiVo, the Oppo will deliver very good performance as a video scaler.
With both CD and DVD-Audio test signals, THD+N was almost identical on a 1 kHz test tone. The main difference you can see on the CD Audio version is a noise floor fall off past 22 kHz where the signal end and some noise spikes right around 44.1 kHz that are very, very low. That fall-off and the spikes are not present on the DVD-Audio signals.
10 kHz THD+N test results are similar as well. The fall off on the noise floor is there and there are some spikes out there as well. Here it seems to be at 44.1 kHz again, and then 10 kHz below that at 34 kHz. These numbers are still quite low and very nice.
IMD test results with 19 kHz and 20 kHz test tones are great here as well. There is around 95 dBV of range from the A and B peaks to the B-A peak at 1 kHz. Otherwise the test results are very similar to each other, with the same differences seen on both the THD+N tests.
IMD numbers for the Oppo with 60 Hz and 7 kHz tones are good but not exceptional. The data is actually very clean and I wonder if that-imd-value isn't low due to the noise around 120-300 Hz that is present on all the tests and likely on my electrical lines. Those values don't get included into the THD+N test results but with a 60Hz tone here it might cause the values to be lower.
While not the analog focused machine that the BDP-105 is, the DAC in the BDP-103 will still do well as a universal audio player if you choose to use the analog outputs.