Blu-ray Players

OPPO BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

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The Design

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player


The player is boxed and shipped in durable foam and there is also a handy cloth carrying case included that features the OPPO logo. In the box there is a hefty HDMI cable, a set of RCA cables, a power cable, a remote control and batteries, and probably the most thorough and helpful user's guide I have come across. OPPO gets an A+ for delivery and shows by the extras included that they are delivering a high quality product to the consumer.

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player


The BDP-83 has exceptional build quality for this price point and it's a selling point for this player. The slim but solid chassis weighs in at 11.2 pounds and the front panel has a suave but simple look with an attractive brushed metal finish and minimal amount of buttons. The display, front and center, is large and easily legible with baby blue lettering. Logos and buttons are silver in color and front panel buttons include open/close, power, and a control ring which includes play/pause, stop, fast forward and reverse. The unit's powers light glows with soft blue lighting. The disc tray rests right above the LED display and has smooth and quiet operation. The BDP-83 has a very refined appearance that would make it an attractive player in any A/V systems including those that are high end. One pet peeve I found was that if the player was placed in the A/V rack at or above eye level the bottom of the display text would be slightly cut off.

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player


The back panel also spares no expenses, featuring gold plated connections for 7.1 or 5.1, and stereo analog audio, composite video, and component video. Digital connections include Toslink and coaxial inputs, a HDMI 1.3 compliant connection, a 10/100 Ethernet port used for BD-Live and online firmware updates, IR ports for remote control, and a USB 2.0 connection. All connections feel sturdy and are of a higher quality than what you would find on an entry level DVD players. Everything is clearly labeled for easy setup.

On the Inside

Video processing on the HDMI side is handled by Anchor Bay Technologies ABT 2010 processor which features proprietary VRS 10-bit video scaling, mosquito noise reduction, and proprietary lip synch technology. The analog video connections of the BDP-83 are not processed through the ABT2010 processor, so the maximum potential of this player will only be unlocked when using HDMI connections. Here is a glimpse of the inside of the BDP-83 where we can see the separate boards for the power supply, main board, and analog audio section. A/V connections are braced on the inside of the chassis for additional durability.

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player

The dedicated stereo analog output uses the Cirrus CS4398 DAC. The 7.1 channel analog output uses the Cirrus CS4382A DAC. The analog video output uses the built-in 148MHz/12-bit video DAC in the video decoder chip.