Blu-ray Players

OPPO BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

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Features

The BDP-83 Is chock full of features. For starters, the BDP-83 is a full profile 2.0 player that features both BonusView and BD-Live capabilities. The BDP-83 is also HDMI 1.3 compliant and features support for both 30-bit and 36-bit Deep Color. This simply means that when we actually start seeing Deep Color media become available, this player will have the ability to display it. BD-Live on the BDP-83 is accomplished through the Ethernet port located on the back of the unit. The BDP-83 also features 1gb of internal storage so additional memory cards or flash cards aren't needed to make BD-Live titles work properly. It's a nice extra for OPPO to include and in comparison, many manufacturers have been skimping on the amount of internal memory and instead force consumers to purchase their own to achieve full BD-Live compatibility. Thumbs up to OPPO! Also, when this 1 GB of memory has been filled, storage can be regained by deleting unwanted content through the menu system.

The BDP-83 is really like a media center because of its support for additional media formats. The BDP-83's officially supported formats for media are BD, DVD-A, DVD-V, SACD, AVCHD, CD and Kodak Picture CD. The player will however handle formats such as JPEG,MP3, DivX,MKV, and AVI fairly well but the player may experience some glitches from time to time. It is likely OPPO will release firmware updates that address support for additional media formats.

Video output choices are between 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p50, or 1080p60. The BDP-83 offers 1080p/24 output with compatible displays and the BDP-83 is also one of a select few players able to upconvert standard DVDs into 1080p/24 output. Besides the selectable resolutions, the BDP-83 also offers Source Direct mode. In Source Direct mode, the player outputs source material in its original format untouched by any processing or scaling. It's a desirable feature to have for those who prefer to use their external scalers or processors to handle the video duties.