Blu-ray Players

OPPO BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player - Benchmark



The first step to getting BD-Live working is setting up the BDP-83 on a local area network with high speed internet. This can be accomplished by making a wired Ethernet connection between the BDP-83 and a router, or by using a wireless game adapter that has a connection to a wireless router. It's also best to allow the player to use DHCP to assign the IP Address and DNS Server. The player does have the option to enter these fields manually as well if need be. Once the network connections are set up, a connection test can be performed to verify successful connection to the internet. I used Universal Picture's Frost Nixon and Hellboy 2 releases as well as DreamWorks' Tropic Thunder release to test out BD-Live.

Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player

Load times will vary due to internet connection speeds as well as server speeds.

After about 3 minutes, downloads were complete for Frost Nixon and I was taken to Universal's BD-Live center where I could view trailers of other Universal titles. Trailers loaded almost immediately. There wasn't any content specific for Frost Nixon, so it was a bit of a disappointment. Moving along, the content for Hellboy 2 took seven minutes forty five seconds to load and as well as a set of trailers, there were also a couple short video clips that offered some additional artwork for the movie. Nothing special. Overall, the experience with the Universal titles wasn't very good for content and performance was also a bit sluggish. That's not necessarily a fault of this player as much as it is for content development for BD-Live. DreamWorks's Tropic Thunder content took around seven minutes to load and included lots of funny behind the scenes interviews and improvisations. If you enjoyed the movie, then the BD-Live extras are worth the download. BD-Live is still a developing format, but it's starting to appear on more titles.

More Media

The BDP-83 is a media center and media can be accessed from either disc or USB Media using the two USB 2.0 ports on the player. The USB ports are also used for applying firmware updates to the player. These USB ports can accommodate external hard drives but since thy only supply 5V, 500ma of power, external hard drives will need their own power supplies. Additionally, the USB storage device must be formatted in the FAT or FAT32 file system since the BDP-83 is not compatible with NTFS formatted storage devices. Once the USB device is plugged in, the Home button is pressed to display a menu which allows selection of music, movie, or pictures. USB1 or 2 becomes an available choice for navigation when you select any of these items.

Music files played with no issues and basic features like shuffle random repeat one repeat all are present. If the music file contains information such as album art it will be displayed otherwise, only track and time is shown.

Viewing images on a home theater system is a nice feature to have and I often find myself sharing photos of recent vacations with friends on my 52" LCD display. Here, the BDP-83 gives you a preview thumbnail with file information including date, size, and file type, and a list of all the photos that are present on the CD or USB stick. After selecting the photo, a full screen image pops up and will automatically go into a slideshow mode. The slideshow feature also has variable speed choices (slow, normal, fast) that vary from 5 seconds, 10 seconds, and 15 seconds per slide. The pause button must be pressed to prevent the player from displaying the next available image. The image quality here looked excellent. While viewing the photo, one can flip, rotate, or zoom and pan in on the image by using the arrow keys and the zoom button on the remote control. Music can also be added to the slideshow by starting a music track or playlist first, then pushing the home key and beginning the photo slideshow.

Movie files loaded very quickly and the player was responsive when navigating through the video. The display button will bring up additional information including time marker, sound, and video format. The remote control can mute or change the volume of the track or you can change the resolution and use the zoom function as well. There are five speeds of fast forward or reverse that work very smoothly. The BDP-83 wasn't able to play any of my WMA, or MP4 files, however I didn't experience any problems during playback of AVI, DIVX, or MKV files with the exception that I couldn't get the player to display file information on the specific MKV file I was using.