Blu-ray Players

OPPO BDP-83SE (Special Edition) and NuForce Edition Universal Blu-ray Players

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Introduction

OPPO's BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player has been very successful, as it is one of only a few players that will ouput all codecs (CD, DVD-A, SACD, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio) in digital format through an HDMI connection. Now, with the Special Edition of this player, called the BDP-83SE, along with a tweaked version of the SE, called the BDP-83SE NuForce Edition, analog audio performance is improved significantly, and in fact, both players perform like units costing much, much more.

I won't be going into a long discussion of the design and features of the SE and NuForce versions, as they are the same as the standard version except that the stereo analog outputs are now state of the art.

Here is a photo of the rear panel. It is the same for the SE version as it is for the NuForce version.

To quote from OPPO's website:

"The OPPO BDP-83 Special Edition uses the state-of-the-art Sabre32 family of Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC) from ESS Technology. The Sabre32 family is known as one of the industry's highest performance audio DACs and are often found in high-end audiophile and professional equipments. The OPPO BDP-83 Special Edition uses an 8-channel Sabre Premier (ES9006) DAC chip for its 7.1 multi-channel output. The dedicated stereo output uses another 8-channel Sabre32 Ultra (ES9016) DAC chip by stacking 4 DACs for each of the Left and Right channels to achieve even greater audio performance."

The price of the BDP-83SE is $899, sold direct on their website.

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NuForce took the BDP-83SE a step further by replacing critical analog components with the high-grade equivalents NuForce uses in its high-end audio components. They also added high-speed power regulation on both DACs and all analog power rails, and bypassed the stereo and 7.1 channels’ output muting circuits, changing them to relays.

The BDP-83SE NuForce Edition is available through dealers, with an MSRP of $1,295.

I listened to a number of CDs, SACDs, and DVD-As, and the clarity of the sound (detail) was noticeably better than with the standard version. It wasn't a huge difference, because the standard version does pretty well with analog audio too, but it was definitely better. But, rather than go on and on with subjective impressions, let the graphs tell the story.