Universal Players

OPPO BDP-93, BDP-93NE (NuForce Edition), and BDP-95 Universal 3D Blu-ray Players


The Design

The basic features of both the BDP-93 and BDP-95 are similar, except for the DAC's (the BDP-93 uses the Cirrus CS4382A, while the BDP-95 uses the SABRE32), but also the BDP-95 uses upgraded parts, and adds a dedicated DAC to deliver true balanced output for stereo audio listening (a second DAC handles 7.1 output). On the BDP-93, you use the front left and right RCA output jacks for stereo.

NuForce's BDP-93NE replaces one board in the chassis. Its performance characteristics include an upgraded power supply, a redesigned output stage that bypasses the muting circuit, different analog filters, and upgraded op-amps. If you already have a BDP-93, you can purchase just the board ($400) and install it yourself, or purchase the player with the card already installed ($899). The BDP-93NXE (not reviewed here because the product was not available for me to test) has a different clocking technology to reduce the jitter in the bitstream (3 pico-seconds). The BDP-93NXE will be available as either a card ($800) that you can install in your existing BDP-93, or as the player with the card already installed ($1,299).

The BDP-95 is more than five pounds heavier than the BDP-93, and undoubtedly, some of this weight is in the power supply and shielding.

The first photo below shows the rear panel of the BDP-93, the second photo is the BDP-93NE, and the third photo shows the BDP-95 (click on the photos to see the large version). You can see that externally, the BDP-93 and BDP-93NE are the same, and that is because only a PC board inside the chassis has been changed. On the front panel, the BDP-93NE has the NuForce logo.

Note that all the players have an Ethernet port, but also contain wireless N so the player can communicate with your home network to download firmware updates. The players also have two HDMI jacks, so you can connect one HDMI jack directly to a 3D HDTV and the other to the HDMI input jack on your receiver, if your receiver does not support Blu-ray 3D.

If you don't have a wireless network, or the distance from the player to your Internet router is too far, the OPPO's have a USB 2.0 jack that will let you update firmware by downloading it from the OPPO website, copying it onto a memory thumb drive, inserting it into the USB jack on the OPPP, which the OPPO will then recognize and automatically update the firmware.

RS-232 an IR ports allow for remote control.

Speaking of which, the remote control for the new OPPO's is the same as for their previous players, such as the BDP-83. It's one of the easiest to use remotes out there. No need to change it.