April 30, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
Well, we’re getting closer to a full rollout of Oppo Digital’s sweet BDP-83 Blu-ray disc player.
The news today is that it’s going to start shipping the fully baked product, after extensive early adopter program and feedback, May 5 to May 15 to those who have received invitations.
The company says that if you haven’t received an invitation but want to purchase the $499 player, it will start sending it out to others after all the invite-players have been fulfilled.
Just to refresh your memory, the Oppo not only plays Blu-rays, but will include support for multichannel music formats SACD and DVD-Audio, and include 7.1-channel analog outputs.
It decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, includes dedicated stereo analog outputs. The BDP-83 upconverts standard-def DVDs via Anchor Bay’s DVDO VRS de-interlacing and scaling, and there’s even a vertical stretch mode so you can prep Blu-rays and DVDs for viewing in a 2.35:1 constant image height setup (to ditch the black bars) with an anamorphic lens, projector and CinemaScope screen.
At last check, Oppo was trying to work out the DVD-A support, and it looks like it’s been taken care of prior to shipping so you won’t have to grab it as a firmware update. Plus you get a free 6-foot HDMI cable, so there’s no need to rush out and buy a Monster Cable as attracted as you may be by the new reduced price.
Via: Engadget HD
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.