For about a decade the California consumer electronics company Oppo Digital has gained a steady following of performance-driven, budget conscious consumers and throughout this time it’s also been building a loyal dealer network.
Back about a year ago the company released one of the first universal disc players that included Blu-ray disc playback, the BDP-83, and it was praised from all corners of the electronics market. Recently the company upped the performance ante of the BDP-83 when it introduced the BDP-83 Special Edition unit, which addresses the analog multichannel outputs of the player.
The company started by upgrading the player’s power supply before moving on to its digital-to-analog converters (DACs), which the company replaced with higher performing Sabre DACs from ESS Technology.
Using an eight-channel Sabre Premier (ES9006) DAC chip for the unit’s 7.1 analog outputs in tandem with an alignment that features four of ESS’ Sabre Ultra (ES9016) DACs per channel for the player’s analog stereo output, the player is able to achieve a signal-to-noise ratio of 117dB, which bests the standard BDP-83 by 7dB.
Just like the standard BDP-83, the SE offers Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, HDCD, DVD Audio disc playback. The BDP-83 SE can play back blank discs in the AVCHD, CD-R/RW, DVD+/-R/RW, DVD+/-R, BD-R/RE and Kodak picture formats for added entertainment flexibility.
Other standard features include VRS by Anchor Bay video processing and upconversion, BD-Live 2.0 functionality, zoom-mode processing for 2.35:1 stretch applications and built in Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio.
The BDP-83SE is also a step-up in price from the BDP-83, as it registers an MSRP of $899.
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