Got the update in my email inbox today about the Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player—looks like it’ll be a winner if you’re a fan of other Oppo Digital products.
No, the price isn’t quite as low as some of Oppo’s upconverting universal DVD players. But the company divulged some details, and much to our satisfaction, the BDP-83 will be a universal player—pop your SACDs, DVD-As in there as well as your Blu-rays, DVDs and CDs—and it will be much less expensive than the only other universal Blu-ray player out there, Denon’s recently announced $3,800 DVD-A1UDCi player.
Oppo says the estimated price of its player will be $499 to $599, and it’s looking into an “Early Adoption Program” to get a few out this month or next month so people can start checking them out.
Here’s what else the company said in its letter:
One of the major design goals for the BDP-83 is to deliver first-class video quality for both Blu-ray and DVD. We based and expanded upon our top-of-the-line DV-983H up-converting DVD player and fully utilize the unparalleled performance of the VRS by Anchor Bay video processing solution. You can expect all the high-end video features including Source Direct for DVD and Blu-ray, high definition HDMI scaling, Edge and Detail Enhancement options, and 1080p24Hz output for both Blu-ray and DVD.
We did not stop at just video performance. We further refined the audio stage, including the addition of discrete stereo outputs and increasing the power and efficiency of the power supply. For SACD playback, the BDP-83 supports direct DSD over HDMI and DSD-to-analog without any PCM conversion, a very unique feature.
With the BDP-83, we intend to release a full-featured universal Blu-ray Disc player that supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live), DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio. As of this writing, the BDP-83 supports BD Profile 1.1 (BONUSVIEW), DVD-Video, SACD, and bitstreaming of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Progress is being made on a daily basis as our engineers work diligently around the clock to further enable DVD-Audio, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio onboard decoding, and BD Profile 2.0.
The BDP-83 is currently undergoing an extensive and thorough Beta Test Program. We greatly appreciate all the feedback from our beta testers, as without their hard work and extraordinary attention to detail, the BDP-83 would not be the high quality product that our customers have come to expect from us.
Yup, we’ve come to expect a lot from Oppo, and we can’t wait to see how the BDP-83 stacks up.
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