Price does, however, inevitably influence our perceptions of any product, and in the BD-30’s case comparisons with Oppo’s BDP-83 are inevitable. While the latter is arguably the greatest $499 player yet made, the former faces much stiffer competition in its higher price class—especially in the area of sound quality. In taking notes on the BD-30 I wrote this:
“With the BD-30, what you get is the pleasing and eminently listenable sound of very good A/V equipment, but what’s missing is that magical spark of realism that comes with components that have a bit more resolving power—especially when it comes to reproducing upper midrange/treble details and high-frequency harmonics. “
The was a relatively minor criticism I made of the Oppo BDP-83, but it is a more significant one in the case of the Lexicon BD-30, given that with higher prices come heightened expectations.
At any rate, the video and audio performance characteristics of the Lexicon BD-30 and Oppo BDP-83 are essentially identical, with one small difference. The much heavier chassis casework of the BD-30 makes its mechanical operation noticeably quieter than the Oppo.
Given that The Perfect Vision has already done an in-depth review of the BDP-83, we have elected not to do a full review of the Lexicon. However, if we had prepared a full review, the concluding paragraphs might have read something like this:
The Lexicon BD-30 is an excellent universal Blu-ray player, offering exemplary video performance and very good, though not quite great, sound quality. I expect the player will find favor among customers who appreciate the benefits and services that Lexicon’s excellent retail dealer network can provide.
Even so, there is an element of disappointment here, and it revolves around the fact that the BD-30 does not, apart from its somewhat quieter mechanical operation, improve upon the core A/V performance of the inexpensive Oppo BDP-83 upon which it is based. Given the BD-30’s hefty price tag, I think customers might well have expected more.