Video highlights: The video features set of the BDP-95 closely mirrors that of the BDP-93. Key features (shared, in this case, by both players) are as noted below.
• Up-to-the-minute, high-tech video processor: At the time of their release to the market, Oppo’s players have traditionally made a point of offering the very latest and most powerful onboard video processing devices, and the BDP-93 and BDP-95 are no exception. Both incorporate the second-generation Marvell Qdeo Kyoto G2 video processor, which provides:
o Video noise reduction.
o Compression artifact reduction.
o Intelligent color, contrast, detail, and edge enhancement.
o DVD (or other video format) upconversion to 1080p.
• Source Direct mode: As in the Audio discussion above, Oppo recognizes that some owners will want the BDP-95 to serve as a “digital transport” for use with external video processers. Accordingly, Oppo provides a “Source Direct” mode where the player outputs A/V data as read, with “no processing or alteration.”
• True 24p Video: The BDP-95 supports playback of video content captured at 24 fps, “the same frame rate as the original movie’s theatrical release.”
• Multiple Zoom Modes: According to Oppo, the BDP-95 supports “multiple levels of aspect ratio control and image zooming, including a vertical stretch mode for customers with a 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height) display system.”
• Dual HDMI outputs: As mentioned under “Audio highlights,” above, the BDP-95 provides dual HDMI outputs, with separately configurable video settings for each (in fact, the HDMI 1 output can be configured to output video data only).
• Dual USB Ports: The BDP-95 provides two USB 2.0 ports that can read audio, video, or photo data from attached USB drives. Note, however, that the BDP-95 is not set up to be used as a USB DAC through which, say music files could be played from a computer (though there is—or at least may be—a different connectivity option for playing files from computers: see “Experimental Functions”, below).
• eSATA Ports: The BDP-95 allows users to connect and play audio, video or photo content from eSATA drives (or drive arrays).
• Wireless & Ethernet Connectivity: The BDP-95 provides both a hardwired RJ-45-type Ethernet port and a plug-in Wireless-N adapter that can support streaming content from the Internet or (potentially) from the user’s home network.
• Netflix & Blockbuster-On-Demand Ready: The BDP-95 supports movie streaming from Netflix and Blockbuster-On-Demand, and in fact ships with free trial membership offers from both services (offered to U.S.-based owners only, however).
• PAL/NTSC Conversion: By design, the BDP-95 can—at least in principle—play both NTSC and PAL format contents, and support conversion of one format to the other for playback purposes. However, the BDP-95 manual contains this caveat: “(Subject to DVD and BD region restrictions.)”
• “Experimental functions”: Within the “Media File Playback” section of the BDP-95 manual, users will find a menu option labeled MY NETWORK, which is described as “an experimental feature which enables the player to stream audio, video and photo (content) from media servers on the home network.” The Oppo technical support team does not official support this DNLA Server-like functionality package, but prospective buyers can learn more by visiting wiki.oppodigital.com.
• IR & RS-232: The BDP-95 provides IR and RS-232 ports to support custom installations.
I tested the BDP-95 using a number of benchmarking disc, including the Spears & Munsil High Definition Benchmark Blu-ray Edition and the IDT HQV Benchmark 2.0, Blu-ray Disc version 2.0. In each case, I found the BDP-95 was able to equal or surpass the results achieved by any other disc player I’ve tested, and likewise able to meet or beat the performance of any of the built-in video processors I’ve tested in various A/V receivers or controllers.