Finally, the BDP-95’s three-dimensionality lets you hear that this is a live and therefore living and breathing recording captured in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. The Oppo’s ability to retrieve low-level details lets you have a sense for the acoustics of the recording venue and, on louder passages, to sense the manner in which the orchestra energizes the entire hall. The Oppo isn’t however, one of those players that render gobs of detail for detail’s sake; instead, the player’s many small sonic details coalesce to form an integral, organic whole that simply “sounds right.” If you stop to think about it, that’s one of the highest complements we could give to any disk player.
Consider this player if: you want a versatile and highly capable audiophile-grade universal player that is, quite simply, a bargain at its price. Part of the beauty, here, is that the BDP-95 is an equally strong audio and video performer. Built-in Netflix and Blockbuster-On-Demand support are very cool, too.
Look further if: you want to go for even higher levels of sound quality (something that can be found if you want to push a point, but typically only at several multiples of the BDP-95’s oh-so-reasonable price). Also look further if you don’t need the BDP-95’s potent DACs and analog audio section, in which case the $499 BDP-93 might be a better option for you.
The BDP-95 is by far the finest Blu-ray/universal disc player Oppo has yet produced. If you can afford one, then put the Oppo right at the top of your short list. If you can afford something more expensive, strongly consider buying the Oppo anyway. It’s that good.
Caveats: With an eye toward the future and the growing popularity of computer-based systems, we would like to see this player set up so that it could be used as a USB DAC and so that its current DNLA Server-like “Experimental Functions” could become fully supported.
Oppo BDP-95 Blu-ray/Universal Disc Player
Disc/file formats supported: Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Audio/Video, SACD, HDCD, CD, Kodak Picture CD, AVCHD, MP4, DivX, MKV, FLAC and WAV from recorded discs or, where feasible, from USB or eSATA drives.
HDMI audio bitstream support: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital; DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-Digital Surround; SACD via DSD bitstream or LPCM conversion, LPCM 7.1-channel, 5.1-channel and 2-channel
Onboard decoder support: As above
Outputs: 1080p at: 24Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz
Video outputs: Two HDMI, one component video, one composite video
Digital audio outputs: Two HDMI, two digital (one coaxial, one optical)
Analog audio outputs: one 7.1-channel output, two stereo outputs (on single-ended via RCA jacks, one balanced via XLR connectors)
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz (-0.3 dB ± 0.05dB), 20 Hz – 96kHz (-2.5 dB ± 0.05dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >130 dB (A-weighted, mute), > 115 dB (A-weighted, unmute)
Other connections: Ethernet and Wireless-n (for firmware updates, BD-Live content, Netflix and Blockbuster-On-Demand content streaming, and for “Experimental Functions”), two USB ports (for content playback from USB drives), eSATA port, IR in/out, RS-232 (optional)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 4” x 16.875” x 12.25”
Weight: 15.4 lbs.
Warranty: One year, parts and labor
Oppo Digital, Inc.