Consider this player if: You already own a BDP-93, the NE and NXE boards offer a simple way to maximize your player’s analog audio quality while preserving all its other positive attributes. I found the NXE board outperformed the NE board in several important sonic parameters and made a very convincing argument for bypassing the NE in favor of the NXE when you do upgrade your player
Look further if: You do most of your critical listening in stereo. In my listening tests the NXE board performed on a par with the Oppo BDP-95 but was not identical to it. In terms of ergonomic flexibility the BDP-95 offers more output options, with both balanced and single-ended dedicated two-channel outputs. But the BDP-95 delivers its best sound only from the two-channel outputs while the Nuforce board delivers its best through its multi-channel outputs.
While the NuForce BDP-93NXE offers slightly less fidelity from two-channel-only sources when compared to the Oppo BDP-95, it outperforms it on multi-channel material.
In the end it all comes down to whether you wish to optimize your system for two-channel or multi-channel listening experience. If two-channel is your primary listening mode, the Oppo BDP-95 would be your best sonic choice. But if most of your listening is to multi-channel sources, then the BDP-93 NXE is the one you should bring home.
NuForce BDP-93 upgrade boards for the Oppo BDP-93 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: 8 Hz – 60kHz (± 3 dB).
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >100 dB.
Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0/.01%.
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: Ninety days, parts and labor.
• NuForce BDP-93 NE
Complete player: $899.
NE Upgrade board: $400.
• NuForce BDP-93 NXE
Complete player: $1399
NXE upgrade board: $900.