Oppo’s BDP-83 Blu-ray/universal player is more versatile than most other players at any price, and it offers better picture and sound quality than anything I’ve seen or heard at, or even remotely close to, its price. For these reasons, I would argue it represent the biggest bargain going in today’s home theater marketplace. Playback is adopting the Oppo as its Blu-ray reference player.
Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player (updated 8/6/2009)
Disc/file formats supported: BD-Video, DVD-Video, AVCHD, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, AVCHD and MKV files via USB drives.
HDMI audio bitstream support: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital/Digital EX; DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-Digital Surround, DTS-ES; SACD via DSD bitstream or LPCM conversion, LPCM 7.1-channel, 5.1-channel and 2-channel
Onboard decoder support: As above, except that there are no onboard Dolby Digital EX or DTS-ES decoders.
Outputs 1080p at: 24Hz, 50Hz, 60Hz
Video outputs: One HDMI, one component video, one composite video
Digital audio outputs: One HDMI, two digital (one coaxial, one optical)
Analog audio outputs: one 7.1-channel analog audio, one stereo analog
Other connections: Ethernet (for firmware updates and BD-Live content), two USB ports, IR in/out, RS-232 (optional)
Dimensions (HxWxD): 3” x 16.875” x 13.25”
Weight: 11.2 lbs.
Warranty: One year, parts and labor
Oppo Digital, Inc.