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Also included in the box is OPPO’s moderately sturdy remote, one that obviously pays close attention to both home entertainment enthusiasts and more mainstream handlers in functionality. It’s a bit large, but the remote fits in one’s hand quite well. Solidity of build, button size, and functionality make up for the size, as visibility on the buttons and the general interface chimes in by being very user-friendly. Adorned with visible typography on both the remote chassis itself and the buttons, all of the functions clearly leap off of the unit. Though the color of the light is a little glaring, it does have a bright orange-yellow backlight to assist with nighttime entertainment screening. The layout might be simple, but it’s highly functional: along with the classic four-point directional navigation bezel at the center and the Top Menu, Pop Up Menu, Setup, and Return functions at its corners, the four-colored buttons follow underneath with the Stop, Play, and Pause Buttons – which are, all three, quality sizes.
Along with the standard functions, the Remote also boasts a couple of strong additions to the standard roster. Foremost, the OPPO has been built in with a Zoom function, a very helpful function that mostly assists with non-anamorphic DVDs and constant image height (CIH) setups. Most modern televisions come with a built-in “aspect ratio” toggle that can combat letterbox / non-16x9 discs, but they oftentimes can’t get the screen positioning quite as accurate as an internal, incremental size toggle. OPPO’s function is extremely able, taking the viewing angle in to 1.2x, 1.3x, 1.5x, 2x, as well as back to 1/2x if necessary, along with Stretch, Underscan, and a robust “Full” zoom that works nicely for non-anamorphic discs.
On a different tangent, the remote has come with a Pure Audio function which blips off the television (and the player, momentarily) to allow for a seamless aural experience without the on-screen display. Lastly, the OPPO BDP-83 has come with a Dimmer option to greatly tailor the brightness of the numerical display on the player – even though, at full blast, the numbers are at a very pleasing level. Though a bit on the large side, this remote works hard to counterbalance the bulk by encompassing as much user-friendliness and firmness of design as possible.
When the Setup function is accessed on the player, a slightly dark yet attractive interface pops up that allows for the following access features: Playback Setup, Video Setup, Audio Setup, Audio Format Setup, Audio Processing, Device Setup, and Network Setup. Playback allows for fine-tuning of the OPPO experience, ranging from SACD channel priority (DSD or PCM) to the Parental Controls, while the Device and Network Options cover most of the standard basis in those realms – dimmer control, firmware information, and IP configuration (which handles individual signals just fine on its own).
Video Setup allows for a fairly dense Picture Adjustment which, when paired with any range of demo discs, makes for strong availability to fine tweak standard functions (Brightness, Contrast, Hue) and other earmark items (Noise Reduction, Border Level, Detail Enhancement). On top of that, the Video also covers adjustments for the style of television (NTSC / PAL, 16x9 / 4:3), Output Resolution, along with 1080p24 Output and DVD 24P Conversion Toggles. Under the HDMI Options, it also allows for a toggle in the De-interlacing spectrum, Color Space adjustment, and tailoring for HDMI Deep Color (set to 36) and A/V Sync.
For the Audio Format Setup and Processing, the OPPO addresses a more serviceable array of functions – including an HDMI Audio toggle, SACD toggle between DSD and PCM, Bitstream selection for Coaxial/Optical, and the PCM rate limit. Audio Processing mostly covers the Speaker configuration for the listening space, addressing the number of speakers in the arena, and the capacity to Down Mix the signal to LT/RT, Stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 options that depend on the equipment being used. Out of the box, the OPPO’s settings are rather solid – aside from standard adjustments in speaker size and distance, as well as tailoring the audio sync to the equipment’s needs.