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Oppo BDP-93 Universal Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Thursday, 10 March 2011
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Oppo BDP-93 Universal Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player Review 
Setup and Features
Conclusion

Set Up and Features:

The BDP-93 out of the box, before connecting a single cable, was impressive. Weighing almost 11 lbs. and sporting a brushed aluminum faceplate, unheard of at this price, the build quality is  truly excellent. As is the quality of all the connectors on the rear panel. The BDP-93 also comes with a 6 foot, high quality HDMI cable, a really nice convenience. It is also packed with a button heavy remote control, a wireless USB dongle with an extension base which gives you everything you need to get started.

I ran the supplied HDMI cable into the Marantz AV7005 processor. I then powered up and set up both WiFi and Ethernet connections to stream content from NetFlix, which Oppo supports, along with Blockbuster. Oppo offers a trial membership with NetFlix and is a cinch to set up. I then configured the player for basic operation which took less than 5 minutes and was up and running with a Blu-Ray disc in the tray shortly after. The Oppo allows for two TV’s to be hooked up at the same time via the dual HDMI output function, which is pretty cool.

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The setup options are endless, with a menu for everything from speaker set up, sub woofer calibration, output resolution, connectivity, video calibration, networking, and anything else you can think of. This amount of flexibility was unheard of just five years ago on video disc players.  Once I completed my basic set up it was time to press “play”.

From the first few frames of the various Blu-Ray and DVD discs I played it was obvious the video playback quality of he BDP-93 was superb. Certainly the best I have experienced in my set up. Sometimes the amount of additional detail was disorienting, particularly on Blu-Rays, almost ruining the illusion that movies create for us, as landscapes and actors appeared strangely too “real’. I never thought I would be overwhelmed, and slightly put off by too much resolution!

I then plugged in a USB stick in the front panel slot and was able to run through hundreds of JPEG picture files from a recent trip. There is also an option to add background music to slide shows.  You can also play back most types of video and audio files, via with the remote. File access was lightening fast. This is now a great, common place feature, and Oppo was one of the earlier companies to offer this. It is extremely convenient and really does deliver on the promise of portable media.  The BDP-93 can also access media files on an e-SATA drive as well.

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I also spent a bit of time exploring the NetFlix streaming option. I must say, I am a convert. Accessing the service could not have been any easier. The selection of streamed content, which includes feature films, documentaries, network TV shows, and cable shows is huge. I watched quite a few movies using the hard wired Ethernet connection. Menu navigation was speedy, and there were no interruptions in the stream, and video quality was fantastic. I then activated my WiFi network and repeated the process. I was half expecting some stuttering or loss of video quality due to the limited bandwidth of wireless. No such thing occurred, much to my surprise. The video stream was rock solid.  Oppo also supports Blockbuster streaming as well, but I did not attempt to use it, as we have an account with NetFlix.

I decided to spend a bit of time with the BDP-93 as an audio player, using the analog outputs, and came away mighty impressed.  Oppo has clearly improved fidelity with better parts and refined signal paths. But make no mistake, the BDP-93 probably won’t outshine high four figure disc player. As excellent as it sounded on CDs, SACDs, and music files via USB, it came up slightly short against players I have heard costing way, way more.  For most, this will be all they will ever need.  It covers every conceivable base, including multi channel SACD and DVD-A.



 
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