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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
Article Index
Oppo BDP-93 Universal Network 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player Review 
Setup and Features
Conclusion


Conclusion:

As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, Oppo in a few short years has become a major force in affordable, high quality source components. Their first few DVD players blew minds with their feature sets, build quality, and pricing. The engineers at Oppo have obviously found a winning combination. So much so, that several other high end companies have licensed technology from Oppo, including Ayre Acoustics ( for their ultra high end and very expensive DX-5 Blu-Ray universal player), and Lexicon.

From every standpoint, the BPD-93 is easy to recommend. The build quality is crazy good. Video quality across all formats is superb. While not state of the art in audio playback, it only suffers in comparison to disc players costing four or five times as much. But in my opinion, the ability to playback any type of disc, including audiophile formats like SACD and DVD-A and high resolution music via USB input at this price point is beyond comprehension. Several years ago you would have needed 4 or 5 boxes to accomplish all this.

oppo 93 front view

Are there cheaper Blu-Ray players? Sure, but they will under perform the BDP-93 and their cheapo plastic enclosures and inferior parts will give in to the self fulling prophecy of planned obsolesence, and the inevitable destination, your local landfill.  Not to mention Oppo continually updates its firmware as consumers demand new features and their engineers refine what is already a no stress user interface.

Take into consideration, this is the first Blu-Ray player I have had in my system, although I have experienced networked Blu-Ray players in other settings.  After spending some quality time with the BDP-93 I can only imagine it being bettered by one other sub $1000 player, and that would be the brand new flagship Oppo, the BDP-95, priced at $999, which is loaded with additional features like a 32 bit DAC, XLR connections, and other goodies.  For me the BDP-93 is a winner, and it will be part of my reference system for a while, and it will be able to hang with gear costing significantly more. The Oppo BDP-93 is yet another example of the current trend of high performance audio & video gear offering tremendous value, and then some.

Specifications


  • Disc Types: BD-Video, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, AVCHD, SACD, CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE, BD-R/RE DL
  • BD Profile: BD-ROM Version 2.4 Profile 5 for 3D (also compatible with Profile 2, Profile 1 Version 1.0 and 1.1)
  • Internal Storage: 2GB (Approximately 1GB available for BD-Live persistent storage. Actual storage varies due to system usage)
  • Output: Analog Audio: 7.1ch, 5.1ch, or stereo
  • Digital Audio: Coaxial, Optical
  • HDMI Audio: Stereo, up to 7.1ch high-resolution PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, bitstream or LPCM conversion of Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, and DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • Analog Video: Composite, Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr, 480i/480p, 720p/1080i available for non-restricted content only)
  • Digital Video: HDMI with HDCP (NTSC: 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24, PAL 576i/576p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24)
  • Video Characteristics    Composite Video Amplitude: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)
  • Component Video: Y: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω), Pb/Pr: 0.7Vp-p (75Ω)
  • Audio Characteristics**    Frequency: 20Hz - 20kHz (±0.3dB), 20Hz - 96kHz (±2.0dB)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >110dB (A-weighted)
  • THD+N: < 0.002% (1kHz at 0dBFS, 20kHz LPF)
  • General Specification    Power Supply: ~ 100V - 240V, 50/60Hz AC
  • Power Consumption: 35W (0.5W Standby)
  • Dimensions: 430mm x 311mm x 79mm, 16-7/8 x 12-1/4 x 3-1/8 inches
  • Mass: 4.9kg / 10.8 lbs

Company Info

Movie Playlist


Blu-rays:

  • The Other Man
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Watchmen, Directors Cut
  • The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

NetFlix Streaming:

  • Donnie Yen movie

Reviewer Setup

  • DVD player: Oppo 981 Universal Player, Panasonic DVD-R
  • Home Theater Receiver & Power Amp: Marantz AV7005, MM7055
  • TV: Vizio 55 inch HDTV
  • Digital Cable: Time Warner HD DVR
  • Speakers: Paradigm Monitor 9 V5,  (Front and Center Channels) Paradigm Atom (Rear Channels), PSB subwoofer
  • Cables: QED, NuForce, Kimber, PS Audio, Home Depot. Audioquest,  Transparent






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