Oppo has released some information on its much-anticipated BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc player. The DSD-over-HDMI feature is an interesting twist, as is the direct conversion of DSD to analog (rather than converting DSD to PCM for conversion, which obviates some of the benefits of DSD). Based on the quality and value of their universal disc players (DVD, DVD-A, SACD, CD), the BDP-83 might bethe Blu-ray player. We'll have a full review as soon as samples become available.
Here's what Oppo says about the BDP-83:
One of the major design goals for the BDP-83 was to deliver first-class video quality for both Blu-ray and DVD. We based and expanded upon our top-of-the-line DV-983H up-converting DVD player and fully utilize the unparalleled performance of the VRS by Anchor Bay video processing solution. You can expect all the great video features including Source Direct for DVD and Blu-ray, high definition HDMI scaling, Edge and Detail Enhancement, and 1080p24Hz output for both Blu-ray and DVD.
We did not stop at just video performance. We further refined the audio stage, including the addition of discrete stereo outputs and increasing the power and efficiency of the power supply. The BDP-83 will also offer direct DSD over HDMI and DSD-to-analog without any PCM conversion, a distinctly unique feature.
With the BDP-83, we intend to release a full featured universal Blu-ray Disc player that supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live), DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio. As of this writing, the BDP-83 supports BD Profile 1.1 (BONUSVIEW), DVD-Video, SACD, and bitstreaming of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Progress is being made on a daily basis as our engineers work diligently around the clock to further enable DVD-Audio, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio onboard decoding, and BD Profile 2.0.
The BDP-83 is currently undergoing an extensive and thorough Beta Test Program. We greatly appreciate all the feedback from our beta testers, as without their dedicated hard work and extraordinary attention to detail, the BDP-83 would not be a high quality product that our customers have come to expect from us.
As many of our customers eagerly anticipate the release of the BDP83, We are contemplating a "BDP-83 Early Adoption program" in late December or early January. This program will make available a limited number of units so you can purchase and experience the current implementation of the BDP-83's feature sets, with the ability to download firmware as new features become available. The estimated price for the BDP-83 is around $499 to $599.
OPPO Digital is a consumer oriented company that carefully listens to customer opinions and values their feedback. If it were not for our customers' feedback and support, OPPO would not be where we are today. At OPPO we strive to provide our customers with great products re-enforced by exceptional customer service.