Product Review (November 2012)
OPPO BDP-103 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player
with 4K/DVD-Audio/SACD/HDCD

By Kevin Nakano


Oppo BDP-103 Universal Blu-ray PlayerOPPO has been recognized as a leader in Blu-ray players ever since the introduction of the original BDP-83 design back in 2009. Receiving high praise from the press, Oppo soon released the next generation BDP-93 which became one of the most sought after players by the serious home theater enthusiast. Oppo has just released the new BDP-103 that once again leverages from past successes. The BDP-103 represents the company's third generation Blu-ray design with many of the great features found on its predecessor and now with additional capabilities such as Ultra High Definition (4Kx2K) video up-scaling, 2D-to-3D conversion, and dual HDMI inputs. The Netflix application now supports 1080p video with 5.1 audio, and the new VUDU application supports 3D.

OPPO BDP-103 Universal Blu-ray PlayerFront Panel
The BDP-103 features a beautiful black anodized aluminum front panel (similar to the BDP-93) with only a few buttons (power, tray open/close and navigation controls) giving the unit a high-end look. The buttons have a bit more contour and are easier to see and feel compared to the previous design. Kudos to Oppo for illuminating the Eject button, so that users can see it in the dark. In terms of new features, little can be seen on the front panel with the exception of the new Mobile High-definition Link HDMI/MHL input connector. The display is attractive and easy to read and can be dimmed or turned off for those with low-light theater rooms. The design uses the same smooth transport mechanism found in the BDP-93 design.

The BDP-103 packaging keeps with the Oppo tradition, complete with the player wrapped in a reusable carrying bag and a protective film on the front face. A separate box in the package holds the remote, batteries, power cord, HDMI cable, WiFi adapter with dock, and User's manual. The BDP-103 weighs approximately the same as the previous model and has the same solid build quality customers have come to expect from Oppo.


Latest OPPO BDP-105 Reviewed


OPPO BDP-103 Universal Blu-ray Player Back Panel
The BDP-103 back panel looks different from the BDP-93 with several significant improvements. The two HDMI outputs still remain, but are now capable of ARC (Audio Return Channel) with compatible displays. Both HDMI outputs have adjustable resolution supporting 4Kx2K, Auto, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p/576p, 480i/576i, and Source Direct. If Auto is selected, the player will determine the output resolution based on the best signal resolution that the TV can display. The eSATA port has been removed and replaced with an additional USB 2.0 (now two USB 2.0 ports in the back). The BDP-103 still has both optical and coaxial digital outputs, wired ethernet, RS232 control, an IR input, composite video (for diagnostics) and 7.1 analog outputs. A detachable power cord makes installation easier in tight places.

Analog Component Video Removed
TV manufacturers and the industry in general have been moving away from analog interfaces and more towards HDMI (digital video). Blu-ray playback is already limited to 480i resolution on newly released models and by the end of 2013, analog video outputs will be removed or disabled entirely. Looking forward, Oppo has made the decision to exclude the analog video interfaces (with the exception of the diagnostic composite output) from the 103/105 Blu-ray players since these interfaces will offer little value in the near future.

Accell's Ultra Thin Round/Flat HDMI CablesHDMI Cabling
More importantly, the digital video interface (HDMI) must be used to take full advantage of the superb picture quality offered by these advanced high definition players. In addition, the premium video processing features are only available over the HDMI output. This includes the latest 3D and up-scaled 4K x 2K resolution. Here we used a set of Accell's Ultra-Thin low profile round and flat cables during some of our testing. Both Ultra-Thin cables are available in 1-meter and 2-meter lengths.


Wireless NWireless N
The BDP-103 includes a USB wireless N WiFi adapter since the capability is not built into the unit. An extension cable with an attached dock is provided and allows the dongle to be placed on a flat surface away from the back of the BD player for optimal reception. In our tests the signal strength was at 74% with the dock optimally placed in our room with the access point in a different room. We ran 1080p content from Netflix and VUDU and never experience any dropouts, even with this less than perfect signal strength. Configuration is easy with the Internet Connection menu where the user can select either wired or wireless connectivity. We ran all of our tests in this review with a wired ethernet cable for the fastest and most reliable connection, with the exception of our testing done with the wireless features. This capability is very handy for those with limited wired network access.


OPPO BDP-103 Universal Blu-ray PlayerInternals
The BDP-103 has a similar layout to its predecessor (the BDP-93) with three main boards (not including the front panel). The unit has a separate power supply board located on the left side that accommodates worldwide power from 100-240VAC (50/60 Hz). The main A/V board has the video decoder and processor handling the digital audio and video interface connections. A large heat sink keeps the video processor temperature down to help improve reliability. As a result, there is no need for an internal fan, so the unit is dead quiet when operating. The Audio Board provides the analog audio interface that feeds the back panel and includes the D/A conversion and line level drivers.

OPPO BDP-103 Universal Blu-ray PlayerA/V Board
The "L" shaped audio/video processing board is located on the right side towards the back of the unit next to the Blu-ray drive. This board handles all of the A/V processing and most of the interfaces including the BD drive, front panel board, rear digital audio and video interfaces and the USB 2.0 ports. OPPO's design topology keeps the sensitive analog audio electronics away from the noisier digital signals to improve audio performance. Like its predecessor, the BDP-103 also has a Pure Audio mode that is designed to keep the video circuits off to minimize noise bleeding into the audio section.

A/V Processing
The BDP-103 uses the latest Marvell 88DE2755 “Kyoto-G2H” (KG2H) Digital Video Format Converter with its award-winning Qdeo™ technology, similar to the original "Kyoto-G2" chip used in the BDP-93. The newer KG2H processor adds the 4Kx2K scaling capability and includes an HDMI transmitter, used for the main HDMI output (HDMI 1). It also has a built-in ARM processor that is used to control the HDCP encryption. A single 1 gigabit DDR3 SDRAM (K4B1G1646G-BCH9) is used by this chip.

Hidden beneath the large black heat sink lies the new A/V decoder chip (OP8581), a custom version of the MediaTek MT8580. This SoC (System-on-Chip) includes a dual-core ARM processor and a special DSP for audio/video decoding and laser pickup control. This device is used to drive the second HDMI output (HDMI 2). Four 1 gigabit DDR3 SDRAMs (K4B1G1646G-BCH9) are used by the custom OP8581 chip. The improved processing performance allows for an enhanced user interface for CD and other media. In addition, this hardware upgrade improves responsiveness and users can now access more features such as cover art and track info (title, artist, genre etc.).

The main A/V board also uses the Silicon Image SiI1292 chip for the front HDMI/MHL input, which is an auto-sensing MHL/HDMI solution for audio/video connectivity between MHL-enabled mobile devices and the internal A/V interfaces.

OPPO BDP-103 Audio BoardAudio Board
The audio board in the BDP-103 uses the same Cirrus Logic 8-Channel D/A Converter (CS4382A) for the 7.1 analog outputs found in the earlier BDP-93 BD player. This multi-channel DAC has 24-bit resolution and supports 192kHz sample rates. The sole purpose of this audio board is to convert the 7.1 digital audio channels from the A/V board to high quality analog output with minimal digital processing.

OPPO BDP-103 Audio Outputs 7.1 Analog Outputs
The BDP-103 includes some incremental improvements in the analog output circuit design along with a redesign of the post-DAC filter stages. The result is said to produce a warmer and more open sound over the earlier BDP-93. Power for the digital and analog circuits continue to use linear voltage regulators with the advantage of producing cleaner (quieter) power to the audio components. All analog outputs pass through dual high-performance low noise (5532) operational amplifiers before exiting the gold-plated RCA connectors on the back panel.

For our testing, these outputs were connected to the analog inputs on the Anthem AVM 50v and we have to say this interface sounded fantastic. Warm and smooth are good descriptions of the sound we heard when using these outputs. In addition, the midrange was crystal clear without any harshness. We're not sure if the sound difference was due to one interface being more accurate than the other. Regardless, this analog output option certainly sounded good to our ears. The low-frequency response was excellent with the full articulate bass impact we would expect from a premium audio component.

If you happen to be one of those audiophiles that plan on using the analog outputs, Oppo has released a successor to the BDP-95 called the BDP-105 (available for $1199). This unit will include ESS Sabre32 Reference Digital-to-Analog Converters (DAC), two-channel balanced (XLR) outputs and a more robust power supply design.


OPPO BDP-103 Remote OPPO BDP-103 Remote
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Remote
The BDP-103 remote has excellent range and worked well even beyond 20 feet away from the unit during our testing. The remote has been redesigned and is slightly longer than the one included with the BDP-93 with two new dedicated buttons on the top for Netflix and VUDU media streaming. Also new to this remote is the Input button, which allows users to select either the front or back HDMI inputs that have been added to this unit. Oppo has kept most of the layout identical to the earlier version with incremental improvements made to the buttons. The full-size design maintains the rounded back giving it an ergonomic feel. The remote has large buttons that have identifying symbols and are backlit making them easy to see in the low light environments. The backlight is now white and slightly easier to see when compared to the previous generation amber color found on the BDP-93. Like the earlier design, the layout works well and follows a logical format. A new backlight option is available that only lights the keys when the Backlight button is pressed. This helps preserve battery life and remove the annoyance of the remote lighting up in a dark environment. The mode can be toggled to the older functionality illuminating the backlight when any button is pressed. To toggle modes, simply hold down the Backlight button for 5 seconds until the backlight flashes 3 times.

The Top Menu and Pop-Up Menu buttons are located on the upper left and right sides of the navigation buttons. Option and Return are located on the lower right and left of the navigation buttons. The navigation buttons have been redesigned in a circular fashion tapered inward towards the Enter button giving the remote a better feel when using these controls. The more frequently used Stop, Play and Pause buttons are larger for easy access. Pressing the Resolution button allows the user to select from Auto, 4Kx2K, 1080p (60Hz/24Hz), 1080i(60Hz), 720p(60Hz), 480p/576p, 480i/576i, or Source Direct. OPPO has also included a three position switch inside the battery compartment that allows the user to change the command set so that it does not interfere with other OPPO products. This feature provides full and separate control of multiple OPPO units in the same room.

There are apps available for both the iPhone and Android-based phones that can be used to control the BDP-103 through a local wireless network. We tested it using our Samsung Galaxy Nexus and it work great. However, I still prefer using the Oppo provided remote to control the unit.


Installation
Our review system consisted of an Anthem AVR 50v 3D preamp/processor mated to a Parasound HCA-2205AT five channel amplifier. We connected the BDP-103 HDMI 1 output directly to the projector and HDMI 2 to the Anthem A/V unit. While our main projector (Anthem LTX-500v) is currently not 3D capable, we also tested this unit with a Mitsubishi HC7800U 3D DLP projector. Speakers included a trio of M&K S150THX speakers across the front and a pair of SS250 surrounds. The THX crossover set at 80 Hz works well with our speaker configuration. The subwoofers included four new Ken Kreisel DX12012 subs stacked four high (called the Quattro ) for an unbelievable bass experience. The Anthem A/V processor is capable of decoding all of the latest surround formats over HDMI and also has the option for analog audio inputs, allowing us to test the player's internal decoding, DACs and analog section. Our projector shoots video onto a 100-inch 16:9 Stewart FireHawk. Walls are covered with Echo Buster sound absorption panels to minimize reflections and help reduce slap echoes, which often blur the sonic image.

Configuring the HDMI Outputs
When “Split A/V” is selected, HDMI 1 is the primary video port and HDMI 2 is the primary audio port. HDMI 1 outputs video at the highest possible resolution and mutes audio. HDMI 2 outputs video at a resolution that can sufficiently carry the best audio. This mode is intended for users who connect HDMI 1 directly to a projector and HDMI 2 to an A/V processor or receiver. When “Dual Display” is selected, HDMI 1 and HDMI 2 take a “best effort” strategy and output an audio/video signal that is commonly compatible with the downstream devices connected to both ports. This mode is intended for simultaneously supporting two screens. When only one of the HDMI ports is in use, the “Split A/V” or “Dual Display” setting is not applicable. We ran many tests using a second smaller 1080p monitor on HDMI 2, allowing us to keep the main projector off while listening to audio and still being able to see pertinent information including cover art.


Graphical User Interface (GUI)
The OPPO BDP-103 leverages heavily on the success of the earlier user interface design found on the BDP-93, with minor updates to the menu control. Personally, I really like Oppo's user interface because it not only looks and feels good, but placement of key items have been organized in a logical and easy to follow manner. OPPO has done an excellent job putting together menus that work well for both novice and advanced user. Most menu items can also be accessed without having to stop playing the disc, which is a great feature.

Setup Menu
The Setup Menu on the BDP-103 has six categories and provides the user with advanced control of the unit's operation. Each menu (Playback Setup, Video Setup, Audio Format Setup, Audio Processing, Device Setup, and Network Setup) has an extensive set of parameters that can be adjusted for optimal performance.

Playback SetupPlayback Setup
The Playback Setup menu sets the SACD Priority (multi-channel, stereo or CD-mode) as well as selects how DVD-Audio discs will be played through the DVD-Audio Mode (DVD-Audio or DVD-Video). Auto Play Mode and Auto Resume can be individually set On or Off. A four digit password accesses the Parental Control (based on the BD or DVD rating) settings. Users can set the Language (Player, Disc Menu, Audio and Subtitle). This player only has English available for the Player language, but other language settings can be selected from the available languages on the disc being played.

Video SetupVideo Setup
The Video Setup menu adjusts all the video parameters for both HDMI outputs. The Picture Adjustment panel allows the user to independently change the settings for HDMI 1 and HDMI 2. Each HDMI output offer three picture modes with settings for Brightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation, Sharpness, and Noise reduction. HDMI 1 also includes adjustments for Color enhancement and Contrast enhancement that are not available on HDMI 2's picture adjustment menu. This is because the two HDMI outputs use different video processing chips within the BDP-103.

The 3D Mode can be set to Auto, Off or Forced. To maximize 3D performance, Oppo allows the user to control the 2D->3D Depth (0 to 16) and define the 3D TV Size. The TV Aspect Ratio (16:9 Wide, or 16:9 Wide/Auto), TV System (NTSC, PAL or Multi-System) and Output Resolution (4Kx2K, Auto, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p/576p, 480i/576i or Source Direct) are also in this menu. The 1080p24 Output (Auto, Off, or On) provides the option for a 24 frame per second output rate. In addition, the DVD 24p Conversion (Off or On) can be configured for film-based DVD's.

The HDMI Options menu defines the Color Space (Auto, RGB Video Level, RGB PC Level, YCbCr 4:4:4, or YCbCr 4:2:2) and the Deep Color (36-bits, 30-bits (Dithered), 30-bits, Off (Dithered), or Off). These settings can be set independently for HDMI 1 and HDMI 2. It should be noted that HDMI 2 only supports non-dithered (36-bit/30-bit) Deep Color options. Finally, the Display Options allow setting adjustments for Subtitle Shift (-5 to 5), OSD Position (0 to 5), OSD Mode (Normal, Minimal, or Remaining), Angle Mark (On or Off), and Screen Saver (On, Off, or Energy Saver).

Audio Format SetupAudio Format Setup
The Audio Format menu sets the Secondary Audio (On/Off), which mixes the secondary audio with the main audio. HDMI Audio (Auto/LPCM/Bitstream/Off) can be set based on the equipment or preferences of the user. We ran our outputs in the bitstream mode and let the Anthem AVM 50v processor do all the decoding. The Coaxial/Optical Output (48k LPCM/96k LPCM/192k LPCM/Bitstream) selects whether the player converts the audio to PCM or allows the receiver to decode the raw bitstream. The SACD Output (PCM/DSD) can be set to output a raw DSD stream or converted PCM data and HDCD Decoding can be set On or Off.

Audio ProcessingAudio Processing
The Audio Processing menu defines the Speaker Configuration of the system and allows each channel to be set to large or small and adjusted for level and distance. The Speaker Configuration only applies to the analog outputs and does not affect the digital bitstream or LPCM outputs. The Down Mix Mode can be set to 7.1CH, 5.1CH, Stereo and LT/RT. This mode will down mix the source material to the specified mode. The Crossover frequency can be set from 40Hz to 250Hz covering a huge range of loudspeaker configurations. We feel that 80Hz is optimal in most cases. The Dynamic Range Control can be set to Auto, On or Off. The DTS Neo:6 Mode can be set to Music, Cinema or Off. The Output Volume can be configured for Fixed or Variable, with the latter allowing the Oppo remote to set the output level.

Device SetupDevice Setup
The Device Setup menu provides Firmware Information and options to perform a Firmware Upgrade via USB, Disc, or Network. Firmware Notification can be set On to automatically check for firmware updates through the OPPO server. There are also settings for the Remote Control Code (1, 2, 3, or Alt. Code), HDMI CEC (HDMI 1, HDMI 1 (Limited), HDMI 2, HDMI 2 (Limited), and Off), Standby Mode (Energy Efficient or Quick Start), Front Panel Brightness (Standard, Dim, and Off), Persistent Storage options (internal/USB storage, Erase Persistent Storage), Netflix (Display ESN, Deactivate Netflix), VUDU (Deactivate VUDU), and Reset Factory Defaults.

Network SetupNetwork Setup
The Network Setup menu configures the ethernet connection that allow access to BD-Live content as well as firmware updates. The Connection Information displays the current IP address. BD-Live Network Access, My Network , and Gracenote Lookup can independently be turned on or off. The user can choose the Internet Connection (ethernet, wireless or off). The Wireless Setting selection becomes active if wireless is selected and can scan for active WiFi links. IP Settings can be auto or manual and Proxy Setting can be on or off. The manual mode allows the user to enter the current IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS 1, and DNS 2. The Connection Test will run a check to verify the network connection is working properly.


Oppo BDP-103 Firmware InformationFirmware Updates
When powered on, the BDP-103 can automatically poll the OPPO server for updates if the network connection is active. Users can also manually check for firmware updates using the menu options and select to update the firmware through the network connection, USB port or disc image. Our review unit immediately polled the Oppo server and found an update available. Oppo has been very good about providing periodic updates for their Blu-ray players. These updates provided fixes for issues that arise as well as provide feature enhancements. In many cases, the end-user can report issues back to the manufacturers and OPPO has always been responsive to their customers.


Oppo BDP-103 Home ScreenHome Screen
The Home button on the remote takes you to the Home screen where it is easy to access music, photos and video clips. Special icons are available for Netflix, VUDU, Film Fresh, YouTube, Pandora, and Picasa. Media content can also be accessed on local home networks using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive or any file server complete with login and password capability. We have both NAS drives and Windows Home Servers (WHS) installed for network testing. Performance on our local network was excellent and the BDP-103 was able to stream content without interruptions. We found that Film Fresh was our least favorite offering on this system largely because their servers appear to be rather slow based on our experience.

Netflix Streaming on the Oppo BDP-103Netflix Streaming
The built-in Netflix streaming capability is a great feature that was added to Oppo's previous generation BD players. The updated version in the BDP-103 is even better with excellent graphics and a responsive user interface that is easy to use. Streaming was very reliable on this unit and we did not experience any bad behavior even with 1080p high-definition material. Netflix has a good movie selection and there is plenty of content for just about everyone. Having Netflix built into this unit eliminates the need for a separate media player.

VUDU Streaming on the Oppo BDP-103VUDU Streaming
Something recent to the Oppo line is the inclusion of VUDU, a high quality video streaming system that has excellent audio and video performance. Video is available in up to three different speeds (SD, HD, and HDX) depending on your network bandwidth. Our FIOS-based internet sustains a reliable 15 Mbps, so HDX was our choice especially when watching 1080p content. VUDU provides a utility to check the bandwidth of your connection to help you choose the right quality setting without interruptions.

Pandora StreamingPandora Internet Radio
Pandora Internet Radio is the perfect application to have on this unit. Simply pick your genre of music or your favorite artist and Pandora will do the rest. It's a great way to get the music you love into your entertainment room and the interface is user friendly. Audio quality is good with Pandora without objectionable compression artifacts.


Oppo BDP-103 Input SelectInput Select
One of the enhancements made to the BDP-103 is the ability to select the HDMI inputs added to the player on the front and back of the unit. Using the Input button on the remote, users can select the Blu-ray player, either HDMI input, or either of the Audio Return Channels (ARC) from the HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 outputs. The ARC feature was introduced as part of the HDMI v1.4 specification, which allows users to send digital audio signals from the television back to the player or receiver. This feature allows the TV audio to be played through the main audio system instead of listening through TV speakers. An HDMI 1.4 cable is required (included) and you need to make sure the HDMI input port on
the TV is ARC capable.

HDMI/MHL InputHDMI/MHL Input
The front HDMI input is also Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) compatible, giving users the ability to connect their smartphone to the player. We connected a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Nexus using an Accell MHL cable to test this feature. This particular smartphone has a micro-USB interface that is used for charging, data transfers, and for the MHL interface. Once plugged into the BDP-103, the phone provided a visual copy of what was on the phone display. In addition, the phone was powered and charging, so there was no need to worry about draining the battery.


Gracenote MusicID and VideoIDGracenote MusicID®
When playing discs on the BDP-103, the unit can connect to Gracenote's global media database over the Internet and display Cover Art, Title, Artist, Genre and other media information for CD, DVD, Blu-ray and a wide range of digital media files. This feature greatly enhances the playback experience and it even found cover art for rare DTS 5.1 CDs.


Overall Performance
The BDP-103 feels more responsive than its predecessor (the BDP-93), thanks to the power of a new dual-core ARM processor. Having been a heavy user of the original BDP-83 and the more recent BDP-93/95, my expectations were high on this product. I have to say that Oppo has kept all of the great features that I have come to love on their products and made it even better. The new HDMI inputs allow users to connect other components such as set-top boxes to the the Oppo and have it perform advanced video processing (up-conversion to 1080p) for an improved picture. We connected our Dish Network Hopper, which normally outputs 1080i and it worked very well without any noticeable motion artifacts.

Some users have made comments about delays associated with Blu-ray players in general when ejecting a Blu-ray disc from players. The delay is usually associated with BD-Java intensive discs as it completes the housekeeping routines before yielding control back to the player. Non-Java Blu-ray and DVD's eject fairly quickly. It is actually recommended that users disable BD-Live network access (using the Network Setup menu) unless absolutely needed or desired. In the end, it is a trade-off between BD-Live features and player responsiveness.

Video Performance
We watched several DVD and Blu-ray discs on this player and video quality was excellent as with the previous generation of OPPO BD players. While scaled DVD content never looks as good as well mastered BD content, this player did a great job up-scaling standard definition DVD to 1080p. Other sources from 1080i and 720p up-converted nicely as well. Support for 1080p/24 Blu-ray discs made for smooth motion and the Marvell video processor did an excellent job on the material we played through this unit. Unfortunately, we were not able to test the Ultra High Definition (4Kx2K) resolution as our current projector does not support this format. The BDP-103 has multiple levels of aspect ratio control and image zooming, including a vertical stretch mode for users with a 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height) projector lens.

Titanic 3D Bluray3D Picture Quality
We used the Mitsubishi HC7800 3D projector and the recent release of Titanic 3D on Blu-ray for much of our 3D testing. The 3D picture quality was superb with smooth gradations, excellent resolution and phenomenal depth. Colors were rich and skin tones looked natural. The picture quality was absolutely stunning on this player with 3D content. Other 3D discs we tested included Immortals, Shrek, and Megamind, produced similar results. We also ran the built-in 2D->3D video processing to see how well this worked on the BDP-103. While this feature can add significant depth to standard 2D source material, I found it to be somewhat distracting and not always beneficial in many cases. To me, the 2D->3D conversion does not compare to true 3D content being offered on Blu-ray. Interestingly, I saw similar results with the 2D->3D conversion built into the HC7800 3D projector as well.

John Mayer- Live on Blu-rayAudio Performance
One of reasons the BDP-103 is so attractive is simply the number of audiophile formats supported by this player. For those like me with an extensive collection of SACD, DVD-Audio, HDCD, and CDs, a universal player like this is a must. Add in the ability to play Blu-ray discs with DTS (Master Audio) and Dolby (TrueHD) lossless bitstreams and you have a dream player. The BDP-103 can also stream WAV and FLAC files over the network connection.

John Mayer's Where the Light Is on Blu-ray is an excellent recording with both acoustic and electric guitar performances. The Dolby TrueHD track reveals amazing detail and clarity that truly comes alive in high resolution audio with the benefit of a lossless format. It's refreshing to see performances like this captured on Blu-ray in 1080p accompanied by reference quality audio.

 

Fleetwood Mac Rumours - DVD AudioIt was great to be able to put in any disc from my SACD, DVD-Audio, HDCD, and CD collection and have no problem playing it. One of my favorite DVD-Audio discs is Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, which uses MLP (Meridian Lossless Packing) 96/24 and plays in 5.1 channels and it sounded absolutely stunning on the BDP-103.

Many of our older DTS 5.1 CD recordings are among our favorites. One excellent recording is Steely Dan's Gaucho. This recording has a very punchy midrange with extended bass, which reveals a system's playback capability. Another great recording is the Eagles concert Hell Freezes Over. While this DTS 5.1 recording dates back to the original laserdisc release in 1994, it has been featured at many of the Consumer Electronics Shows over the years and is still a great recording that provides an engaging 5.1 experience.

The analog audio quality has been improved and sounds very good on this unit, so users with receivers that have no built-in decoding can depend on this for great sound in their theater room. We chose to use the HDMI interface to carry multi-channel PCM, DSD, and other multi-channel bitstreams and let the A/V processor handle the D/A conversion. As a transport, this player is fabulous and any audiophile will be hard pressed to find a better universal media player for the dollar.


Conclusion
The $499 BDP-103 is Oppo's latest (third generation) Blu-ray player that provides a solid design and offers the best in high quality home entertainment including Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, HDCD, CD, high definition movie and music streaming, and local network-based content. This player has leveraged from the highly successful BDP-93 Blu-ray player and features new 4Kx2K up-scaling and built-in upconversion for other digital video sources through the HDMI inputs. Netflix and VUDU 1080p streaming make this BD player better than ever with video performance not seen in the earlier players. If you happen to be an existing Oppo BD customer, then you will definitely enjoy the improvements that have been made to the BDP-103. If you are new to Oppo, then you have been missing out on one of the best BD players your money can buy. You owe it to yourself to audition one.

- Kevin Nakano





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OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray Player




Review System

Projector #1: Anthem LTX-500v (aka JVC DLA-HD950) 1080p LCoS Projector
Projector #2: Mitsubishi HC7800U 1080p 3D DLP Projector
Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
Preamplifier/Processor: Anthem AVM 50v 3D 7.1-channel Audio and Video Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofers: Four Kreisel DXD12012 Push-pull Subwoofers
Thermal Management: Active Thermal Management Cool-it II Equipment Cooler
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP922 SlingLoaded HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver
Remote Control: iPad RTiPanel with XP-6 Controller
HDMI Cables: Accell Ultra-Thin HDMI Cables, Accell 45-meter UltraRun HDMI Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables
Audio Analyzer : Sencore SP295C SoundPro Contractor Version
Video Generator : Sencore VP403 Multimedia Video Generator
Color Analyzer:
Sencore OTC1000 ColorPro Optical Tri-stimulus Colorimeter


Review - At a Glance


OPPO - BDP-103 Universal Blu-ray Disc Player

with 4Kx2K / SACD / DVD-Audio / HDCD

Features
Diversified Media Support:

  • Blu-ray Disc - The high definition Blu-ray Disc™ format provides pristine video and audio quality for your home entertainment.
  • Blu-ray 3D – Experience high definition in all new dimensions. The BDP-103 supports the Blu-ray 3D specifications and is fully compatible with Blu-ray 3D discs1.
  • 2D to 3D Conversion – Take your standard DVD, Blu-ray, and other video content to the next dimension by converting them into 3D with the simple press of a button. The BDP-103 can also adjust the depth and eye convergence levels to suit your personal preference.
  • SACD - The BDP-103 plays Super Audio CD (SACD) and supports both stereo and multi-channel high resolution audio programs. Users can select whether to output the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) signal in its native format or convert it into PCM.
  • DVD-Audio - The BDP-103 plays DVD-Audio and supports both stereo and multi-channel high resolution audio programs. Users can select whether to play the DVD-Audio or the DVD-Video portion of the disc.
  • Netflix Instant Streaming - Instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix3. Netflix "Just For Kids" is a special selection of kid-friendly TV episodes & movies for younger viewers. It is included with your Netflix unlimited streaming membership. Selected titles support features including 1080p video, 5.1ch audio, subtitles and alternative audio languages.
  • VUDU HD Movie Streaming - Stream thousands of movies instantly the day-and-date they are released on DVD/Blu-ray in stunning 1080p video, rich 7.1 surround audio and even in 3D2.
  • Pandora Internet Radio - Personalized music streaming using the Music Genome Project, staying true to their mission: "Playing only the music you'll love".4
  • Comprehensive Internet Streaming - In addition to Netflix, VUDU and Pandora, the BDP-103 provides access to popular entertainment network services from Film Fresh, YouTube Leanback and Picasa, with more to come.
  • BD-Live & BonusVIEW - The BDP-103 supports BD-Live™ (Profile 2.0) and contains all necessary hardware - audio/video decoder, Ethernet and wireless networking, and 1GB of internal storage - for BD-Live. It also supports BonusVIEW (Profile 1.1) enabling "picture-in-picture" and audio features for viewing director or actor commentary while the main movie is playing.
  • Additional Disc & Media Formats - Additional disc and file formats, such as DVD, audio CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, AVCHD, MP4, AVI, MKV and other audio/video/picture files on recorded discs or USB drives can be played back on the BDP-103. The BDP-103 fully supports high-resolution lossless WAV and FLAC audio formats.5

Unparalleled Video Quality:

  • Qdeo by Marvell - The BDP-103 incorporates Marvell's Kyoto-G2H video processor with the latest generation Qdeo™ technology. Qdeo video processing delivers a truly immersive viewing experience by rendering quiet natural video free of noise and artifacts for all types of content. For high-quality Blu-ray content, the BDP-103 faithfully reproduces the program just as the director intended; for DVD, the up-converted picture quality bridges the visual gap from your current DVD library to Blu-ray discs; for network streaming and user-encoded content at a variety of formats and quality, the BDP-103 offers enhancement options including video noise reduction, compression artifact reduction, intelligent color, contrast, detail and edge enhancements. To learn more about the Qdeo video processing technology, please read the Qdeo Extended Technology Brief.
  • 4K Up-scaling - Enhance the home theater experience with four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p by up-scaling all video sources to 4K (3840 x 2160) output resolution.
  • DVD Up-Conversion - Per-pixel motion-adaptive de-interlacing and advanced scaling transform the standard definition image on DVDs to high definition output on your TV. Additional Qdeo video processing options help to deliver a clearer, smoother, and more true-to-life picture free of noise and artifacts.
  • Full HD 1080p Output - The BDP-103 features user selectable video output resolutions, including 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 4K.
  • True 24p™ Video - Many Blu-ray Discs are recorded at 24 frames per second, the same frame rate as the original movie's theatrical release. The BDP-103 can faithfully redeliver the original frames using 1080p 24Hz output (compatible display required) for smoother motion and a flicker-free, film-like home theater experience. It can also restore the original 24 frames per second progressive-scan video from well-authored DVDs and output 1080p 24Hz.
  • Source Direct Mode - For users who wish to use an external video processor, the BDP-103 offers a "Source Direct" mode. The original audio/video content on the discs is sent out with no additional processing or alteration.
  • Multiple Zoom Modes - The BDP-103 supports multiple levels of aspect ratio control and image zooming. Users can watch a movie in its original aspect ratio, fit to the full screen, or zoom in to remove the black bars on some titles.
  • Vertical Stretch Mode - For customers with a 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height) display system, the player's zoom options include a vertical stretch mode to work nicely with an anamorphic lens. A unique subtitle shift feature allows the user to move the subtitle up and down, making it possible to see all subtitle text when using a 2.35:1 CIH display.
  • Advanced Picture Control - Users can have fine control of brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness, noise reduction, color and contrast enhancements.  The player can remember and apply three custom picture control modes to suit a variety of viewing conditions and content types.

High Fidelity Audio:

  • Dolby® TrueHD - Dolby TrueHD delivers lossless studio master quality audio designed specifically for high definition entertainment.  The BDP-103 supports bit-stream output of Dolby TrueHD via its HDMI 1.4a output. It can also internally decode Dolby TrueHD into LPCM and output via HDMI or the 7.1ch analog audio output terminals. Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio formats are also supported.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio™ - DTS-HD Master Audio delivers an auditory experience that matches the lifelike images of high-definition video with up to 7.1 channels that are bit-for-bit identical to the studio master. The BDP-103 supports bit-stream output of DTS-HD Master Audio. It can also internally decode DTS-HD Master Audio and output via HDMI or the 7.1ch analog audio output terminals. (DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS Digital Surround are also supported.)
  • 7.1-Channel Analog Output - Individual analog 7.1-channel surround outputs are ideal to connect to a 7.1-channel or 5.1-channel surround sound system. The BDP-103 delivers an incredible sound stage and an immersive surround experience. For users with stereo speakers, the 7.1-channel analog output can be configured to a stereo down-mix mode.
  • Digital Optical and Coaxial Outputs - For simple and easy connection to more traditional A/V receivers, the BDP-103 features both optical and coaxial outputs for digital audio.
  • Rigid Chassis Construction - Built around a steel chassis, aluminum faceplate, and center-mounted disc loader, the BDP-103 is designed to impress as well as to provide a stable base for the highest quality reproduction of your favorite media..

Ultimate Convenience:

  • Dual HDMI Outputs – Two HDMI v1.4a output ports are provided to offer the most versatile installation options to both older and newer HDMI equipment. You do not have to upgrade your A/V receiver to a 3D model in order to enjoy 3D. One HDMI output of the BDP-103 can be connected to a 3D TV and the other can be connected to a pre-3D HDMI v1.1-1.3 A/V receiver. For projector users, you can connect one output to a projector for home theater use and the other to a TV for casual viewing. For a multi-room installation the BDP-103 can output audio and video to two 3D or 2D TVs simultaneously.
  • Dual HDMI Inputs – Connect external devices such as set-top boxes and network streaming devices to take further advantage of the excellent audio and video processing functions by the BDP-103. The BDP-103 offers two HDMI inputs, one on the front and one on the back.
  • MHL Input – Simplify connecting smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices to the home theater by using the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) input port of the BDP-103. Display high resolution pictures, 1080p video and listen to pure digital music all while simultaneously charging the connected mobile device. The front HDMI input port of the BDP-103 doubles as the MHL input.
  • Wireless & Ethernet – Using the included wireless-N adapter or the built-in RJ45 Ethernet port, users will be able to interact with BD-Live content, watch instant streaming programs from providers such as Netflix or VUDU, playback contents stored on their home network, and keep the BDP-103 up-to-date with firmware releases to ensure maximum Blu-ray compatibility.
  • Triple USB Ports - Three USB 2.0 high speed ports are provided, one on the front panel and two on the back. Users can enjoy high definition video, high resolution photos and music directly from their USB drives.
  • PAL/NTSC Conversion - The BDP-103 supports NTSC and PAL systems for both disc playback and video output. It can also convert content of one system for output in another. (Subject to DVD and BD region restrictions.)
  • Back-lit Remote Control - The BDP-103 comes with a fully back-lit remote control for ease of use in dark home theaters. With its ergonomic button layout and clear labeling, operating the Blu-ray Disc player is easier than ever.
  • Universal Power Supply - The BDP-103 features a wide-range world power supply that is compatible with AC power from all regions. No worries about damaging the player due to incorrect power voltage.
  • External IR - For integration into home theater control systems, the BDP-103 provides an external IR IN port to use with an IR distribution system.
  • RS232 Control - For custom installation, the BDP-103 offers an RS232 control port with a rich control and communication protocol. Installers can easily program their favorite control systems to operate the BDP-103.
  • Remote Control Apps – For additional user convenience, the BDP-103 can be operated using remote control apps running on compatible smartphone and tablet devices. The remote control app for Android is already available. An app for Apple iOS devices is coming soon.
  • HDMI CEC - HDMI Consumer Electronics Control simplifies the home theater by allowing a single remote control to operate multiple devices.
  • Gracenote MusicID® and VideoID™ - By connecting to Gracenote's global media database over the Internet, the BDP-103 can offer an enriched playback experience by displaying Cover Art, Title, Artist, Genre and other media information for CD, DVD, Blu-ray and a wide range of digital media files.
  • DMP & DMR - Digital Media Player (DMP) and Digital Media Renderer (DMR) features enables wired or wireless access of audio, picture, and video files stored on DLNA-compatible digital media servers such as a computer or network storage device (NAS).
  • SMB/CIFS Access - The BDP-103 comes with an experimental feature that can access video, audio and picture files shared by computers on the local network via the Server Message Block (SMB) or Common Internet File System (CIFS) protocols.


Specifications

Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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 Profile BD-ROM Version 2.5 Profile 5 (also compatible with Profile 1 Version 1.0 and 1.1)
Internal Storage 1GB (Actual space available for persistent storage varies due to system usage)
Output Analog Audio: 7.1ch, 5.1ch, stereo.
Coaxial/Optical Audio: Dolby Digital, DTS, up to 2ch/192kHz PCM.
HDMI Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio, up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD.
HDMI Video: 480i/480p/576i/576p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24/4Kx2K, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24.
Input HDMI Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, AAC, up to 5.1ch/192kHz or 7.1ch/96kHz PCM.
HDMI Video: 480i/480p/576i/576p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24/1080p25/1080p30, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24.
MHL Audio: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, up to 5.1ch/192kHz PCM.
MHL Video: 480i/480p/576i/576p/720p/1080i/1080p24/1080p25/1080p30, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24.
Audio Characteristics
(Nominal specification)
Frequency: 20Hz – 20kHz (±0.05dB), 20Hz – 96kHz (-4.5dB ~ +0.05dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >115dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: < 0.006% (1kHz at 0dBFS, 20kHz LPF)
General Specification Power Supply: ~100V – 240V, 50/60Hz AC
Power Consumption: 35W (Standby: 0.5W in Energy Efficient Mode)
Dimensions: 16.8 x 12.2 x 3.1 inches (430mm x 311mm x 79mm)
Mass: 10.8 lbs (4.9kg)
Operating Temperature 41°F - 95°F
5°C - 35°C
Operating Humidity 15% - 75%
No condensation
Parts & Labor Warranty 2 Years

Notes:
1Requires proper 3D television and glasses.
2Service available in the United States only. A VUDU user account is required to rent or buy movies and TV shows.
3U.S. - Netflix unlimited streaming membership required. International - Netflix is available in certain countries. Unlimited membership required. More information at www.netflix.com
4Service available in the United States only.
5Compatibility with user-encoded contents or user-created discs is on a best-effort basis with no guarantee due to the variation of media, software and techniques used.


Company Information

OPPO Digital, Inc
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043 USA

Phone: 650-961-1118
Source: Manufacturer Supplied
MSRP: $499

URL: www.oppodigital.com
Email: service@oppodigital.com

OPPO Customer Service Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM PT


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