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Has anyone replaced their Oppo BDP-83 pickup laser assembly themselves? I know I can send it into Oppo and they will do it for me for probably under 100 bucks including shipping. However, because I'm on the fence waiting for Oppo to fix all the bugs in the new UPD-203 I thought I would attempt the repairs myself. I can get a new laser pickup assembly for under 50 bucks so I'm thinking about giving it a shot.

My 83 still plays Blu-ray disks flawlessly but stutters/stops/chokes on DVD-Audio/DVDs/CDs/SACDs. Especially about half way to 3/4s of the way through the disks. I can usually play the first several titles/tracks without issue before it starts freezing up.

As per Oppo's instructions I've already cleaned the lasers but it didn't solve the problem. That's when Oppo suggested I create an RMA and send it back to them for repair. That's where I'm at now, sitting on the fence debating.

I really don't want to spend 100 bucks on a player that's going to be replaced fairly soon anyway. But it would probably be worth it for less than 50 bucks. I've heard of others replacing the laser pickup assembly on their own but I haven't seen any instructions for doing so. I can't imagine it being that difficult. However, if there's soldering involved that might be a problem since I don't have the soldering tools or skill set required for that.

If anyone's attempted this or has instructions please drop me a line and let me know your thoughts.

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A couple of things, Mitch:

  1. Are you getting the assembly from Oppo? if not, then you need to make sure it's the right one to use.
  2. The way I've heard it, it's 79 to fix it, so it would be 29 more than doing it yourself.

For me and my 83, which I use for music, it would be a REAL drag not to have DVD-A, etc. functional, I'd spend the extra to have peace of mind.

If you keep it, then you're good for a long while with an excellent way to play all sorts of music. If you sell it, you can still get twice to three times profit on the 83 for what you'd pay to fix it, so you're good there.
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A couple of things, Mitch:

  1. Are you getting the assembly from Oppo? if not, then you need to make sure it's the right one to use.
  2. The way I've heard it, it's 79 to fix it, so it would be 29 more than doing it yourself.

For me and my 83, which I use for music, it would be a REAL drag not to have DVD-A, etc. functional, I'd spend the extra to have peace of mind.

If you keep it, then you're good for a long while with an excellent way to play all sorts of music. If you sell it, you can still get twice to three times profit on the 83 for what you'd pay to fix it, so you're good there.
I am not getting the part directly from Oppo.

79 bucks plus the shipping cost for me to send it to them. So it would be closer to 50 or 60 bucks more.

Yes, I too listen to a multitude of music. I have over 400 DVD-A/SACD disks. I'm really missing it. I probably should break out my trusty Oppo DV-980H so I can listen to some more of my music.
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Noticed owners of the Oppo 203 saying source direct gives them the best picture. Wonder if source direct on the 83 would also do the same thing?

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This is the internet. People say all sorts of things.

Try it: let your eyes be your guide.

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Noticed owners of the Oppo 203 saying source direct gives them the best picture. Wonder if source direct on the 83 would also do the same thing?

People generally run source direct in any player because it defeats picture controls that are not needed when watching quality blu-ray transfers. It is simply a purist approach.
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My BDP-83 has been humming along nicely (thankfully) But, there is a REALLY nice Blu-ray set coming out from Arrow (UK) soon and I'm in the U.S. I'm pretty sure that you can still get the hardware hack to make it Blu-ray Region Free, but in a thread back several years ago, there was also a Software hack for Blu-ray (I already have the one for DVD) But, that link does not work anymore.

Is there ANY chance at all of locating that software hack anywhere, because I would LOVE to try it! It just bugs me that there indeed WAS a software hack at one time but I cannot seem to find it. Does ANYONE by any chance know where this can be found?

Thank you all so much!
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Imo this is the best one and it's universal remote friendly so you can make a macro to change regions quickly.

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Anyone having problems with DVD's locking up? Seems i am seeing more and more DVD's just lock up. Not sure if it is the disc or not. Seems some of these DVD's i have just keep getting worse. I know laser disc had laser rot so maybe it is the same with DVD's. Seems my Dallas disc are locking up more and more.

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Anyone having problems with DVD's locking up?
Scroll back a page in this thread to Feb 08 posting.

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It's not only the 83, but the 103 and a Pioneer Elite DV 59AVI that won't play them. It is the disc. They lock up in all my players.

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Which disc or discs?

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Hi everyone, I'm just trying to confirm that this model doesn't display the bitrate and kHz when playing SACD. Does anyone know? Thank you in advance.
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Hi everyone, I'm just trying to confirm that this model doesn't display the bitrate and kHz when playing SACD. Does anyone know? Thank you in advance.
It only shows 2 channel or 5.1 and DSD or PCM on mine hooked up to a Denon 4520 via HDMI.

If I select PCM it showed 88.2khz in the audio info on the Denon 4520.

2 SACD samples used were Pink Floyd DSOTM and Patricia Barber Caf? Blue
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Hi everyone, I'm just trying to confirm that this model doesn't display the bitrate and kHz when playing SACD. Does anyone know? Thank you in advance.
It does not. To get that info you need the new BDP-203 model.
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It does not. To get that info you need the new BDP-203 model.
Thanks for that rdgrimes.
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ADVICE NEEDED: I have an old set-up Oppo BDP-83,Pioneer 85 and Epson tw-2000. I believe each component can do upscaling of DVD's. What is your opinion on the best set-up in terms of getting the best picture? If the projector and Oppo are both doing upscaling, do they conflict with each other? Which component should I use if I only have one of them doing the upscaling? Any opinions would be welcome.
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ADVICE NEEDED: I have an old set-up Oppo BDP-83,Pioneer 85 and Epson tw-2000. I believe each component can do upscaling of DVD's. What is your opinion on the best set-up in terms of getting the best picture? If the projector and Oppo are both doing upscaling, do they conflict with each other? Which component should I use if I only have one of them doing the upscaling? Any opinions would be welcome.
The ABT solution on -83 has best DVD deinterlacing and scaling in recorded history. Set output to 1080p and enjoy! (The projector is 1080p native? I couldn't find it).

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^ Generally speaking, if the player is doing the up-scaling, the later gear in the video chain won't have any work to do and will just leave the video as is.

The OPPO 83 does a fine job with SD-DVDs. I'd set it for 1080p output.
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The ABT solution on -83 has best DVD deinterlacing and scaling in recorded history. Set output to 1080p and enjoy! (The projector is 1080p native? I couldn't find it).

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Thanks for the response, gents. It is a 1080P projector, wmcclain. It was the first Epson 1080p projector from 2004. I do have it set for 1080 output, Bob. I just watched the Michael J. Fox movie The Hard Way last night and found it a bit washed out and not very sharp. I know it's a case of garbage in/garbage out, but always trying to squeeze that extra bit of picture quality out of our equipment. Watching these things on a 150 inch diagonal screen just makes the limitations of an outmoded format like dvd so much more noticeable. That being said, some dvd discs do look great, like the David Tennant Doctor Who's. I am hoping that when I buy the Oppo 203 and upgrade to a 4k projector the small uptick in dvd quality will help, as I have a large dvd collection along with my blu-ray and 4k discs. Some of my old dvd's, like Deep Rising, were just unwatchable. Though it was a good excuse to upgrade to the Blu-ray. Will have to do the same with The Hard Way.
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The ABT solution on -83 has best DVD deinterlacing and scaling in recorded history. Set output to 1080p and enjoy! (The projector is 1080p native? I couldn't find it).

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Still have my -83 and it is amazing the detail out old B&W content DVDs. In some case I'll never purchase the BD version because of that.

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Still have my -83 and it is amazing the detail out old B&W content DVDs. In some case I'll never purchase the BD version because of that.
B&W always look better than color dvd's. I assume because they require less data on the disc than a color print? Still, I have a couple of B&W movies that I have replaced with the blu-ray version and they do look amazing compared to the still really good dvd versions. I think The Hard Way dvd is just a really mediocre transfer because I watched the Eddie Murphy movies SHOWTIME and I SPY last night and while they didn't look as good as blu-rays, they looked fantastic compared to The Hard Way.
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