Join Date: May 2003
Location: GSP Exit 165, NJ
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My initial impressions...
Packaging is nicer than it needs to be, very nice accessory box, printing on inside of outer box, reusable shopping bag with Oppo logo, etc.
Looks/presentation of the device itself is very nice, not "High-End" but very nice.
The transport drawer is noisy, it sounds/feels cheap. They could have spent a little less on boxing-up the device, and put that money into the transport drawer. I'm not sure if this would have any effect on the over all performance or long term durability, but every time I load/unload a disc, I notice it. For reference, the transport drawer on my Sony xa20es-cdp opens/closes very smoothly with no noise, maybe it's spoiled me. Loading a disc into the Oppo is like loading one into my PC.
The chassis feels solid and it's nicely damped. There is no ringing or funny echo when the top is tapped with a knuckle or a media case is placed on top of the unit.
The picture is amazing! I've watched 4 DVD movies (Cars, Wanted, WALL-E, The Fifth Element), and the image is far far superior to my previous DVD player. I'm not really surprised by this fact, as that player was nothing special. I am however truly amazed with the image; it's deep, with great contrast and color, and it's pretty much free of noise and jaggies. It brings my HT experience to another level.
So far I've experienced only one glitch, I have both TOS-Link and Co-Axial digital feeds hooked between it and my Outlaw 950. When I put in "The Fifth Element" Super-Bit DVD, the TOS-Link didn't provide a signal. I had just finished watching "WALL-E" and had been using TOS-Link, and when I put in "The Fifth Element", I had no sound. Switching to Co-Ax restored the sound.
I'll be checking out other features/disc formats soon.
Oppo customer service is, so far, just fantastic. My BDP-53 is hidden when my screen is down, so I need the IR-ES1. I checked the Oppo web-site, and found no information on the item. A quick email to Oppo and I had my answers. One more quick email, and an IR-ES1 is on it's way to my home at no expense to me!
Over all I am one happy customer.
So much media, so little time...
Oppo BDP-83 > Emotiva UMC-200 > Audio Alchemy OM-150 Dual Mono > Gallo Reference 3.5
_____________________________ > Audio Alchemy OM-150 > Gallo Strada