Originally Posted by kingfats
Just a quick comparison with the Oppo vs the LX91 and 5000ES
i already posted over in the UK forum but thought it might be welcome here as well.
How does the BDP-83 fair on build quality against Sony/Pioneer? very well indeed actually not as heavy as the 5000 no or as a nicer finish as the LX91 (built lke a tank by the way) but it's a good weight nice solid put together player.Great front plate,chrome buttons so certainly looks the part.
I'm bitsream only so the amps doing the work but even so the 83 is doing everything correctly as audio performance (dynamics,clarity,LFE) is certainly on par with the LX91 and 5000ES over HDMI,this includes PCM tracks and regular DD/DTS on SD discs.
CD performance (HDMI or coaxial) posed no problems either i didn't feel i was losing out quality wise using the player instead of the LX91 or 5000 with these connections.Audio is subjective i know but i found the player superb over the 2ch outs very toe tapping punchy sound....i did a write up here
No complaints and certainly no issues in this department.BDP-83 sends Blu-ray images beautifully off the disc and is easily and i mean EASILY comparible to the high end players with Blu-ray pictures.Depth,detail,sharpness i can't see anyone disagreeing here myself.....excellent job.
SD playback is totally different to BD with a lot more work needed to go into the presentation the BDP-83 doesn't disappoint here,images are sharp solid and very natural looking.
Betters the Sony and nicely steps ahead of the Pioneer which is amazing really considering the 91 is regarded by quite a few as reference plus of course costs over 1500 quid.
Ringing and noise is lower,clearly evident when comparing Star Wars.Detail is improved with rock solid edges without a hint of shimmering no matter how packed or busy the picture gets.
Technically the Oppo's DVD is better with scoring higher over my 3 test discs (VRS,S&M,PZ) 2.2 detection is no problem (Auto) plus you have custom deinterlacing options > the usual.....Auto Video and then Film Bias,2.2 Odd plus 2.2 Even.
1080p/24 NTSC playback is like the 91....nice and smooth.
Now this is where the player is going to cause a big stink when the region B version hits and more forum members take up the player.I'ts SUPER FAST disc loading
whether BD/DVD/CD is on par (or better) than my PS3,response times,menus,chapter skip,track select all react near enough instantly......amazing.
FF/REW all work very smoothly,it really is a lovely machine to operate you don't feel your just putting up with a clunky BD player with a DVD drive slapped on it actually feels like your using a high end DVD player instead.....which i guess you are truth be told.
So with speed and operation it's in a totally different leaque to the Sony and the Pioneer.
Options are abundant and can brought up by via the Setup menu this can be done during movie playback of course.Everything is accessible (except firmware check.....i think?) on the fly,HDMI options,Secondary audio,Deep Colour change,whatever you need it's there.
Resolution,picture adjustment are lke the Pioneer one button push away,there's no "memory" settings for picture tweaking which can be stored though,so one adjust (if needed) will cover all.
Audio is sent out over all output jacks at all times so need to worry if say using analogues and then switching to optical/coaxial......no need for menu changes here.
On the above i find the player much more user friendly to use than my other players very effortless and pleasent player to operate.
I think Oppo have "already" delivered a benchmark BD player which even on early firmware clearly shows the competition a clean pair of heels.
With improvements and more features bound to come,this player is a winner and did i mention Oppo customer support quite frankly outstanding.
I like all my players but i've been so pleased with BDP-83 what with all the hype and all it's now become my reference BD player and the one to beat.