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It's interesting that you mention the zoom functionality. I value this functionality as much as I do all the other functions/features in my Oppos and I would gladly pay the premium for it.
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Oppo BDP-105, Denon DVD-5910CI, Cambridge 752BD, Cambridge 640C V2
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First, I must apologize. We're buying a 65" Samsung 3D TV, so we need a 3D feature. Not quite "barebone".
For BD playback on our RS1 we use an HTPC. Otherwise, we probably would have sprung for the 80 when it was current.
Here's a link to a photo of the back of the BDP-80:
As far as I can tell, those are analog audio outs, correct? If they are, I don't need them or, for that matter, the analog video outs. Just give me HDMI and the digital audio outs, please.
Most importantly, when it was availble, how much did Oppo sell the 80 for?
The bang for the buck in BD players nowadays is simply amazing. Last week we bought a Toshiba 2D BD player for the LCD in front of our treadmill. It has on its back only an ethernet connection and HDMI and spdif outputs. Its video output is amazingly good for a $67 unit!! It has a 2x, 4x, etc. zoom, but only the 2x is of any real use, and that only for 2.75:1 movies (unless there is a nipple you want to fill the screen with) and, even in the case of 2.75:1 movies, I'd like less zoom than 2x. Oppo's presets are much more useful, IMO.
But I wouldn't be a bit surprised if the Toshiba's lifespan was shorter than that of a mosquito and here is where the Oppo's no doubt greater cost could/would be justified.
As an added attraction, perhaps Oppo should make it ultra-small, like the new Samsung BD external reader/burner I just bought. (I still can't believe a thing that size can do what it does.) That way Oppo would have both extremes in size covered.
It'd be very nice and thoughtful of Oppo to add that old feature in their next firmware upgrade.
I seldom watch a movie more than once, so its of no relevance to me.
I couldnt care about that feature, which is why I sold my Oppo BDP-93 last year which was capable of playing ISO files (yeah, I did not chose to upgrade firmware because I wanted to maintain its resale value)
I tend to agree for movies, but it's music ISOs that are the real value for me (Blu-ray, DVD-A, and SACD). If you're not strongly into music, especially multichannel and high-resolution music, and you don't frequently re-watch movies, then ISO playback may not be so critical.
For some, it's whole-house movie streaming using ISOs that is the real value, which of course, the 93/95 couldn't do anyway.
Cinavia is going down hard and fast....
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For me the 105 has been no more or less than with the 95 and more than makes up for it with its musical and better video performance
I will never purchase a slot-loading player of any kind - they tend to mark/scratch up discs and it's very difficult to remove a disc from the player without touching the bottom surface in some way.
FWIW, I also find the 105 to be far less buggy than my BDP-95 was, particularly when dealing with Pandora.
Drives without drawers have a number of issues and are typically worse for the average user, placing the disc in carefully parallel so as to not scratch it on the opening is a big concern - particularly if someone else is using your equipment. Often the spindle will engage at the wrong time or is raised to high before engaging.
Here are features I would like to see in the next OPPO BDP after the 105
1. True 4K Blu Ray Player with HDMi 2.0
- Include Thunderbolt (http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/hdmi-2-0-explained/)
2. DIRAC Live SoftwareTM and of course include user adjustable EQ 1/3 octave including low, high and band pass filters.
This should be easy as they already have a deal with DIRAC.
3. Support for 9.2 channels, better 11.4 channels
- Support at least two subs better would be four subs.
4. Decode Dolby AtmosTM
5. Decode DTS Multi Dimensional AudioTM
6. Fully compatible with Apple files and iPad
7. Memory profile settings, so one can have different settings depending of what the user is listening to, Music, Movies!
8. Always controlled by smart phone, iPad,
Here are other features:
- An aluminium disc tray
- No plastic
- Silver case optional ( Black still standard)
3 802.11ac (from a better wireless card manufacturer)
4 More streaming memory e.g. last left off point in a video after turning back on the player
5 Memorized streaming points -e.g. this computer, video, folder...
6.Faster streaming boot - I don't want to have to wait a minute after boot to go to network or I'll have to go through many menus to get to the folder I was last in
7 Faster scrolling in the menu
8 Support for wireless keyboard and mouse
9 Search streamed library for a file name or title
10 playback for streamed isos and vobs
Once we have a list with more comments, I will email it to Oppo
Yes Oppo should consider including some fonctions of a good AV Pre/Pro that way we can all plug it in directly into the amps
- An other feature would be the analog connection to be 11.4 XLR fully discrete, quad differential, fully balanced
I for one would LOVE Oppo to come out with a nice PrePro. I think my current Denon AVP is FANTASTIC, it is both clean and neutral... b-u-t when HDMI 2.0 becomes standard my AVP will be put up on craigslist. I used to buy Denon DVD players and BR players till I discovered the quality and tremendous bang for the buck Oppos. I tried the Onkyo Integra prepro and while it had many of the bells and whistles comparable to the AVP - it sounded like steaming pile of doggy doodoo. Even my 15 year old Sony prepro sounded much much better. If Oppo could make a prepro as artfully constructed as the 103 I'm sure my living room and bedroom would both have Oppo surround processors.
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