Originally Posted by MysteryMachine
I was a very happy BDP-83 user for many years and just "upgraded" to the 103 and am finding the analog audio to be horrible!
I am essentially using it as a preamp/processor.
BDP-103 to the TV with HDMI
BDP to the amp with analog 5.1
PS3 into the BDP-103 in HDMI1 in.
There are 2 HUGE problems... not minor annoyances.
1. HISS on the analog outs. On all channels, unrelated to volume there is lots of hiss. This is not a cabling/interference or any other issue. I unplugged the BDP-83 which was DEAD silent, and plugged in the 103.. same cables, same setup, same everything. One was silent and the other is hiss. The only difference is the PS3 plugged into it, so I unplugged that.. same hiss. The hiss is constant and unrelated to volume (except when you go to 0 then its dead silent). I even tried changing the volume to fixed on a part of a movie with very little noise and same hiss so even if I did have a preamp the BDP-103 would be bad with 5.1 analog out. I saw one other person in this thread mention this and everyone said it was an issue with his or her setup (cabling, lighting etc) - I can assure you it is not.
2. Whenever there is HDMI handshake with the Oppo there is a sound spike at FULL volume. I had to stop testing the HDMI in on the BDP-103 for fear of damaging my speakers, my hearing, and having the apartment next door kill me.
Unless I have a defective unit I am struggling to understand how the BDP-103 is getting praise... perhaps people are not using the analog audio at all. With such bad analog audio and the potentially equipment damaging sound pops I don't even know why oppo made analog out on the 103.
This is extremely surprising to me as I have heaped tons of praise and recommendations on Oppo for my experience with the 83 (and the way they repaired my 83 for free when it broke but was WAY out of warranty).
Originally Posted by MysteryMachine
No worries, I am emailing them back and forth about the problem. Their customer service is great as always.
I don't know if anyone is using their 103 direct to their amp and one other person that was on this thread complained of the same hissing. Its actually how I found this website/thread by searching BDP-103 hiss - see quote below. From what I can see everyone direct connecting to an amp is using a 105.
Could I ask a favor, if you have the capability to test the problems I mention could you do it AND report to Oppo if you hear the hiss? There are two other posts than mine about the hiss as well as several complaints about it on AVForums but Oppo support says that no else has reported the issue so there is nothing they can do but exchange or return mine. (this will be difficult since I live in switzerland and have a USA model player).
The easiest way to do this if you are using a receiver instead of direct connect to the amp like I am (I don't have a receiver but in theory this should have the same result):
1. Changed the BDP-103 from fixed to variable so that you can use the volume control
2. Lower the volume on the BDP-103 to 1
3. Raise the volume on your receiver to max or close to max
4.a Go to a silent scene in a movie and change the volume on the BDP-103 between 0 and 1. 0 will be dead silent, 1 will have hiss.
4b. Alternate way is go into the speaker test screen in the BDP and select a speaker you don't have (for example I have 5.1 so I select one that I don't have).. then change the volume between 0 and 1.
You cannot test while no sound is playing as the BDP-103 is silent when there is no sound playing but there is sound playing to a speaker no connected so it will hiss.
There is no need to go above 1 because the hiss is constant no matter the volume of the player so long as its not 1.