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OPPO BDP-103 3D Blu-ray Player

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Pros: Quiet and fast blu-ray drive, Built well (unit and remote), Adjustable display lights (bright to off), External WiFi device, and Excellent Video.

Cons: Expensive, Unable to remove unwanted apps, and Gets bogged down if directories are too large.

Needed to upgrade my LG BD390 to something that would be supported longer as newer Blu-ray discs did not always load nice, and latest firmware made DVD playback difficult. After reading about OPPO back after I got my LG, I decided to see if what they had to offer for my media room upgrade. The BDP-103 was fairly new and had many features I wanted (3D, Good support, etc.) and knew it would be well supported. I did look at Sony and Panasonic players as well but felt that OPPO would provide me with what I wanted for a bit for money though. OPPO does provide great hardware in the device.

OPPO packages their players well and the player even comes in a nice reusable bag (mine had a two inch sewing mistake in it) that you can use for shopping if you would like. The BDP-103 has a good weight to it and the remote is well built and can take some kid abuse well. Setting up the device was easy and straight forward, and having multiple HDMI ports is a big plus. I have it connected through an Onkyo receiver to that passes it through to the TV. First time using it I was pleased with its speed and ability to provide great image upgrading of DVD content onto my TV. I also loved how quick and quiet the drive and device is compared to others I have used especially for newer Blu-ray movies. The home screen is nice and simple with the key items in the middle of the screen with apps in a scroll at the bottom. The apps are good, but I wish I could configure them. The player does find devices on the network well and read data discs with good support for formats. If you have large amounts of files in a single folder then the player can get bogged down and non responsive as you navigate through at a quick speed. I do like the Gracenote feature to my music and how it displays the information of the songs. Wish the unit could have been about $100 cheaper but it might have been more plastic then metal (I prefer metal). I am looking to get a usb keyboard for the device as Youtube is not fun to search with the remote.

Overall I would recommend the OPPO BDP-103 to anyone that wants a well built, quiet, and fast Blu-ray player and does not mind paying for a unit that should last. I hope OPPO can continue to provide high quality units for a long time as I do not like the plastic devices that other manufacturers are going to.

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Pros: Just this side of being an AVR

Cons: No speaker calibration mic

This review won't be as technical as some or most as I am still learning and have only been involved with Home Theater for less than four years, so please bare with me.

This is my third blu ray player, the firsts being an LGBD370 and then an LGBD390. I've been spoiled on the 390 as it's video quality and load times are rated among the best, so why should I shell out for the new OPPO 103?

The Oppo 103 has a ton of features, streaming capabilities, 3D, converting 2D material to 3D, converting compressed material to uncompressed, lots of picture quality adjustments (being able to tweak pq through a BD player is pretty awesome), dual HDMI outs (one for audio, one for video incase you have a legacy AVR and a 3D display), dual core processor, just to name a few.

The load times are a hair faster than my 390 and being able to fine tune picture quality, the video is unmatched. But the feature that has impressed me the most, is the 7.1 analogue pre-outs in the rear, internal speaker set up and the two HDMI in ports (HDMI in? On a blu ray player?)

My H.T. set up is pretty modest, but one I've been building now for just over three years, a 7.2 configuration consisting of PolkAudio RTiA series speakers with a pair of Epik Empires (bass baby bass), a legacy AVR and two external amplifiers. Play time utilizes an Xbox 360.

With my AVR being three years old (one year out of warranty) and a history of bad HDMI failures, mine joins the ranks. The good news here fortunately, I qualified for a one time out of warranty repair. The bad news, I'm without an AVR for a couple of weeks at best, so, now if I want to watch a movie, it's HDMI from blu ray player to TV with a pair of 10 watt speakers.....ugggggg.

The Oppo manual is about as thick as two magazines, I had been thumbing through it to learn about my new blu ray player and seeing all the wonderful things it could do, and then it hit me....."I think I can run my speakers through my BD player".

Sure enough, the 7.1 pre-outs on the rear of the 103 allowed me to connect it to my amps, once all is a go, the menu allows you to set speakers up for; stereo, 5.1 or 7.1. It allows you to set the speakers to large or small, then distance, then set the trim. The remote has volume control, how cool is that?

With the HDMI in, one port in front, one in the rear, I used the one in the rear to accommodate my Xbox 360, the remote lets you access which HDMI port you want to use so you can go straight from a movie to playing your favorite games on your player.

My receiver is back in place and now once again the heart of my system, but knowing the Oppo 103 is capable of pulling AVR duties, well, that in my opinion is worth the price of admission alone.

Highly recommended.

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Pros: Top Quality Hardware, Very Fast Loading, Great Upscaling Capabilities

Cons: Network browsing interface could use some improvement

The Oppo BDP-103 is my first actual blu-ray player. I had previously been using PowerDVD on my HTPC. Overall I am very pleased with the Oppo, the attention to detail really shines through as soon as you open the box. Unboxing it reminded me of unboxing an Apple product. Once I had it installed, my impression only improved. The load times are extremely fast, the main interface is simple and pleasing, and the picture quality is phenomenal.

The BDP-103 also solved another problem I had been having with my Home Theater. I have a DirecTV HR34 and a Denon AVR-4520CI. These two units refused to work together with the DirecTV box in native mode (HDMI Handshake Issues). This means I was unable to upscale my DirecTV feed before sending it to my projector. I tried plugging the output of the HR34 into the HDMI input on the Oppo and then out to my AVR and it works fantastic. It has no problem reacquiring a handshake with the DirecTV box as it changes resolution to match the native output of the tuned channel. The Oppo then scales it to 1080p beautifully. I particularly like the 'Info' screen that shows the details of the incoming signal such as Resolution, Color Space, and even Audio information and also shows what is being output to the AVR.

In the past, I had ripped my Blu-rays in BDMV format onto my NAS to be played by PowerDVD. Sadly, the Oppo cannot play these BDMV files from the network share. I understand this is a feature they are not allowed to release. However, the Oppo has no problem playing Remuxed MKV's from my NAS. This has becoming my preferred method for storing my movies. I love no longer having to struggle with frame rate problems between Window's drivers and PowerDVD.

Overall I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I plan to purchase Oppo's new models every year until I have one at every TV in my house.

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Pros: Smooth Fast Disc Tray and Startup, Upgrades Video From AT&T u-Verse Set Top Box As Well

Cons: None So Far

This is my best Oppo Blu-ray player yet. I have previously owned the BDP-83, Bdp-93 and now have the Oppo BDP-103. This is the best one out of pack for me. Not only is the audio and video quality awesome for blu-ray and DVD playback but the speed of playback along with the ability to use the 2nd HDMI input in the rear to feed my AT&T u-Verse through the Oppo player gaining the benefit of the excellent video processing of the BDP103 puts it in a league by itself. There is a noticeable improvement in the picture from the AT&T set top box when it gets processed through the BDP-103. I have a friend who uses DISH TV through his BDP-103 with the same result that I have with my AT&T set top box. In addition the BDP103 will pass 4K video to your display if you have one. Presently I do not so I cannot comment on 4K performance but having the ability to process 4K future proofs this player for me as I see 4K video at some point being in the mix. I am not a fan of 3D but 4K will happen at some point when I replace my current projector. In addition to a long list of streaming services the Oppo BDP-103 adds Cinema Now to its lineup. The BDP-93 did not have Cinema Now as an option and since I have purchased some movies on Cinema Now it is great to be able to play them back in my Home Theater on my blu-ray player.

In addition to its terrific performance the Oppo tech support has been the best in the business. Although I have not had to use them for this BDP-103 but I have had to call them for the previous players that I owned and they have always provided prompt professional service and handled my issues until they were corrected. If there is one minor quibble that I have with this player it would be that I would like to see a direct input button on their remote so you could select the rear HDMI input directly instead of having scroll though the inputs using the OSD menu. The player defaults to the blu-ray input when turned on and you have to scroll to get it set to the rear HDMI input when you want to access your additional video source.

I have owned this player since December 2012 and have found nothing to complain about. Highly recommend this Oppo player.

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Pros: Quick start, 3D capability, DVD Audio and SACD playback, Amazing video and audio, Easy set up

Cons: None

I have owned a few blu ray players in the past and never truly satisfied until my dream machine was released at well under a thousand bucks! I have been dreaming of owning an Oppo since I remember blu ray players getting popular (I am early adopter since HD-DVD/blu ray war).but never could find myself putting out so much money on a disc player. All the other Oppo players were way over a thousand bucks and the BDP 103 was released at about $500. Some people may still find that steep on their budget, but I knew I have been needing a player that can handle playing my high resolution audio discs like SACD and DVD Audio from years ago. I always used my old Pioneer Elite DVD player from years ago to play these, but once the Oppo found its new home, the old Pioneer (which wouldn't play video, just audio...strange) went to the curb. Upon getting my new Oppo, I was amazed at how easy it was to set up. My other blu ray players were more complicated setting up. At first I was using an older Denon receiver with no HDMI (but had an awesome 7 channel analog decoder for my SACDs and DVD Audios) and thought I would really get the best out of this wonderful Oppo machine by plugging it into a high end 9.2 THX surround sound system with HDMI. Now the Oppo really came alive!! Using the HDMI (instead of digital fiber optic) for picture and sound, I witnessed what the Oppo 103 could really do! I use this player 90% of the time (until there is a baseball game on) for watching blu rays, DVDs, Netflix, YouTube and other services. I have the internet plugged into the back of the Oppo player to make sure I won't have any problems using internet services (it does have built in Wi-Fi) but being a movie geek and not a computer geek, I didn't want to take the chance of losing signal while watching Netflix. I am amazed at how fast a disc starts playing! It used to take a few minutes (sometimes four) with my other machines. Not with this Oppo. I hope I never have to buy another blu ray player again. Ordered mine from BombayElectronics.com. They ship for free (in US) and it was delivered in a few days.
Look up Oppo players on their website. You will be glad you did. I know I am very proud of my Oppo!! Won't buy any other name.

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Pros: Excellent disc playback of DVD, SACD and of course Blu Ray. Media streaming is some of the best I've seen.

Cons: Occaisional freeze up when searching for my 2 NAS (media files), remote will not adjust audio unless analogue connections.

The price of this Oppo does put it in that special category of "high end" players. It has some solid competition but overall, seems to win the hearts of many (including myself) who want to be sure that the basic features are top notch and also get to enjoy additional bells and whistles.

Where the Oppo shines is in its excellent playback of both disc and quality media files via network connection. As an owner it would be easy to be biased so I set up a comparison test of my original blu ray disc to an m2ts file extracted and played via network from NAS. Three friends had an opportunity to contrast and compare and were amazed to find out that the "repeat" was in fact a file and not directly from the disc. In short, media file playback (directly available through Ethernet) is not distinguishable from the disc according to at least myself and three people who simply like to enjoy the goondness of Blu Ray movies.

Moving on , we find that Oppo has provided a very usable remote control that has a look and feel similar to some of the Panasonic remotes for their plasma TV offerings. The overall learning curve of the remote is fairly quick and the usefulness is only limited by the fact that while the system can be set up to talk to an AVR, it will not control the volume of the AVR unless analogue connections are used. So if you are like many of us and like to use HDMI, it may not handle the volume and thus another remote would be needed.

As mentioned the Oppo can play media files via network and overall provides a very simple menu directory type of screen. I have two storage units (NAS) that creates from time to time a small issue of making the Oppo freeze up. This seems to have plagued a few other people who either have more than one storage unit or a complex directory structure of media files. When only one of the two NAS units are on line, the Oppo is very quick to find it and access it. It remains unclear where the real issue falls but I suspect it has more to do with the Oppo than say some other item on my network.

Like many other devices used in home entertainment (smart TV, TiVo, etc.), the Oppo provides access to various media source via Internet. As example would be Netflix streaming. My plasma TV, TiVo and a couple of other devices also offer up Netflix streaming but again, when doing a comparison - the Oppo had the upper edge on image, buffering and more. I can give a positive nod in favour of the Oppo as a vehicle for items such as Netflix streaming, Pandora etc.

So if the Oppo does such a great job with disc and playback of various forms of media, handles HD audio, and offers excellent input (2 HDMI, multiple audio including analogue) then what is not good about the Oppo? - Well, there are other makers of Blu Ray players that also provide excellent playback and bells and whistles such as Panasonic's top model and also Sony as well as every other known name that exists with TVs (LG, Samsung etc.) that offer also excellent playback at a lower price. Oppo tends to build very solid players and use excellent internals. They also do a good job of updating their firmware on an as need basis. Oppo provide BOTH high quality hardware and timely usable firmware upgrades. The Oppo however, will only shine when one has a TV to match for visual media and certainly audio system to match for quality sound.

If someone is using a small TV and using TV output, the Oppo would be over kill. For those of us who wish to be immersed in an excellent adventure in home theater experience - the Oppo 103 should be on your short wish list.

Last - the Oppo has 2 HDMI inputs, I have managed to plug the TiVo into the Oppo, set the TiVo to native display and allow the Oppo to do the heavy lifting for both video and sound. The Oppo did a good job of handling non-1080p and converting to 1080p for my 65" plasma. The difference between TiVo alone and TiVo going through the Oppo was readily seen. The one caveat is that it would be wise to consider a good universal remote to control the TV, AVR, Oppo, TiVo etc. My wishlist of changes to the Oppo is short - better handling of complex networks for media files, have the remote handle HDMI control of an AVR's volume and the menu directory of media files should be developed to be closer to something like say - XBMC or Plex.

Would I buy an Oppo 103 if I had to start from scratch today? YES top of that "short list" of must have.

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Pros: Built like a rock, great features, easy set-up.

Cons: A little pricey.

After taking the jump and purchasing a 3D HDTV, I needed a Blu-Ray player that could play 3D discs. The OPPO brand got great reviews and even though it was more expensive than many players out there, I decided it was dumb to pair a cheaper Blu-Ray player with an expensive TV. I don't regret the decision for a second. The BDP-103 is heavier than most players because the unit feels incredibly solid. Once hooked up, setting up the player is very easy. You're walked through a quick set-up and it's ready to go. That said, there are lots of tweaks available depending upon your home theater set-up. A search on the Internet as well as the AVS Forum revealed lots of "preferred" settings but, as always, you'll want to see what works best for you. That's one of the BDP-103's greatest plusses--no matter how you want to adjust your picture, audio and other settings, the unit gives you lots of options and a tremendous amount of flexibility. If there's any downside to the unit, I could see someone with little or no technical knowledge finding the options a little overwhelming but the factory default settings are probably fine for most users. I was disappointed that within a few weeks after purchasing this player, OPPO came out with the BDP-105 but don't know what the difference is. I'm very happy with the 103, though, so really don't care at this point. Whenever the player becomes obsolete (which always happens eventually), OPPO has definitely earned a look.
OPPO BDP-103 3D Blu-ray Player
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FeatureUniversal Blu-ray disc player with Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio, CD, VCD, HDCD, AVCHD, MP4, AVI, and MKV support Dual HDMI Inputs and Outputs, MHL-Compatibility, 3 USB Inputs, DLNA (DMP & DMR), SMB/CIFS, Wireless N, RS232 & IR Dual-core processor provides quick startup and fast loading times; Updated Qdeo Video Processor 4k Up-conversion, 2D-to-3D Conversion, True 24p Video, Vertical Stretch Mode, Advanced Picture Controls Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, YouTube, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, 7.1-Channel Analog, Coaxial/Optical
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