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Finally a top quality, truly universal player that does all the things I want and does them VERY well!

A Review On: OPPO BDP-105 Blu-ray Player

OPPO BDP-105 Blu-ray Player

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Pros: Great picture, great sound, well-built, feature-rich

Cons: None, now the Ipad control app is out

My system does double duty:
- attempt at high-end stereo audio reproduction
- home theater for Cable TV and Blu Ray viewing

My music sources span the entire media spectrum (PC with DLNA and a 6TB Raid, containing MP3, FLAC 16/44 up to 24/192, WAV, APE, 1,000 CD's and SACD's, a few DVD-A and (since I bought the OPPO), a handful of DSD files on USB drive).

I have been a faithful Sony BD player customer (I still have 3 Sony BD players in the house, including the top of the line BDP-S790, plus a PS3) for a long time, simply because of their ability to play network media, USB media, SACD and Blu Ray. Then, 6 months ago, I bought a dedicated media streamer as part of a broader upgrade plan on the audio side of my system (the Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6). I used it to stream all my networked media, plus internet radio and Pandora and then feed it through the included 24/382 DAC, to my Halo JC2-BP preamp.

I read all the reviews of the OPPO, but could not bring myself to justify the upgrade over the Sony 790. Both did video very well, both did 4K upsampling etc.

Then OPPO came out with the firmware that allowed it to read DSD files from USB and that got my attention.

Now I had the possibility to replace the Cambridge Audio Media streamer AND the Sony 790 with a single box, which might do more than the other two combined AND do it all better!!

As soon as the OPPO took its place in my system, I knew I'd made the right choice. The Sony is in the bedroom and the Cambridge Audio is up for sale. The last thing I needed from OPPO, was a good Ipad app, so I could control the player and browse my music files without having to turn on my TV. That app just came out and the firmware to support it will go on my Oppo tonight.

So back to the 'standard' review topics:
1) Features—Does it provide 3D and/or streaming capabilities? Which features are useful and which are not? It does 3D (although I do not care about that feature) and its streaming capabilities are superb. I can stream 24/192 FLAC files without problem and they sound glorious.

2) Setup—How did you connect it to your system, directly to the display or to an AVR or pre/pro? How easy is it to set the correct aspect ratio?
I connected the OPPO in multiple ways: HDMI1 to an AVR (for Cable TV / Blu Ray viewing), HDMI2 to the TV, just to view music data on display and XLR analog out to my Halo JC2-BP preamp for the purest audio listening, Aspect ratio is not even a topic when you use HDMI.

3) User Interface—Are the remote and menu system well designed? Are they easy or difficult to use?
The remote is DECENT and some of the buttons that matter to me, take some finding or getting used to. The user interface is well designed and easy to navigate on screen,

4) Performance—How quickly does the player boot up, how quickly do Blu-rays load and start to play, how good does the image look, how good does the audio sound, how well does it upscale DVDs? Cite examples from content you've watched.
The player boots up very quickly, compared to anything else I've owned. Discs load quickly and start to play as fast as some DVD players from the past. Video looks better than any player I've ever used before (including the Sony 790). That includes files from hard drive. I watched a video file in 720p with DTS sound and it looked and sounded fantastic. Now I will make the time to revisit some old Blu Ray friends in 1080p and Dolby Digital HD shortly.

I could not be happier with this player, especially after the two recent add-ons: 1. DSD file playback and 2. A decent Ipad control app (to be tested).

For the curious, my system:

Source: OPPO BDP-105
Stereo preamp: Parasound Halo JC2-BP
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1121
Stereo Power amp: Bel Canto REF1000M monoblocks
Stereo speakers: Thiel CS7
Surround speakers: Swans 3.2
Cabling: XLR for stereo, HDMI elsewhere, mostly Kimber Cable (including speakers)


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