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OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Player

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #2 in Blu-ray Players

Posted

Pros: Solid Build Quality, Fast Boot & Disc Load, Network Media Support, Nearly Universal Disc Media Support, Pure Audio Mode

Cons: DLNA navigation is slow

My Oppo BDP-93 was my 3rd foray into the Blu-ray disc player arena after two prior and utterly disappointing experiences with a Samsung BD-P1400 and the BD-P1600 that was its warranty replacement.

The Oppo BDP-93 has excelled in the all the areas that the other players fell short. To name a few:

Disc Loading Times - the Oppo BDP-93 averages a 15 second loading time for most BD media in my library. Previously I would expect to be in for a 2-3 minute wait with either of the Samsung models; and that was assuming that the disc would even load. The BDP-93 has yet to meet a disc it can't play.

Disc Support - the Oppo BDP-93 supports every disc type in my library except Laserdisc (for obvious reasons) and has never faulted to playback any BD I've thrown at it, including recent releases with more complex Java-based menus and features.

Analogue Audio Quality - it was only after putting the BDP-93 through some critical listening that I was convinced I finally had a video disc player that was capable of replacing my dedicated CD audio transport. The stereo L/R audio from the Oppo BDP-93 is clean and uncoloured. Trying to obtain quality analogue audio from either of the Samsung players was an exercise in frustration and disappointment due to their harsh "digital" sound. Coupled with the "Pure Audio" mode, the BDP-93 is a capable replacement for all but the most esoteric CD audio transports on the market today.

DLNA Support - perhaps not a fair comparison since neither Samsung player had this feature, but the built-in DLNA support of the Oppp BDP-93 filled a much needed niche in my entertainment setup before I built a HTPC. The interface for navigating the DLNA folder structure is a bit slow and not ideal for the remote control input method, but the actual media playback is solid and convenient.

Multi-HDMI Output - a feature I originally thought a gimmick has turned out to be a solution to an unforeseen problem. My home theatre receiver, an Onkyo TX-SR875, has some issues with HDMI handshake when changing between video source material of differing aspect ratios. This would sometimes result in the "digital snow" effect being displayed on my display until the receiver was power cycled to reinitiate the handshake process. Using the paired HDMI outputs, I can run an "audio only" connection to the receiver for playback of lossless audio codecs from HDMI Output 2, and a direct HDMI run to the display from HDMI Output 1, bypassing the receiver handshake issue for the aspect ratio change. There are absolutely no sync issues or performance degradation for using this feature.

eSATA and USB Media Support - connecting drives and playback of media from them is quick and easy with the Oppo BDP-93. Drives are detected quickly and thus far I have not had any USB drives (including a 2.5" mechanical HD) require supplemental outboard power to spin up. Thumbdrive support has been universal, reading even a 64GB drive without complaint. Speeds are what you'd expect from USB 2.0, and there is really no warranted need for USB 3.0 speed support.

DVD Upconversion - people often forget that there are hundreds of titles still awaiting proper Blu-ray releases and the only way to experience them is the trusty DVD. The Marvell chip in the Oppo BDP-93 does an amazing job with upconversion of 480p sources to 1080p, far better even than the built-in Reon HQV chip built into my Onkyo TX-SR875. Prior to the coming of Blu-ray I'd built up an impressive catalogue of DVD titles and the Oppo BDP-93 lets them play-on into the HD future with dignity.

Summary

The Oppo BDP-93 has stellar image quality, a bevy of features that add convenience to an already solid core performance, and a build quality that must be felt to be properly appreciated. Oppo Digital has already introduced replacement models for the BDP-93 and maybe one day I'll upgrade, but for now the combination of value, features, uncompromising quality and bulletproof performance across a wide range of media types means that that day is many years off into the future. Buying an Oppo BDP-93 is one of the few purchases that I can say that I have no regrets on AND wish I'd done much, much sooner.

Posted

Pros: Beautiful, sleek and silent. Plays everything you throw at it. Outstanding video processing and DVD upscaling.

Cons: A bit slow to load some titles. Somewhat cumbersome and too bulky of a remote.

The OPPO BDP-93 is a thing of beauty! With its superb sturdy design, brushed metal front plate and flush buttons this baby truly is the ultimate media machine. The BDP-93 supports all sort of audio formats and sounds great right out of the box but what truly makes it shine is the outstanding picture quality produced by its Marvell QDEO onboard video processing technology; Blu-ray titles never looked better and DVD upscaling quality is off the chart.

Connect a USB or e-SATA drive and, in addition to playing physical media the OPPO can now also handle MP3, WAV, FLAC and AAC for audio files, and MPEG-4, DivX, AVCHD and MKV for video files. Because I went for a slightly more expensive Multi Zone / Region Free player (I have quite a large European DVD collection) I can now literally throw anything at this player and it reads it (save for my aging Laserdiscs - they won't fit and that's too bad). This thing is a beast, and to top it all the BDP-93 also offers a wide choice of streaming and online capabilities with Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, FILM FRESH, Picassa and Pandora, and can hook up effortlessly to your network to access files if you have a PC property configured. Last but not least, it also has some 3D capabilities but, like many, since I'm old school and couldn't care less about 3D we shall bypass this feature entirely.

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Setting-up the player is a breeze. Special kudos to OPPO for making the unpacking such a pleasant experience (one could compare it to unboxing Apple products), OPPO Digital really goes the extra mile with the black felt-like bag the player comes wrapped-in, as in with the wireless dongle, HDMI cable and real (and great) owner's manual they also include. Once out the player feels very dense, heavy (I like heavy gear), sturdy and built with the highest quality standards, reminiscent of German engineering.

This BDP-93 now sits on my older, but faithful, Yamaha RX-800 receiver (12 years old and going strong), linked via an optical cable and outputting to a 5.1 BOSE Acoustimass 1500 sound system (12 years old and going strong). On the video side I use the BDP-93 first HDMI output (beware - the only one supporting the Marvell QDEO processing) feeding video signal directly into a Panasonic PT-AE-4000U and projecting onto a fixed frame 16/9 106" VAPEX screen. Let the fun begin…

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The user interface is great, the player boots pretty fast and 3 rows of 4 icons welcome you past the OPPO splash screen. Navigation is fluid, easy to understand and operate and menu designs look great on the big screen.

Let's quickly review the minor cons before heading for the performance. In my opinion the remote is too thick and too long (and I'm 6' 5", I have large hands) and somewhat cumbersome to operate, especially in the dark. Sure the buttons are backlit (a useful feature) but not the markings underneath, so it's still hard to see if you don't know your icons or haven't learn the symbols by heart. While on the downside I also notice some discs (Blu-ray mostly) are slow to load (even after turning off BD-Live features, as demoing some titles for friends was becoming excruciating). Finally I also really dislike the input and navigation in the YouTube interface; it's painfully unresponsive, let's hope that OPPO can fix this via a firmware update soon. Netflix, Vudu, Pandora and the rest work well for the most part, no complaints there.

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Now for the performance and the reasons for this machine to exist. The setup menu was easy and pleasant to configure, no adjustments were made in the picture settings, it really isn't necessary. Note also that very little tweaking was done in the projector's picture settings - I watch under a CINEMA 1 preset - and the result; the picture is absolutely stunning! I output at 1080p and sit 15 feet from my screen, watching and testing all sorts of material under proper lighting conditions; DVDs, Blu-rays, Netflix streaming, MPEG-4s, MKVs, you name it; the OPPO delivers! I had a semi-pro audio videophile friend come over, and he called the picture quality "phenomenal." Sure my Panasonic projector is good but the driving force behind it is the OPPO BDP-93.

Of the Blu-rays titles I like to demo I always choose Avatar for the ultimate digital experience, and Gladiator (the correct mastering) for a true film-like experience. Both films display, well, like in a fine-tuned movie theater, there is really no telling. Color fidelity is outstanding, so is sharpness and contrast, and with film-like smooth pans and credits crawls the BDP-93 excels and delivers a true Cinema feel never seen before. As if it wasn't enough, the DVD upscaling is out of this world. If the DVD mastering permits it, you can actually fool people into thinking they are watching a Blu-ray. Case and point; the DVD Special Edition of Gladiator is one of the best transfer there is, virtually impossible to differentiate from its Blu-ray counterpart once processed and upscaled through the OPPO - seeing is believing.

Streaming Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch version) via Netflix looks extremely sharp but for some more fun and another comparison worth trying, pop-in the Game of Thrones Season 1 Blu-ray (outstanding mastering) and then switch to some downloaded 720p MPEG-4 or MKV digital counterparts, loaded and running from a USB 2.0 flash key; they will look, well, almost as good and very film-like - again, seeing is believing (I even tried a non-HD file of Season 3 finale and it was very decent over the 106" screen).

On the audio side all is good with the BDP-93, unfortunately my ears are not my eyes and my semi-pro friend tells me I could improve the sound calibration of my "movie room" a bit (maybe due to my aging receiver, or the placement of my speakers, or my ears). Yet testing those movies and playing them loud in 5.1 still sounds grand, undistorted and close to a theater-like feeling. Once again, the OPPO, via my noble and ancient Yamaha receiver, delivers. Testing more audio with BOSTON Mastersound Gold Collector's Edition CD, or again some FLAC files with Eva Cassidy - Live at Blues Alley is real fun, and once more showcase the solid audio output capabilities of the player (and makes it close to having a real concert at home; my wife approves, so does my friend - the neighbors, not so much).

In closing, the OPPO BDP-93 is one of the best purchased I have EVER made (April 2012 for $599), one year and going strong... And highly recommend.

Thank you OPPO Digital.

Posted

Pros: Great picture and sound, and good networking of music

Cons: None that I can think of!

The Oppo BDP-93 is a great Blu-ray player and network hub. Its picture quality is second to none and its analog audio is great (I don't have the kind of "price is no object" audio gear that might motivate one to buy Oppo's 95 or 105 models).

It does have 3D capability (and dual HDMI outputs for that purpose, so the image can go directly to a 3D display if the AVR's electronics can't pass on a 3D signal), but I don't like 3D, so that hardly matters to me.

It has both an Ethernet jack and an external Wifi N dongle (which I never set up, since I have a router in the same cabinet to make a wired connection).

I've yet to find a Blu-ray, DVD, CD, SACD, or DVD-Audio disk that gives it any problem. Video calibration was easy, since its color space is "balls on accurate (that's a technical term)."* I found myself marveling at how it made older movies look new again, since its color rendition is natural, not hyped. The same is true of its presentation of music and film soundtracks. It doesn't hold back when the going gets loud, but it also lets subtle material come through without exaggeration.

It loads and plays disks without long delays (it's much faster than my first Blu-ray player, a first-generation Panasonic) and can be set to do 24p conversion of DVDs, though whether to do that depends on whether the source was film or standard video.

When I figured out how to use it to play music off my computer, including multichannel high definition audio, I realized that it was smarter than your average bear (I mean Blu-ray player). No more burning DVDs to listen to my high def music downloads (I buy a lot of music at iTrax.com and HDtracks.com)!

I've rigged up a car seatback screen (sold to parents to entertain the kids on long trips) as a "music dashboard" to select music from my computer over the network without turning on my projector, and was rewarded for my efforts by being told by my significant other that my setup is "a work of art." (Their newer models don't let you use a simple composite video monitor for this, which is why I'm sticking with my 93.)

It doesn't get much better than this!

* My Cousin Vinnie

Posted

Pros: Plays 3D movies, SACD and DVD Audio, Plays MTS, MPEG, MKV, AVI, Uncompressed Audio, Master DTS, HD Dolby

Cons: Slow to load up compared to other players, IR sometimes hard to read

Ever since buying their 1st BDP-83, I have will never own another player but Oppo, now the BDP-93, not just because it plays Blu Rays and up-converted DVD the best all the features that come with and I have used them, 3D movie look great played through this and my 60in LG using the liquid filled shutter glasses. SACD plays and sound perfect, so does the DVD Audio, uncompressed audio is perfect also, I never knew what I was missing until I played my blu rays with the Master DTS and HD Dolby Digital on my BLU Ray movies, its also nice that this machine recognizes so many formats like MTS, MT2S, MKV, AVI, MPEG. I also like how the updating is done wireless also and automatically. The Oppo Service is second to none, My BDP-83 was just edge out of warranty and it needed a new disc player Drive as it had stopped reading any discs, I asked Oppo service what a new one would cost explained my situation and someone from management returned my email and they would gladly repair my machine at no charge, they even sent me a pre paid mailer, so I was more than impressed with this small American company. Oh once I mailed them my BDP-83, it was back into my hands like a new player in 10 business days. Lets not for get its region free also.

Posted

Pros: Excellent opportunity for sound

Cons: Average video, DLNA and Internet performance

From a two-year period of evaluation, I like to provide some feedback on the list of features, advertized by Oppo, the following rational conclusions are made:

Diversified Media Support:
Blu-ray Disc – Works as advertised without flaws
Blu-ray 3D - Some disks seem to require the 3D Mode setting Forced in order for the display to properly show 3d image
SACD – Multi-Channel priority and DSD output setting to SACD of DSD then the player is working as an analog passthrough. It will go straight to analog without any conversion or processing. For my 4.0 setup, I have negotiated a solution where the 7.1-Channel Analogue Output board is replaced by 3rd party hardware.
DVD-Audio - Works as advertised without flaws including the processing the speaker configuration. For my 4.0 setup, comments on SACD above applies.
Netflix Instant Streaming Ready – Delivers the message “This device cannot instantly stream from Netflix in your area. Visit Netflix.com/NRD to see a full list of devices that instantly stream from Netflix”
YouTube Leanback - Works without national character set and with a tediously slow and very basic graphical user interface such as no remote control app keyboard search facility, to say the least.
Comprehensive Internet Streaming - Works with a very basic graphical user interface such as no search facility, to say the least.
BD-Live & BonusVIEW – works but are rarely used by movie producers nowadays.
Additional Disc & Media Formats - Works as advertised without flaws for those formats yet tried.

Unparalleled Video Quality:
Qdeo by Marvell – Colors are muted when selecting the player HDMI option Color Spaces YCbCr4:2:2, YCbCr4:4:4 and Auto. Colors are clear only when selecting the Color Space RGB Video Level “The HDMI output uses RGB color space and normal signal range suitable for video displays". For this test, the Spears & Munsil High Definition Benchmark, Chroma Multiburst pattern is used. Oppo Support has “confirmed that when testing the Color Space characteristics of the player when using HDMI 1 and HDMI 2, both outputs on the player produce proper Color Space conversion to a display which properly accepts these Color Spaces. This keeps the issue open for the projector display vendor, Epson to resolve.
DVD Up-Conversion – Works as advertised without flaws
Full HD 1080p Output - Works as advertised without flaws
True 24p™ Video – Works as advertised without flaws
Source Direct Mode – Comment from Full HD 1080p Output above applies
Multiple Zoom Modes - Works as advertised without flaws
Vertical Stretch Mode – Not applicable
Dual HDMI v1.4a Outputs – Oppo recommend to use HDMI 1 since it benefits from the dedicated Marvell QDEO video processor, and set the “Primary Output”. The HDMI 1 output resolution of the player's default state (1080p/50Hz - PAL- or 1080p/60Hz - NTSC), according to Oppo support - “Unfortunately due to the output resolution of the player's default state (1080p/50Hz - PAL- or 1080p/60Hz - NTSC) and your source material being 1080p/30Hz, the player will handshake a new HDMI signal whenever the player switches to and from your source material when using HDMI 1.
Advanced Picture Control – Not applicable since all controls are handled by the projector display. Comment from Full HD 1080p Output above applies
High Fidelity Audio:
Dolby® TrueHD - Works as advertised without flaws
DTS-HD Master Audio - Works as advertised without flaws
7.1-Channel Analogue Output- Works flawlessly. For my 4.0 setup, comments on SACD above applies.
Digital Optical and Coaxial Outputs – Not applicable
Rigid Chassis Construction – Nice external design, color options a’la Henry Ford

Ultimate Convenience:
Dual HDMI Outputs – Comments from Dual HDMI v1.4a Outputs above applies
Wireless & Ethernet – According to the Oppo support, “The player will work with Wireless N 2.4GHz wireless networks. The only performance you would get from a newer router would be higher reception and transmission capabilities of a router. But the player can't use an alternative adapter as they need to be designed for the player.
Dual USB Ports – Works as advertised without flaws
eSATA Port – Works as advertised without flaws
PAL/NTSC Conversion – Works as advertised without flaws
Back-lit Remote Control – Not applicable. In my multi-vendor setup, a unsiversal remote control is used.
Universal Power Supply – Works as advertised without flaws at different regional voltage levels
External IR - Not applicable
RS232 Control - Not applicable
Remote Control Apps – Works as advertised without flaws
HDMI CEC – Not Applicable
DLNA Certified - Works as advertised without flaws, however with a very basic graphical user interface such as no search facility. Not a thumbs-image user-friendly design a’la Apple TV, Synology DSphoto or similar DLNA client to say the least. When playing HD 60P MP4 videos there are performance issues, where the picture and sound comes in bursts with a second-long intervals, regardless of the network setup or NAS server used.

Remarks
The Oppo support has been very helpful to resolve how some issues should be categorized where full reports are available.
The list obviously is limited to the features available to european customers who are excluded from many of the services from US media service providers.

Verdict
World class – SACD, DVD-Audio, Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio with 7.1-Channel Analogue Output board replaced by Vanity93 from audiopraise.com, eSATA Port.

Average industry practice - Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray 3D, BD-Live & BonusVIEW, Additional Disc & Media Formats, DVD Up-Conversion, Full HD 1080p Output, Multiple Zoom Modes, True 24p™ Video, Rigid Chassis Construction, Wireless & Ethernet, Dual USB Ports, PAL/NTSC Conversion, Back-lit Remote Control, Remote Control Apps, DLNA Certified

Useless - YouTube Leanback, Comprehensive Internet Streaming

Not working - Netflix Instant Streaming Ready and other services from US media service providers, Source Direct Mode, Dual HDMI v1.4a Outputs, Dual HDMI Outputs

Not applied - Qdeo by Marvell, Vertical Stretch Mode, Advanced Picture Control, External IR, RS232 Control, HDMI CEC
Daily usage - The BDP-93 works as a universal transport of all available disk media formats and local eSata disk or DLNA streams providing world class sound and average image with a limited user-friendliness.

Posted

Pros: Plays almost everything, from new discs, 2nd hand discs, and downloads, unlike other blu-ray players i have owned.

Cons: The construction of the tray could be more solid.

Features

I have no interest in 3D so have not tested that. While it has build in network capabilities, like every device on the planet, i use a dedicated media center running XBMC. Those are frills anyway, who cares if your dvd or tv has a YouTube app. Built-in vendor apps can never compete on features or power with a popular open source project like XBMC or mythTV. The most useful feature is the eSata port which I have connected to a large external hard drive to hold blu-ray concerts and MKV multi-channel audio files. This provides the best quality without the compromises of a PC-based media center. USB based external drives just don't have the throughput for large blu-ray files at 1080p.

Setup

The unit is easy to set up and simple to use. It just works. The HDMI output to both an Onkyo AVR and an Integra pre/pro are flawless. The firmware updates are simple, they install automatically over the internet. The remote is basic but simple and effective. The user interface is nothing special but you don't need a pretty gui or a fancy case to get state of the art a/v equipment.

Performance

Picture and sound are excellent. The speed of operation is good, unlike some other blu-ray players. Why i like this unit is that it just works. The performance is spotless, it even works on problem discs. The chipset was state of the art at the time of purchase. DTS-HD master sounds awesome thru my 11 channel system running DSX. The video is gorgeous on my Kuro 101FD. I've never had a problem with the 3 Oppo units i have owned and have recommended them to friends.
OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Player
Description:

Oppo's BDP-93 gives you universal playback of Blu-ray, DVD, CD, SACD, DVD-Audio, and a wealth of digital files, with solid picture and sound quality no matter the format. With access to streaming content from Netflix or Blockbuster on Demand, USB and eSATA ports for your external drives, and wide connectivity including dual HDMI 1.4, this player defines versatility.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandOPPO Digital
EAN0898072002066
FeatureUniversal Blu-ray disc player providing playback for a myriad of video formats on disc or eSATA/USB drives Dual HDMI 1.4 outputs for multiple displays or separate, dedicated video/audio connections Supports Blu-ray 3D specifications (3D television and glasses required) Decoding and individual 7.1-channel output for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio Stream content from Netflix or Blockbuster and update firmware via your wireless or wired network; Voltage: 100V - 240V, 50/60Hz AC
Item Height3 inches
Item Length16.9 inches
Item Width13.3 inches
LabelOPPO Digital, Inc.
ManufacturerOPPO Digital, Inc.
MPNBDP-93
Package Height7.3 inches
Package Length20 inches
Package Weight17.8 pounds
Package Width18.4 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberBDP-93
ProductGroupHome Theater
ProductTypeNameDVD_PLAYER_OR_RECORDER
PublisherOPPO Digital, Inc.
StudioOPPO Digital, Inc.
TitleOPPO BDP-93 Universal Network 3D Blu-ray Disc Player
UPC898072002066
UPCList - UPCListElement898072002066
Item Weight11.2 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementBDP-93
ModelBDP-93
ColorBlack
Warranty1 Year Parts and Labor
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