Since Saturday, I am the happy owner of a BDP-95EU! Am I the 1st from Hungary? I do hope so!
And I am truly so happy about it that I must share with you some of my first impressions...
With its European price at around 1050 euro, I think this is the most expensive component I've ever owned. But with the Oppo you get real value for your money.
To start at the beginning: I never expected that unpacking the Oppo could be such a delight. Everything about this product, even the packaging, shows care and attention to details and it establishes a very positive picture about the manufacturer.
The accessories came in a shiny, "luxurious" paper box, a very good quality HDMI cable is included, as well as an USB extending cable. I find this extending cable very useful, it makes very easy and comfortable to plug in and swap USB harddrives, Wifi dongle etc. The Wifi dongle is very cool-looking too and has this "luxurious" feel to it. Connectors on the back panel of the Oppo were all covered with plastic caps, even the power chord was tied with some special plastic band (I don't have a good English word for that, sorry). The owner's manual is well written, easy to understand and explains everything you need to know about your new toy.
Then I plugged it in and everything worked as it should. Connecting to my home network was successful at the first try, then the new firmware was quickly found and updated.
I don't want to go into details about the sound quality. I am not a good writer, especially in English and I don't have the words to appropriately describe all the beauty that comes out of my loudspeakers. Let me just say that I am completely satisfied with the sound quality. It has a very relaxed, warm, lively, natural sound. It doesn't have any digital harshness, neither any fatiguing effect. I just can't stop listening to music, I'd be playing discs all day long if I could.... Some say that it will only get better after some burn-in. I don't know if it is true, but it is really hard to imagine how it can get any better...
I really like the "Pure Audio" button on the remote, because it is a very simple way to turn off the picture when listening to music and thus saving your plasma from burn-in. The same button can be used to turn the video back on if I want to see the player's menu or disc-info.
Also this is my first player that properly displays CD Text, showing not only the title of the track or the artist, but also the title of the disc. And my first player that displays SACD Text!!! I always wondered what could be written in the SACD Text, now I know: basically it is the same as CD Text. And these Texts with the Oppo logo look very cool on my TV screen, too bad I have to turn the screen off ("Pure Audio") to avoid burn-in.
I also like the OSD, it is displayed by pressing a button on the remote, then it can be easily controlled to display the elapsed or the remaining time from the disc or from the track.
I have some DVD-Audio discs and a few "back-ups" too, therefore I am glad that the Oppo can play copy-protected (with digital-watermarking) DVD-Audio discs too.
I tested DTS-CD and HDCD playback too, everything works flawlessly.
The auto-resume function works not only with DVD/BD, but also with AudioCD and SACD. Again, this is something that I like very much, if I have to interrupt listening to music, then I can stop playback and switch off everything and continue easily from the same place anytime later. Especially useful with long tracks (20+ minutes), where fast-forwarding to the appropriate time would not be so easy.
The photo viewer is also fine, at last I can display my original-resolution (5-8-10 megapixel) photos too, not only those crappy downsized versions... It is a nice option that I can listen to music from CD/SACD or USB drive and watch photos at the same time! The photoviewer can also rotate the photos if needed and display exif information! Photo playback from CD/DVD also works.So far there is only 1 thing that I don't like too much.
When I plug an external HDD by USB, it takes a very long time (3-4 minutes) until the Oppo reads the contents of the drive and I can start to watch my movies/photos/music. So you have to be patient if you want to use external drives. Maybe e-SATA drives are faster to read? But then again, they are much more difficult to connect to the Oppo (no hot plug-in) compared to USB drives.I have 2 questions to the experts:
- When I play flac files from HDD, the display shows placeholders for album art and for artist/track title, but they are all blank, even though the artwork can be found in the same folder. Where should I put the art and this info to be displayed during playback?
- I use the dedicated stereo outputs when I play-back stereo material (AudioCD or stereo SACD) and the multi-channel outputs for multi-channel discs only. With the latest firmware, the dedicated stereo output can be configured in 2 different ways. What is the correct setting to enjoy the advanced quality of the stereo output?I also have a firmware request to Oppo:
here in central Europe we have a few specific characters like ő, ű, Ő, and Ű. When a subtitle (.srt files, either separately or muxed into mkv) contains such characters, they are not correctly displayed with the current firmware. I hope you can add support for these characters in the near future.
That's all for now from an extremely satisfied consumer!