Quick question, is it possible to do basic operations on the 103 without the remote? Start a disc playing for example. Basically, does it have an "enter" button and navigation buttons on the front panel?
Hi Bob, it's been a long time! Well, a long time since I've been on these forums.
Yes, I looked at the 103 user manual but didn't see anything to suggest it could be operated without the remote. I must be missing the "enter" button. Most DVD/Blu-ray disc will not respond to the "play" button. Perhaps the play button is dual function?
Bob, it doesn't work! It depends on the disc, if it requires "play" be highlighted and then "enter" pressed, you're just SOL. Some disc will accept a "play" command but others require the "enter" command. Looks like the NAD T-567 can do it...
Excerpt from the NAD manual...
The front panel 9/0, 7/8 and ENTER buttons respectively simulate the same functions of the A/S/D/F and ENTER buttons of the BR 2 remote control under the following conditions or options only
• Navigating through the HOME menu and SETUP menu.
• Browsing DivX or PHOTO files on a disc or USB device.
I'll probably just ship the OPPO back and get the T-567. Oh well!
The 4 front panel buttons surrounding Play should function as the 4 Arrow buttons for navigating to the Play choice on the disc's menu when you are viewing a menu. If you've found a disc where that does not work, call or email OPPO tech support. Works for me in the discs I've checked.
Ok, that would be great if they can fix it with a firmware update. The disc I put in was "Land of the Lost" (Blu-Ray) The Play button just gives you that red circle with a cross through it. Stop works... it stops it. The others have the same result as play, just the red circle.
Are you actually on Top Menu for that disc? Or is it asking if you want to Resume playback from where you last left off? (You can discard the Resume Play Point in Setup by Erasing Persistent Storage.)
I'm not sure why you want to use the front panel buttons for this, so I'll just mention another way to do things without using the remote is via a USB keyboard (either directly attached or via a wireless adapter). The Arrow and Enter keys on that should do the trick.
It was top menu. Yeah the keyboard idea might work even better, never thought of that. It would be nice to keep the Oppo and not swap for the NAD, even though it's about $100 more I'm not so sure the NAD is as good as the Oppo.
Yes the keyboard works. Maybe not completely ideal but good enough. If your working on a bench and using a player for what ever testing the remote is just in the way and constantly lost. Front panel controls like the NAD are perfect. Thing is, 99.99% of the time I won't need this because it will just be used as a normal player. I was just expecting it to be a more common feature than it turns out to be. The front panel controls do work for navigation inside the menus so that proves it's possible. I'm canceling my return request.
Edit: Response from Oppo...
PLAY acts like ENTER. Please be aware that the front panel buttons will work for specific contents only, and will not work with most Blu-rays as the BD-JAVA does not allow the front panel buttons to be used to navigate menus.
OPPO Digital, Inc.
thanks again for the help, I'm still keeping it:-)
mk Edited by Montekay - 7/4/13 at 2:39pm
Why didn't I think of this earlier... I just picked up a Sony portable BluRay player with HDMI output. Being portable it has all the controls on the unit itself. Now the new Oppo can stay right where it is in the equipment rack and the portable Sony can be for testing and can even have a dual purpose... travel, like it's designed for. Anyway, now it's irrelevant that the Oppo can't do it. I really like the Oppo btw, they live up to all the hype! Great player!