Oppo Blu-Ray Player BDP S83 spotted at CEDIA

Folks at avsforum has spotted the long-awaited Blu-Ray Player at CEDIA. If you recall, the company has signed technology agreements with Blu-Ray early this year and started to work on feature set of the unit. Little information has been released to the public since then, and left Oppo fans speculating on company’s direction to develop a truly Universal player with Blu-Ray compatibility. We don’t have anything solid at this point but just an image of the hardware.

Link: http://gizmodo.com/5046217/oppo-bdp+s83-blu+ray-player-may-be-first-almost-universal-disc-reader

Link: http://www.slashgear.com/

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Updates from OPPO states that it has an Anchor Bay upscalling, a price bettwen $499 - 699 and release date in Winter (November 2008 - February 2009).

Shaping up to be more or less a 983 with BD playback. Looks like the 983 will be discontinued if this is the case. But even at $700 it will blow most of the higher priced BD players away for features and performance. :bow:

I’ve been privy to some more info on this player. Anyone considering a BD player this winter should wait and check this one out. Especially if DVD upscaling, file playback, SACD/DVD-A and related features are important. This player is looking like it could provide more features and performance than any other BD player at ANY price. Stay tuned. The only possible problem will be in actually laying your hands on one.

Great to hear, Would like to know more. If Blu-ray stays the course, other companies will have to step it up. This player is going to be a hot ticket to those that are enthusiasts.

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Thanks for the heads-up. :slight_smile:

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OPPO BDP-83 Blu-Ray Disc Player Update

Dear _______ ,

Thank you for signing up to receive information about our upcoming OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player. We appreciate your interest, and would like to update you on the current development status of this exciting new product.

One of the major design goals for the BDP-83 is to deliver first-class video quality for both Blu-ray and DVD. We based and expanded upon our top-of-the-line DV-983H up-converting DVD player and fully utilize the unparalleled performance of the VRS by Anchor Bay video processing solution. You can expect all the high-end video features including Source Direct for DVD and Blu-ray, high definition HDMI scaling, Edge and Detail Enhancement options, and 1080p24Hz output for both Blu-ray and DVD.

We did not stop at just video performance. We further refined the audio stage, including the addition of discrete stereo outputs and increasing the power and efficiency of the power supply. For SACD playback, the BDP-83 supports direct DSD over HDMI and DSD-to-analog without any PCM conversion, a very unique feature.

With the BDP-83, we intend to release a full-featured universal Blu-ray Disc player that supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live), DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master Audio. As of this writing, the BDP-83 supports BD Profile 1.1 (BONUSVIEW), DVD-Video, SACD, and bitstreaming of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Progress is being made on a daily basis as our engineers work diligently around the clock to further enable DVD-Audio, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio onboard decoding, and BD Profile 2.0.

The BDP-83 is currently undergoing an extensive and thorough Beta Test Program. We greatly appreciate all the feedback from our beta testers, as without their hard work and extraordinary attention to detail, the BDP-83 would not be the high quality product that our customers have come to expect from us.

As many of our customers eagerly anticipate the release of the BDP83, we are contemplating a “BDP-83 Early Adoption Program” in late December or early January. This program will make available a limited number of units so you can purchase and experience the current implementation of the BDP-83’s feature set, with the ability to download firmware as new features become available. The estimated price for the BDP-83 is around $499 to $599.

OPPO Digital is a consumer-oriented company that listens carefully to customer opinions and values their feedback. If it were not for our customers’ feedback and support, OPPO would not be where we are today. At OPPO we strive to provide our customers with quality products reinforced by exceptional customer service.

Please email to BDP-83@oppodigital.com if you have any questions and comments, or simply reply to this email.
Best Regards,

Customer Service

OPPO Digital, Inc.
Tel: 650-961-1118
Fax: 650-961-1119
2629 Terminal Blvd., Suite B
Mountain View CA 94043 USA

[B]What Is The Current State:[/B]

The OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray Player currently supports the following:

* SACD DSD over HDMI and multi-channel analog.
* SACD DSD to PCM
* Bit stream support for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital TrueHD, and DTS-HD Master to HDMI 1.3 or higher receivers. Optical and digital coaxial do not have the bandwidth required for these new high resolution audio formats, but they can still pass Dolby Digital and DTS CORE.
* 24Hz for Blu-ray and DVD-Video
* Source Direct. This allows the player to intelligently and automatically change the resolution of the player based off of the content source. For example, SD DVD will playback at 480i, while Blu-ray is played back at 1080p/24Hz.
* BD Live 1.1 with BONUSVIEW
* ABT 2010 de-interlacing and upscaling up to 1080p/60Hz with HDMI. Component is 1080i only (Blu-ray) with no ABT processing.
* Video Demo Mode: splits the screen vertically with one half showing the original source image, while the other half shows the results of adjustment to the Edge Enhancement, Detail Enhancement and Noise Reduction controls.
* Resolution and other Picture adjustments can be performed on the fly.
* 30 and 36bit Deep Color support
* DVD-Video playback
* DVD+R/RW/DL and DVD-R/DL disc support
* CD-R/RW disc support
* CD-Audio and HDCD playback
* AVCHD over DVD and USB
* MP3 with ID3 Tag and Album Art
* 1920x1080 native MPEG-2 and DivX support from USB or disc.
* PNG and JPEG Viewing at up to a native 1920x1080 pixels
* Anamorphic lens compatible with constant height Zoom. Other Zoom modes identical to DV-983H.
* Region 1 DVD
* Region A Blu-ray

Thanks for the info. :slight_smile:

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Preliminary list of features and specs.

Oppo has rolled out an “Early Adopter’s Program” and will be putting players in the hands of 50 eager buyers this week. Later in March, the EAP will either be expanded or the player will be officially released (unless unanticipated bugs crop up).

As beta testers and EAP owners reveal more about the player, you can read about it at the dedicated AVS thread here.

I’ve been beta testing this player since September, it’s a marvelous machine and seriously under-priced. The only player to even come close for features and performance in the unreleased Denon currently priced at $4700. :eek:

DVD picture quality is equal or better than the Oppo983 and many times better than any current BD player available.

Stay tuned.

[U][B]Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player Launches, by Invitation Only[/B][/U]

One of the most anticipated hardware releases in Blu-ray history is finally going to materialize. After a protracted beta-testing and early-adopter sale program, Oppo Digital is releasing the BDP-83 to the general public – or at least, those in the public that had emailed the company showing interest in the player. The first units will ship in May.

While nowhere as popular as more mainstream consumer-electronics brands, Oppo has long enjoyed a good reputation among home theater enthusiasts for their upscaling DVD players, which offered top-notch audio and video quality, and supported all kinds of formats such as SACD, DVD-Audio and HDCD. Since the advent of Blu-ray, many wanted Oppo to apply their know-how to the development of a Blu-ray player which hopefully would push the envelope of what current hardware did. However, for a long time Oppo declined such requests, arguing that the format was not sufficiently mature. Finally, in February 2008 a company executive disclosed that a Blu-ray player was in development.

The buildup towards the launch of this player has been quite unusual. A prototype was shown without fanfare during CEDIA in September 2008. The first product details were released in December. In February 2009, in a novel move for the field of consumer electronics, Oppo Digital started the “Early Adoption Program,” by which initially 50 people would purchase the player (loaded with a pre-production firmware) and give their verdict on the product’s readiness for mass launch. The program was later expanded to another 300 people, and finally in late April, a vote was taken as to whether to start a wider launch.

Now Oppo is sending out invitations to those who wanted to take part in the Early Adoption Program but were left out. According to a company representative, over 27,000 people had emailed their interest in the player. Only after all invitations have been fulfilled will the player be released to the general public.

The main features of this player are:

[ul]
[li]BonusView[/li]> [li]BD-Live[/li]> [li]VRS deinterlacing and scaling[/li]> [li]DVD-Audio[/li]> [li]SACD[/li]> [li]Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD bitstream and decoding[/li]> [li]7.1-Channel analog output[/li]> [li]Dedicated stereo output[/li]> [li]Dual USB ports (one in the front, one in the back)[/li]> [li]PAL/NTSC conversion[/li]> [li]Backlit remote control[/li]> [li]External IR in and out ports[/li]> [li]RS232 option[/li]> [li]HDMI CEC[/li]> [/ul]
The list price of the player is $599, but it can be preordered now for $499. Unlike the Early Adopter Program, which was limited to US residents, this sale is open to people in Canada (and also in Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates).

Most common Blu-ray users will not need many of the above features and thus a less expensive player model will be more than enough for them. Oppo is specifically targeting the niche of audio and video enthusiasts who require that extra that they haven’t found with more mainstream players yet.

[B]Link:[/B] http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-bdp-83/

I only have one minor gripe, Region free will not be supported for either Blu-ray or DVD. Oppo had to nick this in order to gain a license to produce a BD player.

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I only have one minor gripe, Region free will not be supported for either Blu-ray or DVD. Oppo had to nick this in order to gain a license to produce a BD player.

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Yup, the BDA refused to license the player without “robust” decoder-based DVD region locking. Expect to see mods available for the player once it gets into the right hands. Oppo already has a couple month backlog of buyers wanting to purchase it.

[QUOTE=CDan;2266970]Yup, the BDA refused to license the player without “robust” decoder-based DVD region locking. Expect to see mods available for the player once it gets into the right hands. Oppo already has a couple month backlog of buyers wanting to purchase it.[/QUOTE]

Backlog must be clearing–I ordered mine last Thursday and it shipped the same day. :clap:

[QUOTE=8mh;2284692]Backlog must be clearing–I ordered mine last Thursday and it shipped the same day. :clap:[/QUOTE]

Should be going to general release in a week or so with a new firmware update. Anyone who’s ready to buy should sign up on the interest list for priority status on the waiting list.

Officially released for public sale today. Should start shipping next week.

There will be a firmware update around the same time, so new players may not ship with the latest FW revision.

Here’s a fairly thorough review of the player at Secrets of Home Theater and Hi Fi

Very good review.

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Also good to note that there is currently a region-free FW hack being circulated for the player, and a couple different hardware mods that accomplish permanent DVD and BD region-free status.

Good review. Sounds good. My question is. Is it worth paying $499.00 for it?

[QUOTE=Thunderbolt69;2303522]Good review. Sounds good. My question is. Is it worth paying $499.00 for it?[/QUOTE]

It’s easily “worth” 3-4X that much if you compare it to players offering similar performance for DVD upscaling, analog audio outs and the like. If you seek a universal player for both SACD and DVD-A, the only competitor is the $4500 Denon. It’s really a matter of what features you want.

The Oppo 983 DVD player, (now discontinued), sold for $399. This player is essentially the same but with BD playback for another $100. Used Oppo 983s are selling at auction for $350+. This is because of the quality of the ABT 2010 video processor. So it’s a matter of what that’s worth to you. If you watch a lot of DVDs, there is no better player for picture quality at any price.