Posted Fri Nov 12, 2010 at 07:00 AM PST by Dick Ward
At $499, Oppo's new player may set the benchmark for Blu-ray.
The wait has paid off and we've finally got the official specs on the successor to the BDP-83. Needless to say, it seems worthy of the title.
Oppo's BDP-93 can do just about everything you'd want a Blu-ray player to do. It plays back traditional and 3D content, streams movies from Netflix, handles Blockbuster on Demand, lets you listen to your SACDs and even plays back digital media files including DivX, MKV, FLAC, WAV and more.
Video quality is a key point for Oppo, as evidenced by the inclusion of Marvell's Kyoto-G2 video processor with Qdeo technology. You can upconvert DVDs to 1080p, watch full 1080p Blu-rays at 24 frames per second and, if you prefer an external video processor, go with source direct mode.
On the audio side of things, Oppo offers 7.1 channel analog audio output that includes a mix-down mode for those with stereo speakers. It handles Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio which it can output through the analog outs or via HDMI.
You'll also find dual HDMI outputs, an eSata port for your digital content, and wireless capability. The Oppo BDP-93 is one impressive player, especially at the $499 price.
The downside is that "Due to a shortage of major components used to manufacture the BDP-83," Oppo has discontinued the original model.
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