Posted Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward
The BD-103 and BD-105's newly added HDMI ports mean you can route other devices through your player to take advantage of the scaling and processing.
It's been a while since we've seen anything out of Oppo, but the company has finally announced updates to the BDP-93 and BDP-95 Blu-ray players that they're so well known for. The new models add some updates for new tech and new content, as well as offering up some unexpected bonuses.
On the visual side of things, you'll get Marvell Qdeo processing to help video look its best. In addition to 1080 upscaling like you'd expect, both the BD-103 and BD-105 take video up to 4K. They'll also convert 2D to 3D and provide you with the plenty of options to tweak video to your liking.
A particularly cool addition to these players is a pair of HDMI inputs, one of which is located on the front and the other of which is located on the back. You can attach a set-top box, game console or whatever else you like and the player will apply the same processing and upscaling. And you're in luck if you want to watch content from a tablet or smartphone – the front HDMI input doubles as an MHL input.
As you might imagine, both of Oppo's new players can handle decoding of the latest HD formats. Both the BDP-103 and 105 give you configurable 7.1 channel analog outs, but the BDP-105 steps thing up with a pair of ESS Sabre32 Reference DACs, a Toroidal linear power supply, dedicated RCA and XLR stereo outputs and even a headphone amplifier that connects directly through the DAC.
The BDP-103 is expected to launch sometime in October at a price of $499. The BDP-105 is expected by the end of the year at a price of $1,199.
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