Detail Review of Oppo BDP 93

March 30, 2011



It would not be a stretch to say that Oppo BDP-83 is the best Blu ray player on the market right now. Even after year and a half, the Oppo BDP-83 stands as one of the most well reviewed Blu ray players on the market. Oppo waited until Profile 2.0 became standard and released a true universal player that worked flawlessly. Also, the picture quality and overall performance was well ahead of its competitor’s offerings. While little late to the Blu ray player market, Oppo made sure to release a quality product for the home theater enthusiasts. Again, Oppo is little late to the internet streaming and 3D functionality. The BDP-93 incorporates 3D and internet streaming into a very well performing Blu ray player.

Features

With Oppo BDP-93, Oppo has once again created a true standalone player. As with Oppo BDP-83, the BDP-93 is capable of playing DVD, audio CD, HDCD, AVCHD, Kodak picture CD, MP3, Divx, MKV, FLAC, WAV, and most other video and audio formats. The Oppo BDP-93 also supports SACD as well as DVD-Audio formats. You can load these formats via USB or eSATA drives or physical DVD discs. Oppo is one of the first to incorporate eSATA port on its Blu ray players. More importantly, Oppo BDP-93 adds internet streaming as well as 3D support. As with BDP-83, the BDP-93 is Profile 2.0 player fully compatible with BD-LIVE content. The addition of 3D and internet streaming is a welcome addition. The BDP-93 can natively decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD, and DTS Digital audio formats. You will not need additional receiver in order enjoy high definition audio formats. As with BDP-83, the BDP-93 includes 7.1 channel analog output on top of the digital optical and coaxial outputs. The PAL and NTSC conversion is retained from the older model as well.

Design

The overall design exudes quality high end finish. Overall construction and finish is very well done. The tray is located in the middle with the LCD offset to the left and playback and ejects buttons located on the right. The tray and LCD has glossy finish while the surrounding area is finished in brushed metal material. This gives it a unique high end look. When you unpack the player, you will immediately notice the weight of the player. Coming in it at well over 17 pounds, it is a lot heavier than most other Blu ray players. The connectivity includes 2 HDMI ports, eSATA port, 2 USB ports, Ethernet port, digital optical and coaxial audio ports, and the 7.1 channel analog output port, IR, and RS232 port. The inclusion of RS232 and IR makes it a truly universal player. The player comes with a wireless N-adapter for wireless streaming. The remote control has very well placed large buttons in logical places. The remote control lights up when you push any buttons. This will drain the battery quicker than most other remotes that have the light on and off modes. Otherwise, the included remote is very functional and easy to use.


Performance

Oppo BDP-93 is lightening fast in everything it does. The boot up and load time is very fast. You do not need to wait for it to boot up or wait long time for a Blu ray disc to load. The Oppo BDP-83 is still considered one of the fastest players on the market even after 1.5 years into its life cycle. Oppo BDP-93 is no exception. Even the differing video and audio formats loaded fast and without any problems. MKV and Divx files played flawlessly on the player as well as SACD and DVD-Audio formats. The overall picture processing was spot on as well. For BDP-93, Oppo has integrated the Marvell’s Kyoto-G2 processor. This is a premium video processing chip that ensures the highest video playback across all formats. While more intensive testing might show improvements, I could not honestly discern difference between the BDP-83 and BDP-93 in terms of video processing quality. Tested with 2 different Blu ray movies, Oppo BDP-93 showed no artifacts and video processing defects in any part of the movie. As with BDP-83, the BDP-93 has one of the best DVD upconversion on the market.

The dual HDMI 1.4 output was a very welcomed addition to the BDP-93. For the people with a receiver that cannot process HDMI 1.4 specs, this is a godsend addition. Most of the older receivers are not HDMI 1.4 spec compatible. This means you could not pass HDMI 1.4 signals through the receiver. While this has not been a problem in the past, the 3D contents require HDMI 1.4 spec in order to display the 3D contents. This required most consumers to bypass their receiver set up in order to enjoy the 3D content. With 2 HDMI outputs, you can output video source directly to television while outputting the audio to the receiver via other HDMI port. There are very few Blu ray player on the market with 2 HDMI port.

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Audio

The overall audio performance is as expected from Oppo player. All of the advertised audios decoded without any problem. The SACD and DVD-Audio played without any hitch. The inclusion of FLAC playback was another big bonus for lossless listening crowd.

Overall

Oppo BDP-93 rectifies few complaints I had on the BDP-83 player. BDP-93 includes the wireless capability as well as internet streaming contents. While internet streaming content is limited to Netflix and Blockbuster video on demand, it does add two of the most popular streaming services. The inclusions of other applications like Youtube and news feed would have been nice.
Weighing in at $499, it is not the cheapest player on the market. But, you get one of the best performing Blu ray player on the market. If you are home theater enthusiasts, spending extra few hundred dollars might be well worth it to have one of the best Blu ray players on the market.

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