Pros An all in one high performance disc player including SACD,DVD Audio.
Very good build quality.
Loads blurays about as quickly as DVD's in most cases.
Menus and hard button controls are very good.
Cons No streaming abilities such as netfilx which would be nice to have in the same box..
Summary The key attraction for myself is that this OPPO represents a premium quality in terms of video and audio performance at a decent price point.
Audio for me must include SACD and DVD-A as I have a library and am a fan of these hi-res formats.
Bluray and DVD performance is second to none ,that I have seen so far, and load times are great for bluray [much faster than PS3 experience]
For comparison I have been using a PS3 and an audio player connected to an Integra Processor,Sunfire 7x400 amp, and B@W speakers.
I am soooo pleased to have one box that does it all and without any need to go to menus on video just to play audio discs.
Finally I should mention that I bought this player as part of the beta program and have therefore had it through the debugging period. Each software upgrade fixed isses that users reported until the final release upgrade after which I have had no issues.
OPPO customer service has always been exceptional when compared to the usual electronics company experience in terms of both knowledge and reponsivness.
Pros Super fast load times for both DVD and Blu-ray movies. Unmatched DVD upsampling bye either standard or Blu-ray players. One of only a few players that plays the MKV format. Audiophile sound quality that matches players over $1000.00.
Cons Does not offer wi-fi in the unit but it can be added by another unit from OPPO. Does not offer any media streaming or access to online services
Summary Simply the best Blu-Ray player available today. It does not offer the media streaming or online services but I Iive in Canada so I can't access the Netflix and other services anyway and I already have a media streaming device.I forgot to mention the setup and menu on the BDP-83. The menu system is very easy to follow making it easy to setup the player in just a few minutes. You can access most of the menu features while a disc is playing in the machine.
People complain about the cost of the unit but it has better build quality and comes with a high quality HDMI cable and a calibration Blu-Ray disc which are not available on lower cost Blu-Ray players. It also comes with the OPPO Digital customer service which blows away all other manufacturers. OPPO constantly releases firmware updates to add new features and improve compatibility with the ever changing Blu-Ray disc standards and features for rock solid stability. Most other manufacturers rarely release firmware updates often forcing the consumer to buy a newer model to overcome bugs in their products. I have owned 5 different OPPO models including the first model they ever produced which still works flawlessly today.
The BDP-83 comes with 2 USB ports making it possible to connect an external hard drive to the unit which will allow the unit to play avi, and mkv video formats along with mp3 and other popular audio formats and high resolution photos. For those not famiIiar with the mkv format like divx and xvid which are compressed video formats for playing compressed DVD movies. MKV is fast becoming the compressed format of choice for Blu-Ray movies as it maintains excellent video and sound quality even with heavy compression. I have yet to find an avi (divx) or mkv video that will not play. There are only a few Blu-Ray players that play the mkv format including a couple of higher end models from LG. The BDP-83 also plays burned DVD's flawlessly with avi and mkv video and I have yet to find a Blu-Ray or regular DVD that will not play. If you have a large collection of regular DVD's like I do you will love the quality of the upsampled video. No other Blu-Ray player comes close when it comes to playing standard DVD's. For me this fact alone more than justifies the additional cost of an OPPO BDP-83 .
Updated on Sep 4, 2009
Updated on Sep 4, 2009Unlike most Blu-Ray players it has a zoom feature with extensive options that works on both Blu-Ray and regular DVD discs.
Pros Well built, sleek desgin, excellent backlit remote, quick loading times, front panel usb port for firmware upgrades. Great manual, easy set-up and menu trees. Excellent sound and picture.
Cons Expensive (but worth it) Amazon provides free shipping and no sales tax, while OPPO hit me for $17 shipping and handling. No way to watch Netflix or other services but who cares?
Summary After spending over a year with my upconverting Oppo DV-981HD I vowed to wait till hell freezes over to get a Blue-Ray player with the OPPO name on it. It was a long wait but definately worth it. Great piece of kit, American made and well executed. I can't recommend this company or it's products more highly.Not to rest on their laurels, Oppo has two new versions of the BDP-83, an "SE" or special edition version with improved DAC's that provide superior sound through the analog outs and an even pricier "NuForce" edition with even more analog enhancements. The company makes it clear however that those using HDMI outs to carry their audio would see no improvement and recommends you stay with the base model. How do you like that!!! A company urging people NOT to waste their money!!! Gotta love em.
Updated on Jan 7, 2010
Pros Handles every kind of disk I threw at it. Amazing DVD upconversion. Very fast loading time. The upscaling processer is found in AVR's costing over 2k. For $500 its an amazing value.
Cons Does not come with wifi.
Summary This is a great buy that you will not regret. Compares well with players costing well over $1000.
Pros Well built, plays almost any form of media available by disc/USB, fast loading, great back-lit remote, easiest Blu-Ray player to run/update, the best DVD upconversion available, topped off by the most helpful/polite customer support of any company
Cons a bit expensive, only available online
Summary I have had MANY DVD players over the years (17 to be exact) and none have been as easy to set up (and update in the case of Blu-Ray players) as this OPPO player. It has a wealth of adjustments that can be tweaked for those wanting to do so, but it looks gorgeous out of the box too. Great build quality.