"Unmatched picture and sound quality"5.0 starson by ghardcastle
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.