The updated BDP-103 now includes HDMI inputs with MHL compatibility for devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III or Roku Streaming Stick
Rewind the clock back five years and Oppo was the “go to” brand for DVD players, with the Oppo DV-981HD one of the best models available at the time. Then Blu-ray happened, and Oppo saw little initial competition for its first Blu-ray player. But since 2009, the Blu-ray player market has shrunk: titans like Sony and Panasonic no longer make premium players and instead opt for cookie cutter “wedges” with plasticky build quality, and yet good performance and cheap prices.
Oppo has stuck to its design and philosophical guns, and has now released its third set of players, the BDP-103 and BDP-105. Like before, the two 3D players are universal and play pretty-much-everything-but-LaserDisc and will also stream many file types from your network (MP3/WAV/FLAC etc).
Another thing that hasn’t changed is the price, with the BDP-103 the same $499 the first BDP-83 was, while the upgraded BDP-105 is even more costly than before at $1199. These prices could present a challenge to customers now used to buying Blu-ray players at the supermarket.
The 4K resolution is all the rage, and the players will upscale to the new resolution and incorporate a good deal of picture processing with custom dual-core SoC and the latest Marvell Qdeo video processor.
The Oppos also include smart TV streaming functionality with access to Netflix, VUDU, Film Fresh, Pandora and YouTube, and the company promises more services are on the way.
As universal players, the focus on Oppo machines has always been on both audio and video quality, and that hasn’t changed. The BDP-103 provides a 7.1 channel analog output and this actually quite uncommon on competitive players as they have shrunk in size.
The biggest change, though, is to the BDP-105 which now sports two ESS Sabre32 Reference DACs, a newly designed Toroidal linear power supply, dedicated stereo outputs with both RCA and XLR balanced connections, and a headphone amplifier connected directly to the DAC. The Oppo BDP-105 can also be used as an external DAC with two HDMI inputs (rare on a DAC) and an asynchronous USB input as well. In addition, the cheaper BDP-103 also includes dual HDMI inputs and if you’re looking to buy the new Roku stick, or have a phone with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) capability you can connect it to the front-mounted HDMI port on both devices.
The BDP-103 is expected in October while the BDP-105 is not anticipated to arrive until the end of 2012.
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