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Oppo bdp-103 - Выбор года - HomeTheater.com

Oppo bdp-103 - Выбор года - HomeTheater.com

 

Blu-ray плееры стали настолько недорогим продуктом в наши дни, что это-почти сюрреалистический опыт распаковать что-то вроде Oppo Digital нового поколения. Перед превосходным качеством сборки и поразителной чистоты обработки видео- и аудиоданных, нас просто переполняет чувство гордости. Oppo последнего поколения включают в себя много новых функций, среди которых 4K upscaling для 4K дисплеев, и парой входов HDMI (наряду с двумя HDMI-выходами), которые позволяют использовать устройство с превосходящим все ожидания качеством видео и аудио. Вы также можете воспроизводить контент с вашего мобильного телефона через MHL-совместимый порт. Oppo остается выбором №1 среди сотрудников Hometheater.com и представляет собой элемент, который гарантированно улучшит качество изображения какой-либо системы и вызовет улыбку на лице любого энтузиаста.

Impeccable build quality • 4K x 2K video output • The first Blu-ray player with HDMI inputs

We’ve come a long way since Blu-ray hit the market in 2006. Back then, players retailed for over $1,000, took more than a minute to boot up, and as long as two and a half minutes to load a disc. Thankfully, those days are behind us and the user experience with Blu-ray is now approaching that of a DVD player—although we’ll never get rid of the frequent firmware updates thanks to Hollywood’s piracy fears.

Based in Mountain View, California, Oppo Digital has earned a reputation for delivering superior products and outstanding customer service—the two main reasons why its wares are worth the extra bucks. It’s no surprise that every Blu-ray player it has released has earned the prestigious Top Pick honor at Home Theater. Its latest player, the BDP-103, has a lot to live up to and is more than ready to meet the challenge.

Build Quality 
Despite this new model of distribution, the BDP-103’s packaging is meant for the rigors of ground shipping via FedEx or UPS. When you first pop open the box, you won’t find any cheap Styrofoam or cardboard protecting your investment. It’s wrapped in a reusable carry bag firmly housed in custom-fitted foam. Unlike Oppo’s competitors, its remote and various sundries aren’t floating around the box—they come encased in a sturdy secondary box that aids in keeping the player stable during shipping.

Inside the secondary box, you’ll find a grounded power cord (an upgrade over the BDP-93), a 6-foot HDMI cable, a Wi-Fi dongle, and a well-designed remote control. As with all of Oppo’s previous players, the BDP-103 sports fantastic build quality and weighs in at a solid 10.8 pounds.

Like the BDP-93, the new model has a black anodized aluminum front panel with various transport buttons and navigation controls. Additionally, you’ll find a USB input and an MHL (Mobile High-definition Link)–compatible HDMI input. Why the heck would a Blu-ray player have an HDMI input? Well, I’ll get to that a bit later.

The rear panel contains an Ethernet port and two HDMI 1.4a outputs so you can run one cable to an AVR and a second directly to your display if your AVR isn’t 3D compatible. You won’t find a component video connection on this or any new Blu-ray player since new copyright protection rules kicked in as of January 2012, although there is a composite video output you can use for diagnostic purposes. Audio outputs include 7.1-channel analog, coaxial, and TosLink. Additionally, you’ll find an RS-232 input, two USB ports, an IR signal input, and a second HDMI input.

One of the things Oppo has been known for over the years is its outstanding implementation of various video processing solutions. Oppo uses its expertise in this area and those HDMI inputs to differentiate itself from the masses and allow users to connect other source components such as a TV set-top box, mobile phone, or camcorder to the player in order to utilize its superior video processing. Furthermore, since the front-panel HDMI input is MHL compatible, if it’s connected to another MHL-enabled device (like a smartphone) through an MHL cable or adapter (not included), then the port can accept high-resolution signals and simultaneously charge the device at the same time—although smartphones aren’t the only MHL-compatible devices.

By the time you read this, Roku will have released its Streaming Stick, which will be able to utilize the port to expand the Oppo’s streaming options. Once the Streaming Stick is available, we’ll test it with the BDP-103, so be sure to check HomeTheater.com for the latest news.

Like its predecessors, the BDP-103 can decode all of the high-resolution audio codecs from Dolby and DTS, as well as uncompressed PCM found on some soundtracks, for output to an AVR or surround processor over HDMI. If you have a rig with onboard decoding, the player can send the raw bitstreams over HDMI sans the secondary audio from BonusView Blu-ray Discs or the clicks and beeps in the menus. If you want to go old school and fight with the plethora of analog cables, the Oppo’s Cirrus Logic CS4382 digital-to-analog chip can decode and output the lossless audio from its 7.1 analog outputs.

The player offers two different video processing solutions. HDMI-1 is serviced by Marvell’s Kyoto-G2H video processor with the latest Qdeo technology that can upscale all video sources to 4K (3840 x 2160) and can convert 2D signals to a 3D output. HDMI-2 uses a custom-made MediaTek dual-core processor. The Qdeo offers a superior video processing solution, so that’s the preferred choice for most users, with one caveat—if you have a large SACD collection and want to send the native DSD signal to a surround preamp-processor that can handle it, you should use HDMI-2 for audio because the Qdeo chip doesn’t support this output. If you use HDMI-1, the DSD is converted to PCM. I tested both methods and couldn’t distinguish any differences between the Oppo’s decoding versus my Integra DHC-9.9’s processing of the native DSD signal.

If you own a vast DVD collection with a lot of foreign titles, the BDP-103 includes PAL/NTS conversion for both disc playback and video output, subject to DVD region restric-tions. The player can also output DVDs at 1080p/24 instead of 60 frames per second, which is a feature I don’t personally use but others may appreciate more.

For buyers planning on installing a constant-height projection system using an anamorphic lens, the player also offers the vertical stretch processing required by such a setup. But subtitles often disappear in a constant-height configuration, since they are usually located in the black bars of a 2.35:1 source and those bars are cropped off in the vertical stretch processing. The Oppo’s subtitle shift feature can move these subtitles up and down to keep them visible.

I don’t use this type of constant-height setup, however, so I couldn’t check these features for this review. BD-Live compliance isn’t an issue due to the player’s internal 1 gigabyte of storage. If you require more memory, the player’s three USB ports can be used for expansion.

Many Blu-ray players support streaming services and connection to a home network to stream music and photos. Network setup was a breeze, and the player connected to my home network in seconds. While Oppo includes a wireless dongle, I chose a wired connection since I took the time to run a cable to my equipment rack years ago—this eliminates any bandwidth issues on my wireless network. The commercially available services on the player include Netflix (with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio), Vudu (with up to 7.1 channels of Dolby Digital Plus and 3D movies), Film Fresh, YouTube, Pandora, and Picasa. There’s no Amazon VOD, but that should be available via the Roku Streaming Stick if you want to add the service.

At some point in the life span of every Blu-ray player, a firmware update will be needed. The Oppo will automatically update itself if it’s connected to the Internet, or you can go the self-service route and download it directly from Oppo. There wasn’t an update during my evaluation period, but Oppo’s previous players have been painless to update, and it usually takes less than five minutes to accomplish the task.

User Interface 
The BDP-103 has a new remote that now includes direct-access buttons to both Netflix and Vudu. It fits nicely in my hand and includes a backlit, easy-to-navigate button layout. The only criticism I had of the BDP-93 (and BDP-95) were their weak IR receivers, but thankfully Oppo has addressed that with the BDP-103 with an increase in remote sensitivity and, especially, range.

With its past players, Oppo included an easy-to-follow Auto Setup program, but that’s gone here. Instead, the player’s default settings are virtually plug and play, and the default configuration will be sufficient for most users and won’t require you to venture into the setup menu. If you want to adjust things yourself and customize the player to perfectly match your home theater setup and viewing preferences, the setup menu is easy to navigate and configure. If you’re stumped by a particular setting, the included user manual is outstanding in its layout and comprehensiveness.

Owners of Android phones can download an Oppo remote app from the Google Play store that’s backward compatible with the BDP-93/95, although at this time there isn’t an iOS version for Apple devices (one is in the works). I know a lot of people who are shunning universal remotes and going to smart devices to run their gear, and Oppo is finally jumping on this bandwagon.

Testing and Real-World PerformanceIt came as no surprise, given the known quality of its video processing and the performance of past Oppo players, that the BDP-103 sailed through all of our standard- and highdefinition benchmarks. More important, its video performance with real-world material was impeccable. Although I couldn’t test its 4K scaling capabilities, if it does as good a job in this department as it does with DVD upconversion and processing the incoming signal from my TiVo Series3, you shouldn’t have to scrap the player when you buy a 4K display in the future. The unit exhibits excellent fine object detail with virtually no ringing and video noise. The Qdeo video processing solution offers a number of customizable options in the setup menu, including noise reduction, contrast, sharpness, and color enhancements. For Blu-ray playback, it’s best to leave these options untouched, but they can be useful with standard-definition content or for optimizing the picture from one of the HDMI inputs.

One negative to the player’s internal scaling capabilities is that the player powers up in Blu-ray mode and you have to manually choose which HDMI input you want by pressing the Input button on the remote to bring up the Input Source menu, and then selecting the corresponding HDMI In port. Not exactly family friendly, but I’m sure once your significant other or kids do it a couple of times, it won’t be a deal breaker.

One thing I noticed when I first used the player was how much faster it booted up versus the previous-generation players. Although the player offers a Quick Boot mode that uses more energy, I never felt the need to employ the faster startup and increase my carbon footprint. Furthermore, with the dual-core SoC (System on Chip) processor, the disc loading times are lightning fast, and navigating through Blu-ray menus and the Vudu interface is much snappier than I was used to with other Oppo players.

While I would love to say the BDP-103 improves the picture quality of Blu-ray Discs to a level I’ve never seen before, that would be a lie. The video from all of the Oppo players I’ve used in the past has been as near perfect as I could wish for, and this new model was no exception. Every Blu-ray Disc I threw at the unit played without a hitch. Upscaled DVDs looked as good as they could given their limited data on the disc, and while the Oppo can’t make a 480i encode look like a Blu-ray, it can make it much more watchable.

On the audio front, the BDP103’s analog two-channel performance shows an improvement over the BDP-93. Although it uses the same DAC as its predecessor, Oppo has changed the configu-ration of the DAC chip and added a new analog buffer and filter stage following the DAC output. “Hotel California” on the Eagles’ Hell Freezes Over CD exhibited a warmer soundstage with some added depth compared to the BDP-93. If you’re a two-channel audio buff, this alone may be reason enough to invest in this player.

I could say the same about its two-channel performance with 96-kilohertz/24-bit FLAC highdefinition audio tracks that I downloaded from HDtracks.com and then streamed to the player from my Windows Home Server. Searching through the site, I found one of my favorite albums as a kid—Foreigner 4. The sixtime platinum album includes such hits as “Urgent” and one of my personal favorites, “Juke Box Hero.” Using the analog outs from the Oppo, I compared the audio with my Squeezebox Touch sending the digital audio (via coax) to my Integra surround processor. Just like my experience with two-channel CDs, the Oppo has a much more refined sound, and I preferred it to the digital input on my Integra, although the one negative is that I need to have my projector on in order to navigate through the Oppo menus to find the album versus using the touchscreen on the Squeezebox.

If you’re a multichannel analog buff, you’ll be just as impressed with the BDP-103, as long as you don’t mind dealing with the gaggle of cables and setting up your speaker configuration within the player. You must set the size, distance, crossover, and trim settings for all of your speakers, and thankfully the well-laid-out setup menu is easy to follow. Oppo also includes its own test tones to aid you. Once it was set up, I sampled various multichannel SACDs and DVD-Audio discs and preferred the sound coming from the Oppo versus sound being sent via HDMI to my pre/pro. My Integra is a tad brighter than the Oppo and isn’t as inviting, although I suspect only die-hard audiophiles will find the subtle sound improvement worth the hassle of running all of those extra wires.

Summing It Up 
As you can probably tell, I really like the BDP-103. Let’s look at what the Oppo brings to the table: near-flawless playback of Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD discs; support for both DVD-Audio and SACD audio formats; home network streaming as well as some of the most popular online streaming offerings; the ability to use the player’s best-in-class video processing for other components in your system via its HDMI inputs; and finally, the best customer service in the business. If that isn’t worth a few extra dollars, then I don’t know what is. Highly recommended.

By David Vaughn