Oppo Announces New Blu-Ray Player
After an award-winning streak of nearly two years by the acclaimed BDP-93 Blu-ray player, Oppo follows up with the BDP-103AU. Due in November, the BDP-103AU is a premium universal Blu-ray Disc™ player that supports Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), HDCD, and CD formats.
Additionally, the player features three USB ports as well as wired and wireless networking to support popular video and audio file formats including AVCHD, MKV video, high-resolution WAV and FLAC music, and digital photos. The player provides access to popular entertainment network services including Netflix®, VUDU®, Film Fresh®, Pandora® and YouTube®, with more to come (some services available in USA only).
OPPO products are known for their excellent picture quality, and the BDP-103AU continues in this tradition. Using a two-step video processing approach that utilizes a custom dual-core SoC and the latest generation of Marvell’s Qdeo® video processor, the player delivers a stunning theatrical experience with true-to-life picture. Additional video processing features include 4K up-scaling, 2D-to-3D conversion, 1080p24Hz output, HDMI 1.4 with Deep Color, Source Direct output, and extensive picture control and enhancement options. Two HDMI outputs are provided, adding to the players’ versatility by allowing one output to be used for video and the other for audio, and even enabling the player to drive two displays at the same time.
On the audio side, the player supports all of the high-resolution audio formats with bit-stream output and onboard decoding of Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® Master Audio™. For SACD playback, users can choose between sending native DSD or converted PCM through the HDMI and analogue outputs depending on their preference and equipment compatibility. The BDP-103AU provides a configurable 7.1ch analogue output that can be used in stereo, 5.1ch or 7.1ch mode.
Last but not least, customers have always asked for ways to take further advantage of the excellent audio and video processing functions provided by the OPPO players, and the new player answers this request by adding two HDMI input ports, one on the front and one on the back, with the front HDMI input doubling as a Mobile High-definition Link (MHL®) input. Users can connect external devices such as set-top boxes, network streaming devices, and even mobile phones to take advantage of the players’ video processing power.
The BDP-103AU is designed for user convenience and installation flexibility. Beyond the included back-lit remote control, the player can be controlled via its IR IN, RS-232 control ports, and mobile phone control apps. Users will appreciate the quick start-up and fast disc loading performance of this player. By connecting to Gracenote's global media database over the Internet, the BDP-103AU can offer an enriched playback experience by displaying Cover Art, Title, Artist, Genre and other media information for CD, DVD, Blu-ray and a wide range of digital media files. Accented with a heavy gauge brushed aluminium front panel, dimmable display and a sturdy chassis, the player fits well with any home theatre environment or sound system.
The suggested retail price for Australia will be $699, with launch due in November. The BDP-103AU will be available through authorised OPPO dealers nationally.
The multi award-winning BDP-95AU is still available, and remains excellent value at its RRP of $1299.