Back in 2009, we covered Oppo’s long awaited Blu-ray player, the BDP-83 and it’s special edition counterpart. Both versions definitely sit at the top of the stand alone Blu-ray player heap in terms of image and audio quality, however at $500 and $899 a piece, they aren’t the most affordable machines. Understanding this complaint, Oppo has created a more wallet friendly player in the BDP-80 which will soon sell for a more reasonable $289.
Basically it’s a stripped down version of it’s more expensive brother, and cuts costs by dtiching features such as the ABT2010 video processor, aluminum face plate details, DVD 24p up-conversion, IR ports, and a back lit remote control. Outside of those points, the BDP-80 should still provide the same levels of quality consumers around the world have come to associate with the Oppo brand. So if you’re a video and audio nut looking for high performance at a great price, this may just be the player for you. Do keep in mind though that if you want features such as Netflix streaming or access to Pandora, you’ll unfortunately have to look elsewhere. To check out all the details hit the next page for the press release.
OPPO Releases New BDP-80 Blu-ray Disc Player
BDP-80 is the digital transport of choice for Blu-ray, DVD-Audio/Video, Super Audio CD and more.
Mountain View, Calif. – January 25, 2010 – OPPO Digital (www.oppodigital.com) announced today the release of a new high-performance Blu-ray Disc player, model number BDP-80.
The new BDP-80 is a full-featured universal Blu-ray Disc™ player that supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live and BonusView), DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), HDCD, CD and other popular media formats such as AVCHD, MKV video files, digital photos and music. Sharing the same decoder and similarly optimized firmware as OPPO’s award-winning BDP-83, the BDP-80 features fast disc load times, quick response to user operations, and robust audio and video controls. In contrast to the BDP-83, which utilizes an onboard VRS by Anchor Bay video processor, the BDP-80 design has been optimized for use as a digital audio/video transport, emphasizing the accuracy of its digital audio/video outputs. At the same time, the BDP-80 is versatile enough to be used as a stand-alone universal Blu-ray player, thanks to its full array of output connections and audio/video decoding capabilities.
For video, the BDP-80 features an HDMI 1.3 port that supports 1080p Full HD, 1080p 24Hz, Deep Color and Source Direct modes. Component video, S-Video and Composite video connections are also available for legacy analog displays. In addition to its faithful reproduction of high-definition pictures on Blu-ray Discs, the player can up-convert DVD from standard definition up to 1080p to maximize DVD picture quality. Its “Source Direct” output mode makes the BDP-80 incredibly well suited as a digital transport to feed into an external video processor, a high-end A/V receiver or display device with built-in video processing. Unique features such as subtitle shift and vertical stretch zoom mode makes the player an ideal source component for home theaters with 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height) displays.
For audio, the BDP-80 supports internal decoding and bitstream output of the latest sound formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio. The BDP-80 also features a configurable 7.1-channel analog output that can be set as 7.1-channel, 5.1-channel, or stereo. When playing SACD, the BDP-80 can output DSD (Direct Stream Digital) over HDMI in its native format or convert it into high-resolution PCM. For compatibility with many legacy A/V receivers and DACs, the BDP-80 also provides an optical and coaxial digital audio output.
The initial setup of the BDP-80 is a breeze with its Easy Setup Wizard and well-written manual. Setup menus on the player can be accessed without interruption to disc playback. The front and back USB 2.0 ports enable easy access to music, photo and video files. The BDP-80 comes standard with 1GB of internal storage built-in so that no additional memory card or flash drive is needed to use BD-Live and BonusView features. Featuring a brushed metallic front panel and dimmable display, the BDP-80 fits nicely in any home theater environment, ranging from simple to high-end.
Available for a suggested retail price of $289, the BDP-80 can be ordered directly from the OPPO Digital web site at www.oppodigital.com or from authorized resellers.