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Flawlessly. Most regular DVDs are upgraded to 1080p by the phenomenal processor. I have both regular dvds and bluerays of the same movie, and the major difference from blu-rays is in the audio. This replaced my Sony ES series Blu-ray that was very fussy about what it would play (no scratches or copies, please). Never had a disk fail in this machine that wasn't hopelessly damaged. After I bought this machine, I retired a Proceed CD player ($1500) that I've had for 15 years, because nothing sounded as good. The Oppo does. This is only my experience, that's all I can provide.
Knowing that the answer must by its nature be subjective, would an audiophile be content with the audio performance of the BDP103? Dec 16, 2012
It depends on whether the audiophile actually listens with his ears and is not biassed by the fact that there is a more expensive unit that is supposed to be slightly "better" (the BDP-105). In other words, if the audiophile must spend the most money to be happy, he will not be happy with this unit's sound, but otherwise, he will. The HDMI audio performance of the more expensive BDP-105 is IDENTICAL to the BDP-103 (OPPO's wording is: "the BDP-103 and BDP-105 are identical in performance when it comes to audio and video over HDMI"); it is ONLY if you hook it up via the analog connectors that any audio difference is possible, and even then, OPPO only suggests it for people "who do a great deal of critical music listening using a very high end, analog connected system". http://www.oppodigital.com/KnowledgeBase.aspx?KBID=37 But, frankly, I do not know of anyone who has properly conducted double blind listening tests to show that the differences are actually audible in any instance. I'll bet there is more than one fool "audiophile" who bought the more expensive BDP-105 and hooked it up via HDMI and imagines that it sounds better than the BDP-103.
From Oppo Support: "Universal means that the player will support all standard media formats, can output in PAL and NTSC and do PAL<->NTSC conversions, and has a power supply that can be used in any region of the world. What the player is not is Universal Disc Region. Licensing requires that we lock the player to DVD Region 1 and Blu-ray Region A. Any region free playback will require hardware modifications which we do not support." It could be more clearly stated on their website.
Does this product come Blu ray/DVD region free out of the box or is there a firmware to apply to it? Oct 3, 2014
I don't know about Region Free, mine was already set up for Region 1 which I believe is the US. I hope that helps. I think is coded by where the player is sent to..