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5.0 out of 5 stars There's a good reason its praised as the best in every Hi-fi magazine., February 21, 2013
This review is from: OPPO BDP-103 Universal Disc Player (SACD / DVD-Audio / 3D Blu-ray) (Electronics)
This is my first Oppo blu ray player purchase and it wont be my last. As my title says There's a good reason its praised as the best player in every Hi-fi magazine, because it is the best. This Oppo even beat out a much more expensive Mcintosh player. For 2 years on my lunch break i would go to Barns n Noble and read every hifi magazine i could find and every single one of them contained an add for Oppo blu ray players. At the time it was for the bdp-93 and 95's. Also each one of these Hi-Fi mags had reviews of the Oppo players and they were always well received and won many awards. But when i saw the price tag i could not believe people would spend that much on a blu ray player considering how inexpensive other models were and the PS3 makes a great player as well. Up until January 5th my ps3 was my blu ray player and was just fine until i got fed up with the PS3's inability to play WAV music files without ID data and album art as well as FLAC playback.
So believe it or not the deciding factor in the purchase of my Oppo bdp-103 was its ability to playback High-Res WAV and FLAC music files with full album art and info displayed on screen. It also has a very nice and clean, simple interface with very quick access to the music files stored on an external HDD connected to one of the Oppo's back usb inputs. The HDD drives by the way do NOT have to be formated in Fat-32 it can read them as is but i did find that if you connect a storage device to the front usb the data is not accessed as quickly and it takes a long time for Gracenote to pull the album information so use the back usb. The Oppo makes a great high-res music player the overall sound to the Oppo is outstanding. Excellent soundstage with clear separation between channels. The treble, midrange and bass sound just the way they otto with good timing. I've tested my oppo with WAV & FLAC files, multiple compressed and HD video files, CD's, SACD's and of course blu ray movies and concert disc's and the Oppo handled them brilliantly with easy. The video processing in this unit is truly amazing it renders videos in such breath taking clarity, detail, with accurate colors. The audio is equally amazing steering sound affects with easy and separating the channels perfectly.

The unit is incredibly fast to. From the initial turn on, to pressing the play button. This player is the quickest i've owned to date.

The oppo has some really nice customization features for optimizing video/audio playback to your desire.
my favorites are as follows. Dual HDMI outputs so you can use one for video directly to your TV and the second for audio to your AVR. (at the moment im waiting for an audioquest hdmi to come so i can do this, i will update this post)

(Different Picture Modes) with adjustments for brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction, color enhancement, contrast enhancement.
(Color Space) Auto, RGB video level, RGB PC level, YCbCr 4:4:4 or 4:2:2
(Deep Color) bit rates are 36, 30 dithered, 30, off dithered, off
(HDMI Audio) Auto, LPCM, Bitstream, Off
(Coaxial/optical output) 48k LPCM, 96k LPCM, 192k LPCM, bitstream
(SACD output) PCM or DSD
(Speaker configuration) set individual speaker level output as well as Crossover 40Hz-250Hz, Dynamic Range and speaker size.
(Audio output connection) HDMI 1 or 2, Digital SPDIF or coaxial, 7.1 analog.

Update 7-11-13

So still loving the Oppo 103. Absolutely no problems. Finally got a second Audioquest Carbon hdmi and now I use HDMI 1 on the Oppo for video only directly to my Panasonic plasma and HDMI 2 for audio to my Marantz AVR. Instead of using HDMI 1 for both A/V passing through the Marantz then to the Display.
To my surprise there actually was a difference. I used Prometheus on blu ray as my test disc. Using only 3 different scenes to compare the differences for audio and video. Overall i would say sound was the biggest improvement. Every Channel all 7.1 sounded much more separated and detailed.
Video was impressive too seemed slightly cleaner and sharper. I will admit it was more difficult to tell for video but it did seem better. I like knowing that the video signal does not pass through my AVR's video processors and its just pure video from the Marvell QDEO processor in the Oppo to my Panasonic.

Customer service from Oppo is outstanding. I had a question about gracenote and high res files they responded quickly with lots of info.

The build quality is superb rock solid steel chassis with some weight and a good looking brushed black aluminum face plate.
all in all this is a phenomenal player and considering everything it does and the way it performs its worth every penny.
Cant say enough about how pleased i am with it!!!
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Initial post: Jul 10, 2014 10:45:20 PM PDT
D.K. says:
How is the picture quality compared to the ps3? I did not know that you could use one hdmi for audio and one for video. Thanks for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2014 11:58:27 PM PDT
C. R. Cruze says:
Using one HDMI or video and one HDMI for Audio is a really nice feature in the Oppo. Compared to the ps3 the Oppo provides a more clear detailed image that is free of picture noise and gives you more depth. The Oppo has a vastly more superior video processing chip from Qdeo Marvell. I highly recommend it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2014 10:03:38 AM PDT
D.K. says:
Thanks for the reply. I am considering on purchasing the 103. Would it be good to get my system professionally calibrated if I decide to get the 103?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2014 4:13:41 PM PDT
C. R. Cruze says:
Depends on what tv you have?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2014 6:25:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 12, 2014 6:26:20 PM PDT
D.K. says:
This is my setup: Panasonic plasma zt65, Marantz sr5008, ps4, Dish 722 dvd, Apple tv, Klipsch quintets and the klipsch subwoofer. I know the TV has its own video processor, and that is why I was asking if I should directly connect the 103 to the Panasonic plasma. The Marantz receiver has a video processor built in, and I know the 103 has the ability as well. I just want the best audio and video quality.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2014 6:42:38 PM PDT
C. R. Cruze says:
Oh yea definitely have your Panasonic Zt calibrated that's the best tv ever made better then the Pioneer Kuro. I'm jealous I missed out on my chance to buy one. I'll settle for a Sony Xbr or the new Panasonic ax900

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2014 9:23:37 PM PDT
D.K. says:
Thanks. I never had the kuro, but I have read that the kuro was the king of tv's. To calibrate my system will be expensive, but I believe it will be worth it. The Oppo has the Qdeo processor, and the zt65 has the Hexa-Processing Engine. Will there be some processing issues or can I select pass through on the 103 to let the tv perform the processing? The Panasonic ax900 is the new UHD LCD tv correct? You will enjoy it. Which panasonic plasma do you have?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 12, 2014 11:39:24 PM PDT
C. R. Cruze says:
I have the S30 which still looks amazing today and outperforms all LED's on the market. Except some Sony XBR's.
I think the HDMI 2 port on the back does not use the Qdeo processor. But contact Oppo support to be sure. Cant say which processor will be better the Oppo's or the ZT60's. Both will be great! The Panasonic ax900 is there New flagship Master panel LED that is supposed to beat the ZT in performance even black levels but we shall see once it ships.

Use David katzmaier's setting for the ZT he's a Professional and certified calibrator and reviewer for Cnet.
--Picture menu
Picture mode: Cinema
Contrast: 70
Brightness: 0
Color: 50
Tint: 0
Sharpness: 0
Color temp: Warm 2
Vivid Color: Off
Color remaster: Off
Photo enhancement: Off
C.A.T.S.: Off
Video NR: Off
MPEG remaster: Off
Resolution remaster: Off
Caption smoother: Off
Brilliance enhancer: Off
Motion Smoother: Weak

-- Pro settings submenu
Panel brightness: Mid
AGC: 0
Black extension: 0
Color Gamut: Rec. 709

W/B detail adjustment menu:
W/B high R: -4
W/B high G: 0
W/B high B: -2
W/B low R: 3
W/B low G: 0
W/B low B: 0

More detail adjustment menu:
[listed as Red, Green and Blue gain, respectively]
100 IRE: 0, 0, 0
90 IRE: -2, 0, 0
80 IRE: -2, 0, 0
70 IRE: -2, -1, 0
60 IRE: 0, 0, 0
50 IRE: 2, 0, 0
40 IRE: 0, 0, -2
30 IRE: 0, 0, -1
20 IRE: 0, 0, 0
10 IRE: 0, 0, 0

Color detail adjustment menu:
Red hue: 0
Red Saturation: -4
Red luminance: -5
Green hue: 14
Green Saturation: 10
Green luminance: 1
Blue hue: 0
Blue Saturation: 0
Blue luminance: -7
More detail adjustment menu:
Cyan hue: 5
Cyan Saturation: 0
Cyan luminance: 2
Magenta hue: 12
Magenta Saturation: 8
Magenta luminance: -10
Yellow hue: 5
Yellow saturation: 0
Yellow luminance: 3

Gamma detail adjustment menu:
Gamma: 2.2

More detail adjustment menu:
100 IRE: 0
90 IRE: -2
80 IRE: -2
70 IRE: 0
60 IRE: 0
50 IRE: 0
40 IRE: 0
30 IRE: -8
20 IRE: -8
10 IRE: 0

--Advanced picture submenu
Game mode: Off
24p Direct in: 96Hz [grayed out at 60Hz for non-1080p/24 sources]
3:2 pulldown: Auto [often grayed out depending on source]
1080p pure direct: Off [often grayed out depending on source]
HDMI content type: [all Off]
HDMI/DVI RGB range: [all Standard (16-235)]
Black level: Light

-- Screen settings menu
Screen format: Full
Overscan: Off
H Size: Size 1
[no other changes]

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 14, 2014 5:48:53 PM PDT
D.K. says:
Thanks for the settings. The S30 is a nice tv. I tried a 2011 LED tv, but I was not impressed. Are you going to purchase the Panasonic ax900? If the ax900 outperforms the ZT, that would be nice. I do not plan on purchasing another tv for a very long time. Technology is a bottomless pit!
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