Oppo?

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Oppo?

Having followed the rise of Oppo products on the web and the rave reviews for their equipment (DVD/Blu-Ray/multi-disc players) from various internet audio-mags, I looked forward to hearing some of their stuff in the UK but according to G the company is not yet entering this market. Can anyone give us an update if they know, on the current plans of this manufacturer. Regards

MyronC

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sorry wrong place for this topic....finger slipped! D'oh.

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I believe there's still a 'universal' DVD player or two available to UK buyers via the Oppo website, including the DV-981HD. However, the Blu-ray player is still on hold since its European launch was postponed, and we await further news.

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I took UK delivery of my region-free Oppo BDP83 two weeks ago. Got it from a company called CRT Projectors via the web. I hasten to say I have no connection with them other than as a happy customer.

I am bowled over by the performance playing CDs, SACDs, DVD and Blu-Ray. There is a palpable tight bass firmness to all forms of music which pleasantly complements my Quad 998 and REL woofer set-up. (KEFs at the centre/back.)

Beyond initial intentions, I also attached a hard drive loaded with 320kbps mp3 files and again experience a significant improvement in sound and spatial depth over my wireless Squeezebox set-up. There is a limitation here on how many files the Oppo can handle and queries to CRT resulted in direct correspondence with Oppo in the 'States who were very friendly and helpful. Currently there is a 700 file limit on this option but hopefully this may be resolved in future.

Needless to say video quality is staggering and I can distinguish little real difference between Blu-Ray and 1080i upscaled DVD. You can clearly identify individual audience members in Boulez Mahler 2 and Abbado Verdi Requiem DVDs!

Beware though: buy one of these and, like me, you'll find yourself delightedly re-auditioning all your old favourites into the wee small hours night after night. Must catch up on my sleep!!!

 

Macsporran
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I totally agree with Macsp., the Oppo BDP-83SE is amazing - even as an audio only component.  I'm currently using this player for all my CD/SACD/HDCD listening and the sound is, (IMO,) spacious and focused, dynamic and subtle, with a very solid bottom end and .....transparent top. Initial reaction from high end American audio magazines like Stereophile and The Absolute Sound is very favorable - comparing the BDP-83SE's "sound quality" to players two and three times the $899.00 price.  Oppo's line of "digital electronics" is/are presumably designed in Mountain View, CA and assembled in China.  Company information is a bit sketchy as Oppo doesn't appear to have a marketing or sales department at present - relying instead on product reviews, internet sales and basic word of mouth.   (And no Mr. E., I don't work for or rep Oppo.)  Sorry to read of Oppo's limited availability outside the U.S.  Perhaps more can be learned at oppodigital.com.  Best, Hal. 

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Andrew, is the BDP-83 currently being offered on Amazon at £669 by HD Central a risky purchase? If it is available 'above board' via the Brazilian river, do you think it would be worth investigating over the Cambridge £400 universal player in terms of 5.1 SACD replay?  It seems a shame that most reasonably priced SACD players are stereo only, presumably aimed at the Japanese market, and fans of multichannel SACD in the UK are left with a very limited choice.  I highly rate the 3-channel RCA Living Stereo reissues from the 1950s that replay on the R, L and Centre speakers only, reflecting the Decca Tree used in the recording studio, CSO/Reiner's Pictures at an Exhibition disc.

Habakkuk
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