Oppo is known for its focus on quality and performance, and reviewers say the company's new Blu-ray players maintain that standard of excellence. Oppo's BDP-93 Blu-ray player easily handled almost every video test reviewers threw at it -- a claim few other players can make. The BDP-93's audio prowess also impresses critics. That said, the most obsessive -- and well-heeled -- audiophiles might be happier still with the step-up Oppo BDP-95 (*Est. $1,000) , which experts say approaches reference-quality standards on the audio front.
The Oppo BDP-93's list of positives doesn't stop with video and audio performance, however. Connectivity is particularly robust, and includes extras such as a second HDMI output (though, because it uses a different video processing solution, critics say that video quality is a step lower via that connection). There's also a 7.1-channel analog audio output for compatibility with older or other gear that lacks an HDMI input (or the ability to process audio that comes in via that connection). You'll also find support for all of the expected Dolby and DTS formats, as well as for most common disc formats including SACD.
Like all but the least expensive 2011 Blu-ray players, 3D support is on board, and reviewers say that those discs look as good as standard Blu-rays and DVDs. 2D to 3D conversion is missing, but judging by the reaction to that feature on other Blu-ray players, that's not a major negative.
What might be more of a concern to some is that the stable of content providers for Internet streaming is relatively limited -- just Netflix, Vudu, Blockbuster on Demand, Pandora and You Tube. That roster of providers is easily surpassed by many other Blu-ray players with Internet streaming -- including some budget options such as the 3D-capable Panasonic DMP-BDT110 (Discontinued) . On the plus side, while Wi-Fi isn't built in, Oppo includes the required adapter in the box, and the memory needed to access BD-Live features is built in. To top things off, the BDP-93 is also DLNA compatible, so you'll be able to stream media to the Blu-ray player over your home network.
The Oppo BDP-93 has been widely reviewed. BigPictureBigSound.com, Home Theater magazine, Audioholics.com and HDGuru.com deliver long, comprehensive hands-on testing of the player. ConsumerReports.org and About.com also rate the BDP-93, but their reviews are more succinct. Users at Amazon.com and AVSForums.com provide critiques of their own.
1. Big Picture Big Sound.com
The Oppo BDP-93 wins The Biggie award here. Greg Robinson does note a few small problems, including the limited streaming Internet options, the lack of native 24 FPS support for DVDs and several minor design issues with the remote control, but he heaps praise on nearly every other aspect of the Blu-ray player. Robinson closes the review by calling the Oppo BDP-93 the "new reference Blu-ray Disc player to which other players shall be compared."
Review: OPPO BDP-93 Network Blu-ray 3D Disc Player Review, Greg Robinson, April 2011
2. Home Theater Magazine
David Vaughn says he loves the Oppo BDP-93, and it garners a Top Pick award here. The player "makes a great first impression," with well-designed packaging intended to withstand the rigors of shipping (important because you can only buy the player online, not in a retail store). The design is classy, he says, and the build-quality is "fantastic." Performance is also spectacular, thanks in no small part to its high-end video processing circuitry. Vaughn does sound a note of disapproval at the limited streaming Internet options, however.
Review: Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray Player, David Vaughn, April 22, 2011
Clint DeBoer goes into extensive detail in this review of the Oppo BDP-93. He finds a number of minor quibbles -- including an annoyance that the player doesn't default to its home screen when you eject a disc. He also has issues getting the Oppo BDP-93 to play nice with his DLNA-compliant Mac computer. In the end, however, all that pales in comparison to overall performance, which DeBoer says "embarrasses most reference BD players."
Review: Oppo BDP-93 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player Full Review, Clint DeBoer, March 15, 2011
Off the bat, Geoff Morrison gives kudos to the Oppo BDP-93 for its DVD-Audio and SACD support, as well as its inclusion of an HDMI cable. He calls the player's video benchmark results "well above average," although he mentions seeing a few small, difficult to spot jaggies during a few tests. He also saw some noise on the screen during Chapter 2 of "The Fifth Element." However, he says he wouldn't personally consider the BDP-93 because of its lack of 24 FPS output support for DVDs. Morrison ends up being one of the few critics who fails to give the player a perfect rating, scoring it 4 out of 5 hearts and saying cheaper options are available that would satisfy many people.
Review: OPPO BDP-93 Blu-ray Player Review, Geoff Morrison, Feb. 23, 2011
The Oppo BDP-93 is among the Blu-ray players rated here. Testing is done and Blu-ray players are ranked, but discussion is more limited than on other review sites.
Review: Blu-ray Players, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Though not the most in-depth review available, Robert Silva, About.com's guide to home theater, does a good job of dissecting the positives and negatives of the Oppo BDP-93 in this well documented, testing- based report. The typical "misgiving" about the limited number of Internet streaming partners is voiced, but Silva adds that Oppo has succeeded in delivering a true reference-quality Blu-ray Disc Player, this time with both 2D and 3D content. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: OPPO Digital BDP-93 Blu-ray Disc Player - Review, Robert Silva
The Oppo BDP-93 boasts an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in about 150 reviews. The majority give the Blu-ray player a perfect rating. Overall, most of the comments are glowing.
Review: Oppo BDP-93, Contributors to Amazon.com
This thread contains more than 100 pages of valuable, often in-depth comments from Oppo BDP-93 owners who also happen to be hardcore AV enthusiasts. The beginning of the thread includes a detailed look at the player and its firmware updates, plus it links to BDP-93 reviews around the Web.
Review: Official Oppo BDP-93 Owner's Thread, Contributors to AVSForums.com