It may be priced for those for whom money is no object, but the Oppo BDP-95 vastly outperforms 99 percent of the Blu-ray players on the market, delivering best-in-class video with audiophile-level sound and an abundance of connectivity options. The machine's loading times are the fastest around, as well.
The best picture of any Blu-ray player. Reviewers say the Oppo BDP-95's video performance is second to none; the Marvell Qdeo chip handling the main HDMI port processes video flawlessly, while the Mediatek processor powering the other connections outshines standard Blu-ray players as well. DVD upconversion is as good as it gets. Dual HDMI ports allow you to connect to multiple devices simultaneously.
It literally doesn't get any better than this. The Oppo BDP-95 flat-out speeds through boot-up and menu navigation, posting the fastest times in every test it's touched.
As simple as a premium player should be. The Oppo BDP-95's menus are well laid-out and the initial setup is made simple thanks to Oppo's built-in Easy Setup Wizard, though reviewers warn that configuring analog setups requires a lengthier time commitment than setting up digital output. The remote's backlit keyboard is sturdy and straightforward, while RS232 and infrared ports let you integrate the Blu-ray player into your existing universal remote control solutions.
It's all about the audio. The Oppo BDP-95 includes both wireless and wired network support, but its built-in Internet apps are limited to Vudu, Netflix, Pandora and YouTube Leanback, which is YouTube optimized for TV viewing. The biggest feature is its dedication to delivering audiophile-quality sound, with 7.1-channel, XLR and RCA analog connections, enthusiast-level digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and HD audio codecs, and a custom Rotel-made toroidal power transformer designed to provide a clean, noise-free power supply to the audio components. All those extra bits bring the weight of the Oppo BDP-95 up to an entertainment stand-crushing 16 lbs.
Blu-ray-wise, there's 3D support and 2 GB of onboard storage for BD-Live activities.
Do you need the best possible sound? It all boils down to your priorities; $1,000 is a lot for a Blu-ray player, but the Oppo BDP-95's audio chops are on par with enthusiast audio equipment that can go for thousands of dollars more. On the other hand, if you don't mind skipping the analog connections and can settle for "nearly flawless" rather than "flawless" performance, perfectly fine Blu-ray players like the LG BP620 (*Est. $120) can be had for a fraction of the cost.
The Oppo BDP-95 is as good as it gets and delivers best-in-class audio that is rivaled only by the even more expensive Cambridge Audio Azur 751D (*Est. $1,150). Unless you're an audiophile with deep pockets, however, you'd be better off buying a more conventional Blu-ray player.
HomeTheaterReview.com doesn't review very many Blu-ray players, but this review of the Oppo BDP-95 is far and away the best available, covering everything from build quality to setup to extensive testing of audio and video playback. The player rates phenomenally for its exacting performance, though Brian Kahn says "Don't bother with it if you will not use the analog audio outputs."
Review: OPPO Digital BDP-95 Universal Disc Player Reviewed, Brian Kahn, Aug. 1, 2011
2. Home Theater Magazine
This review is a bit shorter than the average Home Theater write-up, with David Vaughn pointing readers to the magazine's coverage of the Oppo BDP-93 (now discontinued) for most of the player's characteristics, since the line mates have similar video and digital audio performance chops. He says the BDP-95's analog connections give it a "warmer and more inviting" sound than even the excellent-performing Oppo BDP-93.
Review: Oppo BDP-95 3D Blu-ray Player, David Vaughn, Aug. 17, 2011
TechRadar.com's reviews can usually be a brief affair, but this write-up of the European version of the Oppo BDP-95 is fairly bulky; it examines the Blu-ray player's performance, design and enthusiast internals. Although a few missing features (which can be found in the U.S. version) irritate Pipe, in the end, he gives the player a flawless 5-star rating.
Review: Oppo BDP-95EU Review, Martin Pipe, June 20, 2011
4. What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision
This review from a premier British home theater magazine isn't as detailed as some of the online-only reviews, but it does a great job of summarizing the Oppo BDP-95's major talking points. Even more useful, this review directly compares the Oppo player against its main competitor, the Cambridge Audio Azur 751D.
Review: Oppo BDP-95EU, Editors of What Hi-Fi? magazine, Not dated
Audioholic.com's joint review of the Oppo BDP-93 and the Oppo BDP-95 focus solely on how the Blu-ray players stand up to extensive audio benchmark testing. In a nutshell: each excelled. "The BDP-93 displayed benchmark performance while the BDP-95 exceeded that mark to the point where we were measuring the limits of our $40k Audio Precision HDMI analyzer," Gene DellaSalla writes.
Review: Oppo BDP-93 & BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player Measurements Report, Gene DellaSalla, March 15, 2011
Although this overview is based solely on an examination of the Oppo BDP-95's specs rather than actual hands-on testing, Robert Silva is an experienced home theater reviewer who is able to provide significant commentary on the Blu-ray player's extensive features. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: OPPO Digital BDP-95 Audiophile 3D/Network Blu-ray Player - Product Profile, Robert Silva, Not dated