It has been a while since we have heard anything about any Universal Blu-ray players. Even the very expensive Denon DVD-A1UD has been delayed in Japan.
But now OPPO are changing all that with the worlds first universal Blu-ray player, the OPPO BDP-83. OPPO have sent out a couple of hundred BDP-83′s to some lucky beta testers across the US (for a very reasonable $499). The OPPO BDP-83 apparently comes with some crazy elaborate packaging, and feels very rigid and also stylish.
The OPPO BDP83 offers the latest Blu-ray profile 2.0 support for BD-Live playback, along with 1GB of memory and an Ethernet port for BD-Live content. DVD up-conversion is provided by the VRS by Anchor Bay (DVDO) technology, to bring the best of of your existing collection. SACD playback is supported, along with AVCHD, MKV, and other audio/ video/ picture files from recorded discs or USB drives.
Internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats are supported, along with 7.1-channel analog output, and digital audio outputs. There is also a “Source Direct Mode” for connecting external video processor, high-end audio/video receiver or display, without any adjustments.
We will keep you posted on release date and MSRP.