Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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Blu-ray-BDP-80_review.gifYou're probably already familiar with Oppo Digital's BDP-83 and BDP-83SE (Special Edition) Blu-ray players, both of which have been reviewed on this site. The company also offers a slightly scaled-back model called the BDP-80 that shares many features with its higher-end brethren but is priced at just $289. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BDP-80, but here is an overview of its features. Like the 83 and 83SE, the BDP-80 is a universal disc player that--in addition to Blu-ray, DVD, and CD audio--supports the SACD, DVD-Audio, and HDCD formats.

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This Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player offers BD-Live Web functionality and BonusView/picture-in-picture playback, and it offers both onboard decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The primary differences between the BDP-80 and the BDP-83 are that the entry-level model lacks the dedicated stereo audio output, IR in/out ports, and optional RS-232 port, and it does not use the higher-end Anchor Bay VRS processing chip. The BDP-80 does not support any type of video-on-demand streaming or download service, such as those offered by Netflix, Amazon, and CinemaNow.

In terms of video connections, the BDP-80 offers HDMI, component video, S-video, and composite video outputs. This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI, and it includes a Source Direct mode that outputs all discs at their native resolution. Picture adjustments include the ability to choose between preset picture modes and to adjust brightness, contrast, hue, saturation, and sharpness. Other features include subtitle shift and a vertical stretch mode designed for use with a projector/anamorphic lens combo. Audio outputs include HDMI, optical and coaxial digital, and a multichannel analog output that can be configured for 7.1, 5.1, or 2 channels. The BDP-80 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. You can set the speaker size, distance, and level for the mutichannel outputs. The player's Pure Audio mode turns off the video circuitry to offer a higher level of audio performance.

Read about the high points and the low points of the BDP-80 on Page 2.

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