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No home theater is complete without a great Blu-ray player. I say great because, as you may have experienced, not all Blu-ray players are created equal. Enter the OPPO BDP-103 Blu-ray player. This bad boy comes loaded with category-leading features you’ll soon wonder how you lived without (skip a few paragraphs down to get right to the good stuff).
Ever had a slow-loading Blu-ray player whose buttons break easier than a crispy fall leaf? This Blu-ray player isn’t going to let you down. That’s because the steel chassis is built to last and the dual-processing capability will ensure that menus load snappily. Those two features alone already make it better than nearly every Blu-ray player available at Target, Wal-Mart and BestBuy. Trust me though, there is plenty more to love.
Although we live in an increasingly connected world where smartphones can stream content onto your TV and videos can simply be purchased or rented through Apple or Amazon, physical discs still play a large role in our lives. For one thing, nothing beats the audio and video quality of a Blu-ray disc (although streaming is getting very, very close). Additionally, and most likely the biggest reason you have for owning a disc player these days, you probably have a large library of Blu-ray and DVD discs that you paid good money for and you need a way to show them in all their glory.
If you are looking for quiet, aka noiseless or artifact free, video playback you are going to love Marvell’s Qdeo processing technology that comes built-in to the BDP-103. If your TV can handle it, the BDP-103 is fully capable of delivering a superb 4K experience (that’s four times the quality of 1080p HD for those not yet acquainted). If, as I suggested in the previous paragraph, you are one of those people with an enormous DVD archive, fear not… this device magically up-converts your older discs to make them shine like new (OK, maybe it’s not magic, maybe it’s the per-pixel motion-adaptive de-interlacing and advanced scaling, but still). One feature you don’t want to miss is the ability to play content at 24 frames per second (the frame rate movie theaters actually use), a feature that works with some DVDs as well. If you are the persnickety type you’ll also enjoy the advanced picture tuning capabilities that let you finely-tune the brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, sharpness, noise reduction, color and contrast.
Let’s not forget about the audio performance of the BDP-103 because it doesn’t skimp. At all. Did you know sound could be HD? Well it can, thanks to the Dolby TrueHD capabilities, you’ll get lossless (woohoo) studio-quality audio designed to be paired with high-definition speakers. DTS-HD Master Audio also ensures your audio is identical to the studio master. 7.1 channel output means you can push sound out to a 7 speaker setup (and 1 subwoofer) and digital and coax outputs mean you can be the master of your audio domain.
When I say this machine does a lot, that is no exaggeration by any means. You’ve already seen that, at it’s core, this networked Blu-ray player plays discs in a superb fashion. Now you’re going to see what else it is capable of. Blu-ray 3D support and 2D-3D conversion, for starters. With the press of a button, the BDP-103 converts non-3D Blu-rays and DVDs to 3 dimensions. Here’s where the “networked” part comes in useful: you can play Netflix, VUDU, CinemaNow, Pandora and Rhapsody content without the need for another box. If you need even more content than that (you greedy thing), you can even plug in a Roku Streaming Stick to get the full Roku experience as well (without the clutter of another box laying around). In case anyone actually still uses this feature, you can also access BD-Live content as well.
Before buying a Blu-ray player it is helpful to know what little details you may or may not be missing out on (in this case, you don’t miss out on much). The BDP-103 comes with dual HDMI outputs (useful for playing 2 different programs on separate TVs simultaneously), dual HDMI inputs, an MHL link (for connecting smartphones and tablets), 3 USB ports, a remote control app you can download to your smartphone, a connection with Gracenote for album and video art and title information and a partridge in a pear… wait, no, that’s all.
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