What you get when you buy a $699 Blu-ray player
Oppo's BDP-103 is the update to the extremely well-regarded BDP-93. This is one of the best Blu-ray players that money can buy.
This particular BDP-103 arrived into our offices from the US, so it's had a rough journey. The box itself isn't especially attractive, but it's thick and well-padded.
On opening up the box, a card shows off the BDP-103's stand-out features.
The card covers the foam padding around the Blu-ray player. There's the user manual front and centre — an A4 document that's reassuringly thick.
The accessories box shoehorned into the padding hides the standard extras that come with the BDP-103. It holds a power cable, HDMI cable, 802.11n USB wireless adapter, and remote control.
Once removed from the padding, the Oppo BDP-103 is still in a protective fabric bag.
Remove the bag, and you've got the main event: the BDP-103. It's a full-height player, unlike most Blu-ray players on the market (which are slim-line).
Five buttons on the brushed metal front for navigating menus, an eject button (hidden under protective plastic for the glossy display panel), front USB 2.0, and front MHL-compatible HDMI are what you'll find on the BDP-103's front right.
Left is a little more Spartan, with a single power button with a dim blue power LED. The dark, brushed aluminium finish is excellent, and the Oppo logo is also metal.
The back of the BDP-103 has more than enough connections for the average user, and just enough for the enthusiast. From left to right: LAN, HDMI input (along with the front HDMI input), coaxial and optical digital audio outputs, two HDMI outputs (which can carry video, audio, or both simultaneously on both outputs), two USB inputs (one for the wireless adapter), an infrared repeater, RS-232 serial for automation, 7.1 channel analog audio outputs, and AC power input.
The Oppo BDP-103 comes bundled with an HDMI cable, which has RF chokes to cut out any possible interference.
Here's the BDP-103's remote control. It's got a backlight for use in dark rooms, and has dedicated buttons for Netflix and Vudu — not particularly useful in Australia unless you're using a VPN or DNS-changing service.
A top-down view of the remote control. Every button you'd expect is here, and the labeling is clear, intelligible and easy to read.
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