To start off, the BDP-103 and BDP-105 continue OPPO's commitment of providing, in addition to 2D/.3D Blu-ray disc and DVD playback, both SACD and DVD-Audio Disc playback, as well as compatibility with a host of other formats, including, but not limited to, HDCD, MKV, AVCHD, and standard audio CDs. The BDP-103 and 105 can also play back media files from connected USB Flash drives. The ability to stream content from Netflix, Vudu, Film Fresh, Pandora, and YouTube is also provided.
In addition, just as in the previous BDP-93 and 95, the new models also feature dual HDMI outputs that enable the user to connect one HDMI output directly to a 3D-TV, while using the second HDMI output for connecting a separate audio feed to a pre-3D capable home theater receiver, as well as a set of 5.1/7.1 channel analog audio outputs for use with compatible home theater receivers that may not have built-in Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio decoders.
The BDP-103 takes the place of the previous BDP-93, but adds new video features, such as 2D-to-3D conversion and both 1080p and 4K video upscaling. Also, the BDP-103 comes with a total of 3 USB ports, and adds two HDMI inputs to the mix.
Why two HDMI inputs? No, the BDP-103 is not a Blu-ray Disc recorder. The HDMI inputs allow you to connect additional HDMI-equipped source components and take advantage of the BDP-103's video processing and upscaling capabilities. Also, the front-mounted HDMI input is also MHL-enabled, which allows users to connect MHL-compatible devices to the BDP-103. After processing, the incoming HDMI source signals are pass out to your video display via either of the two HDMI outputs.
The BDP-105 takes the place of the previous BDP-95. It not only has all of the video processing and connectivity of the BDP-103, but also incorporates a beefed up analog audio output stage featuring high-end ESS Sabre32 Reference DACs, a new Toroidal linear power supply and both two-channel RCA and XLR analog audio outputs for audiophile two-channel playback of CDs. The BDP-105 also adds a dedicated headphone amplifier.
If you have never considered an OPPO Digital Blu-ray disc player, I would definitely suggest you check them out. Ever since they introduced their first upscaling DVD player years ago, they have built a reputation of making exceptional DVD and Blu-ray disc players, many of which have found themselves in both many home theater and product review reference systems. In fact, OPPO has won the About.com Reader's Choice Award for the Blu-ray Disc player category two years straight: 2011, 2012. It will be interesting to see if the new OPPO players live up to the reputation of their predecessors.
The BDP-103 will be available sometime in October, at price of $499, while the Audiophile BDP-105 should be available by the end of 2012 for a price of $1,199. The Official Product Page for the BDP-103 is now up, which provides complete details and technical specifications, as well as purchase information (Official BDP-105 Product Page forthcoming). Photo - Top Right - BDP-103, Left Side - BDP-105 provided by OPPO Digital.