The OPPO BDP-103D Blu-ray Disc player is a modified version of its predecessor, the well-regarded BDP-103 (read my complete review).
Just as with the 103, the 103D provides the same playback features (including 3D and internet streaming) and connections (including two HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs), and also features the same core video performance as the BDP-103 (check out my BDP-103 video performance test results for further reference). However, this new version incorporates one change, and one addition, that is spotlighted in this review.
For the BDP-103D, OPPO has replaced the previously included QDEO video processing chip with a Silicon Image VRS Clearview chip that provides some additional detail, edge enhancement, and video smoothing functions, as well as taking over the 4K upscaling functions of the previous QDEO chip.
However, more importantly, OPPO has also added a new feature to the BDP-103D, Darbee Visual Presence. Darbee Visual Presence adds a new twist on video processing, not by upscaling resolution, reducing background video noise, eliminating edge artifacts, or smoothing motion response, but by adding depth information in the image via a clever use of real-time contrast, brightness, and sharpness manipulation (referred to as luminous modulation).
This process restores the missing "3D" information that the brain is trying to see within the 2D image. The result is that the image "pops" with improved texture, depth, and contrast range, giving it a more real-world look, without having to resort to true stereoscopic viewing to get a similar effect. However, Darbee Visual Presence also works with 3D as well as 2D images, adding even more realistic depth for 3D viewing.
For more details on how Darbee Visual Presence works in the real world, read my previous review of the Darblet Model DVP 5000 which is Darbee's standalone processor that features this technology. Also, I will be presenting some actual examples of Darbee Visual Presence as executed by the BDP-103D later in this review.
However, to start off this photo review of the OPPO Digital BDP-103D Blu-ray Disc Player is a look at the accessories included with the unit provided for this review. Starting on the back is the included packing/carrying bag, remote control, and HDMI cable. Resting on the top of the BDP-103D are the remote control batteries, USB docking station, Wireless USB Adapter, detachable power cord, and User Manual.
Proceed to the next page...