First Look: Oppo’s new flagship BDP-105 universal/Blu-ray player/DAC

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- A thorough and very well written product manual.

An all-new, backlit remote control that looks like a cross between one of the earlier-generation Oppo remotes and the control for an AVR. (The remote comes, of course, with its own batteries.)

A beefy power cord.

An also beefy HDMI cable (not one of the those cheapie thrown-in-as-an-afterthought jobs, but rather a serious HDMI cable).

A USB extension cable with small, pedestal type USB port (this accessory is handy if you’d like a remotely located point where you might plug in USB memory devices, a USB cable from a computer audio system, or the—included—USB Wi-Fi dongle).

The aforementioned USB W-Fi dongle.

An HDMI-MHL adapter cable (useful for those who wish to connect HD devices—for example, certain smartphones—that support MHL interfaces).


Oppo BDP-105 vs. BDP-95: What makes the 105 different and better?

Given the BDP-95’s already sterling reputation, reasonable readers are bound to ask what makes the BDP-105 genuinely different from and potentially better that the BDP-95 it replaces. Let me tackle that question by highlighting for you differences between the players in terms of expanded video and audio capabilities, with some mention of the 105’s greatly expanded connectivity options.


Video Performance:

Upscaling to “4k” Resolution: Unlike the BDP-95, the BDP-105 can upscale signals from all video sources (that’s right, “sources” plural) to 4K (that is, 3840 x 2160) output resolution. Yowza, that’s a lot of pixels!

2D-to-3D Conversion: Unlike the BDP-95, the BDP-105 can convert 2D material for 3D playback with adjustments for depth and eye convergence levels.

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