The $900 BDP-93 NXE board adds a sophisticated clocking scheme to reduce jitter and a Silicon Labs VCXO to generate an asynchronous clocking signal that claims a PCM jitter spec of < 3ps RMS.
Both boards were designed by Alex Dondysh and, according to NuForce’s Jason Lim, “The standard board's sonic goal was for 12AX7-type triode characteristics without tubes. Both boards take the BDP-93’s Cirrus Logic CS4382 DAC and alter it to run in single-ended mode, which changes the stock unit’s default cancellation of even-order harmonics.” But for the NXE Dondysh wanted a “more modern sound” with greater frequency extension, which he accomplished by using LME47960 op-amps instead of the OPA 2134 op-amps he used on the NE board.
Video highlights: The video features set of the NuForce BDP-93 NE and NXE are exactly the same as that of the BDP-93. Key features (shared, in this case, by both players) are as noted below.
•Up-to-the-minute, high-tech video processor: At the time of their release to the market, Oppo’s players have traditionally made a point of offering the very latest and most powerful onboard video processing devices, and the BDP-93 is no exception. It incorporates the second-generation Marvell Qdeo Kyoto G2 video processor, which provides:?
Video noise reduction.
Compression artifact reduction.
Intelligent color, contrast, detail, and edge enhancement.
DVD (or other video format) upconversion to 1080p.
•Source Direct mode: As in the Audio discussion above, Oppo recognizes that some owners will want the BDP-93 to serve as a “digital transport” for use with external video processors. Accordingly, Oppo provides a “Source Direct” mode where the player outputs A/V data as read, with “no processing or alteration.”
•True 24p Video: The BDP-93 supports playback of video content captured at 24 fps, “the same frame rate as the original movie’s theatrical release.”
•Multiple Zoom Modes: According to Oppo, the BDP-93 supports “multiple levels of aspect ratio control and image zooming, including a vertical stretch mode for customers with a 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height) display system.”
•Dual HDMI outputs: As mentioned under “Audio highlights,” above, the BDP-93 provides dual HDMI outputs, with separately configurable video settings for each (in fact, the HDMI 1 output can be configured to output video data only).