The Oppo BDP-83 SE

by admin on March 14, 2010 · 37 comments

in Digital

by Roy Harris

During 2009, ESS Technology introduced a 32 bit Sabre DAC chip. I am also aware of a Wolfson 32 bit DAC chip, too. During 2009, I reviewed a DAC furnished by ESS Technology. The Oppo is the first one-box player utilizing  the ESS Sabre chip. The following are the salient differences between the Oppo and ESS products: 1) Chip Set: ES 9016, 4 dacs/channel in stereo mode (Oppo), ES 9018 4dacs/channel (ESS). 2) Op Amps: Analog Devices AD 790713 per channel (ESS), TI NI 5332A (Oppo). 3) Power Supply: Digikey rectangular power supply (ESS), model 83 improved switching power supply (Oppo).  The OPPO BDP-83 SE will be reviewed as an audio component, only.

The review will be divided into three sections: 

1)  Redbook playback 
2)  SACD playback 
3)  Transport function 
Redbook Playback 

Holly Cole’s voice exhibited a reduction in sibilance relative to other listening experiences. While bass frequencies were controlled, there seemed to be a slight loss of bass frequency and the body of the instrument seemd somewhat under represented. This can be heard on track 1, Holly Cole Trio, Alert Z2 81020. 

The harpsichord played by Sophie Yates (Fandango: Scarlatti in Iberia, track 1, Chandos 0635), seemed a bit smaller in scale. There was less emphasis upon the wood body of the instrument, creating an imbalance toward the strings. The sound reminded me of the early “tube” sound—attenuated at the top and bottom. However, whatever imperfections were noted were not irritating to my ears. 

Joey DeFrancesco’s organ seemed slightly rounded and a bit lacking in bass extension, while the cymbals sounded a bit soft and the shimmer, slightly veiled. The saxophone was perceived as timbrally accurate (Joey DeFransesco Ballads and Blues, track 7, Concord CDC 2108-2). In addition, the guitar sounded like there was an attenuation somewhere in the treble region. 

Arthur Fiedler’s recording of Offenbach’s “Gaite Parisienne”, is a classic. There are many versions of this composition. I selected the JVC pressing, JVCXR 0224, track 1. The strings and brass sections seemed somewhat subdued, while the woodblock was full bodied and sounded timbrally correct . However, the triangle lacked some sparkle. Overall, the sound was pleasant with a slight prominence in the upper bass. In spite of the subtractive colorations  and loss of resolution, the enjoyment of listening to this selection was not affected. 

The sound of Steely Dan, AJA, “Deacon Blues”, MCAD37214, was smooth in many respects. Cymbals were soft, Donald Fagan’s Voice was slightly out of focus, and the chorus pronounced “saxophone”, like “saksophone”. The tenor sax exhibited a timbral realism not usually heard from other digital hardware.
SACD Playback 

The default setting of this player is PCM. That is, DSD is converted to PCM and passed to the analog  section. I changed the setting to DSD with help from Oppo’s customer service. It is necessary to interface a monitor in order to accomplish this task.

I compared redbook to SACD to ascertain the difference in sound between the two formats. Most SACD discs have a hybrid layer. Again, one must rest from DSD to redbook. The time involved renders the comparison of the hybrid layer to the SACD unreliable.. Thus my solution was to compare a redbook CD to its hybrid duplicate. Such a comparison is indirect. Hopefully, it has some value to the reader. 

My first selection was an Audioquest  sampler (AQ SACD 052), track 9. The Redbook version is AQ 1052. Both were recorded in 1999. The SACD was characterized by a full-bodied sounding cymbal and vocal clarity with minimal sibilance. The redbook version featured more sibilance, a less full-bodied drum, with less impact, a slightly subdued cymbal and a guitar which sounds more timbrally inaccurate, relative to the SACD.. 

Miles Davis KIND OF BLUE, track 1, CK 64935 and CS 64935, respectively enables a direct comparison between redbook and a non-hybrid SACD. Regarding the SACD, the cymbal was more fleshed out, Miles Davis’ trumpet was more extended and articulate and there was greater weight (emphasis) in the midbass region. In addition, the flaws in the r4ecording were more evident. Regarding the Redbook version, Coltrane’s sax solo, while further back in the soundfield, was timbrally more inaccurate. Cannonball adderley’s sax seemed to have more weight, was more extended in the lower register and more forward. Bill Evans’ piano solo solo was positioned further back than that of the SACD and Paul Chamber’s bass seemed to have more weight and articulation. 
The difference in the sound of these discs might be attributable to the condition of the master tape as well as the mastering process. 

I have never been disappointed in the sound of Telarc’s SACDs. This label was an early proponent of the SACD format.  I own about 5 Telarc SACDs. From my small collection, I selected  Fennell conducts the Cleveland Winds in compositions by Holst and Handel, CD 80038 and SACD 60639, track 1. The highlights of the SACD revealed greater articulation of tubas, and more observable fingering of flutes [an interesting observation, Roy. Maybe expand on this 'observation' in the comments? - Ed]. The CD seemed slightly unfocused and distant, in comparison to the SACD. However, the CD displayed greater presence and heft with respect to the bass drum. 

My last selection was Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances for Lute”, track 1, conducted by Dorati –Mercury CD 434304 and SACD 470637, respectively. The contrasts between the two were easily noticeable. Strings sounded smoother and more natural on the SACD, and there was greater presence of the acoustic basss, than heard on the CD. On the CD, the string tone was inaccurate, having a steely quality. The CD seemed to embody some of the early deficiencies of the compact disc. To a greater extent than the SACD. 
Oppo 83 SE as a transport 

The Oppo was linked to the previously-mentioned ESS Sabre DAC, via coax. I will favor brevity, as I cycle through the CDs which were selected for use  when the OPPO was considered as a one-box player. With respect to the Holly Cole CD, previously cited, there was a slight increase in sibilance, without sounding peaky in the upper midrange/lower treble. There was greater bass extension and as a result the acoustic bass had more weight. “Deacon Blues”, from AJA, revealed somewhat less veiling than was heard on the player itself. There was slightly more resolution from the chorus and the tenor , while retaining its natural timbre in the lower register, evidenced a slight peak in the upper rgister. Perhaps the ESS DAC was revealing flaws in the recording.. 

A recording, Scarlatti in Iberia, was perceived as more percussive in timbre. There was a more realistic balance between the wood body and strings, and the release of the strings was clearer than the Oppo’s analog stage. “Gaite Parisienne”, used to test the OPPO’s analog stage exhibited changes in presentation. The strings sounded a bit more animated, the snare drum was less veiled, there was a tad more separation between the woodblock and triangle, and the latter had more sparkle (treble more extended). 

Finally, the sound of the Joey DeFransesco CD changed in a manner consistent with the Offenbach CD. Namely, the electric guitar was more in the foreground, the saxophone was less timbrally inaccurate and more resolved. The organ exhibited greater delination of individual notes and the cymbal was less veiled. 

The Oppo BDP-83 SE was analyzed consistent with its capabilities. Two formats—Redbook and SACD were examined and a comparison was made between the Oppo as a player and as a transport. 

No component is perfect. One’s preferences and perceptions will ultimately determine the Oppo’s suitability for a particular stereo system. As a player, some subtractive colorations were noted. This player was also placed briefly in another system with Thiel 3.6 speakers, a Classe amp and Audio Research 9 Mk.1 preamp. Results were quite different, as that system was highly resolving. The subtractive colorations noted in my system were not noticed. At times, that system exhibited a “bright” character, and after replacement of the Oppo’s power cord, the frequency response became more balanced. In my stereo system, there was never any harshness, edge or unpleasantness accompanying listening to any CD. As a transport linked to the ESS DAC, there was an increase in resolution and extension in the bass and treble frequencies. Using SACDs, depending upon the recording, certain digital artifacts were diminished and the frequency response was more in balance. This result is no surprise, as SACD is considered a higher quality medium. 
Associated  Equipment 

CD Player: Vincent CD S6
Preamp: ACL Innovation Bent TVC passive
Amplifiers: VTL Deluxe 120                                                                                  Speaker: Magnepan 1.6, Quad 57
Interconnect: MAC Mystics , homemade hybrid Mundorf gold and silver
Digital Interconnect: Soundstring Audio and Illuminati
Speaker Cable: Ear to Ear
AC Cords: Soundstring, Ear to Ear, Clarity Audio, Distech, Element Cable
Power Conditioning: PS Audio P 300, PS Audio Noise Harvesters,PS Audio Juice Bar, Chang, Iso 6400, Nirvana Audio isolation transformer, IDOS, Bob Young line filter
Anti Resonant Devices: Room Tunes, Corner Tunes,  egg crate mattresses, Sound Fusion Sound Boosters, cocobolo wood blocks , Enacom filters

The Oppo BDP-83 SE

Manufactured by Oppo Digital, Inc.
2629 Terminal Blvd., Suite B, Mountain View, CA 94043

Tel: 650 961 1118


Price: US$899

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

admin 02.28.10 at 7:22 pm

Great review, once again, Roy! Many thanks. Cheers, a

marvin fox 02.28.10 at 7:27 pm

Why does Roy harris always mention coloration in everything he reviews? Sometimes coloration is good also.

admin 02.28.10 at 7:30 pm

Maybe he’ll answer you here?

Many audiophiles consider colouration as a ‘blurring’, for want of a better word, of the sound. Myself, included.

Do you equate ‘euphonic’ with colouration?

roy harris 03.01.10 at 8:00 pm

all components are imperfect. i use the term “color” as denoting imperfection.

colr is a neutral term in my lexicon. it does not imply anything positive or negative but rather a deviation from neutrality which all components exhibit.

there are instances where it it is very difficult to perceive “imperfections”, so it is equally difficult to find fault with such a component. when i use the term “color” it implies “flaw”. it may be positive (euphonic) or negative, consistent with a listener’s preference.
as readers’ of my reviews (should) have noted by now, i tend to be non-critical, avoiding terms which are readily recognizable as evaluative.

my reviewing philosophy can be represented by the adage :

“I report you decide”. it is neutral reviewing. let the reader decide without influence from me. Atypical review of mine does not usually reveal my personal preference.

bob 03.02.10 at 4:35 am

Ok, I get it. A $2000 CD player incorporating tubes creates colors in a unit one half it’s price point. So, in retrospect, “a slight loss of bass”, “a bit smaller in scale”, and “The sound reminded me of the early “tube” sound—attenuated at the top and bottom. However, whatever imperfections were noted were not irritating to my ears.” This is in comparison to a CD player with tubes?? “A bit lacking in bass extension”, “somewhat subdued”, well, it goes on and on with the nits so I will just end with this…..”This player was also placed briefly in another system….results were quite different, as that system was highly resolving. The subtractive colorations noted in my system were not noticed. ” So, ending with the conclusion that in a higher resolving system, “results were quite different” negates the entire previous observations. Why not go back and amend your observations using the higher resolution?

I have a much less refined system, however my older Audio Research tubed preamp coupled with my Apogee Duetta Signature ribbons sparkle in the high end, have presence and lifelike dynamics throughout, and guitars and most timbres sound like they are alive in the room.

Perhaps someone who doesn’t know that Ron Carter was not the bass player on perhaps the most popular jazz LP of all time (Paul Chambers by the way is correct) might need a little more perspective in the fine art of listening and putting words to the music. A terrible review, not of product, but process.

admin 03.02.10 at 8:57 am

Thank you for your comment, Mr. Okeson.

I should have made the correction regarding the Carter/Chambers mixup. It was a careless oversight on my part. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. I have made the correction.

Cheers, a

roy harris 03.02.10 at 12:09 pm

hi bob:

it was pure oversight on my part to indicate that ron carter was the bass player, rather in fact paul chambers.

however, on to your substantive comments.

the cd player was placed in two different systems and my observations were influenced by the components in each.

in my system, the oppo as a one box player, did indeed sound somewhat subtractive where noted, as a consequence of my room , and other components. i decribed what i heard.

in my friend’s system, i described what i heard.

thus, the same cd player in two different stereo systems does not produce the same results.

you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but i stand by my perceptions.

could you be more specific as to your objections ?

Bob 03.02.10 at 3:22 pm

Roy Harris : “could you be more specific as to your objections ?” For starters, I have never seen a site administrator ‘edit’ a response (see above… admin) to a review in any of my audio magazines ever. Admin stated you corrected my cd and lp to capitals, yet immediately following is a response from the individual writing the review replying entirely in small letters, including all the ” i’s”. If you are prone to edit, there were a number of typos and incomplete sentences in the review which IS in your province. Besides, yourself being possibly British, we wouldn’t even be able to agree on spelling such as ‘colouration’, so let’s get back to the substance of the review. First of all a reviewer must establish his prejudices and his methodology in making a comparison. “I report, you decide” and then not stating that a particular unit used in comparison was twice the money was not in fairness to that assertion. (By the way, over USA way that sounds way too close to the mantra of Fox News, not such an accurate purveyor of truth, justice, or the American way). I would expect that the Oppo outperformed the Vincent in at least a few details, but nothing was mentioned other than detriment. We can only evaluate an appraisal of a sonic performance if we know the factors involved, not just the equipment. I would guess that some might take issue with the compatibility of a particular passive preamp (which I can’t seem to find employing the famous Google thing) with any particular active component device. There are pages of confusion as to connection possibilities on many of the Oppo forums, and I would prefer to see in writing which analogue wiring was used and if the ‘pure audio’ feature was employed (much less mentioned in the review). Also, how many hours was the 83SE in use before testing, and how long was it actually turned on before the review. Was it a double blind setup, or just from memory? These are all critical in any high end device review. Also, just listing the number of a CD does not tell us what company or country which also would add to the information on the listening experience. Software often has a varied sonic characteristic, so state the version, not just numbers. There are audiophile pressings of that Holly Cole as well as the Canadian version you chose. On the harpsichord recording, early tube sound was exactly why many of us got bitten by that euphoric openness. (In my first case, an Audio Research Sp6) A note of clarification. My entire education was in music as a percussion major, involving symphonic, combos, big band jazz, and four years playing in the Navy Band. I know what things sound like in the world of percussion. Subsequently, my vinyl/cd collection is probably second to very few in that area. I have many Telarc CDs, SACDs, and vinyls. I can in my system tell the difference between A. and K. Zildjian cymbals, the consistency of drum heads, as well as first hand knowledge of what bell trees, triangles, and pretty much anything struck in the world of music really sounds like. My 83SE absolutely has the most transparent and open high end, gorgeous mids as well as full yet non-bloated impactful bass I have heard easily up to double it’s price. And, most importantly, it competes very nicely with my analogue Well Tempered/Supex SDX 2000 turntable combination which is now only slightly more precisely delicate in that extreme high end. My critical point of objection is, if when attached to a system which is described as “highly resolving” and then “The subtractive colorations noted in my system were not noticed ” I think most would agree that at that point everything previous was negated as being limited by the inferior system’s sonics. Use the most revealing hardware for analysis. All the little nits went away? The newly observed high frequency “bright character” dissolved with the addition of an expensive power cable? I would be less skeptical if the better power cable went on an amp, but a cd/dvd?? I believe different interconnect cables would affect the sound more than a power cable in my experience. Anyway, does that give you some more specifics as to my objections? There are more, but enough. Regards and, cheers….

admin 03.02.10 at 3:51 pm

Thanks for your observations. And CV.

Cheers, a

roy harris 03.02.10 at 6:56 pm

hi bob:

thanks for your rersponse.

audio is a subjective hobby . audiophiles are entitled to their perceptions and opinions.

i will responsd to two points, namely, the issue of the vincent cd player and the performance of the oppo in the second system.

first, the vincent is irrelevant. i did not intend to compare the two cd players.
i have not listened to the vincent for a while, as i have been using the ess dac interfaced to the audio note cd player as a transport.

with regard to the other system. i can only report what i heard. perhaps, although the second system may be more resolving than mine, i believe it may have imperfections of its own.

as i stated , no component is perfect, and after configuring imperfect components, the result is an imperfect stereo system. the second stereo system, tends to favor the upper midrange/treble range. in addition, i only auditioned the system one time, so “knowledge” is not an issue.

the oppo had about 300 hours + music fed to it.

it is interesting that you did not comment about my observations regarding the oppo as a transport.

you are the first person who has dissected any of my reviews. i would appreciate your feedback as a result of reading other reviews.

thanks again for your feedback, and apologies for typos.

Brian Terlecki 03.02.10 at 8:03 pm

My observations of the 83ES mirror the review..
I was an early adopter of the 83 and had it modified to the ES.
In my system theES did not sound right. Something sounded off so I purchased another 83
(non ES, I will be selling the 83ES.)
Here are my notes comparing the 83 to the 83ES.

83ES: slow leading edge transients, “MOW!” verses “POW!”

83ES: some of the essence of the acoustical space is missing.

83ES: fails the next room test. (Go upstairs, sit on the landing, does it sound like a bar band is down stairs or does it sound like a stereo?)


Non ES 83: toe tapping.

My work email:
Flame on!

admin 03.02.10 at 9:11 pm

Welcome, Brian. Many thanks for your comments.

Roy, You’re the E.E. Cummings of the audio world! :)

Dave Page 03.05.10 at 12:13 pm

I believe this universal player also plays DVD-A. It is a shame this avenue was not explored, not just as a comparison of PCM vs. DSD playback but because DVD-A, although ostensibly ‘dead’, is the home-ripper’s paradise for redbook as it uses off-the-shelf DVD+Rs. Consider that a bog-standard DVD+R holds 4.3 GB of music; a dual layer DVD+R DL holds 8.5 GB of music; an mlp-compressed (lossless) dual layer disc holds ~ 13 GB of music. I have my entire music collection on 5 category-specific dual-layer DVDs, not because I love the format but because it is the easiest way to music-serving with direct track access. As a ‘dead’ format it is also cheap — I bought an unused Denon DVD-1600 DVD-A player for $5. The discs cost cents.

I cannot wait until Blu ray Profile 3 is sorted, as the same redbook tricks are possible with 25 and 50 GB Blu ray discs also. Entire music collection on a single disc, goodbye buggy, expensive computer-based music serving.


admin 03.05.10 at 12:19 pm

Many thanks for your comment, Dave. And welcome.

roy harris 03.05.10 at 8:51 pm

hi brian:

a remedy for some of the issues you raised include using it as a transport and changing your preamp/amp/cable.

i’m not saying this is practical or cost effective.

however, my experience with the the oppo in another system, mentioned in the review, clearly attests to the importance of system integration.

i have read comments from oppo 83 se owners which don’t agree with my review. howevere, in your own situation you are the best judege as to the appropriate course of action.

Atane 03.07.10 at 9:10 am

I think the Oppo BDP-83 SE is a terrific bang for the buck player. However, I think it’s best to get the standard $500 version and send DSD straight via HDMI to your prepro for SACDs. The analog stage might be “good” on the SE version at the asking price, but I would feel better letting the prepro be the workhorse. Of course, this is all assuming that you have a prepro with HDMI.

Good read.


admin 03.07.10 at 9:18 am

Thanks for the heads up, Atane. Cheers, a

roy harris 03.12.10 at 8:56 pm

i have used hdmi as an interface between my ps audio pperfect wave transport and perfect wave dac. i am not a fan of it. i prefer coax.

my objection to hdmi can be summed up in one word “digititis”.

although the analogy between transport and dac may not apply to the interface between oppo and prepro, i suspect a prepro would not be of the same quality as a selected amp and preamp, using analog out.

i think hdmi goes a little to far in the direction of etching and giving a card board quality to the music.

can someone describe the benefits of hdmi using the oppo ? i think that the oppo 83 se’s strength is in the redbook mode in an appropriately configured stereo system.

as i write this missive i am listening to a cd using a copper cable connecred to a ss preamp i am reviewing at this time.

JimA. 03.28.10 at 2:34 pm

I am getting great results using a Oppo BD83 as a blu-ray transport through coax in my McIntosh MCD500. Now that is a good way to hear the ESS Sabre DAC’s!

admin 03.28.10 at 2:55 pm

Thanks for the observations, Jim. And welcome. Cheers, a

Milton 03.30.10 at 10:56 am

I bought the 83SE on the strength of the online reviews and my experience with the 980H. The 83SE is a far superior play compared to the 980H, it is easily the best player I’ve experienced for CDs. Massed violins have lost the “papery” sound quality and it’s so much easier to distinguish between woodwind instruments in orchestral music. Digitally remastered opera recordings often reproduced with an unpleasant hard edge that required some filtering for comfort. I find that I can now play most of these recordings “flat”, with the added bonus of more natural ambience. However, none of the reviews or forums that I’ve looked at have mentioned an annoying feature of the 83SE when playing SACDs through the analogue outputs, stereo pair and 7.1. There is an audible click between tracks on every SACD that I’ve played. Has no one else noticed this or has it not been felt worth reporting? Apparently OPPO is aware of the problem but as yet there is no solution.

admin 03.30.10 at 4:22 pm

Thanks for the great comment, Milton. And welcome.

Cheers, a

Rob P. 04.02.10 at 5:33 pm

Thanks for the review. I’ve read elsewhere that the Oppo BDP83SE exhibits the ’subtractive’ qualities you mentioned, but those qualities are reduced or eliminated after break-in time. I’ve just received a BDP83SE and I’m a bit disappointed in the sound in my early listening. Compared to my previous CDP (a Quad 99 CDP-2), the BDP83SE’s presentation is somewhat thin and flat, lacking in bass extension and dynamics, and the timbre of acoustic instruments has a glassy sheen. As you said, I’m not hearing the warmth of the body of the instrument. In the positive, the sound is very clear and refined and instruments are well differentiated. There is no harshness or ‘digital glare’ as with many CDPs. If these positive qualities were matched with the warmth and depth of my older player, the Oppo would be the perfect CDP. I’m hoping that continued ‘break-in’ time will improve it. The versatility and flexibility of this unit is terrific and a super value at less than $1K.

admin 04.03.10 at 7:12 am

Many thanks for your comment, Rob. And welcome. Cheers, a

Atane 04.03.10 at 7:28 pm

I’m reading people using coaxial connections with this player and I just have to wonder why. There is no benefit to going that route.

2 points.

1. If you are using it for blu-ray, then you can only listen to Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA either via HDMI or multi-channel analog outputs. That’s it. Anything else is lossy/compressed audio. Why buy the player only to not use it to its maximum potential? I hope the gentleman with the McIntosh MCD500 understands that he’s listening to compressed audio by connecting his Oppo via coax to his MCD500. The MCD500 is indeed a fine player, but compressed audio is compressed audio. The MCD500 digital inputs would be much better served for things like the Squeezebox, Sonos etc

2. The benefit of going HDMI with this player is that you can send DSD direct to your prepro. DSD is the “packet” for SACD. It does not get more direct than that. Essentially, it becomes a transport. Make sure you select “DSD” in the audio setup menu. The default is PCM. This is very important, if not you’ll just get upsampled PCM. It’s not the same as sending the raw DSD data directly. There is a difference. How it will sound will depend on the strength of the DACs in your prepro. I assume most people have state of the art ones here.


Rob P. 04.05.10 at 3:52 pm

You hit the nail on the head when you said “How it will sound will depend on the strength of the DACs in your prepro. ” The BDP83 Special Edition was created for users who aren’t satisfied with the DACs in their A/V prepro, particularly for 2-channel stereo listening. The ESS DACs in the SE are said to be among the best available and better than the DACs used in many A/V prepros. For 2-channel listening, I believe there is not much benefit to using the A/V prepro DACs or the DSP room EQ. A “state of the art” prepro would be the best solution, but that’s beyond my budget, whereas the Oppo BDP83SE is well within my budget at just $899.
I use HDMI output from the Oppo for every format (sacd, bluray, dvd-a) except 2-channel stereo ‘redbook’ CDs, in which case I want the best possible D to A conversion without additional signal processing. The BDP83 “SE” was built specifically for this niche of listening.

Milton 04.07.10 at 7:03 am

the best just got even better……..I’ve just installed the latest firmware upgrade from OPPO and the annoying clicks that I reported in my previous comment have disappeared……….I have a feeling that I’ll be sticking with this machine for a while……..CDs in particular have never sounded so good

Atane 04.12.10 at 4:07 pm

Rob P. - Understood.


JimA. 04.15.10 at 8:22 pm

To Atane,
To me, using my MCD500 with the Oppo as transport, sounds better than just the Oppo on blu-ray movies. But, I will double check again, and thanks.

John C. 05.04.10 at 12:55 pm

I had a problem with the clicks on SACD also. After installing the March update–no clicks, but worse–player now frequently crashes at the point where I originally heard only a click. Oppo support is looking into it.
Has anyone else had this problem an applying the update?

admin 05.04.10 at 1:15 pm

Hi John:

Welcome. Hopefully, someone will be able to help you with this problem. Cheers, a

JimA. 05.05.10 at 9:03 am

I was wondering if anyone has observed if there is a slight improvement in the video of the 83SE over the standard 83 (since better power supply ect..)

RML 05.08.10 at 9:51 am

I’m really confused by your experience inserting the bdp-83se into a higher resolution system. According to my experience, the higher resolution should highlight any sonic deficiencies of the front end, not alleviate them. Doesn’t make any sense to me.

Milton 06.06.10 at 10:07 am

With reference to the post by John C. 05.04.10, I’ve had no problems since installing the firmware update.

Garry Hall 06.27.10 at 4:06 pm

I am lost buy or not to buy,83es, I guess the sony scd-xa 5400es is the only way to go. what do you think?

hochi 06.29.10 at 6:44 am

I cannot play SACD if do not turn on TV

Milton 07.08.10 at 3:46 am

Re. the comment left by Jim C. (05.04.10), I spoke too soon. I have at least three SACDs that freeze mid-track. They always freeze at exactly the same point each time they are played. This only happens when the discs are played right through from track 1. If I load the disc and select the track on which it freezes it plays without a problem. Anyone else experienced this?

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>