Oppo announces BDP-103D with DarbeeVision

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Oppo has just unveiled a new version of their well regarded BDP-103 Blu-ray player, now featuring built-in DarbeeVision processing.
     
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    Integrated Darbee and 4k upscaling. It didn't take me long to decide to order one from from Gregg Loewen (HTF Administrator) and his business Lion Audio/Visual. FedEx has it on its way.
     
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    Joe,

    Very much interested in what your impressions are of the new Oppo player.
    Anyone who owns an Oppo understands that you get what you pay for when
    you shell out $500-$600 for one of these players. I have owned an Oppo for two
    years now and would never consider going back to a $200 or less Blu-ray player.

    I had the chance to see the BDP-103 in person. Met with the company's CTO,
    Jason Laio, who was very gracious.

    I was quite impressed with the visual enhancements of the DarbeeVision technology.
    When you watch the YouTube video -- hopefully in full HD mode -- you will hopefully
    see the enhancements in picture detail that I had seen.

    All this being said, I do have one concern and I thought I would leave it to this
    community to help me understand the need for this technology to be integrated
    with a Blu-ray player...

    When you a movie on Blu-ray, you expect it is exactly tuned to what the director
    wants it to look like. Colors, detail and everything that you see is exactly what has
    been intended. In essence, it is perfect out of the box.

    By using this technology, aren't you manipulating and changing that vision into
    something that shouldn't be tweaked in the first place?

    Now, I need to be careful about the question I am asking here because my intent
    is not to point fingers at Oppo or DarbeeVision for doing something "unholy" to the
    format. I just never had the opportunity to ask their representatives why they would
    want to incorporate this kind of enhancing technology into a format that produces
    what should be perfection out of the box.

    If my understanding is that you could also feed a satellite/cable signal through the
    Oppo BDP-103. In that case, I can understand the advantage of being able to enhance
    the picture detail.

    Really, I wish we had more time to spend with Jason at the show. There were other
    people waiting to speak with him. Our schedule was very tight. I am very excited about
    the potential of what this player can do, but I am also somewhat skeptical about attempting
    to manipulate anything the director has intended not be further tweaked.
     
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    Ron, I've been using a Darbee with my current projector for both satellite TV and Blu-rays. I usually keep the Darbee set at HD between 40% to 50%. I find that it "lifts the veil" and improves the image.

    Whether I'm seeing something that the director did not intend, or seeing something (that was compressed to fit onto a Blu-ray) more closely reproducing the original is for others to judge.

    My Oppo BDP-103D should arrive on Friday.
     
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    Joe, please keep us updated on your new player.

    It will be the first review on this forum that we have seen.

    Best of luck with it.
     
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    The 103D arrived late yesterday afternoon. I did not have much time to play with it. I liked the fast load time, and the picture (with no processing) looked very good.

    I picked a Blu-ray at random, Yes Man with Jim Carrey. One scene has him in the foreground wearing a jacket with small checks. The checked material looked blurry. I used the Darbee function, set at HD 50%, and the jacket became a lot sharper, as did buildings in the background. At that setting, I saw no negative effects of Darbee processing. The way the picture looks a bit sharper is almost like using your projector in a bit darker room.

    I won't have a chance to see 3D, and how Darbee's processing affects it, for a few weeks.
     
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    Joe,

    Keep us updated as I have 103 and 93 players, but I've been intrigued by the 103D player. I'm thinking of taking my 103 from my main HT and replacing it with the 103D then taking the 103 to my bedroom HT to replace the 93.
     
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    Joe,

    I echo what Robert has said above. I will eventually be looking at another Oppo.
     
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    Joe, 2 things to try - after you've set the Darbee, turn it off and raise the sharpness on your projector and see how how close the image comes. What is the effect of Darbee with non Blu-ray discs?
     

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