For CD only, mebbe but, overall, I would suggest the SE if you are using the analog outputs for all audio.
Agree with Kal. I had the Oppo BDP83 and then bought the SE version. The SE version is more resolving, smoother/less etched, goes deeper and is more controlled in the LFs. Overall, just better sonics. If you plan on using HDMI into a pre/pro for your music though than go with the basic Oppo BDP83 as obviously you would be bypassing the ESS DAC and beefed up analog output stage of the SE in that configuration. It does not sound like you are considering that anyway. Good luck.
Thanks for you response.
So the recomendation would be the basic 83, if I go with an
av processor that has a pre/pro and HDMI.
Or if no HDMI then use 83se, irrespective of a seperate dac
or pre/pro on the av.
Am I getting this right? Some additional info;I need to upgrade my av processor as its old. Budget to do both at one time is 1300.00
Any more suggestions?
Is there ANY difference via HDMI for audio or video between the 83 and 83SE?
I would just get an 83SE, but i can only afford the 83 right now.. I have other stuff for CD and SACD, and for audio, so the Oppo would really just be video for BluRay via HDMI. (would the power supply upgrade make a diference)
I currently have a Denon 5910DVD and just want a decent BluRay player.(even thoughi have said i would not bother to gofor BluRay, so if you plan on whooping it up and pointing out my contradiction, don't bother, i have already done so.)
PS: Audio Advisor has started selling the 83. They originally sold only the 83SE.
Elizabeth, in your case definitly save the $$$ and get the 83. Like I said it is avery high quality unit. As for the Audio Advisor selling the units, if the price is the same I would buy direct from Oppo. If you have any warranty issues which I did when I got my 83 SE they ask you if you bought from them or a third party, I am not sure what the difference would be but it may be that you would have to deal with Audio Advisor who would then deal with Oppo, I do not know that for a fact you would have to contact Oppo and ask them. I will say that Oppos' customer service is top notch my 83 SE had a problem when I received it, I contacted Oppo and discussed the problem directly with one of their engineers and his suggestions did not correct the problem and a new unit was sent out immediately with return shipping charges covered by Oppo.
PLEASE CHECK THIS INFO:::
It is my understanding that any OPPO purchase is shipped BY OPPO.
I don't know of any 'stocking' dealers. Is this correct?
So, while you send someone else the money, the return address on the box is always the same....
I think that is called 'drop ship'. An unfortunate name when dealing with electronics.
Of interest is a recent post on www.audiocircle.com under the HiRez Music Circle titled "take SACD and Bluray Hirez directly to your DAC". Its a review of a $219 de-embedder box with an HDMI input that then splits the signal, sending the audio via an optical output to your DAC and the video signal via HDMI to your processor or TV. According to the reviewer, from an Oppo 83, the sound was better than from the RCA outputs. Being registered with audicircle, I took a look at the reviewer's posted pictures of his system. It is impressive and obviously the system of an experienced audiophile not only with sufficient funds, but with the knowledge how the set up a room properly - not just some guy with a mediocre system making a gee wow review. Obviously you need a DAC, and one that has an optical input. The discussion on Audiocircle is far more complete than I can report here.
1. This is something that has been going on for a while with both legal and illegal adapters, both external and internal.
2. The typical device referred to is the Octava which, of course, will only output 2channels over optical.
3. Did the commentator compare it with the 83SE? (Of course, all such comparisons are DAC-dependent.)
The device reviewed on Audiocircle was the Atlona HD570, the Oppo tested was the 83SE, with signal sent through a Weiss DAC2. Anyone interested really needs to read the review and corresponding thread. I was interested because I own an Oppo 83, purchased recently when my Sony Bluray player quit working, that I use for Bluray only. Because of this, I decided not to spend the money on the se version. My DAC accepts optical, so I may now have a relatively cheap way to upgrade the Oppos sound. According to the reviewer, significant improvement when listening to Bluray was heard running the Oppo through the Atlona via optical vs. the Oppos analog outputs.
Yes, the Atlona functions similarly to most of these units like the Octava and, in fact, the Atlona looks identical to the old CLUX 11SA. For me, the lack of multichannel digital output (except for lossy Toslink) is a problem.
BTW, that the Weiss DAC2 or other high quality DAC makes an improvement is great but not surprising. (Similar results with my Meridian processor.)