BDP-83 Hardware FAQ

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Questions frequently asked at AVSForum about the BDP-83.

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What chip does the player use for deinterlacing and scaling?

The Anchor Bay ABT2010.

How much internal memory does the player have?

1GB, as required by Profile 2.0.

Does the player have a memory card slot?

No, but a USB adapter for memory cards works.

What are the USB specifications?

See the manual (Media File Playback / Playback from a USB Drive). The player has two USB ports, one in the front and one in back.

What are the IR connector specifications?

See the manual (Installation / Custom Installation / External IR (Infrared Remote) Installation). The IR input on the rear panel outputs +5 VDC on the tip for an accessory device: it is a 3 pin jack. OPPO will provide an adapter cable to 2 pin to connect to a standard IR block upon request, or make your own:
Wire up a cable with 3 pin plug using ring and sleeve only (do not connect tip) and the rear IR port will work fine (ring, or intermediate terminal, is +).

This is the same configuration as the DirecTV HR21 Pro rear IR port.

How loud is the fan?

Comments from early users:
  • What fan?
  • Ditto.
  • Double ditto. No noise.
  • The fan does not run most of the time. During playback I never hear it, but I have the player in a cabinet behind doors. If the player has been running a while I hear the fan when the tray is ejected and the cabinet doors are open. It runs for a short time when a new disc begins playing but then goes silent again.
  • I have my OPPO sitting on top of the cabinet, in the open, just 10 feet away, and I never hear the fan, even after hours of use, except for brief instances when the fan control logic is resetting itself -- e.g. during new disc initial loading.
With decent ventilation, whether enclosed in a cabinet or out in the open, the fan should be a non-issue for everyone.
The Oppo meets my requirements for quiet operation during playback.
  • I have the BDP-83 installed in probably the worst possible ventilation scenario (which is sad for an HVAC engineer, but still true -- I keep telling myself it's to provide a test case rather than admitting that I haven't taken the time to improve on my cabinet). I also have three temperature sensors on the player: one at the intake underneath, one at the fan discharge, and one sitting inside the case next to the drive (the component that is most heat sensitive).
I can get the fan to run, but it involves ambient temperatures inside the player of around 105F or 110F and discharge air temperatures of up to 125F. I do not hear the fan, though, even when I open the cabinet door while it is running. Ambient noise (particularly my HD DVR cable box) drown out the fan itself.
  • Mine sets on top of my Integra combi player and has 5 inches of clearance on top and is open to the sides and back; I never hear the fan and I never notice a heat issue.
  • The Oppo BDP-83 includes a fan. If I didn't tell you that you would likely never know. There simply isn't fan noise during playback. I have my Oppo sitting out in the open about 10 feet from where I sit. The only time you ever hear the fan is when the fan control logic resets itself briefly, as for example during the loading of a disc. I kid you not, some of the Beta testers have taken to mounting a mirror behind their Oppo so they can even tell when, if ever, the fan is spinning.
  • I have mine on top of my Onkyo 605, and I never hear it kick on. I feel fan noise is really a non-issue for most folks.
  • I have been able to hear my fan come on at times, and once or twice, only during a quiet scene, was able to hear it from my sitting position watching a movie. This was only during 1 or 2 movies in particular, and only during a very quiet scene. The other times I've heard it was only when a disc was not playing, but perhaps afterwards, when removing the disc when I was up close.

Is the remote backlit?

Yes.

Do the remote codes conflict with those for older OPPO players?

See the manual (Installation / Remote Control / Setting the Remote Code) and (Device Setup / Remote Control Code). You can set the remote so that it either does or does not control other OPPO Digital players. There is a 3-way switch inside the battery compartment. Code set 1 is the same as used for the other players. If you use code set 2 or 3 the BDP-83 will not obey the other remotes and its remote will not control the other players. Note that the physical switch setting on the remote must match the Setup value. See Why did my remote stop working when I changed the code set?.

Do the Source and Home buttons on the remote have the same function?

The Source and Home button perform the same functions at this time. In the future the Source button may directly access specific features directly.

Does the player have two HDMI outputs?

No, just the one.

Is a rack mount available for the player?

Yes, see:
  • Middle Atlantic Products part # RSH4A2M OPPO BDP83(2RU, 14 inches deep; consider the -C clamp option which holds the player securely in the shelf)
  • (others?).

Are codes for other remotes available?

  • Logitech has the BDP-83 in its Harmony database.
  • Universal Electronics JP1.
  • Alternative Remote Codes (Alt. Code) available from DVD Manufacturers Toshiba, Marantz, Philips and Magnavox. Enable Alt. Code under Device Setup/Remote Control Code (note: this will disable all other remote control commands, including those from the BDP-83 remote. Use the buttons on the front panel to change the Remote Control Code back to original setting if no Alt. Code is found to be compatible. Alternatively, you can follow the first steps outlined in http://wiki.oppodigital.com/index.php?title=BDP-83_Problems_FAQ#why-did-my-remote-stop-working-when-i-changed-the-code-set).
  • (others?).

How do I use the alternate code sets on my Logitech/Harmony remote?

Set the remote switch in the OPPO remote's battery compartment to 2 or 3 and follow Harmony's instructions, as posted on AVSForum:
We are sorry you have been experiencing this difficulty. As we suggested, you should be able to confirm the commands from the original remote. This will request 3 to 6 keypresses, and will not require you to learn the entire codeset. To do this, please follow these steps:
  1. Log in to your account using the Logitech Harmony Remote Software.
  2. Connect your Harmony remote to the USB cable.
  3. Click on the "Devices" tab, then beside the device, click on "Settings".
  4. Select "Confirm Infrared Commands" and click "Next".
  5. You will be asked for some button presses. Point your original remote to the bottom end of the Harmony, and from 2-5 cm away, press each button as the software asks for it. The computer screen will blink (refresh) once the key is detected, and you will see the message "Key detected." Once the software has found the best set of codes, you will get confirmation. You may need to answer some set up questions, just click "Next" to go through and make any changes needed.
  6. Update your remote to test this with your activities.
If there is a "remote address" you should be able to select or view this on the receiver itself without contacting OPPO. We almost certainly already have the codes in our database and you should not need to provide these. The easiest way to is to try following the steps provided above. Again, it should only require 3-6 keypresses.

Does OPPO publish the remote code values?

Yes, as an Excel .xls spreadsheet: OPPO BDP-83 Remote Control Codes. All three code sets are shown and the last tab has large-scale images of the remote, front and back.

Is there an RS232 interface?

Yes, as an option for $89 extra. A new backpanel and daughter board are required for RS232 support. OPPO provides an RS-232 Control Protocol document.

Note

The primary benefit to RS232 control is that it allows the player to send feedback to the device that's controlling it. This would allow you to do things like have the control system dim the lights when a movie starts playing and turn them back up when the movie is paused or stopped, or display current track, elapsed time, etc. on a touch-panel controller (potentially useful if the player is in an equipment closet).

Based on the RS232 documentation for the DV-983H, there are also additional commands, like direct access to the various fast forward speeds.

To use RS232 control, you would need a remote control that is able to do RS232, such as AMX, Crestron, RTI, some of the higher end Prontos, URC, etc. These will usually have a remote that uses RF communication with a controller box that then sends out IR, RS232, and other types of signals to the equipment being controlled.

Most typical universal remotes like the Logitech Harmony don't have support for RS232 control of devices.

Are there any Hi-Resolution pictures of the unit?

Yes:
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