By Ben Bowers
on 7.7.09

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July 6th, for most men, will always be remembered as the second day of recovery following the summer’s worst hangover. However, this July 6th was a day most videophiles had marked on their calendar (re: nerds like me) for an entirely different reason.

That’s because the long awaited Oppo Blu-ray BDP-83 finally hit the market. Of course, those of you with better things to do than follow Blu-ray player release dates are left asking what’s the big deal? Blu-ray players have been out for more than 2 years now, and some cost far less than this Oppo’s $499 asking price. So, it would appear as if Oppo got off to the races like a drunk dwarf on a pack mule.

Though we can empathize with this sentiment, the logic behind it is broken. You see, while other companies rushed to put hastily made products on the shelves, Oppo has quietly bided their time, thoroughly testing and evaluating the BDP-83 to make sure it meets the performance standards that video nuts from around the world have to come to expect from the Oppo brand. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

More details and the all-important “back panel shot” after the jump.

Based on the device’s specs, and the positive feedback that has come from active beta testers (in which GP was sadly not invited to participate… grrrrr), it appears the company’s tried and true focus on detail has produced another amazing product.

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Though we haven’t acquired a unit for our own labs, we did do a hands on review on their entry-level upconverting DVD player, the Oppo DV-981HD and found its video quality to be outstanding.

This makes us fairly confident that native 1080p 24hz source material will be even more eye-melting. Knowing that this, Oppo’s flagship player, possesses the same VRS™ by Anchor Bay (DVDO) de-interlacing and scaling technology as found in their award-winning DV-983H DVD player just enhances our smug disposition.

But enough nerdgasms over specs, which you can read through here. The bottom line is this: for $500 dollars you can own one of the best Blu-ray players money can buy (which we’ll verify in later testing) that also happens to be one of the best upconverting DVD players money can buy. This is a paltry sum compared to the cost of comparably performing equipment. So, if you’re serious about getting the best possible picture from your disc-based movies, look no further. Your device is here.

Cost: $499