OPPO Digital, makers of highly acclaimed DVD and Blu-ray players, announced today the release of it's new BDP-80 Blu-ray Disc player which will sell for $289 USD.

First announced last December, the BDP-80 is a universal Blu-ray player that supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live and BonusView), DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), HDCD, CD and other popular media formats such as AVCHD, MKV video files, digital photos and music.

The player shares the same decoder and same firmware as the popular OPPO BDP-83, however, the company says that in contrast to the BDP-83, which utilizes an onboard VRS by Anchor Bay video processor, the BDP-80 design has been optimized for use as a digital audio/video transport, emphasizing the accuracy of its digital audio/video outputs.

When answering the inevitable question about which player to buy the $289 BDP-80 or the $499 BDP-83, the company responds with the following statement.
The choice between BDP-80 and BDP-83 depends on the specific needs of the customer. The BDP-83 is recommended where the best possible video and audio performance is required. The BDP-80 excels in a home theater where an accurate digital transport is optimal, and it matches well with other home theater devices that offer quality video processing and audio D/A conversion. The BDP-80 is also recommended for smaller home theaters as a standalone player where universal media support and speedy operations are the most ideal.
For audio, the BDP-80 supports internal decoding and bitstream output of the latest sound formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio. The BDP-80 also features a configurable 7.1-channel analog output that can be set as 7.1-channel, 5.1-channel, or stereo. When playing SACD, the BDP-80 can output DSD (Direct Stream Digital) over HDMI in its native format or convert it into high-resolution PCM. For compatibility with many legacy A/V receivers and DACs, the BDP-80 also provides an optical and coaxial digital audio output.

The BDP-80 comes standard with 1GB of internal storage built-in so that no additional memory card or flash drive is needed to use BD-Live and BonusView features.

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