Oppo Disc Player Links Past and Present of Music, Video
New gadgets bring the promise of convenience and added features and, occasionally, an upgrade in fidelity. But they also likely condemn other devices or formats to the scrap heap.
Once in a while, a product comes along that bridges the past, present and future. The Oppo Universal Network 3D Blu-ray Disc Player (BDP-103, $499) is one of those.
The Oppo player looks like any other Blu-ray player, except larger and sturdier. Why pay more when you can get a good Blu-ray player for less than $100? Because the Oppo is a multimedia time machine.
In addition to producing top-quality Blu-ray video and delivering Netflix and other streaming services, it also handles a variety of high-resolution music formats, including some forgotten by most.
Not a lot of people bought Super Audio CDs or DVD-Audio discs when they landed more than a decade ago. Whereas MP3s compressed a CD track to an easily downloaded digital file, SACD and DVD-Audio went in the other direction, offering better-than-CD