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January 07, 2011

OPPO Digital Implements ESS's Sabre32 Reference DAC in 3D Blu-ray Player

ESS Technology, a designer of high-performance audio/video products, claimed that its Sabre32 Reference 8-channel Audio DAC (ES9018) has been deployed in OPPO Digital’s flagship BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-Ray player.

OPPO acknowledged that the SABRE32 Reference ES9018 from ESS Technology (News - Alert) is a 32-bit audio DAC solution targeted for high-end consumer applications and professional studio equipment. With the ESS patented 32-bit Hyperstream DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, the SABRE32 Reference DAC delivers an unprecedented DNR (Dynamic Range) of up to 135dB and THD+N (Total Harmonic (News - Alert) Distortion plus Noise) of -120dB, which is claimed to be the industry’s highest performance level that will satisfy even the most demanding audio enthusiast. The BDP-95 uses two ES9018 DAC chips -- one for the 7.1-channel output, and another for the dedicated stereo output.

According to ESS, the Sabre32 Reference DAC supports either 8-channel or stereo conversion from a digital audio input (up to 500kHz sampling rate) in PCM, DSD or SPDIF formats, features click-free soft mute, volume control, de-emphasis, programmable zero detect, per-channel customizable roll-off filter characteristics and consumes less than 100mW.

Officials with OPPO asserted that the company’s BDP-95 was designed from the ground-up for audiophile listening and utilizes two ESS Sabre32 reference DACs with Toroidal Power Supply for producing an astounding sound stage and excellent fidelity in both 7.1 channel and stereo modes. The player is capable of decoding high definition audio tracks like the Dolby TrueHD and DTS (News - Alert) HD Master Audio and can playback 3D video. It has built-in features to play Blu-ray, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD) and standard CD with excellent video and audio performance.

Robert Wong, vice-president of marketing and worldwide sales for ESS Technology, said, “We are thrilled that OPPO Digital has embedded our Sabre32 Reference DACs in its new flagship Audiophile 3D Blu-ray player. With Sabre32 Reference DAC’s undisputed performance leadership, unrivalled sound stage and music clarity, audio enthusiasts can now get ultimate audiophile experience from Blu-ray movies, CDs, DVD-Audio, and SACDs alike.”

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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