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OPPO Chooses ESS for BDP-95 Blu-ray 3D Player

ESS Technology, Inc. announced that its Sabre32 Reference 8-channel Audio Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) is shipping in volume in OPPO Digital’s BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Disc (BD) player.

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OPPO Digital Chooses ESS’s Sabre32 Reference Audio DAC For Its Flagship BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Player
2011 International CES

FREMONT, Calif.–ESS Technology, Inc., a leading provider of high performance audio/video solutions, today announced that its Sabre32 Reference 8-channel Audio DAC (ES9018) is shipping in volume in OPPO Digital’s latest flagship BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-Ray Disc Player.

The critically acclaimed Sabre32 Reference DAC has become the industry’s benchmark for audio digital-to-analog conversion since its introduction in 2009 as the world’s highest performance 32-bit audio DAC. Unlike conventional sigma-delta (Σ∆) DACs, the Sabre32 Reference DAC incorporates innovative patented circuits to deliver spectacular music with an unsurpassed sound stage, with up to 135dB dynamic range and 0.0001% (-120dB) total harmonic distortion, and free from clock jitter common in digital audio systems. The patented circuits in the Sabre32 Reference DAC include the 32-bit HyperStreamTM modulator, capable of 100% modulation and unconditional stability, the RevolverTM Dynamic Element Matching which ensures the highest performance over an extremely wide audio dynamic range, and a Time Domain Jitter Eliminator to remove the digital jitter that causes distortion.

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.

The BDP-95 Universal Audiophile Blu-ray player uses two ES9018 Sabre32 Reference DAC chips – one for the 7.1-channel output, and another configured in Quad Differential Stereo mode for highest-performance stereo output in balanced or unbalanced formats. The BDP-95 is a significant upgrade from the previous BDP-83 Special Edition Blu-ray player employing the ES9016 Sabre32 Ultra DAC for stereo output and the ES9006 Sabre DAC for 7.1-channel output.

Jason Liao, CTO & VP of Product Development at OPPO Digital, said: “The BDP-95 is OPPO Digital’s flagship Universal Blu-ray Player designed from the ground up for Audiophile grade listening, using two ESS Sabre32 Reference DACs with Toroidal Power Supply to deliver astounding sound stage and unmatched fidelity in both 7.1-channel and stereo modes.” The OPPO BDP-95 is a Blu-ray disc player featuring 3D video playback plus bit-stream and full decoding capability for high resolution audio tracks such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Designed for both home theater viewers and music listeners, it plays 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.”

The ES9018 Sabre32 Reference DAC is available in 64-LQFP package. Sample chips, reference design and volume price information are available from ESS or your local ESS distributor and representatives.

The BDP-95 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Player will be demonstrated this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the Hilton. Appointments may be scheduled by calling Wendy Chafer at 510-492-1180.

About OPPO Digital, Inc.
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, award-winning OPPO Digital, Inc. manufactures and markets high quality digital electronics that deliver style, innovation, value, and performance to A/V enthusiasts and savvy consumers alike. The company’s leading R&D, high-performance products, and strong customer focus distinguish it from traditional consumer-electronics brands. More information can be found online at

About ESS Technology
ESS Technology, Inc. designs and markets high-performance audio/video products for the consumer market.

ESS’s Sabre32 audio DAC series is the world’s highest performance 32-bit audio D/A converter solution, built upon the original Sabre audio DAC series first introduced in 2008. The Sabre32 and Sabre audio DACs have been designed into the world’s most prestigious consumer, audiophile and professional equipments, including Blu-ray players, CD/SACD players, A/V preamps and digital audio workstations.

ESS is headquartered in Fremont, California, and has R&D, sales, and technical support offices worldwide. ESS Technology’s web site address is: