DMP Remote

I listen to music in a low light environment so the back lighting on the remote is important to me. The on time or time constant that controls the back lighting is too short. Can’t get to where I want to go before it times out. Muscle memory will, in time, help out with that, but still it needs to be lengthened.

Activation of the back lighting appears to be backwards. Most remotes will activate the back light with the press of any button. Another press of any button will activate the original function for which it was intended, i.e. hit the play button once the light comes on, depress it a second time and you start playing. With the DMP remote you have to press the dedicated back light button twice to turn on the back light, nothing happens with a single push. One should only have to depress that dedicated function once. If you press any of the other buttons, on purpose or accidentally, the back light activates,(as it should) but the original function assigned to that button also activates. I have picked up the remote in a darkened environment and have sent the DMP, unintentionally, off to the races…on numerous occasions. Something to consider if PSAudio ever decides to make changes to the remote.

I thought I’d revive and recycle this old thread. This deals directly with the DMP remote, or rather replacing it with something else.

Here’s a little trick for those who want to access their inner Oppo. By inner Oppo, I mean the BDT-101 inside your DirectStream Memory Player. This is Stupid DMP Tricks Part I:

You’ll need few things before you start:

  • A Philips screwdriver.
  • Some thick double-sided tape.
  • A USB-powered infrared remote extender like this one.

    Ideally, you should select one that has the shortest cables possible and has a transmitter that is designed to broadcast a short distance rather than be placed directly over an IR receiver. It should also be powered by a USB port rather than a wall-wart.
    An Oppo remote handset or a universal IR handset that can be programmed with Oppo codes. I know that the remote for the BDP-83 works and I suspect that the handsets for the 93/95/103/105 also will work but can’t confirm that as I don’t have those. I have no idea if the 203/205 handsets will work.

Step 1: If you have a disc loaded in the unit, remove it and close the tray. Turn off the unit and unplug all cables.
Step 2: Turn the unit upside down on a soft surface taking care to not scratch the glossy top. Using a Philips screwdriver, remove the four screws from the bottom of the unit that restrain the cover. Grasping the unit firmly by the sides and leaving the cover free, slowly lift up. The cover should slide free of the case and remain on the work surface.

Step 3: Turn the unit upright and place in a well-lit location with the rear of the unit facing you. Note the major components: the drive mechanism at the upper right; the Oppo BDT-101 board taking up the center of the unit; the power supply board on the far left; and the PS Audio interface board of magic at the back of the unit. You’ll notice a series of unused ports, jacks, and fixtures along the rear of the Oppo including Ethernet ports, HDMI ports, USB ports, and RCA jacks.

Step 4: Between the Ethernet ports on the left and the RCA jacks on the right is a small upright fixture with a shiny black lens. This is the read IR sensor. Just to the right of this is a small white switch. The switch controls whether the board uses the front sensor (which doesn’t appear to be installed) or the rear sensor. We want to use the rear sensor. To select the rear sensor, move the switch to the left (assuming the rear of the unit is facing you).

Step 5: Plug the USB connector of the IR extender into one of the USB ports on the Oppo board – it doesn’t matter which one.

Step 6: Attach the IR transmitter of the IR extender to inside of the rear plate of the unit’s case directly behind the IR sensor. Use some of your double-side tape to do this. The adhesive strip that came on the extender I purchased was pretty wimpy and needed to be replaced.

Step 7: Tuck the rest of the cabling between the USB port and the transmitter into the case somehow. The extender I bought had way too much cable for this purpose, so I cut and spliced it into a more manageable configuration. Try to get an extender with the shortest cables you can find.
Step 8: Drape the cable to the receiver over the edge of the rear of the case leaving enough cable to place the receiver in a location visible from your listening location.
Step 9: Reinstall the cover of the unit by carefully lowering it into position taking care to not pinch the transmitter cable. There is a joint on the rear of the case near the right corner (with the rear facing you) that makes a good spot to route the cable between the case and the cover. Turn the unit over while holding on to the cover and sides and place on the soft work surface. Reinstall the four screws that hold the cover in place.

Step 10: Return the unit to its shelf and reattach the cables. Position the IR receiver so that it is visible from your listening location. Turn the unit on.
Step 11: Use the Oppo remote. If you have the IR extender shown above, a red LED will flash in the receiver whenever it detects an IR signal.

You might wonder why you should bother with all of this when the DMP comes with a perfectly good remote. Aside from being more responsive than the PS Audio handpiece, what the Oppo remote provides is access to functions that aren’t on the PS Audio remote. The most notable of these are the arrows and the red, green, blue, and yellow buttons that are key to headless navigation of certain DVD and BD titles. If you play only CDs in your DMP, this will be of little value. However, if you long to have better control over DVD-A and BluRay navigation, the Oppo remote is essential.

Enjoy. Perhaps I’ll write about some of those other ports in the next installment of Stupid DMP Tricks.

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Thanks for the info.

But this page doesn’t seem to exist any more:


Why does that matter?

EDIT: I’ve removed the offending section. The point of the image is that there are these buttons on the Oppo remote and they’re colored and you can use them to do stuff and some discs have a legend in their liner notes that indicate what the buttons do. This is from the Tales from Topographic Oceans BD, a disc released in 2016.

I thought you were pointing at a source of information that no longer exists.

Thank you for posting this! I mentioned the use of the three colored buttons quite a while back and those that reponded pretty much blew the idea off. So glad to see that, in fact, you can use those buttons on the DMP. The real question is why didn’t PS Audio pick up on this? Seems kind of basic operation for OPPO and they should have let PS Audio know about it if they asked. Not sure if I will do this to my DMP, I only have on BlueRay, but it’s good to know it can be done. Perhaps Lonson will see this and give it a try, he has a lot of BlueRay discs as I recall.

You’re welcome. Admittedly, the remote operation without video places limits on its use, but I’ll address the solution for that in my next installment of Stupid DMP Tricks (though, if you look closely at my photos, the key to the solution is shown).
By the way, I mistakenly identified the ports to the right of the IR sensor switch. They are trigger inputs, not RCA jacks.
Also, the product support page for the BDT-101 is here.

I’ve seen this but I am loathe to try it, I bungle these sort of things.

Oh come on … give it a try! (Hee hee). Actually if I had more BlueRay I would give it a try, seems relatively safe, but I guess that’s a relative assessment.

I have a bad history with this sort of thing and know when not to risk it. I’ve come to grips with the fact that the DMP won’t do blu-ray as extensively as I’d like as it was delivered. I’ll live.

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Ok, here’s a weird one—or maybe not?
I’ve been keeping the DSD Sr dimmed lately. I’ve also noticed that the DMP has become less responsive to remote commands; I push play and it doesn’t play. The DSD display goes on briefly but the DMP doesn’t respond.
However, it’s responsiveness returns to normal if I keep the DSD display lit. It’s like the signal from the remote is being interrupted by lighting up the DSD. Anybody experience this?

On some disks when I hit play nothing happens. I have to open and close once or twice before I hear music… Not very ideal.

And on occasion turn off the rear power button to get playback going.

Glad to hear someone else having this same issue. i thought it was me. I have two remotes one for the Preamp and one for the DMP and get the same thing with both.

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…you must be new here.

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You’re a funny lad.

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If you might get any consolation out of this, when I pushed play on the remote of my DMP it didn’t play either. But if I pushed open/close on the remote, miraculously, the DMP disc tray would open and close. Be thankful for small mercy’s.

I gotcha. But in my weird case, it’s DSD brother must have it’s display glowing. Then all works perfectly.
Go figure.

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Yeah. It’s a DMP. No two are the same.

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That I would say is just coincidence and nothing more.

I keep the DSD display lit and move on.