MQA firmware update makes Oppo’s UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player even more exciting

posted on Wednesday, 29th November 2017 by Steve May

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Oppo has announced a major firmware update that adds MQA decoding to its flagship UDP-205 universal 4K disc player. When a user navigates through music files using the UDP-205’s Music app, the player will be able to identify and decode files encoded with MQA, unfolding the full resolution of the format's studio-quality sound.

“This is just the start of our cooperation,” says MQA Founder & CTO Bob Stuart. “We’re looking forward to enabling more features on more models across the OPPO range in the future.” Oppo plans to add to its MQA support, with MQA-CD compatibility and MQA decoding for the USB DAC and coaxial/optical inputs.

The £1399 UDP-205 is the most sophisticated UHD Blu-ray player available. It employs two ES9038PRO DACs, and offers a dedicated RCA/XLR output for stereo (pictured above), coaxial and an optical digital audio input. The HDMI audio output port features a unique clock jitter reduction circuit and a USB DAC.

UDP-205 owners can update their players directly using the online firmware update feature, when the player is online. The firmware is also available for downloading at Oppo Digital’s website.

“Delivering reference audio performance has always been the core feature of the Oppo UDP-205 universal player. We are thrilled to work with MQA to incorporate MQA decoding into the player,” says CTO Jason Liao. “Our audiophile customers will enjoy the lifelike and engaging listening experience with the studio master sound quality provided by MQA.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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