Oppo UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player: Feature specification, price and availability

posted on Thursday, 22nd September 2016 by Steve May

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Oppo will launch its first 4K UHD Blu-ray player before the end of the year. The company, renowned for the quality of its standard Blu-ray machines, is bringing the same battleship build to the UDP-203.

The deck is the first to be launched with a jointly developed Mediatek UHD quad core OP8591 SoC and will be HDR10 compliant out of the box. Oppo has not ruled out a firmware update for Dolby Vision compatibility at some point, but equally hasn't ruled it in. The first Dolby Vision HDR encoded 4K Blu-ray discs are expected to appear next year.

The UDP-203 features two HDMI outputs (one for audio streaming to an AV receiver), and one HDMI loopthrough input which support connected 4K source devices, three USB ports (one of which is front mounted), two digital audio outputs (optical and coaxial), plus a 7.1-channel analogue output. There’s also RS-232 and IP system control. At launch the player will not offer Netflix 4K media streaming. The deck can playback media files from an attached HDD and offers Hi-Res Audio playback including DSD. It will also play Super Audio CDs and DVD-Audio discs. The UDP-203 is expected to sell for £599, when it goes on sale in November.

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And there’s more: a sister UHD model, with improved audio performance and also universal disc support (SACD, DVD-Audio), the UDP-205, is expected to follow. The first Sony 4K player, the UBP-X1000ES, is also being pitched into a similar audiophile player space, and has also confirmed playback compatibility with both hi-res disc formats. The Panasonic DMP-UB900 is another audiophile grade 4K player, but is not compatible with either SACD or DVD-A.

A number of other branded Blu-ray players also use the MediaTek platform (Arcam, Cambriddge, Denon), so we can probably expect more 4K players to be announced soon  – provided manufacturers believe the UHD disc market is one worth pursuing.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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