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Oppo Releases UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Dave Upton, Dec 12, 2016.

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  1. dpippel

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    You're right. I was thinking that the the 6/6 release was a public beta.
     
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    I got a firmware update this AM, was I behind schedule or was this something new?
     
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    It's just you Sam. ;) The last firmware release was on 6/26.
     
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    Weird. I bought my deck after that and did the firmware upgrade on day 1...
     
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    Sam,

    I just did a firmware update on my player today and I already did an earlier Beta firmware update in early June.
     
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    Don't you have to have no disc in the player to do the upgrade?
     
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    Well, Im back with the Oppo, hopefully this go around is better than the release model I had. I am going Dolby Vision and it is the only game in town IMO (not buying the LG player).

    Checked out some POwer Rangers, looks pretty dang good and makes sense in how I have found out Dolby and LG are handling the DV modes on the OLEDs.
     
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    Man, you change HT equipment like some people change their underwear.
     
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    LOL, why do you think I have the screen name I do!

    I still have the X800 and UB900, but if I am going to start mucking around with Dolby Vision I have to have the 203. Ill prob sell the 900. Also glad I grabbed a A3060 Yamaha, supposed to get a DV update.
     
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    Once a year, whether it needs changing or not?
     
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    I know this post is a few months old but I'm thinking about buying the UDP-203 and I have a question:

    After installing the region-free kit and you want to watch a region "B" Blu-ray you do the keypress sequence on the remote. I understand that. But, if you want to watch a region "A" Blu-ray do you have to do the keypresses again? (Inputting a different code, of course)

    Also, I think I read that the kit makes the player region free for DVDs by default. Is this correct?

    Thanks, from a region-free newbie.
     
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    Steve - Yes, the Blu-ray region change is sticky, so if you set the player to Region B you'll need to reset it to Region A when you're done. Also, I believe you're correct about DVD region functionality, but I've never used it so don't know for sure.
     
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    The kit does make the player region free for DVDs. You can specifically set to a particular dvd region should you want to.

    Regards,
     
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    Depending on your actual collection, etc, you might also find you can often leave it set to some other region for a number of subsequent viewings because many discs released here (and in other regions) are actually all-region. So I usually don't switch back until I actually need to.

    The region switching process can be a bit annoying, but programming some universal remote macros to do it for you helps a lot.

    _Man_
     
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    Yep, I have my URC programmed with a one-button press for all three Blu-Ray regions. Easy peasy.
     
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    One more question, if y'all don't mind:

    Does this player "upscale" standard DVDs as good as the Oppo players I've heard about in the past?
    The reason I ask, I have a Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD player that does a very good job with standard DVDs and if this Oppo player does as good or better I'd like to have just one player to do everything--DVDs, Blu-rays, etc.
     
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    As far as 4K uHD players go, the UDP-203 is (IMO) a best-in-class upscaler for 480i/p material. I've yet to find anything that beats it. The Sony UBP-X800 comes close, but the Oppo is still on the top of the heap.
     
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    Keep in mind that if you have a 4K display, using your HD-DVD player to upscale DVD's will involve a two-step upscaling process -- the HD-DVD player going from 480i/p -> 1080p, and then your display going from 1080p -> 2160p. That's a lot of processing of the video signal. Using the Oppo (or Sony X800, as I do) keeps this as a single process from 480i/p -> 2160p. Of course, if your display does a good job of upscaling, you could let it handle the entire process from 480i/p -> 2160p.
     
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    Thanks, Scott.
    I'm probably going to go with the Oppo. I don't have a 4K display yet but I think the Oppo would be a good first step. I'm just trying to trim down the number of components in my system. The Blu-ray player I have now does OK with Blu-rays but not very well with DVDs. That's really the only reason I've still got the HD-DVD player.
     
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    I kept my Oppo 980H DVD player for the same reason, Steve. My Panasonic BD player does a poor job with DVD playback, and the Oppo also handles SACD and DVD-audio formats. When I got the Sony X-800 UHD player, though, it did an excellent job of upscaling everything to 4K and supported SACD & DVD-Audo, so I began using it for everything. Unfortunately, the player recently died and is in the process of being replaced under warranty by Sony, so I am temporarily back to using the Panny BD and Oppo DVD players. So I wouldn't recommend getting rid of all your other players even if you do get the Oppo. You never know when you may need a backup player.
     
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