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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. ManW_TheUncool

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    Heh... you don't wanna open yours... and I'm kinda regretting not jumping on buying one when I still could... although I probably would've just gone w/ the 203... :oops:

    I put myself on their email waitlist, but nothing's happened w/ that...

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    You're denying yourself a great experience. I've been going back and forth about whether I should sell my Oppo 203 and acquire the Panasonic UB820 as it does appear to have the edge for HDR content. Margins look great on eBay for the 203 but yet I haven't been able to part with it. It really is a beautiful machine.
     
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    If I were lucky enough to afford that UDP-205, I'd be up all night long on a sleepless adrenaline high while awaiting for the arrival of my carrier's truck. And I would also call in sick. After all, I wouldn't be able to focus on my duties; being totally consumed and chomping at the bit to get back home to set it all up. Hell, I'd be sampling every favorite disc; some for PQ and others for audio. Maybe, just maybe, after 48 hours of being awake, I might take a nap...but I'd only end up sleep-walking back to that Holy Grail.:)
     
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    I'm with you John. I thought that I might as well sell my 203 since I'm mostly using it for region free Blu-ray playback. Bought a cheap ($160) LG region free player, which looks remarkably good, and posted my 203 for sale on eBay. Within a day I had 24 people watching the auction and one guy offered me $900 for it. At the end of the day though I couldn't part with it and ended the listing. I might as well just keep it. :) I also agree that the 820 (and the UB900 before it) beats the Oppo on PQ. It's close, but noticeable.
     
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    But how does everything compare concerning the audio?
    And does an 820 have the capabilities of being turned into a Region-Free?
    As a kid, I would cry, "I want my Maypo";
    but decades later its become, "I want my Oppo".:)
     
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    I don't utilize the analog audio side of the 203 so it's a moot point for me. All audio is bitstreamed to my Yamaha RX-A2080 receiver via HDMI, and in that scenario audio from the Oppo and the Panasonic are identical. However, the 820 doesn't have the multichannel analog outputs that 203 has. For that you have to move up to the new 9000 or the older UB900. The UB900 could be modified to be region free, but only with hacked firmware. AFAIK there is no region free hardware mod available for Panasonic players.
     
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    It's a bummer the 820's missing some key features of the Oppo though.

    For me, it's affordable (or included) region-free mod and SACD (and multi-channel analog out to go w/ the latter... though I suppose analog out is a tad bit less of an issue since this isn't meant to succeed something like the Oppo 205). Originally, I wanted to use the Oppo's HDMI-in, but the 203 (probably like the 103) probably wouldn't be great for that anyway, so probably a non-issue for most...

    For the price, I'd definitely want region-free mod-ability/capability and decent SACD/DSD (and maybe FLAC, etc) playback included... Otherwise, I'd still need to keep the old Oppo 103 fully functional in the same system... and only gain 4K HDR playback for a very small collection of discs (if/when/as I upgrade)...

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    Still in box in mint condition. :P
     
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    Yea, like @dpippel I have no use for the audio outs on my 203 but the fact that it even includes them says something.
     
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    Wow. Nice. A bit of a surprise to me.

    I know they SAID they'd be doing updates, etc....but they're really doing them! :D
     
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    Future-proofing a player that's no longer in production. The mind boggles.
     
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    Class act for sure.
     
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    Sounds good. Icing on the cake would be improved tone mapping too!
     
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    I think it's super smart of them. The cost to do this is minimal and it strengthens an already rock solid reputation. If they ever decided to reenter the HT market I would be standing in line to buy.
     
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    Oh, I agree completely! My mind boggled in a positive way. ;)
     
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