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

 Oppo has announced that the much anticipated UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will go on sale starting today.  The UDP-203 is the successor to the widely acclaimed BDP-103, and features a proprietary video processor that performs video decoding and processing. The UDP-203 launches with full support for both HDR standards, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, as well as the latest in audio codecs including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The UDP-203 features dual USB 3.0 ports on the rear for playback from USB devices, and offers 802.11ac WiFi as well as a standard Gigabit Ethernet port for home network based playback, firmware updates and BD-live features.

Like previous offerings from Oppo, the UDP-203 can also be used as a CD transport with its onboard AKM based “Velvet Sound” DAC implementation and 7.1 channel analog outpouts.

The UDP-203 will retail for $549, and pre-orders will begin shortly on the Oppo website.

 

Full Press Release:

OPPO Releases UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player

Award-winning universal players reach a new level of clarity

 

MENLO PARK, California – December 12, 2016 – OPPO Digital today announced that the new UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc player is ready for release. A successor to the award-winning BDP-103 series universal Blu-ray Disc player, the UDP-203 is the latest product released by the renowned manufacturer of high performance audio video products.

 

The OPPO UDP-203 supports the playback of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs. Packing a resolution of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels, UHD Blu-ray delivers four times the pixels of Full HD Blu-ray. The UDP-203 also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut. The enhanced resolution, refined contrast, greater brightness, and expanded color produce stunning video with unparalleled clarity and detail.

 

The UDP-203 combines the latest technology with OPPO’s many years of experience in delivering high quality video and audio. A customized quad-core video decoder/processor integrates OPPO’s advanced video decoding, processing and optimization expertise. A high-precision, well-balanced laser optical disc loader ensures smooth and reliable playback of all types of disc media. The player features two HDMI outputs – an HDMI 2.0 port for connecting to the latest UHD TVs, projectors and A/V receivers, and an HDMI 1.4 audio port for connecting to older A/V receivers.

 

The design of the UDP-203 focuses on quality playback and universal compatibility with multiple disc and file formats. In addition to the latest UHD Blu-ray, the UDP-203 supports regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, and audio CD. The UDP-203 is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports on the back and another USB port on the front. Users can play video, music and photos from USB hard drives or thumb drives. Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connects the UDP-203 to users’ home networks, so users can easily play media files stored on computers and home servers.

 

The UDP-203’s video performance and universal compatibility is further complemented by its support of lossless high resolution audio. The player decodes audio file formats such as AIFF, WAV, ALAC, APE and FLAC. It also directly plays Direct-Stream Digital audio files in stereo DSD64/128 or multi-channel DSD64. With internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and bitstream output for object-based immersive audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the UDP-203 delivers great sound for both movie soundtracks and music. Besides HDMI, audio is concurrently available through the 7.1-channel analog outputs, featuring “Velvet Sound” 32-bit premium digital-to-analog converters from AKM of Japan.

 

In order to provide a premium user experience with quick start-up times and fast response, the UDP-203 is designed with a purist approach in mind for disc and file playback, and so it does not carry internet video and music streaming apps. Instead, an HDMI 2.0 input port that supports UHD resolution is available for users to connect an external streaming device. This approach affords users the flexibility to choose from a wide range of streaming devices and easily upgrade as streaming technologies evolve, while still taking advantage of the UDP-203’s audio and video processing capabilities.

 

Continuing OPPO’s tradition of providing firmware updates long after the initial release, the UDP-203 is upgradable via an easy-to-perform firmware update process. Since the Ultra HD Blu-ray format is still very new, customers can expect ongoing firmware updates that introduce new features and resolve issues. Leveraging hardware designed to support Dolby Vision, customers can expect a firmware update in early 2017 that brings Dolby Vision support to the player. Dolby Vision transforms the TV viewing experience by delivering striking highlights, brilliant colors, and deep darks never before seen on standard television screens, and OPPO is committed to bringing this exciting technology to the UDP-203.

 

UDP-203 customers will have years of enjoyment from this expertly designed and solidly built player. A brushed aluminum front panel, steel chassis and gold plated connectors not only present a sleek aesthetic, but also ensure dependable operation and reliable connection. Integration-friendly features such as RS-232 control, back panel IR sensor and third-party IP control make the UDP-203 a great choice for any home theater system.

 

UDP-203 Main Features:

 

–          Universal disc playback for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and many other formats

–          High Dynamic Range with HDR10 and firmware upgradable to Dolby Vision

–          Two HDMI outputs – HDMI 2.0 for UHD and HDMI 1.4 for audio

–          HDMI 2.0 input for external streaming devices or set-top boxes

–          Two USB 3.0 ports for media file playback

–          High resolution audio with lossless decoding for PCM and DSD

–          7.1ch analog audio outputs with premium 32-bit “Velvet Sound” DAC by AKM

–          Excellent audio and video performance

–          Upgradable and dependable

 

In addition to the UDP-203, a UDP-205 model is in development as a successor to the BDP-105/105D with upgraded audio performance. The UDP-205 should be available in early 2017.

 

The UDP-203 will retail for $549 at oppodigital.com. For more information, visit http://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-udp-203/.

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  1. I am very excited about this news but unfortunately will have to wait a while before I can pick it up as I am not setup for 4K even though I have started to buy "choice" new releases (and some "old" movies such as Goodfellas :)) as a means of future proofing.

    Once I get it, I will leave my current Oppo set for Region B. BTW does anybody know what will happen if play a 4K release against a 1080P display ? Probably a "not compatible blah blah message instead of downscaling?" Also what of a region free enhancement for this little baby ? I also have to say it appears to have fantastic minimalist lines (very similar to the my current player)

    Regards,

  2. I am very excited about this news but unfortunately will have to wait a while before I can pick it up as I am not setup for 4K even though I have started to buy "choice" new releases (and some "old" movies such as Goodfellas :)) as a means of future proofing.

    Once I get it, I will leave my current Oppo set for Region B. BTW does anybody know what will happen if play a 4K release against a 1080P display ? Probably a "not compatible blah blah message instead of downscaling?" Also what of a region free enhancement for this little baby ? I also have to say it appears to have fantastic minimalist lines (very similar to the my current player)

    Regards,

    That is not the case. 4K discs downscale on 1080P displays. I tried it on my my Panny VT 30. The real issue is with the HDR. On my non-HDR capable set the picture was darker and blacks were massively crushed. A lot of detail in darker areas was lost. On Star Trek Beyond, for example, the stars on the star fields were completely lost. The background was completely black. That may have been due to the downscaling or the black crush. I'm not sure which.

    Mad Max looked ok; however, it too was darkened quite a bit. So, it works but is not very optimal. Better to use the BD in the 4K package until a TV upgrade.

    My biggest bitch with the 4K releases is that most of the studios are not including the 3D versions of the films, where they exist. "The Secret Life of Pets" is an example. I had to choose between the 4K and the 3D blu-ray release. I bought the 3D BD, because the biggest improvement I have seen with this 4K set is in the 3D, once i had set it up properly.

  3. That is not the case. 4K discs downscale on 1080P displays. I tried it on my my Panny VT 30. The real issue is with the HDR. On my non-HDR capable set the picture was darker and blacks were massively crushed. A lot of detail in darker areas was lost. On Star Trek Beyond, for example, the stars on the star fields were completely lost. The background was completely black. That may have been due to the downscaling or the black crush. I'm not sure which.

    Mad Max looked ok; however, it too was darkened quite a bit. So, it works but is not very optimal. Better to use the BD in the 4K package until a TV upgrade.

    My biggest bitch with the 4K releases is that most of the studios are not including the 3D versions of the films, where they exist. "The Secret Life of Pets" is an example. I had to choose between the 4K and the 3D blu-ray release. I bought the 3D BD, because the biggest improvement I have seen with this 4K set is in the 3D, once i had set it up properly.

    Thanks for the info Edwin! I will still be buying this in due course and will use it as my primary Region A player until I fully go 4K.

    Sorry and glad that it might already be sold out as that way it "better" addresses my "habit" 🙂

    Regards,

  4. Got my shipping notice last night.  Had it shipped to work as I wanted a 'signature confirmed' delivery.  Scheduled for delivery this Friday, which of course I am on PTO.  Grrr.  but I will drive into work once delivered.

  5. I know one thing, I'm pissed!  They charged my credit card yesterday then credited it early this morning.

    That really sucks Robert! Try emailing their customer service department. Despite being overwhelmed by the landslide of orders yesterday, they managed to get back to me within a few hours and took care of a double order issue I had when their backend ecommerce system screwed up a Paypal payment. Oppo is renowned for their great customer service and I'm sure they'll make it right.

  6. I guess demand was nuts considering how the order number count looked and the site crashing. I got my email about 20 mins after users at AVS reported getting them, and it took me another hour to actually order since their site was wonky, and my order number was 2896XX. Mine will be here today.

  7. They obviously were a bit unprepared for the large volume of orders. If I had to guess, their request to not publish or share the order link that was meant exclusively for people on the mailing/waiting list was ignored. So, consequently, they had far more orders than their list of folks on their mailing list would have prepared them for. (I think it's charming that they thought that people would actually have manners and follow their request for fair play.)

    When I initially ordered, I had all sorts of anomalous errors errors on the website that prevented my order from being placed. I finally just called them and got it sorted. Looks like I was just in time. (They also asked for my information–I get the feeling that they were 'vetting' requests; cross-matching them with folks that were on the original waiting list. But I could be wrong.)

  8. Aside from some niche of folks on places like HTF and AVS (or similar sites) how many folks outside these small HT related worlds would even know, let alone buy an Oppo item? I can't imagine Oppo having a huge stockpile of these vs. say a mainstream Samsung or other name brand sold all over the place (B&M etc). Hence maybe that's why we saw the quick "sold out" messages.

  9. After some reflection, since I don't have a 4K display to watch now, I'm not going to sweat having my order cancelled by Oppo.  I'll just spend the $566 including shipping costs on other Xmas items.  I might buy it later or just give my business to some other vendor that doesn't cancel one's order without explanation.

  10. Aside from some niche of folks on places like HTF and AVS (or similar sites) how many folks outside these small HT related worlds would even know, let alone buy an Oppo item? I can't imagine Oppo having a huge stockpile of these vs. say a mainstream Samsung or other name brand sold all over the place (B&M etc). Hence maybe that's why we saw the quick "sold out" messages.

    I know one thing, I was on the presale for the 103 and 103D, and did not run into the issues this one had.

    They obviously were a bit unprepared for the large volume of orders. If I had to guess, their request to not publish or share the order link that was meant exclusively for people on the mailing/waiting list was ignored. So, consequently, they had far more orders than their list of folks on their mailing list would have prepared them for. (I think it's charming that they thought that people would actually have manners and follow their request for fair play.)

    When I initially ordered, I had all sorts of anomalous errors errors on the website that prevented my order from being placed. I finally just called them and got it sorted. Looks like I was just in time. (They also asked for my information–I get the feeling that they were 'vetting' requests; cross-matching them with folks that were on the original waiting list. But I could be wrong.)

    Someone at AVS hacked the link and shared with all, which was crappy for those who signed up and were waiting that may have missed it due to work, etc…

    Luckily I was off yesterday, and just sat there trying to buy for an hour.

  11. After some reflection, since I don't have a 4K display to watch now, I'm not going to sweat having my order cancelled by Oppo.  I'll just spend the $566 including shipping costs on other Xmas items.  I might buy it later or just give my business to some other vendor that doesn't cancel one's order without explanation.

    The Panasonic UHD player is very impressive I ordered it at Value Electronics.

  12. Someone at AVS hacked the link and shared with all, which was crappy for those who signed up and were waiting that may have missed it due to work, etc…

    Ah, of course. Nice going, AVS…

    I wish I could say this surprises me.

  13. I have the display, but was holding out for a player.   Why would I want the Oppo versus the Panny, Samsung, or Xbox S?  My set doesn't have Dolby Vision, I should have waited one year.  LG EF9500.  

    I remember when the Samsung was released there seemed to be issues with calibration settings being all over the place depending on what movie was being watched due to HDR.  I haven't kept up to date and don't know if these issues have been ironed out yet. 

    I like that they left off the apps, every TV seems to have them, there are Firesticks, Chromecasts, Rokus, we have enough devices with streaming apps already.

  14. Why would I want the Oppo versus the Panny, Samsung, or Xbox S?

    All I can say is based on my experience with their BDP-103D player. It is, hands down, the best picture quality I've seen in a bluray player–and it upscales 1080p to 4k impressively. To boot, it's built like a tank, plays SEVERAL audio formats (love that it doesn't leave SACD enthusiasts like me out in the cold) and every video format I can throw at it.

    Based on this it was a no brainer to return to Oppo for my first Ultra HD player. And I'm even in Canada, where both the lousy exchange and the duty/shipping add a premium. It's still worth it, in the long run.

  15. I have the display, but was holding out for a player.   Why would I want the Oppo versus the Panny, Samsung, or Xbox S?  My set doesn't have Dolby Vision, I should have waited one year.  LG EF9500.

    I remember when the Samsung was released there seemed to be issues with calibration settings being all over the place depending on what movie was being watched due to HDR.  I haven't kept up to date and don't know if these issues have been ironed out yet.

    I like that they left off the apps, every TV seems to have them, there are Firesticks, Chromecasts, Rokus, we have enough devices with streaming apps already.

    I have the 9500 as well, cal'd by Chad B. I have found, due to what I feel are gamma issues in HDR mode, and a lack of cal control, I enjoyed the Panny and the Fury Intergral which allowed me to strip HDR and keep 4K and BT 2020 10 bit WCG intact. The display going into HDR mode is the issue for me, and you cant really cal them in that mode, unlike the 2016's, but they arent perfect either. When I found out the Oppo would allow for stripping of HDR on board, I sold the Panny and Fury and have been waiting. Its basically $699 + $250 vs $549. To me, the Oppo and a Roku Ultra (what I have) or Premier + is a great combo.

  16. Will there be a Darbee version or is that not needed any more with the new video processor or is its function not compatible with UHD? Would I see a difference on regular HD bluray playback between this model and the 103 D (with or without a 4K tv)?

  17. Would I see a difference on regular HD bluray playback between this model and the 103 D (with or without a 4K tv)?

    Good question, Phil. 

    I've got a similar question.  I'd be curious to see what all the Oppo hoopla is about (my current player is a Pioneer Elite 62FD)…but I don't see me upgrading my display until it dies someday (Panasonic P55ST50 plasma).  Wondering if there's an "upscaling effect."  So my question is, would there be an improvement in video quality from getting a UHD player with a non-UHD display?

  18. I have the 9500 as well, cal'd by Chad B. I have found, due to what I feel are gamma issues in HDR mode, and a lack of cal control, I enjoyed the Panny and the Fury Intergral which allowed me to strip HDR and keep 4K and BT 2020 10 bit WCG intact. The display going into HDR mode is the issue for me, and you cant really cal them in that mode, unlike the 2016's, but they arent perfect either. When I found out the Oppo would allow for stripping of HDR on board, I sold the Panny and Fury and have been waiting. Its basically $699 + $250 vs $549. To me, the Oppo and a Roku Ultra (what I have) or Premier + is a great combo.

    I also have the Panny ub900 and it is a good player, but it does not play sacd's so I will buy the OPPO when back in stock. I do know the the construction on the Opposite is the Best! The Panny is very light as opposed to the Oppo 95 I sold. I think the Panny does a good job with HDR. You think Oppo would have been better prepared due to all the forums chatter.

  19. Will there be a Darbee version or is that not needed any more with the new video processor or is its function not compatible with UHD? Would I see a difference on regular HD bluray playback between this model and the 103 D (with or without a 4K tv)?

    I think Darbee will need to come out with a UHD version first. May see a 203D if they do.

    Good question, Phil.

    I've got a similar question.  I'd be curious to see what all the Oppo hoopla is about (my current player is a Pioneer Elite 62FD)…but I don't see me upgrading my display until it dies someday (Panasonic P55ST50 plasma).  Wondering if there's an "upscaling effect."  So my question is, would there be an improvement in video quality from getting a UHD player with a non-UHD display?

    For 1080p, the recommendation would be a 103D or 103, but unless they have refurbs they are only now selling the 203.

    The MediaTek chip is always improving and the one in the 203 is a joint effort custom chip for Oppo, so I have no doubt it is "reference" output. That being said, with a 1080p display, unless you want to use it as a scaler for 720p/1080i content from say your dvr, or playback a 2160p disc at 1080p to get advanced audio like Atmos, I don't think you gain anything.

    There are plenty of folks with 4K players outputting 4K discs at 1080p so they can get advanced audio.

  20. HDR has a few flavors now, just to clarify on the OP's point.  HDR10 with static 2086 metadata and the 2084 curve, Dolby Vision with dynamic metadata/12bit possible/PQ curve/2020 gamut, HLG with the 709-capable gamma curve for down-mapping, and one loosely called PQ10 which uses the 2084 PQ curve without any 2086 metadata.  Panasonic has a standard as well, but I've not actually seen anyone using it yet.  Technically I would call them all loosely compatible with the BD UHD Optional specs if Panasonic doesn't mess up the color flagging like they did with BD and the multiple gamut definition options getting disallowed.  Anyway, looking forward to Oppo's continued dominance in the quality space for BD support!

  21. You think Oppo would have been better prepared due to all the forums chatter.

    My assumption is that they were prepared–for their pre-orders and wait-list customers.

    They sent notifications which included an ordering link to folks on the list specifically requesting that the link not be shared as to ensure that only the folks that were on the list would have an opportunity to order a unit.

    What actually happened–naturally, as is the nature of people–was that the request to not share the link was ignored, poring in orders, leaving folks that were actually notified out in the cold order-wise.

    Thankfully, I'm one of the folks that got his order successfully processed–but only after calling them directly; the website had several anomalous issues due to the high traffic that prevented ordering. Had I not had a convenient break in the early morning at work to call them, I would be one of the unhappy folks that got pushed out.

  22. It's not quite accurate to say it's launching with full Dolby Vision support – the SoC has the necessary logic to support it (which I assume Dolby has at least signed off on, otherwise I doubt they'd have mentioned it in the marketing materials), but it still needs firmware updates to implement the software side of the equation -and of course, UHD-BD discs with DV, which are still several months out.

  23. "The UDP-203 supports the HDR10 format, and it is also capable of providing an accurate conversion from HDR to SDR for older displays."

    If that is the case then it's all good. The Samsung player wasn't that good at converting HDR for my older set.

  24. For 1080p, the recommendation would be a 103D or 103, but unless they have refurbs they are only now selling the 203.

    The MediaTek chip is always improving and the one in the 203 is a joint effort custom chip for Oppo, so I have no doubt it is "reference" output. That being said, with a 1080p display, unless you want to use it as a scaler for 720p/1080i content from say your dvr, or playback a 2160p disc at 1080p to get advanced audio like Atmos, I don't think you gain anything.

    There are plenty of folks with 4K players outputting 4K discs at 1080p so they can get advanced audio.

    Jason:  Thanks for the reply. 

    I'm not the most tech-savvy guy on the forum (far from it)…so I need to know if I'm understanding your post correctly. 

    I don't have an Atmos-enabled receiver…so as exciting a prospect as that is for me (I'm more of an audio guy than a video guy), I guess that, too, is not a benefit I could take advantage of currently.  And video-wise (my original question), there's not much of a benefit in terms of "upscaling."" 

    I think I might be on the lookout for an older model Oppo then.  Maybe that will be a doable thing now with this new model release.  The important features for me are the various audio playback formats (SACD, DVD-A, etc.).  The Pioneer p[layer I have now does them well, but I am leaning towards pulling the trigger on an Oppo. 

    Thanks.

  25. Jason:  Thanks for the reply.

    I'm not the most tech-savvy guy on the forum (far from it)…so I need to know if I'm understanding your post correctly.

    I don't have an Atmos-enabled receiver…so as exciting a prospect as that is for me (I'm more of an audio guy than a video guy), I guess that, too, is not a benefit I could take advantage of currently.  And video-wise (my original question), there's not much of a benefit in terms of "upscaling.""

    I think I might be on the lookout for an older model Oppo then.  Maybe that will be a doable thing now with this new model release.  The important features for me are the various audio playback formats (SACD, DVD-A, etc.).  The Pioneer p[layer I have now does them well, but I am leaning towards pulling the trigger on an Oppo.

    Thanks.

    Gotcha, and I agree. I cant say the 103D would be any better at what you need than the Pioneer, because I have not owned one of their players in years, but I imagine the used market for 103D's is going to sky rocket on forum classified. Plus you can put yourself on a list at Oppo for refurbs. They generally repair things for little to no cost after the 2 yr warranty is up, so it is pc of mind.

    I sold my 103D to get into UHD, and have been thru the Samsung, the Panny, the Philips and Xbox S, as well as the Roku ultra trying to find streaming and movie playback that works best. I finally came to the conclusion the 203 and a Roku Ultra were my best move. For about $700, I have UHD streaming and disc playback, so I am happy.

  26. If the "D" on the 103D stands for 3-D…and if that's the only difference between them, I think I'll be in the market for a 103.

    I apologize to everyone for my original question trailing off-topic.

    EDIT:  Ooops.  Looks my assumption about that "D" isn't right.  Never mind.  Go about your business.

  27. LOL. Only reason I recommend the Darbee version is because the video processing is slightly "better". The 103 version had the Marvell chip which had NR that was never completely off, and created some slight softening in certain circumstances. While the 103D has darbee, the chipset is also updated.

    I personally did not care for the darbee effect on flat panels.

  28. LOL. Only reason I recommend the Darbee version is because the video processing is slightly "better". The 103 version had the Marvell chip which had NR that was never completely off, and created some slight softening in certain circumstances. While the 103D has darbee, the chipset is also updated.

    I personally did not care for the darbee effect on flat panels.

    I am thinking about getting a Darbee enhanced Oppo for use with my DLP projector.

  29. Guess what?  Apparently, due to their site issues while ordering this player, I had duplicate orders so one order has shipped today to me while the other was cancelled.  However, I didn't get an email about the order that took until the shipping company sent me a shipping email this afternoon with an order number that I didn't recognized.  I took that order number to their site and verified it has shipped to me.:D

  30. I am thinking about getting a Darbee enhanced Oppo for use with my DLP projector.

    If you want one (and you're in North America), I'll probably be selling my BDP-103D soon, now that I have my UDP-203. It's in perfect condition, and I have all the original packaging, cables, manual, etc. They're not being sold new anymore, so second-hand is going to be the only way to get them.

  31. First impressions:

    • Only problem so far is Batman V Superman in UHD not being recognized, disc wont play. All other UHD movies I have tried (5) work fine and the discs load very quickly. Problem reported to Oppo.
    • Love the remote back light and how it works
    • As usual, a simple yet very good looking front faceplate. Classy!
    • Came with 1209 FW disc which I installed first
    • Connected to my 5ghz wifi easily
    • Menu's look GREAT
    • The extended info screen while playing a movie is outstanding
    • No red smear found on Star Wars Part 7 Blu-ray, was well documented with Samsung and something I had a problem with
    • A few recent flicks I watched in UHD/HDR that I noticed issues on my display with (mostly how gamma looked and dark scenes) were not that way with HDR stripped mode (Star Trek Beyond, Warcraft and Ind Day Resurgence).
    • TMNT 2, one UHD movie I watched with the Fury and 900, that sold me on that combo, looks just as outstanding on the Oppo with HDR stripped
    • All of the above was dark room viewing on my LG OLED.
    • IMO, running my Tivo Bolt set to 720p/1080i thru the Oppo and it scaling to 4k/60, is obviously more sharp than the Tivo doing 4k/60, and I think it may even be better than the LG doing it
  32. Dear Valued Customer,

    Thank you for ordering the OPPO UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player. We are hard at work fulfilling all the pre-orders as soon as possible. Please know that while our customer service reps are very knowledgeable about the UDP-203, they cannot tell you on which day your order will ship out. Rest assured, we are on track to fulfill all orders by the end of this week. Once your order ships, you will receive a shipment notification e-mail with tracking information. Here are some helpful links:

    Order Status

    http://oppodigital.com/orderstatus.asp

    FedEx Tracking

    http://www.fedex.com 1-800-GOFEDEX

    USPS Tracking

    http://www.usps.com

    As we are also in the middle of this year’s holiday season, all carriers are busy and there may be a slight delay in the delivery of your package. So we kindly ask that you please be patient. We are excited as you are about the UDP-203 – we look forward to having the UDP-203 be a part of your home theater system.

    OPPO Digital, Inc.

    http://www.oppodigital.com

  33. I know one thing, I was on the presale for the 103 and 103D, and did not run into the issues this one had.

    Someone at AVS hacked the link and shared with all, which was crappy for those who signed up and were waiting that may have missed it due to work, etc…

    Luckily I was off yesterday, and just sat there trying to buy for an hour.

    Well that stinks.  I've been trying to order from my "personal link" for days now, and it is always out of stock.  Not sweating it too much, as I don't yet have a 4K TV.

  34. Dear Valued Customer,

    Thank you for ordering the OPPO UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player. We are hard at work fulfilling all the pre-orders as soon as possible. Please know that while our customer service reps are very knowledgeable about the UDP-203, they cannot tell you on which day your order will ship out. Rest assured, we are on track to fulfill all orders by the end of this week. Once your order ships, you will receive a shipment notification e-mail with tracking information. Here are some helpful links:

    Order Status

    http://oppodigital.com/orderstatus.asp

    FedEx Tracking

    http://www.fedex.com 1-800-GOFEDEX

    USPS Tracking

    http://www.usps.com

    As we are also in the middle of this year’s holiday season, all carriers are busy and there may be a slight delay in the delivery of your package. So we kindly ask that you please be patient. We are excited as you are about the UDP-203 – we look forward to having the UDP-203 be a part of your home theater system.

    OPPO Digital, Inc.

    http://www.oppodigital.com

    What exactly does stripping HDR do?  I thought HDR and the wider color gamut were the real benefits of going to 4k right now (over bluray) since a lot discs are from 2k DI's?

  35. What exactly does stripping HDR do?  I thought HDR and the wider color gamut were the real benefits of going to 4k right now (over bluray) since a lot discs are from 2k DI's?

    For projectors that do 4K but can't do HDR, it allows them to use the Rec.2020 colorspace (which covers more than Rec.709). Some other UHD-BD players (like Samsung's and Panasonic's) don't let you strip out HDR metadata, so you have to choose SDR + Rec.709 or HDR + Rec.2020, which doesn't work. Also, I've heard a couple people say that SDR + Rec.2020 looks notably better on at least one of the high-end LG OLED TVs.

  36. This player sucks, for $549 no netflix or youtube apps?

    They've said multiple times that they don't have any streaming apps yet. Seriously, they've not been shy about it. They wanted to focus on getting the shiny, spinning discs right – you know, the main job of the device?

  37. Ordered immediately from a re-seller in Norway – in Europe we have to fork out roughly double what you good folks over the pond have to pay! This will be my third Oppo, after the BDP-93 and BDP-103D. They're expensive, but I'm willing to pay the difference. Apart from the continual hardware support, rock-steady reliability, the ability to play any physical media format I've thrown at them, region free blu-ray option, great sound and fantastic picture quality, the Oppo also has a unique feature I have not yet found in other players: the ability to shift optional subtitles up or down the picture from the default. This is a tremendously useful feature for me, as I pretty much always have subtitles on, whether the film is in English or a foreign language. Now, if only 4K projectors could come down to anything approaching a sensible retail price….

  38. If you want one (and you're in North America), I'll probably be selling my BDP-103D soon, now that I have my UDP-203. It's in perfect condition, and I have all the original packaging, cables, manual, etc. They're not being sold new anymore, so second-hand is going to be the only way to get them.

    For all you 203 purchasers...I'm certainly not going to get in Bryan's way…but–depending upon the pricepoint–I might be interested in picking up a used 103D (or maybe 103), too.   Just sayin'.  😀

  39. I think Darbee will need to come out with a UHD version first. May see a 203D if they do.

    For 1080p, the recommendation would be a 103D or 103, but unless they have refurbs they are only now selling the 203.

    The MediaTek chip is always improving and the one in the 203 is a joint effort custom chip for Oppo, so I have no doubt it is "reference" output. That being said, with a 1080p display, unless you want to use it as a scaler for 720p/1080i content from say your dvr, or playback a 2160p disc at 1080p to get advanced audio like Atmos, I don't think you gain anything.

    There are plenty of folks with 4K players outputting 4K discs at 1080p so they can get advanced audio.

    I got a reply back from oppo support. As mentioned,  Darbee does not support native UHD and they don't expect it for at least  18 -24 months if ever. They recommended 103D if one was sticking with 1080p sources and not upgrading to a 4K set.

    Gee, I didn't see even that the 203 is the only player even for sale on their site! I guess they figure if one hasnt bought a HD player from them by now, they aren't going and sales reflect that. Why keep production going on an old model?

    Have to  consider how well used 103s will be selling when ready to buy.  Still have my Sony 929xbr 55".

  40. This player sucks, for $549 no netflix or youtube apps?

    As demonfoo said, they stated the what and why about this 1-2 months ago, it was no mystery. I have two pc's of equipment in my HT and they do all I need. The Roku Ultra and the 203. In the past I have found that the Roku is generally ahead of players, many players don't have all the apps in either UHD or HDR right now anyways, so no matter what player you own you almost have to have a Roku too.

  41. I got a reply back from oppo support. As mentioned,  Darbee does not support native UHD and they don't expect it for at least  18 -24 months if ever. They recommended 103D if one was sticking with 1080p sources and not upgrading to a 4K set.

    Gee, I didn't see even that the 203 is the only player even for sale on their site! I guess they figure if one hasnt bought a HD player from them by now, they aren't going and sales reflect that. Why keep production going on an old model?

    Have to  consider how well used 103s will be selling when ready to buy.  Still have my Sony 929xbr 55".

    Yeah, I mean the 103D was selling for $599, and the 203 is $549 + future proof for awhile. Might as well just only sell it and the audiophile 205 when it comes along.

  42. I am thinking about getting a Darbee enhanced Oppo for use with my DLP projector.

    If you want it, I now have my 103D re-boxed and ready to go, with all the original accessories (though I swiped the power cord from my new UDP-203, so you'll get a nice new untouched power cord). The remote was used twice – when I first got it, and when I was shopping for a new 4K UHD TV, otherwise it's basically unused. I just use my Harmony 880 otherwise. Also, it includes an Oppo-supplied Roku Streaming Stick, if you want one.

  43. Response from Oppo today after offering up my Batman V Superman UHD disc (this is another reason you buy an Oppo folks).

    We will then test the disc and see if we have the same observations. If we do not, then we will look into replacing your player. If we do, then we will look into replacing your disc and keeping your disc for compatibility testing.

  44. My biggest bitch with the 4K releases is that most of the studios are not including the 3D versions of the films, where they exist. "The Secret Life of Pets" is an example. I had to choose between the 4K and the 3D blu-ray release. I bought the 3D BD, because the biggest improvement I have seen with this 4K set is in the 3D, once i had set it up properly.

    I totally agree with Edwin. 3D on a 4K set upscaled is great. I actually feel 3D gives you more bang for you buck than 4K. It sucks how the studios just write off those of us who enjoy 3D. Check out Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children for great 3D experience.

  45. Dave Upton

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

    Oppo has announced that the much anticipated UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will go on sale starting today.  The UDP-203 is the successor to the widely acclaimed BDP-103, and features a proprietary video processor that performs video decoding and processing. The UDP-203 launches with full support for both HDR standards, HDR10 and Dolby Vision, as well as the latest in audio codecs…

    Read more.

    I would like to thank Oppo 4 keeping a  good price !!!

  46. Updates:

    • Got my Roamio OTA hooked up to the HDMI In this morning and the scaling from 720/1080i looks great. Had a slight sync issue but +30 seems to have dialed it in. I hate fine tuning lip sync, it sends my OCD into over drive.
    • HDR strip, leaving BT2020 in place, is broken. Some scenes have a red push, some real bad, others look fine. I watched Bourne UHD last night and when it was on, it was on! When it was off, it was way off. Oppo has acknowledged the issue due to JVC FP owners and others bringing it to their attention, plus this feature wasn't initially slated to even be available on release.
    • My B v S UHD disc that would not play should be in Oppo's hands on Monday, will be curious to see what they say.
  47. Anyone know if the Oppo  ROKU stick that I currently use with my Oppo player will work on the 4K model?

    The documentation for the UDP-203 doesn't mention MHL, and I happened to still have the Roku Streaming Stick that I got with my BDP-103D. I just tried plugging it in, and nothing happened, which is what I would expect from a non-MHL HDMI port. Sorry.

  48. I totally agree with Edwin. 3D on a 4K set upscaled is great. I actually feel 3D gives you more bang for you buck than 4K. It sucks how the studios just write off those of us who enjoy 3D. Check out Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children for great 3D experience.

    The new ghostbusters includes the 3D. Haven't watched it yet so.

  49. Just an FYI if anyone wants to hang on to their 103/105s or players with Mediatek chips MT8580 or 8560 to rip SACDs for file playback – Mediatek chips MT8580 – http://www.computeraudiophile.com/f11-software/sacd-ripping-using-oppo-or-pioneer-yes-its-true-29251/.  I have not tried it yet as I have a PS3 for that.  I have two 103Ds, one in the main system just for video and one in a back-up system where I will replace it with the UDP-203 when it gets here this week and likely move the 103D into the bedroom which feeds the outdoor speakers and allow me to select files from my NAS.

  50. Mine arrived on Friday and so far I'm loving it. The new UI alone is a huge upgrade from the 103, and I ordered a region free kit for it from JVB Digital today. It looks like the 203 is another winner from Oppo!

  51. Mine arrived on Friday and so far I'm loving it. The new UI alone is a huge upgrade from the 103, and I ordered a region free kit for it from JVB Digital today. It looks like the 203 is another winner from Oppo!

    Doug,

    Do you have a link to that region free kit?  I can't find it on that site.

  52. Mine arrived on Friday and so far I'm loving it. The new UI alone is a huge upgrade from the 103, and I ordered a region free kit for it from JVB Digital today. It looks like the 203 is another winner from Oppo!

    Doug,

    Do you have a link to that region free kit?  I can't find it on that site.

  53. Another bug, or potential bug has cropped up. Not sure how this one made it thru testing…

    It started with Lumagen owners reporting it was outputting 24hz, not 23.976. Well, people are seeing stutters or frame drops which would make sense. I saw it regularly on Jason Bourne UHD and Suicide Squad 1080p blu. That is exactly what it looks like to me, a slight stutter/dropped frame every so often. Only workaround for now would be potentially outputting 60hz, which is ridiculous.

    That being said, the microstutter is not bad by any any means, but it is easy for me to notice.

  54. Yep, I've noticed it too. On my setup it happens very infrequently, but it DOES happen. I agree that it's amazing this issue made it through testing. Knowing Oppo though, I'm sure that a fix will be forthcoming soon. Until then I'm going to try the 60Hz fix and see if that mitigates the problem for now.

  55. Yep, I've noticed it too. On my setup it happens very infrequently, but it DOES happen. I agree that it's amazing this issue made it through testing. Knowing Oppo though, I'm sure that a fix will be forthcoming soon. Until then I'm going to try the 60Hz fix and see if that mitigates the problem for now.

    Good deal, more info out there the better. I dont mind helping fix an issue with a company like Oppo, because you can email support and they listen. Plus the lurking beta testers will test too if you can present the issue.

    I am going to watch Pete's Dragon tonight which is 1080p blu, with EVERYTHING set to auto and see if that changes anything vs the colorspace and bit that I had forced, before trying 60hz. Will be the last movie until next weekend, so maybe we can get a FW update before Christmas.

  56. I emailed Oppo support as well. BTW, my setup is:

    LG OLED65E6P

    Denon AVR-X4200W

    My UDP-203 Video Output settings are default. Everything is switched through the Denon with all video processing disabled. HDMI cable run from the Oppo to the receiver is 3ft, and 6ft from the Denon HDMI out to the LG.

  57. I emailed Oppo support as well. BTW, my setup is:

    LG OLED65E6P

    Denon AVR-X4200W

    My UDP-203 Video Output settings are default. Everything is switched through the Denon with all video processing disabled. HDMI cable run from the Oppo to the receiver is 3ft, and 6ft from the Denon HDMI out to the LG.

    Pretty much same as mine. I have the 9500 and marantz 7702II.

  58. Here you go Robert:

    http://www.jvbdigital.nl/jvb.asp?level=modifications&page=browse&searchtype=quicksearch&searchstring=udp-203

    The internal kit is $99 + shipping and the external plug-and-play USB/RS-232 port version is $129 (ouch) + shipping.

    I'm tempted to get one. I know the site says "!!! NO SOLDERING NECESSARY !!! Just open your player and plug it in." But do you know what's involved? I'm not afraid of opening a piece of electronics (well, especially one with no amplifier in it, so no big transformers/capacitors), but I'm just curious what I'd be in for. Is it plugging a couple of headers into the main board?

  59. I am considering purchasing the new oppo 203 to add to my system but i am not sure i will get the benefits of this UHD player

    My system is Marantz NR1606 slimline

    Philips 55put6400

    kef 305 5.1

    DM8000(dream box)

    I would like to use the 203 as my main audio in put for CDs so would connect it to the NR1606 slimline via a 2.0a hdmi cable to the audio input.I would connect the TV direct to the oppo 203 and my dm8000 to the HDMI input on the 203,to allow it to upscale to 4k.( i will get all the correct cables).

    But my tv(Philips 55put6400) is not HDR just 4k would the oppo be overkill for this tv.I would like to upgrade the tv in the future to a OLED lg.

    My other dilemma is i use the tv for amazon prime 4k content, how would i get the sound to my av from my tv? i now use a optical cable but this would not allow certain audio signals such as dolby atmos.

    first posted in beginners thread sorry

  60. I am considering purchasing the new oppo 203 to add to my system but i am not sure i will get the benefits of this UHD player

    My system is Marantz NR1606 slimline

    Philips 55put6400

    kef 305 5.1(adding dolby atoms speaker later this year)

    DM8000(dream box)

    I would like to use the 203 as my main audio in put for CDs so would connect it to the NR1606 slimline via a 2.0a hdmi cable to the audio input.I would connect the TV direct to the oppo 203 and my dm8000 to the HDMI input on the 203,to allow it to upscale to 4k.( i will get all the correct cables).

    But my tv(Philips 55put6400) is not HDR just 4k would the oppo be overkill for this tv.I would like to upgrade the tv in the future to a OLED lg, but the wife would divorce me if i spent £650 on player then £1800 on a new tv.

    My other dilemma is i use the tv for amazon prime 4k content, how would i get the sound to my av from my tv? i now use a optical cable but this would not allow certain audio signals such as dolby atmos.

    first posted in beginners thread sorry

    Does your tv and receiver support audio return channel? Although not sure all the audio encodings will be sent through that either? Does prime even send atmos or any enhanced audio other than Dolby?

    I've read that most tvs will send 5.1 over the optical out if it comes from the tv itself like antenna signal or built in app,  i.e. not from an input to the tv like a DVD player.

    Since the 203 does not support any apps, you may have to get a Roku or something else that can connect to your receiver.

    I didn't think Amazon prime had any 4K programming, does it?

  61. Thank you Phil you have solved my problem i will use the arc cable from my tv to my amp that will allow me to use DTS audio on amazon prime.

    I have gone for the plunge picking a 203 up tomorrow from Manchester when i get the wife xmas present.

  62. Thanks, I found the link after my previous post.  I might spring for the external plug and play as I had difficulty opening up previous Oppo players to install the internal kit.

    For now, I decided to not buy this region free mod. kit.  I'll just keep my 103 on Region B and use the 203 for Region A in my main HT setup.

  63. Thank you Phil you have solved my problem i will use the arc cable from my tv to my amp that will allow me to use DTS audio on amazon prime.

    I have gone for the plunge picking a 203 up tomorrow from Manchester when i get the wife xmas present. just read this and some other articles I googled:

    https://www.lifewire.com/audio-return-channel-1846845

    You may still not get atmos or any HD audio formats. One article said the most you can get is 6.1 due to max 7 channels.

    It also may be up to what the tv will support.

  64. I went to Manchester today (nightmare traffic)to pick up my oppo 203.Only got back home a couple hours ago so i have not much time to tamper with the settings.When i first switched on i could not get a picture.Turned out i had put the hdmi(the one supplied) lead the wrong way round.I have my tv connected direct and the audio to my NR1606.I have my dream box(linux satellite  decoder and IPTV player) to hdmi in.I am waiting for a new hdmi lead from tv to the Nr1606 to arrive.

    I have no UHD disks, as there is no film i want to watch that i have not seen out yet.

    I poped in and old BR disk of Knights templar left the setting as auto and i was impressed by the picture and sound.

     I played Neil Young After the gold rush and Harvest,bob marley exodus and pink floyd Animals.I liked the warm it gave on the sound quality set in multi channel stereo.I did prefer it playing in pure direct with my Marantz processing the sound.

     Unfortunately the wife is watching Poirot as you can see so i am banned form more tinkering.

  65. I just hooked my 203 up.  Have not fully set it up but audio (2-channel music) sounds (to me) a tad smoother and more refined  on the couple of things I played vs. the 103D.

    The rear panels also look a bit different (the 203 has vents)

  66. Just a quick one i tried to put a old HD DVD of Led Zeppelin the song remains the same and it would not recognise the disk but that was expected.

    I did not receive a firmware up date disk as i have read some users received .I just updated via the wireless network.

    It won’t recognise Ts files on usb

  67. Just a quick one i tried to put a old HD DVD of Led Zeppelin the song remains the same and it would not recognise the disk but that was expected.

    I did not receive a firmware up date disk as i have read some users received .I just updated via the wireless network.

    It won’t recognise Ts files on usb

    Yeah, I received the update disc with my player.

  68. I got the disc (did not use it) but connected mine to the network and updated it.  I tried playing both an SACD and DSD files initially with no luck initially.  I then changed the 'custom resolution' from Auto to 1080P/60 and they worked.

  69. Two at AVS right now:

    Excellent condition. No scratches or dings. Comes in original box with manual and all accessories.

    $440 shipped via PayPal. $428 shipped if friends/family is used.

    FS: Oppo BDP-103D

    I have a 3-year-old Oppo BDP-103D (Darbee Edition) Blu-ray player available for sale. I replaced it with a UDP-203, so it's not due to any failing on the 103D's part; it's worked 100% since purchase. Never opened, no hardware mods.

    Unit is in all original packaging, with manual, original power cord, HDMI cable, WiFi adapter and extender, original remote (barely used), and carry bag. $450 + shipping. Also have Oppo OEM Roku Streaming Stick (MHL), will toss it in free.

    PM me if you're interested. Thanks.

  70. When you look at the internal pics and the antenna area, it looks huge and is shielded behind a large metal compartment.

    Where mine is at I got full bars for my 2ghz radio and 4 of 5 bars for the 5ghz radio. Other devices here get full bars, so I am sure the slight loss is due to the hefty case.

  71. Here you go Robert:

    http://www.jvbdigital.nl/jvb.asp?level=modifications&page=browse&searchtype=quicksearch&searchstring=udp-203

    The internal kit is $99 + shipping and the external plug-and-play USB/RS-232 port version is $129 (ouch) + shipping.

    BTW, a user over at AVS Forum has reported that the kits for the 103/103D work just fine with the 203. If you're willing to roll the dice and give it a try, this external kit from AVS Digital is what I used on my 103:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160942653070?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

  72. I got the disc (did not use it) but connected mine to the network and updated it.  I tried playing both an SACD and DSD files initially with no luck initially.  I then changed the 'custom resolution' from Auto to 1080P/60 and they worked.

    Please report to Oppo. Seems strange given they dont  even have video.

  73. BTW, a user over at AVS Forum has reported that the kits for the 103/103D work just fine with the 203. If you're willing to roll the dice and give it a try, this external kit from AVS Digital is what I used on my 103:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160942653070?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    It's only $58 shipped as opposed to $130 + shipping for the external kit form JVB Digital. Might be worth a shot.

    That's the same external kit I have on my 103, but it cost $75.00 back January, 2013.

  74. Oppo got my B v S UHD disc in today and it player fine on their machine. They sent me the disc they had and kept mine, will have to see if it plays on my machine or not. I also got them to email me the beta 1212b FW which supposedly fixes 24hz stutters I am seeing.

  75. I played Batman v superman on BR last night the sound was fantastic the upscaled pic was very good.

    I have had to reboot the 203 twice yesterday.It happened when i went from BR to hdmi input the picture on tv would freeze then jump,I put all setting back to auto and it continued to jump.I just switched it off and back on then it cleared.

     I get a good 2g wifi signal but my rooter is close to my player,it won’t pick up 5g signal which would have been nice if they do add streaming apps.

  76. Please report to Oppo. Seems strange given they dont  even have video.

    From posts at AVS ("There is a Known Problem in the current firmware: SACD playback can fail as you've described with Color Space Auto or Color Space 4:2:0.

    The workaround is to use Color Space 4:4:4 or 4:2:2.

    This should be fixed in firmware relatively quickly.

    As you noted, the failure is somewhat random.")  they are aware of the issues.

    So far I've just watched one movie (that's the only UHD I have) – the last X-Men.  Not done messing with it.  I do have DSD/SACD working out of the analog outs, which is how I would do it for 2-channel.  I have a Sherbourn premap with HT Bypass in that system along with an Emotiva XPA200 so the analog outs go into the 2-channel preamp.

  77. Ship dates are now 12/27 to 1/6 if you order.

    Thanks, Jason.

    I ordered on Thursday, 12-22.  The only status notice I see is that the order was "Approved-Ready for Fulfillment."

    So maybe I'll get a shipping notice soon?

    I'm gonna own an Oppo!  I decided to go all in and order one of the new units (even though there is no 4k display anywhere in my near future) rather than pick up a used 103.  I've been really amazed at how the older units are holding an amazing resale value. 

    I'm pretty psyched after reading so many glowing reports about these units and this company.  😀

  78. They do hold their value very well.  I have two 103Ds.  One in the main system just for video and I moved the one out of the system where I have the 203 to the master bedroom and have my BDP-93 waiting to be moved to the upstairs bonus room (going to re-do the hard drive for music I'll attach to the 93).  I have a modded 83 (which I'll move somewhere) and still have a DV980H.  Was going to sell it many moons ago but discovered with a simple 4 digit code in the menu one can make it region free.  While I have just one non-region disc (besides a few region zero discs), I just leave it there for convenience.  Their customer service is wonderful too.

  79. I ordered on Thursday, 12-22. The only status notice I see is that the order was "Approved-Ready for Fulfillment."

    So maybe I'll get a shipping notice soon?

    I'm gonna own an Oppo!

    I finally got an estimate of a shipping date today:

    Thank you for ordering the OPPO UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray player. We are hard at work fulfilling UDP-203 pre-orders as quickly as possible. We estimate shipping out your order by January 6, 2017. Please know that while our customer service reps are very knowledgeable about the UDP-203, they cannot tell you on which day your order will ship out. Once your order ships, you will receive a shipment notification e-mail with tracking information.

    Back to looking at those sexy images in the online .pdf manual…  😀

  80. I finally got an estimate of a shipping date today

    So there I was was this afternoon…honestly, sitting and reading the operating manual for the 203 and I see a shipping notice generated by FedEx.

    And instead of "shipping out the order by January 6th," they are shipping today (just one week after the order was placed). 

    They have a scheduled delivery date of January 5 (one week from tomorrow).

         

  81. And I don't mean to obsess over this and bore you guys…but I'm not usually up-to-date with HT technology.  I'm historically a bargain hunter…but I've decided to treat myself this time out.  So I'm a little excited. 

     

    And now that it has actually shipped, the delivery date has moved up to January 4th!  :thumbsup:

     

    I'll cool it for awhile now!

  82. Took the wife shopping today and picked up my first UHD movies,Mad Max fury road and sicario.They had an offer on in HMV £30 for 2 films.

     I firstly tried Mad Max,I left everything to auto i then got a pop up saying "my TV dose not support HDR"which is true(must get a oled).

     The movie played flawless no missed frames, picture was stunning.I have only watched 4K via Amazon prime,which is good but this picture was a lot sharper and more realistic.The sound was fantastic on a 5.1,would love to have listed it with atoms speakers.

  83. There is a public beta on their site, 1229B.

    Of note, it helps out the 24hz stutter, and also gets the HDR Strip feature working much better. The black level is low in HDR strip mode and until they tweak it, go into settings and change brightness to +8.

  84. Got my OPPO 203 in today. I have yet to set it up waiting for new HDMI cables (Certified 18G) from Monoprice to arrive. I have a relatively new Yamaha Aventage RX-A2060 AVR and my Samsung 65inch curve 4K set with the most recent one-connect box SEK-3500U which allows for HDR. I am still wondering if I should feed the OPPO's signal straight to the Samsung through HDMI1 and the audio from HDMI2 to the Yamaha, OR send both Video and Audio from OPPO's HDMI1 to the Yamaha and from there to the Samsung…..

    Has anyone experimented with the settings on the OPPO?

    Raul

  85. FYI, the 203 comes with one certified premium HDMI cable. I have all video processing turned off on my Marantz and cant see where it affects anything. I run one HDMI from the Oppo, the Roku and my DVR to the Marantz, and then one HDMI to my display.

  86. I'm gonna own an Oppo!  I decided to go all in and order one of the new units (even though there is no 4k display anywhere in my near future) rather than pick up a used 103.  I've been really amazed at how the older units are holding a really high resale value.

    I'm pretty psyched after reading so many glowing reports about these units and this company.  😀

    I have no 4K display either, and the films I love are unlikely to come out in 4K. But I read somewhere that this new Oppo is better than previous players with normal Blu-ray discs. Please do some cross checking and let us know if you agree with that assessment.

  87. I have no 4K display either, and the films I love are unlikely to come out in 4K. But I read somewhere that this new Oppo is better than previous players with normal Blu-ray discs. Please do some cross checking and let us know if you agree with that assessment.

    I also need an answer to this question. I have my 203 on hand, but no 4K TV yet, as I've now waited so long that I'm checking out the newly announced TVs at CES.  Anyway, for Blu-ray discs, does the 203 offer any advantage over my current Oppo BDP-83?

  88. Tough to say. I thought the 103D was the best one yet for Blu-ray, (I did not use Darbee) but I cant say anything about the 203 wows me on 1080p, it just looks good.

    I am also scaling movies from 1080p to 2160p for my display, so not sure what it looks like 1080p to 1080p, but I wouldn't buy it just for that.

    Seeing as it does DV, and this is the year of DV, if you are buying a UHD player it is kinda the one unless you want an LG.

  89. I read somewhere that this new Oppo is better than previous players with normal Blu-ray discs. Please do some cross checking and let us know if you agree with that assessment.

    I also need an answer to this question. I have my 203 on hand, but no 4K TV yet, as I've now waited so long that I'm checking out the newly announced TVs at CES. Anyway, for Blu-ray discs, does the 203 offer any advantage over my current Oppo BDP-83?

    I'm glad others are chiming in.  I probably won't get a chance to unbox until the weekend…and I'm not the most critical guy in terms of detailed video presentation. For sure, I will report back with my impressions of the new player, but a lot of the technical stuff I hear discussed on the forum tend to go right over my head.  Personally, I am a lot more critical of the audio side of the presentation.  But I would love nothing more than looking at a film on my new unit and seeing something amazingly better than what I'm getting now on my Pioneer Elite 62FD.  But I'm honestly not expecting anything crazy.  I guess I'll see. 

    But I CAN report now that my granddaughter stopped by last night.  She tried out the new unit and found it to be "just right."

  90. Quick question… sorry if it's already been answered in this thread. If I were to set the output of the UDP-203 to 1080p, would I then be able to play downscaled 4K discs through my 1080p receiver/projector? Or is there something on the discs that would prevent that?

  91. Quick question… sorry if it's already been answered in this thread. If I were to set the output of the UDP-203 to 1080p, would I then be able to play downscaled 4K discs through my 1080p receiver/projector? Or is there something on the discs that would prevent that?

    I don't think you even have to set the output to 1080p as I think it would automatically downscaled to 1080p, once it realizes it's not feeding into a 4K/UHD compliant device.

  92. I don't think you even have to set the output to 1080p as I think it would automatically downscaled to 1080p, once it realizes it's not feeding into a 4K/UHD compliant device.

    Thanks Robert. Very tempting…

  93. Thanks Robert. Very tempting…

    Let me try a 4K/UHD disc as I haven't done so because I only have a 1080p display hooked up to the 203.  Therefore, I've only played the blu-ray discs that come with the 4K/UHD release.  I'll let you know in a few minutes.

  94. I believe the 203 will automagically downscale 4K UHD if all of the video output settings are set to "Auto" and the player is connected to a 1080p display.

    I just confirmed this as correct with the Jason Bourne 4K/UHD disc!

  95. I just confirmed this as correct with the Jason Bourne 4K/UHD disc!

    Thanks Robert! Really appreciate that.

    Even though it's only outputting the 4K material at 1080p, it must look great — like the best of BD.

  96. I just confirmed this as correct with the Jason Bourne 4K/UHD disc!

    By the way, if you set the following settings, the player will tell you that the device connected does not support 4K/2K input signal.

    HDR: Auto

    Output Resolution: Auto

    Custom Resolution: 1080p Auto (Player won't allow you to change this setting unless 4K/UHD device is connected)

  97. Well Mike, did you hook that bad boy up?

    It's all in place!  😀

    Now I know what all the fuss was about.  The menus and hands-on user experience are top-notch.

    I'm not the guy to start giving PQ and SQ reports…and I've still got a ways to go to plow through my usual demo material.  And, as I noted earlier, I have no 4k display yet.

    My initial reactions involve the machine itself and the way it interacts with the user.  I can go on like so many others have about the actual construction or "build" of the unit.  It's got some heft and you can just tell the mechanics of the unit are far superior to what I've been used to.

    This is my 4th Blu-ray player.  I had an early generation Panasonic player (the BD-10, I think).  Then upgraded to a Panny BD-55 and then to a Pioneer Elite 62FD.

    The things that I think are cool are the menu splash screen when powered up.  And, the fact that when playing music it pulls up album cover artwork and gives a pleasing display.  My other units would offer a black screen.  The Pioneer was the worst offender with a black screen with a bright white "Pioneer" dead center on the screen which often gave a temporary burn-in on my Panasonic Plasma.  In fact, I used to turn off my display when playing music on the plasma–which meant I had no easy way of controlling my playlist activity.

    I got a CD to upgrade the firmware.  I also connected the unit to my wifi.  But I used the CD to upgrade the firmware, even though I could have done it online.  It took maybe all of a minute to accomplish that.  Setting up the network connection was real easy.

    Should I be thinking about re-calibrating the video and audio of my system with the change in players?  At first it seemed like a no-brainer–and never a bad thing to do anyway–but then I began to wonder if it was really necessary.  The issue for me is always finding the time to set aside for the task.  As it is, unplugging the old player and installing the new player (basically just swapping out the AC cords and moving the HDMI cable) takes a small amount of time.  But I always make a production out of cleaning my cabinet–dusting, dog hair removal, etc.  So that tacks on a fair amount of time.

    I didn't even unbag the remote/batteries.  I simply updated my Harmony remote and very quickly found myself set in terms of access to the unit and having it incorporated into my activities.

    One of the other big draws (for me) to the Oppo is its ability to play all the different formats of high-rez audio.  I have a substantial collection of DVD-As and SACDs.  And for years I've been toying with the idea of trying out some high-rez music downloads.  This is the player which will facilitate that for me because it's going to make it so darn easy.

    So…I'm just getting started.  I haven't spent a LOT of time in the set-up menus.  But everything I've seen so far makes me understand why these players are priced the way they are and why there has been nothing but universal love for them amongst the HTF membership.

    Merry Christmas to me!  :laugh:

  98. It's all in place!  😀

    Now I know what all the fuss was about.  The menus and hands-on user experience are top-notch.

    This is my 4th Blu-ray player.  I had an early generation Panasonic player (the BD-10, I think).  Then upgraded to a Panny BD-55 and then to a Pioneer Elite 62FD.

    Merry Christmas to me!  :laugh:

    Man, I wish I can say the same thing, this Oppo 203 is at least my 10th!

  99. Quick question… sorry if it's already been answered in this thread. If I were to set the output of the UDP-203 to 1080p, would I then be able to play downscaled 4K discs through my 1080p receiver/projector? Or is there something on the discs that would prevent that?

    I just confirmed this as correct with the Jason Bourne 4K/UHD disc!

    Oh, cool!  I've got the 4k disc of The Magnificent Seven and almost spun it up this weekend (but I would have just played the Blu copy that came in the case).  Now I get to try out the fancy new disc!  I've also got 4k discs ordered of Hacksaw Ridge and Passengers. 

    Man, I wish I can say the same thing, this Oppo 203 is at least my 10th!

    And you probably purchased an HD-DVD player or two along the way, too…huh?  😮  I'm blessed that my wife hasn't asked me a lot of questions about the player like "why I needed a new one?" :laugh:

  100. I should also note that I played several tracks on my new SACD of Ella Fitzgerald singing the Cole Porter Songbook and it sounded de-lovely. 

    Can I say with any authority that it sounded different from being played on my last player?  No.  I'd be lying if I said I could tell a difference. 

    One of the things I need to do next is check to see if some discs that were difficult to load in my Pio player (CSNY-1974 Blu-ray Audio, for one) will have any issues in this new player.

  101. I'm glad others are chiming in.  I probably won't get a chance to unbox until the weekend…and I'm not the most critical guy in terms of detailed video presentation. For sure, I will report back with my impressions of the new player, but a lot of the technical stuff I hear discussed on the forum tend to go right over my head.  Personally, I am a lot more critical of the audio side of the presentation.  But I would love nothing more than looking at a film on my new unit and seeing something amazingly better than what I'm getting now on my Pioneer Elite 62FD.  But I'm honestly not expecting anything crazy.  I guess I'll see.

    But I CAN report now that my granddaughter stopped by last night.  She tried out the new unit and found it to be "just right."

    Ike [seen in the background] does not have the same clarity in this photo as the prior; that is, unless, you previously read "Hansel and Gretel" to your granddaughter and she deliberately turned your mascot into a giant ginger cookie.:D

  102. Thanks for this post.  Nice to hear it's working well.  Below are my similar impressions and, near  the end, a question and setting tip.  (Also, thanks for years of roundups!)

    It's all in place!  😀

    […]

    I'm not the guy to start giving PQ and SQ reports…and I've still got a ways to go to plow through my usual demo material.  And, as I noted earlier, I have no 4k display yet.

    Like you, I'm not the ideal person to elaborate on PQ/AQ but I've found this player absolutely matches the performance quality of the Oppo 93 that has now been retired to a life of leisure in the bedroom. 


    I only have three 4k discs.  One of them, Journey to Space, has the benefit of including a Blu-ray with both 2D and 3D as well as a 4k disc that offers both an SDR and HDR presentation.  I've watched the HDR all the way through and sampled segments of all versions and despite my 4K TV not hitting 1,000 lumens I can see a difference. I may get Flight of the Butterflies since it has the same combination of presentations and probably better visual programming.  The Martian (Extended) is also excellent.  Star Trek Beyond does not go above and beyond on PQ.


    Should I be thinking about re-calibrating the video and audio of my system with the change in players?  At first it seemed like a no-brainer–and never a bad thing to do anyway–but then I began to wonder if it was really necessary.  The issue for me is always finding the time to set aside for the task.  As it is, unplugging the old player and installing the new player (basically just swapping out the AC cords and moving the HDMI cable) takes a small amount of time.  But I always make a production out of cleaning my cabinet–dusting, dog hair removal, etc.  So that tacks on a fair amount of time.

    This is what I did.  I've only tweaked one or two settings (bitstream and something more innocuous).  No problems.  The only calibration I've done was to revisit my TV's settings and compare them to Rtings and some AVS suggestions as well as to make sure that the HDMI setting for HDR was on.

    And while I don't have a dog, I was nonetheless amazed at the particles in the cabinet.

    I didn't even unbag the remote/batteries.  I simply updated my Harmony remote and very quickly found myself set in terms of access to the unit and having it incorporated into my activities.

    I'm using both remotes.  I've been getting mileage out of the * key and, unless I'm missing something, it can't be programmed into my Harmony remote/app/hub.

    One of the other big draws (for me) to the Oppo is its ability to play all the different formats of high-rez audio.  I have a substantial collection of DVD-As and SACDs.  And for years I've been toying with the idea of trying out some high-rez music downloads.  This is the player which will facilitate that for me because it's going to make it so darn easy.

    Okay, here's my question.  When skipping tracks on CDs and SACDs this player almost always clips the first fraction of a second on my player.  Do you have that issue?  I suspect it happens on DVD-As, as well, but don't play them as often.  This has been my only frustration (well, dropping HDCD support is also minor annoyance).  I suspect this is a baked-in problem since I seem to recall the 93 doing it also.


    Either way, this has been a great player out-of-the box.  A neat CD touch:  when playing CDs, if the player is connected to your network it shows album artwork.  Not the highest res, but nice.  Note that this doesn't work for SACDs. 

    So…I'm just getting started.  I haven't spent a LOT of time in the set-up menus.  But everything I've seen so far makes me understand why these players are priced the way they are and why there has been nothing but universal love for them amongst the HTF membership.

    When going into settings, under Network, consider adjusting BD-Live Network Access.  My understanding is that "Limited" should prevent things like Universal trailers slowing down load times without impairing things like firmware updates and CD artwork.  And speaking of load times, it's finally a pleasure to pop in a Blu-ray and not wait… and wait… … and wait.

    Merry Christmas to me!  :laugh:

    And a Happy  New Year to you, too.

  103. And you probably purchased an HD-DVD player or two along the way, too…huh?  😮  I'm blessed that my wife hasn't asked me a lot of questions about the player like "why I needed a new one?" :laugh:

    Try three HD-DVD players.:blush:

  104. I feel your pain.

    Yeah, but that pain from previous formats finally changed my purchasing behavior for this 4K/UHD and Dolby Atmos formats.  I have such a player, but I'm taking my time purchasing such a display or receiver to process such formats.

  105. Try three HD-DVD players.:blush:

    hi Robert,

    Happy New Year.

    I'm glad I only got the HDDVD player we were given at the HTF Las Vegas meet. I was betting on this format and was tempted to upgrade, but didn't (well, not counting the HDDVD player for the XBox 360 🙂 )

    Raul

  106. Try three HD-DVD players.:blush:

    Well I had a friend almost quit talking to me because I told him to get HD-DVD during the format war.  He bought one player and a bunch of discs.  I still never hear the end of it.

  107. Hey, Dave! 

    It definitely sounds like we've had similar experiences.

    I'm using both remotes. I've been getting mileage out of the * key and, unless I'm missing something, it can't be programmed into my Harmony remote/app/hub.

    I cannot imagine there's a key that is not programmable into a Harmony remote.  I'm pretty sure I've read that pretty much any function can be learned–one way or another.  But unfortunately, I'm not the expert on that. 

    I was just looking at the manual to see what the * key was for.  So I then found the "Pure Audio" button.  That might be one I'd use.  We're gonna have to find out about that.

    Okay, here's my question. When skipping tracks on CDs and SACDs this player almost always clips the first fraction of a second on my player. Do you have that issue? I suspect it happens on DVD-As, as well, but don't play them as often. This has been my only frustration (well, dropping HDCD support is also minor annoyance). I suspect this is a baked-in problem since I seem to recall the 93 doing it also.

    That's amazing that you brought that up…because it is a problem I used to have with my former player (the Pioneer Elite 62FD).  If I felt I needed to hear that first second of audio, I use to have to hit the rewind button to start things over.  But not with this player.  Isn't that odd that it's a problem for you and my new player has actually solved the same problem for me?  I will suspect that one of our gearheads will be able to chime in with an easy settings solution to your problem.  Let's see.

    When going into settings, under Network, consider adjusting BD-Live Network Access. My understanding is that "Limited" should prevent things like Universal trailers slowing down load times without impairing things like firmware updates and CD artwork.

    I'll definitely look into that.  I cannot imagine there's any BD-Live content I'm going to want to access.  I just figured I'd connect it for firmware updates and see what else having the player connected to my network might bring. 

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!  😀

  108. It's all in place!  😀

    Should I be thinking about re-calibrating the video and audio of my system with the change in players? 

      :laugh:

    In a word…  Yes! 

    Mike, I've been a long time lurker on the site, and always appreciated the amazing job you do with the roundup, so I'm hoping I can give some info back in return. 

    I'm in the same position having the oppo 203 and a 1080p display ( projector).  I would say learning what color depth is supported by your TV would be seriously worth exploring. 

    In my case, my projector supports 10 bit color, which led me to change some settings on the oppo.  When playing a 4k disc, holding the info button for 5 secs will provide in depth data about the signal source from the oppo.  Your TV has an info button as well to see what it is receiving.  The oppo manual and the TV manual helped me  get this far.  Your TV should have some setting to enable 10 bit color, but it may have some marketing name.

    If you are playing 4K and downscaling, this means the oppo will be outputting bt2020 color space vs rec709.  Even downscaled, colors should look better due to the expanded color space.   I set my output resolution to 1080p auto, since the scaler in the oppo is superior to the one in my projector for dvd.  The oppo can do the heavy lifting and it looks great.  I left color space set to auto, and in my case, color depth to 10 bit.  My projector can accept 12 bit, but the panel natively accepts 10 and the content is in 10, so nothing gained there.

    I ended up doing a quick recalibration of my projector using a blu ray (rec709) ( not much change) and then I set picture settings in the oppo to keep a picture setting which I calibrated for bt2020.  There were differences.  There aren't 4K calibration discs, so you will need to download 4k colorspace calibration files from the web.  Time to dust off that USB stick…

  109. I'm using both remotes.  I've been getting mileage out of the * key and, unless I'm missing something, it can't be programmed into my Harmony remote/app/hub.


    Dave:  I don't have time right now to do more research, but I have always found RemoteCentral.com to be a very helpful place in terms ofr finding out how to get the most of your Harmony remote.  How to program functions, for example, that don't automatically get ported over during routine set-up (that are important to you).

    I'm in the same position having the oppo 203 and a 1080p display ( projector).  I would say learning what color depth is supported by your TV would be seriously worth exploring.

    Thanks to you both for your kind words.  One of the things I love best about the HTF is the way members come together to help each other out by sharing their unique knowledge about any given subject area. 

    I am not a smart cookie in terms of technical video issues.  A lot of what you wrote is already over my head. :huh:  THIS is the spec sheet for my display (the 55" model in Panasonic's ST50 plasma line).  HERE is the Amazon listing (which outlines a number of spec features).  Since I don't see the numbers which reflect what you're talking about, I guess I'm going to have to stretch my brain a bit more and do some more research.  😀

  110. Since I don't see the numbers which reflect what you're talking about, I guess I'm going to have to stretch my brain a bit more and do some more research.

    It looks like your display supports the following input signals:

    Supports 48bpp……….. No

    Supports 36bpp……….. Yes

    Supports 30bpp……….. Yes

    Supports YCbCr 4:4:4….. Yes

    So it supports 10 and 12 bit input, but unfortunately this doesn't say anything about what the panel actually natively supports.  I'll see what I can find.

    Using a 10 bit gradient  test pattern would be able to show if your panel is not only accepting a 10 bit signal, but also if its doing the right thing on the panel by displaying it.

    A MUCH less scientific method would be to flip to 10 bit and see if the Panasonic experiences dithering.

  111. DVE currently doesn't have them.    The folks over at AVSforum  have posted a few:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B68…ew?usp=sharing

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B68…ew?usp=sharing

    10 Bit Gradient Test Patterns (HEVC)

    Download the files onto a USB sick formatted FAT ( sorry no Mac love from oppo, lol ) and then play them, or look at the still images if there aren't video tests.  Look for dithering in the patterns.  If they are smooth, then keep it set to 10 bit color.  If you do some hunting online, you will find a ton of 4k calibration images and short videos.  Just load them up on your USB stick and use the patterns in a similar way as DVE- set in the same order.

  112. Sorry for the lag.  I'm a born lurker… and forgetful!

    Hey, Dave!

    It definitely sounds like we've had similar experiences.

    I cannot imagine there's a key that is not programmable into a Harmony remote.  I'm pretty sure I've read that pretty much any function can be learned–one way or another.  But unfortunately, I'm not the expert on that.

    I was just looking at the manual to see what the * key was for.  So I then found the "Pure Audio" button.  That might be one I'd use.  We're gonna have to find out about that.

    I don't have it in front of me but I'd describe it as quick access key to toggling many basic settings (like 3D).  I'm new to the Hub-based Harmony so I'm outta my depth.  My understanding is that the 203 programming was pretty much the 103/105 ported to the new model number.  If that's the case then the * and the HDR/SDR toggle wouldn't have been in the database when I ran set up.  I don't know if such features would be added automatically with an update on their servers or if I'd have to manually remove and re-add the Oppo into Harmony.  So far I'm just rolling with it.  This is a hobby, not something I stress over. 

    That's amazing that you brought that up…because it is a problem I used to have with my former player (the Pioneer Elite 62FD).  If I felt I needed to hear that first second of audio, I use to have to hit the rewind button to start things over.  But not with this player.  Isn't that odd that it's a problem for you and my new player has actually solved the same problem for me?  I will suspect that one of our gearheads will be able to chime in with an easy settings solution to your problem.  Let's see.

    Interesting.  It's this issue (and a Blu-ray audio that worked last night but not today) that prompted me to write Oppo about this issue — and that in turn reminded my absent-minded gray matter sponge that I hadn't checked in here.  Anyhow, I'll scan below later to see (I'm responding before catching up — never smart!  There's another gearhead forum with a thread on the Oppo.  I haven't checked in there lately since there's a flood of "dude, upgrade your HDMI to an 18gb cable) posts.  Figured I'd wait till that dies down and search again.  Besides, this place is less stressful!


    I'll definitely look into that.  I cannot imagine there's any BD-Live content I'm going to want to access.  I just figured I'd connect it for firmware updates and see what else having the player connected to my network might bring.

    I have a few old discs where I'd like to check out the BD-Live features that I could never get to work.  I forget the disc, but one had a video director's commentary I couldn't get to work.  Of course, I've never gotten PIP features to work right — I never get the audio.  Something more to futz with when I'm bored.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!  😀

    Christmas?  Hey, man happy January 18th, whatever that is.  Apologies in advance for the next (almost certain) lag.  Cheers, sir!

  113. I don't know if such features would be added automatically with an update on their servers or if I'd have to manually remove and re-add the Oppo into Harmony. So far I'm just rolling with it. This is a hobby, not something I stress over.

    It's not hard to add the 203 to your list of devices and then sub it for the 103 or whatever your old player was in the Harmony software. 

    Maybe that'll be an easy fix for ya.  I'll try to remember when I'm home to check what functions are available under the device settings for the 203 on my remote.

    And I'm totally with you on the "forgetful" front.  That's what Post-It notes are for!

  114. I have not even bothered updating my Harmony remote from the 103D to the 203 (or for that matter I moved the 103D to the bedroom where I had a 93 and still have the programming set up on that Harmony for the 93).  I'll do it eventually.  I have not run into a problem so far on the limited use for the past 4 weeks.

  115. The last official firmware (UDP20X-33-1229) was released on 1/19 and was the former public beta that addressed several issues, including dropped frames on 24p content. There's currently another, non-public beta which came out about a week ago that resolves the 3D dropped frames issue, but you have to specifically request it from Oppo Support and it can only be installed via USB/disc.

  116. The last official firmware (UDP20X-33-1229) was released on 1/19 and was the former public beta that addressed several issues, including dropped frames on 24p content. There's currently another, non-public beta which came out about a week ago that resolves the 3D dropped frames issue, but you have to specifically request it from Oppo Support and it can only be installed via USB/disc.

    That's the firmware I updated with this morning.  Again, I haven't had any issues with 3-D so far.

  117. Word has it that another public beta release is imminent. The good thing about beta firmware on Oppo players is that you can always revert to a previous version if you encounter problems. You can't do this with official released firmware.

  118. I want to keep both the 103 and the 203 in my system. I changed the switch on the 203 remote to the "2" position so that it is different from the 103. I set up the the 203 on the Harmony as a different activity "Watch OPPO 4kUHD". When selecting this, the 103 turns on and the 203 does not. All inputs are set correctly. What am I doing wrong?

    Raul

  119. Hi All,

    I just signed on, and I am currently awaiting delivery of the 203 region-free model. Wasn't planning on buying this so soon, but:

    Long story short, our lovely 58-inch Panny Viera plasma developed a very noisy transformer, and despite heroic efforts, no fix to be had. The Oppo is the advance step towards an LG OLED 65-inch upgrade, with the 203 intended to replace my SACD player, my PS3, my FLAC streaming box and my current international player. It is exciting, my first Oppo and OLED the horizon, even if my wallet wasn't exactly ready for both 🙂

    I look forward to reading more about the Oppo and other things here; I love what I have seen already.

    Claus.

  120. Raul, have you gone into each player's Device Setup and told it which codeset to respond to?

    That route still didn't work for me as I'm still having that same issue with my Oppo players.

     Robert I am having the same exact problem with my brand new Oppo remote. It worked for 2 days but will not except a signal now I can turn it on play it manually and play but the  202  will not accept. I am reasonably sure it got set to IR2. It still will turn on the earlier DVD  Oppo  and control that but not the new one. I called the dealer and  they said that i may have to change it out for a new model when they get them back in stock. If you find a solution please post. Hopefully we can find a way that the 2 units can receive different IR signals. By the way it was your decision to upgrade your TV set earlier this week that made me also upgrade to a Sony55930D, The new Oppo  and the Bose Soundtouch. I don't post much but I read your every posts daily. I have tremendous respect for your contributions to this forum and double dipping on purchasing all of your recommended 4k releases. I am just about ready to view the new version of Great Gatesby. Hopefully you also be taking a look at it. Please keep posting your thoughts.

    Best

    Greg

  121. Robert I am having the same exact problem with my brand new Oppo remote. It worked for 2 days but will not except a signal now I can turn it on play it manually and play but the  202  will not accept. I am reasonably sure it got set to IR2. It still will turn on the earlier DVD  Oppo  and control that but not the new one. I called the dealer and  they said that i may have to change it out for a new model when they get them back in stock. If you find a solution please post. Hopefully we can find a way that the 2 units can receive different IR signals. By the way it was your decision to upgrade your TV set earlier this week that made me also upgrade to a Sony55930D, The new Oppo  and the Bose Soundtouch. I don't post much but I read your every posts daily. I have tremendous respect for your contributions to this forum and double dipping on purchasing all of your recommended 4k releases. I am just about ready to view the new version of Great Gatesby. Hopefully you also be taking a look at it. Please keep posting your thoughts.

    Best

    Greg

    Greg,

    Thank you for those kind words.  Also, the more 4K/UHD titles I watched, the more i want to double-dip on purchasing more of those 4K/UHD titles.:)

  122. Greg,

    Thank you for those kind words.  Also, the more 4K/UHD titles I watched, the more i want to double-dip on purchasing more of those 4K/UHD titles.:)

    So True, although I could not bring myself to buy Pacific Rim again. I did order Everest while the price is down and also Tarzan based on your recommendation. Best

  123. That route still didn't work for me as I'm still having that same issue with my Oppo players.

    Robert,

    On the My Harmony app on my Mac I changed the player's (203) Device Setup as suggested. It prompted me to have the Oppo remote (on which I had selected the "2" code on the battery compartment) and asked me to press the power button while aiming it less than 3 inches from the Harmony remote. Did it and everything's fine now.  Raul

  124. That's a shame Greg, because the 4K UHD release of Pacific Rim is practically reference material and IMO anyway, very worthy of a repurchase.

    Ok You have convinced me.  Amazon gets an order of Pacific Rim and in The Heart of Darkness. Have now bought 16 titles. Unfortunately it takes so much less time to buy then then view them. Thanks for all you do

  125. Robert,

    On the My Harmony app on my Mac I changed the player's (203) Device Setup as suggested. It prompted me to have the Oppo remote (on which I had selected the "2" code on the battery compartment) and asked me to press the power button while aiming it less than 3 inches from the Harmony remote. Did it and everything's fine now.  Raul

    I tried that and it still doesn't work with it.  I might end up deleting that activity and devices and then reload them again.

  126. Raul – I have the same receiver as you do the Yamaha RX-A2060. Have you noticed any audio dropouts or video stuttering while paying 4K UHD Discs with the UDP-203?  Thanks!

    Have you performed the latest firmware upgrade? Also some discs (notably DEEPWATER HORIZON) have playback issues with this player. I still think we need 2 or 3 more firmware upgrades to fix various issues as has been mentioned extensively on other websites.

  127. Have you performed the latest firmware upgrade? Also some discs (notably DEEPWATER HORIZON) have playback issues with this player. I still think we need 2 or 3 more firmware upgrades to fix various issues as has been mentioned extensively on other websites.

    I might try this disc in the near future.

  128. Is this player region free? I might consider it if it allows me to play my R2 DVDs, as well as region free playback of all current Blu-ray formats.

    Some have stated you can use the same MOD kit that the 103 uses for Region free playback.

  129. I don't think so Mike, but it's pretty simple. The external kit plugs into the RS-232 and USB #2 ports on the back of the UDP-203. You change DVD/Blu-ray regions by a series of keypresses on the remote. If you have a universal remote you can just program a macro for regions A, B, and C to make the operation work with a single button press. Here's a link to the kit I bought, which is exactly the same unit I used for 2 years with my BDP-103:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/162101335749?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

  130. You don't need to open the unit at all?

    That'd be cool.

    If I had a nickel for every time a member told me I need a region-free player…    :laugh:

    Thanks, Doug.

    Mike,

    I have the same kit on my Oppo 103 and a similar one on my Oppo 93.  You don't need to open the unit at all!

  131. You don't need to open the unit at all?

    That'd be cool.

    If I had a nickel for every time a member told me I need a region-free player…    :laugh:

    Thanks, Doug.

    You're welcome! Region free is the place to be. 🙂

  132. For some reason, there's an image in the eBay link that shows a cable inside the unit.  But I guess that's not necessary then?

     

    You're welcome! Region free is the place to be. 🙂

     

    Hmmmm.  Might be time to think about pulling the trigger again on that MOC Paper Moon! 😀

  133. Robert

    For the few of us who were having trouble with the remote being locked, I received the following solution from the local dealer today.

    'The remote control contains three OPPO remote codes. The default code is code 1. If you have other OPPO products placed close to the UDP, they may inadvertedly respond to the UDP remote control. To prevent this you can select a different remote code.

    To select a new remote code.open the battery compartment of the remote control and then use a ball point pen to flip the switch to one of the positions marked as 1,2 or 3 (Note that switch is located below the batteries and can be difficult to see) Close the battery compartment

    cover. Make sure that the UDP -203 player is turned on and that the disc tray is ejected. Aim the remote control at the player.Press and hold the ENTER button for 5 seconds. The player will start using the new remote code.

    This method solved my problem and I hope that it works for  you and others reporting the same problem.

    Best

    Greg

  134. Robert

    For the few of us who were having trouble with the remote being locked, I received the following solution from the local dealer today.

    'The remote control contains three OPPO remote codes. The default code is code 1. If you have other OPPO products placed close to the UDP, they may inadvertedly respond to the UDP remote control. To prevent this you can select a different remote code.

    To select a new remote code.open the battery compartment of the remote control and then use a ball point pen to flip the switch to one of the positions marked as 1,2 or 3 (Note that switch is located below the batteries and can be difficult to see) Close the battery compartment

    cover. Make sure that the UDP -203 player is turned on and that the disc tray is ejected. Aim the remote control at the player.Press and hold the ENTER button for 5 seconds. The player will start using the new remote code.

    This method solved my problem and I hope that it works for  you and others reporting the same problem.

    Best

    Greg

    I tried that procedure many times beforehand with only negative results. Also, complicating the process is my Harmony remote.  I might have to start from scratch and re-program every piece of equipment and remotes.

  135. Some have stated you can use the same MOD kit that the 103 uses for Region free playback.

    You can indeed. The $58 external mod kit offered by several eBay sellers for the 103/103D works perfectly fine with the 203. There's no need to spend $100 on the "dedicated" 203 kit.

    Thanks for the info. Still trying to decide if I want to spend 900 Canadian on a Blu-ray player. At one time it would have been a no brainer. Plus I keep toying with the idea of a new sub. My old Mirage BPSS-210 seems to be having a few problems handling lower frequencies on these 4K discs. The cones are starting to pop even on something relatively moderate in lows such as John Wick.

  136. I don't think so Mike, but it's pretty simple. The external kit plugs into the RS-232 and USB #2 ports on the back of the UDP-203. You change DVD/Blu-ray regions by a series of keypresses on the remote. If you have a universal remote you can just program a macro for regions A, B, and C to make the operation work with a single button press. Here's a link to the kit I bought, which is exactly the same unit I used for 2 years with my BDP-103:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/162101335749?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    For that kit you link to, there's one picture for an external install and another pic for an internal install.  BTW, it kinda looks like on that external install there's an exposed circuit board.

  137. dpippel

    The last official firmware (UDP20X-33-1229) was released on 1/19 and was the former public beta that addressed several issues, including dropped frames on 24p content. There's currently another, non-public beta which came out about a week ago that resolves the 3D dropped frames issue, but you have to specifically request it from Oppo Support and it can only be installed via USB/disc.

    Huh. My 203 just informed me tonight that there was a firmware upgrade available via my network. So I took advantage of it. Turned out to be the same one you guys were talking about a few weeks ago.

    Installation couldn't have been easier or more quick.

  138. New beta posted!

    https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-udp-203/UDP203-firmware-38-0215B.aspx

    From the Oppo site:

    Product Support
    OPPO UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Player Firmware Update
    Release Information
    Release date: February 17, 2017.
    Category: Latest Public Beta Test Release

    Main Version: UDP20X-38-0215B

    Comparing to the current Official release version UDP20X-33-1229, the major changes included in this version are:

    1. Added the "Target Luminance" setting under HDR Settings to allow tweaking of the HDR to SDR conversion.
    2. Added the RS-232 command "QHS" for querying the HDR playback status.
    3. Added support for the HEVC 6.0 and 6.1 profile levels.
    4. Improved the experimental "Strip Metadata" feature.
    5. Improved stability when playing music from DLNA servers.
    6. Improved compatibility with exFAT formatted hard drives over 2TB in capacity.
    7. Resolved a stuttering playback issue with 3D titles.
    8. Resolved an audio dropout issue with UHD title "Deepwater Horizon".
    9. Resolved a playback issue with UHD title “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
    10. Revised the VFD text during a firmware upgrade that allows customers to upgrade the firmware without connecting a display.
    11. General disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted disc samples.

    All features and improvements of the previous firmware are also included in this version.

  139. Edwin-S

    The other thing I'm wondering is what the differences would be between the upcoming 205 model and this one?

    Better audio for playing CDs, DVD-As and SACDs. A DAC where you can connect a music server or other sources.

  140. Did the new Oppo beta update.

    Have been unable to play the new 4K "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk". The opening materials: 4K promo, the Menu for the film and features, and the FBI screens all play fine. When the film starts I get a blank screen and then a screen from my Yamaha Aventage 2060 that no signal is being received. Tried turning everything off, and then starting the various components in different orders to see if it was an HDMI handshake issue, but it doesn't appear to be so. I know that this film was special in that it was 60fps, could that have something to do with it? Any ideas?

    BTW, played "The Shallows" 4K without problems.

    Raul

  141. Raul Marquez

    Did the new Oppo beta update.

    Have been unable to play the new 4K "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk". The opening materials: 4K promo, the Menu for the film and features, and the FBI screens all play fine. When the film starts I get a blank screen and then a screen from my Yamaha Aventage 2060 that no signal is being received. Tried turning everything off, and then starting the various components in different orders to see if it was an HDMI handshake issue, but it doesn't appear to be so. I know that this film was special in that it was 60fps, could that have something to do with it? Any ideas?

    BTW, played "The Shallows" 4K without problems.

    Raul

    Raul,

    After I read your post, I played that disc for 20 minutes and had no issues. I feed my Oppo video directly into my LG OLED65E6P and it was playing at about 60fps. Now, I'm going to have to finish the movie later because I have to leave the house.

  142. Hi Raul – Played it here just fine on my LG OLED65E6P as well. I'm switching all video through my Denon AVR-X4200W receiver, then on to the LG. No issues. One thing's for sure about this title – it will push your cables to their limit. Are you using Certified Premium HDMI?

  143. Tried and tried playing this disc without success. I've tried EVERYTHING I could think of so far. Using latest Beta firmware released some days ago. My HDMI cables are brand new 18GHz Certified. I'm going straight from the OPPO to the Samsung 4K TV. The disc loads, the UHD promo plays without problems, and the Menu appears. I select PLAY and get the FBI and PIRACY slides and then the film "plays". Audio is fine, going from the OPPO to the Yamaha receiver. On screen I get a "No signal" message. All other 4K titles play fine. The disc is clean. Wonder if there is a particular setting on the TV that has to be enabled for this 60fps disc to receive the signal from the OPPO. This is frustrating to say the least.

  144. JRR

    New beta posted!

    https://www.oppodigital.com/blu-ray-udp-203/UDP203-firmware-38-0215B.aspx

    From the Oppo site:

    Product Support
    OPPO UDP-203 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Player Firmware Update
    Release Information
    Release date: February 17, 2017.
    Category: Latest Public Beta Test Release

    Main Version: UDP20X-38-0215B

    Comparing to the current Official release version UDP20X-33-1229, the major changes included in this version are:

    1. Added the "Target Luminance" setting under HDR Settings to allow tweaking of the HDR to SDR conversion.
    2. Added the RS-232 command "QHS" for querying the HDR playback status.
    3. Added support for the HEVC 6.0 and 6.1 profile levels.
    4. Improved the experimental "Strip Metadata" feature.
    5. Improved stability when playing music from DLNA servers.
    6. Improved compatibility with exFAT formatted hard drives over 2TB in capacity.
    7. Resolved a stuttering playback issue with 3D titles.
    8. Resolved an audio dropout issue with UHD title "Deepwater Horizon".
    9. Resolved a playback issue with UHD title “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
    10. Revised the VFD text during a firmware upgrade that allows customers to upgrade the firmware without connecting a display.
    11. General disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted disc samples.

    All features and improvements of the previous firmware are also included in this version.

    I checked for a firmware upgrade via the network connection to my player and it said that I had the latest firmware.

    Do you have to do something different for Beta releases? Like a download onto disc or USB?

    I'm really not in any rush for this…but am idly curious.

  145. Mike Frezon

    I checked for a firmware upgrade via the network connection to my player and it said that I had the latest firmware.

    Do you have to do something different for Beta releases? Like a download onto disc or USB?

    I'm really not in any rush for this…but am idly curious.

    That's correct! Also, read those first lines in that link provided as it specifically tells you that about Beta firmware.

  146. Tried and tried and tried EVERYTHING without luck. Guess this is one title I won't be able to see in 4K. My TV is a Samsung UHD 4K 65 inch (65HU9000) with the latest One connect box (SEK-3500) which gave the set HDR capabilities since it's a 10bit panel. It's supposed to play this 60fps disc. I really am at a loss here. Guess I'll see the enclosed regular Blu-ray instead (hear that it's not that great a film anyway, but I wanted to see what all the fuzz about 60fps that Ang Lee, the director, chose was all about).

  147. Raul, have you considered the possibility that you might have a bad disc? I believe BLLHW is on 100GB media, just like Sony's release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I had a problem with THAT disc that was apparently related to some defective media. The second copy I got worked perfectly. If you can exchange the disc you have it might be worth the effort just rule that out.

  148. dpippel

    Raul, have you considered the possibility that you might have a bad disc? I believe BLLHW is on 100GB media, just like Sony's release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I had a problem with THAT disc that was apparently related to some defective media. The second copy I got worked perfectly. If you can exchange the disc you have it might be worth the effort just rule that out.

    I'll try that since it's the only option left.

    Thanks,

    Raul

  149. Oppo released a new offical firmware update for the UDP-203 today:

    Release date: February 27, 2017
    Category: Latest Official Release
    Main Version: UDP20X-38-0222
    Loader Version: TF0029
    MCU Version: MCU203-01-1118
    Release Notes:

    1. Added the "Target Luminance" setting under HDR Settings to allow tweaking of the HDR to SDR conversion.
    2. Added the RS-232 command "QHS" for querying the HDR playback status.
    3. Added support for the HEVC 6.0 and 6.1 profile levels.
    4. Improved the experimental "Strip Metadata" feature.
    5. Improved stability when playing music from DLNA servers.
    6. Improved compatibility with exFAT formatted hard drives over 2TB in capacity.
    7. Resolved a stuttering playback issue with 3D titles.
    8. Resolved an audio dropout issue with UHD title "Deepwater Horizon".
    9. Resolved a playback issue with UHD title “Star Trek Into Darkness”.
    10. Revised the VFD text during a firmware upgrade that allows customers to upgrade the firmware without connecting a display.
    11. Resolved a black screen issue when streaming 4K content via the player's HDMI In port from Roku and other 4K streaming devices.
    12. General disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted disc samples. All features of the previous firmware are also included in this version.
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  151. Okay Guys,

    Finally solved the problem of playing BILLY LYNN on my OPPO 203 and my Samsung 65HU9000 4K set.

    It involved setting the OPPO to 10 bit, 4:2:0 (which the Settings menu states is "experimental"), and UHD 60Hz.

    The picture quality and detail are HYPER REAL !

    Amazing!

    … and the Dolby Atmos soundtrack is unbelievable as well.

    The film itself….Meh

    Raul

  152. Raul Marquez

    Okay Guys,

    Finally solved the problem of playing BILLY LYNN on my OPPO 203 and my Samsung 65HU9000 4K set.

    It involved setting the OPPO to 10 bit, 4:2:0 (which the Settings menu states is "experimental"), and UHD 60Hz.

    The picture quality and detail are HYPER REAL !

    Amazing!

    … and the Dolby Atmos soundtrack is unbelievable as well.

    The film itself….Meh

    Raul

    Raul,

    Those were my settings when viewing this film, but I did nothing to change them manually to those settings.

  153. Robert Crawford

    Raul,

    Those were my settings when viewing this film, but I did nothing to change them manually to those settings.

    Robert,

    I had all my settings at AUTO previously and figured that the player would change the settings depending on the media played. Obviously that was not the case. Figured I'll have to change them back after seeing this film. Wonder if this is a bug. Did you notice the "experimental" label on the setting description on the OPPO player for 4:2:0 ?

    Raul

  154. Raul Marquez

    Robert,

    I had all my settings at AUTO previously and figured that the player would change the settings depending on the media played. Obviously that was not the case. Figured I'll have to change them back after seeing this film. Wonder if this is a bug. Did you notice the "experimental" label on the setting description on the OPPO player for 4:2:0 ?

    Raul

    No experimental label.

  155. Robert Crawford

    No experimental label.

    Go to Settings -> Video Output Setup -> Color Space -> YCbCr 4:2:0 and at the bottom of the screen you see:

    " This is an experimental feature and only supports HDMI video output at UHD 60Hz and 50Hz"

  156. Raul Marquez

    Go to Settings -> Video Output Setup -> Color Space -> YCbCr 4:2:0 and at the bottom of the screen you see:

    " This is an experimental feature and only supports HDMI video output at UHD 60Hz and 50Hz"

    Yeah, I got it.

  157. I wonder if this "experimental feature" is the reason why the Auto setting didn't default to it while playing BILLY LYNN.

    BTW Robert, have you set up Dolby Atmos yet in your system? I did it relatively cheaply with 2 up firing Elac speakers on top of my L and R front speakers, which I ordered from Amazon:

    ELAC A4 Debut Series 4" Concentric Dolby Atmos Speakers by Andrew Jones (Pair)

    Price: $229.99 Free Shipping for Prime Members

    • Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer
    • Only compatible with Dolby Atmos ,Dolby Atmos Certified
    • Item Width is 7.87 inches, height 4.83 inches,Depth 8.75 inches
    • Custom Concentric Driver
    • Intricate Crossover

    Definitely recommended!

    Raul

  158. Raul Marquez

    Robert,

    I had all my settings at AUTO previously and figured that the player would change the settings depending on the media played. Obviously that was not the case. Figured I'll have to change them back after seeing this film. Wonder if this is a bug. Did you notice the "experimental" label on the setting description on the OPPO player for 4:2:0 ?

    Raul

    Raul,

    I have everything set to Auto and no matter which UHD disc I play I get the same settings except the frame rate. With Billy Lynn it's 59.94 while the other discs it's 23.976.

  159. Raul Marquez

    I wonder if this "experimental feature" is the reason why the Auto setting didn't default to it while playing BILLY LYNN.

    BTW Robert, have you set up Dolby Atmos yet in your system? I did it relatively cheaply with 2 up firing Elac speakers on top of my L and R front speakers, which I ordered from Amazon:

    ELAC A4 Debut Series 4" Concentric Dolby Atmos Speakers by Andrew Jones (Pair)

    Price: $229.99 Free Shipping for Prime Members

    • Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer
    • Only compatible with Dolby Atmos ,Dolby Atmos Certified
    • Item Width is 7.87 inches, height 4.83 inches,Depth 8.75 inches
    • Custom Concentric Driver
    • Intricate Crossover

    Definitely recommended!

    Raul

    Almost, but decided last week to wait on this year's receiver models to come out. I anticipate being Dolby Atmos capable by the end of this year.

  160. Raul Marquez

    I wonder if this "experimental feature" is the reason why the Auto setting didn't default to it while playing BILLY LYNN.

    BTW Robert, have you set up Dolby Atmos yet in your system? I did it relatively cheaply with 2 up firing Elac speakers on top of my L and R front speakers, which I ordered from Amazon:

    ELAC A4 Debut Series 4" Concentric Dolby Atmos Speakers by Andrew Jones (Pair)

    Price: $229.99 Free Shipping for Prime Members

    • Woven Aramid-Fiber Woofer
    • Only compatible with Dolby Atmos ,Dolby Atmos Certified
    • Item Width is 7.87 inches, height 4.83 inches,Depth 8.75 inches
    • Custom Concentric Driver
    • Intricate Crossover

    Definitely recommended!

    Raul

    I have a 7.1 system. If I added these speakers to get an Atmos system going, would they be compatible with adding another pair of speakers to hang from the ceiling? Not now and not these speakers of course, since they up firing only. I just got the X4300H from Denon, so I can do Atmos.

  161. Not familiar with Denon receivers, but if you can have a x.x.4 speaker setup on your receiver, I believe you can use these as the front pair of Atmos speakers and add 2 ceiling speakers in the back.

  162. IIRC, there was a fair amount of grumbling when this thread began that the 203 didn't have any "smart" apps built in to allow for streaming via the unit. But I also seem to recall some members speculating that they figured Oppo would be adding such a thing in a firmware upgrade down the road.

    Is there any update on such a thing? Has enough time passed without it happening that we should probably forget about the idea of it ever coming to pass?

    I'm only just a little curious because I don't really do much streaming, Any streaming I do is through apps on my TV (which involve me running the TV audio back to my receiver via an optical cable). I just always figured it might be nice in terms of audio to run everything via usual means.

  163. Mike Frezon

    IIRC, there was a fair amount of grumbling when this thread began that the 203 didn't have any "smart" apps built in to allow for streaming via the unit. But I also seem to recall some members speculating that they figured Oppo would be adding such a thing in a firmware upgrade down the road.

    Is there any update on such a thing? Has enough time passed without it happening that we should probably forget about the idea of it ever coming to pass?

    I'm only just a little curious because I don't really do much streaming, Any streaming I do is through apps on my TV (which involve me running the TV audio back to my receiver via an optical cable). I just always figured it might be nice in terms of audio to run everything via usual means.

    Seems like I watched on those videos on the Oppo site and they made of point of no apps to speed up everything else.

  164. I actually think it's a good thing Mike. Streaming apps are provided by the streaming services to the manufacturers of TVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, etc. In the end it's the popular devices like the Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, NVidia Shield, etc. that get app updates with the newest features, functionality, and bug fixes first. Some peripheral players, like Oppo, might not see these updates to their apps for months and months, if ever. I believe that the BDP-103/105 apps suffered from this very issue.

    In the end I think it's best to use a dedicated streaming box for streaming. Other opinions may differ, but that's my take on things.

  165. Thanks, Doug. I don't know why I have pushed back against getting a Roku (or Chromecast or whatever). i guess its likely a simple case of not being familiar with them.

    My Panasonic plasma–the only device I have which allows for streaming–has never gotten any updates for its streaming services. But, fortunately, it came with the MLB app which has allowed me to stream major league baseball now for the past few years.

    Maybe I'll drop a hint for Father's Day!!! :laugh:

  166. While my Sony UHD player, Panasonic BD player and Vizio display all have streaming apps, I never use them, instead opting to use a dedicated Roku device. As others have stated, a dedicated device will get app updates much more often and is more likely to have all the apps you want (my Vizio display doesn't have Amazon Video, for example).

  167. Raul Marquez

    Is Dolby Vision the only thing on this upgrade? If so for those of us with 4K Samsung UHDs this means nothing…..

    Correct.

    Johnny Angell

    I had been assuming most 4K discs had dolby vision built in, but according to the bits, There are only 2, which just hit store shelves. Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. That's disappointing.

    Three titles have been announced. My guess Disney titles will have Dolby Vision as well. However, there will always be far fewer DV titles.

  168. From Oppo's website:
    Comparing to the previous Official release version UDP20X-42-0329, the major changes included in this version are:

    1. Added Dolby Vision support. A Dolby Vision enabled TV is required to view content in Dolby Vision.
    2. Added Sharpness adjustment support for the 4K resolution.
    3. Improved HDMI audio stability when using an HDMI Split A/V connection
    4. Changed the color depth info display of the HDMI In port to 8b/10b/12b instead of 24b/30b/36b.
    5. General fixes and disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted samples.
  169. Anyone getting the UDP-205 instead?

    I'm sorta debating on whether to bite the bullet and splurge on one… mainly for its superior audio capabilities — and the supposedly improved headphone output intrigues me (and my Sennheiser HD600). I still don't have much interest in 4K BDs, so my UDP-103 serves fine for general HT usage for the foreseeable future. But my old Denon 2910, which I had been using just for music playback (in my home office), finally stopped working, so I'm looking for a new uni player… whether to directly replace the old Denon or to become the main HT player (w/ basic prepro capabilities) and move the 103 to music-only duties in my home office where I'd mostly listen via my Sennheiser HD600 (currently still driven by an old Yamaha RXV663 AVR used solely for this purpose).

    I would also consider a used, but great condition, UDP-95 or UPD-105… though the price diff from a used 105 to new 205 isn't exactly huge… so I'm probably looking at either a used UDP-95 (most likely just to replace/upgrade the Denon) or a new UDP-205 (most likely to shift the 103 to be the Denon replacement/upgrade… and also spend more time listening to music in the HT I guess… and possibly also replace the Emotiva UMC-200! in the HT setup too).

    _Man_

  170. Man:

    When Oppo announced their new line of UHD players, I immediately started looking to buy a used 103. I figured there would be tons flooding the market as everyone rushed to buy the newest and shiniest. Wrong! These units hold their resale value so well, the prices of the used 103s were not very far off from the price of a new 203. It was crazy.

    So, I talked myself into a new 203. I've been a happy camper ever since! 😀

    Good luck with your new 205! (I know you'll end up with one. I can tell. :laugh: )

  171. Mike Frezon

    When Oppo announced their new line of UHD players, I immediately started looking to buy a used 103. I figured there would be tons flooding the market as everyone rushed to buy the newest and shiniest. Wrong! These units hold their resale value so well, the prices of the used 103s were not very far off from the price of a new 203. It was crazy.

    I sold mine way too cheap on here. BDP-103 – $250… It was the non-darby edition but I see them going for $400. Crazy… Anyway the 203 is a great machine I agree with you. The 205, I have heard some great reviews as long as you hook it up right. If you are just going to use HDMI, you might as well buy the 203 and save some money.

  172. Mike Frezon

    Man:

    When Oppo announced their new line of UHD players, I immediately started looking to buy a used 103. I figured there would be tons flooding the market as everyone rushed to buy the newest and shiniest. Wrong! These units hold their resale value so well, the prices of the used 103s were not very far off from the price of a new 203. It was crazy.

    So, I talked myself into a new 203. I've been a happy camper ever since! 😀

    Good luck with your new 205! (I know you'll end up with one. I can tell. :laugh: )

    :laugh:

    Too bad the wife won't be laughing about that, hehheh… though she basically told me she trusts my judgement (and that I'll probably agonize over the decision enough… as I usually do 😛 :laugh:)…

    Definitely interesting that older, discontinued Oppo players don't depreciate much… but I'm sure part of that is the tech has generally matured enough plus Oppo's rep for quality is high enough as well.

    I'd probably be just as happy going for a high quality, audio-only uni player to replace the Denon, but seems like nothing better than each Oppo model fall into the same ballpark in price, so Oppo seems like my best bet — I'm certainly not looking to spend more than the Oppo 205 for the diminishing return on quality, if I can even hear the diff at all, especially given the limitations of my other gears.

    IF I do go for an old 95 though, I might revisit the idea to get a dedicated head amp to match the Sennheiser HD600 (and probably follow Doug's recommendation for a Bottlehead tube amp… that I had previously considered and almost bought). This might be the most sensible solution for my case.

    OTOH, if I go for a 205, I might be able to sell the Emotiva UMC-200 to partiallly fund the purchase… though my home office listening (using 103 –> Yammy AVR) probably won't benefit much, if at all, over the old Denon 2910… 😛

    DavidMiller

    I sold mine way too cheap on here. BDP-103 – $250… It was the non-darby edition but I see them going for $400. Crazy… Anyway the 203 is a great machine I agree with you. The 205, I have heard some great reviews as long as you hook it up right. If you are just going to use HDMI, you might as well buy the 203 and save some money.

    Yeah, $400 seems like a lot to pay for a used 103, but if people are treating Oppo players like highend audio gear, then that's probably about right I guess… though I don't see why the 103 should be treated in quite the same manner — the 105, yes, but the 103 not so much. But then again, maybe that's just how people treat other higher end uni players. In this range, I guess the Oppo is pretty comparable to say Denon (and may have essentially supplanted Denon), and the old Denon uni DVD players seemed to keep their value for pretty long until the Blu-ray format fully established itself w/ high qualilty uni BD players coming on the scene…

    _Man_

  173. Another great thing with these OPPO players is that for a small price (~ $50) you can convert them into a Region Free player by adding a small module which can be external or internal (but it disables a USB port in the back). Bought my 203 last December and love it, and decided to keep the 103 and to this one I added the module for region free internally (took me less than 10min).

    You won't regret buying OPPO.

  174. Oppo has officially released the firmware that enables Dolby Vision, previously available as a public beta. You can download the update directly from the player now:

    Latest Official Release Version

    Release date: June 26, 2017
    Category: Latest Official Release

    Main Version: UDP20X-46-0622
    Loader Version: TF0033
    MCU Version: MCU203-01-1118

  175. Edwin-S

    I can picture it now.

    SONY: We are pleased to announce the release of our 8K UUHD televisions.

    Sam Posten: Mine arrives tomorrow.

    :laugh:

    Awesome. It's really not accurate tho. I am really much more of a bang for the buck solution guy. The Oppo is outside that sweet spot. BUT it's the only game in town for the foreseeable future with DV, so I bit my tongue and jumped in.

  176. Sam Posten

    Sigh, I went to all this effort and expense just to find out Sony hasn't patched DV support in yet. What I get for not paying explicit attention to feature announcement vice actual delivery 🙁

    Ouch, which Sony do you have…

  177. dpippel

    Oppo has officially released the firmware that enables Dolby Vision, previously available as a public beta. You can download the update directly from the player now:

    Latest Official Release Version

    Release date: June 26, 2017
    Category: Latest Official Release

    Main Version: UDP20X-46-0622
    Loader Version: TF0033
    MCU Version: MCU203-01-1118

    Actually the June 6th public firmware release enabled Dolby Vision. This release deals with improvements.

    Comparing to the previous Official release version UDP20X-45-0605, the major changes included in this version are:

    1. Added the “Track Type” descriptor when playing an SACD.
    2. Improved HDMI handshake stability when playing Dolby Vision content.
    3. Improved HDMI audio stability when using an HDMI Split A/V connection.
    4. General fixes and disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted samples.
  178. 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.

  179. gadgtfreek

    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.

    Man, you change HT equipment like some people change their underwear.

  180. Robert Crawford

    Man, you change HT equipment like some people change their underwear.

    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.

  181. dpippel

    I don't think so Mike, but it's pretty simple. The external kit plugs into the RS-232 and USB #2 ports on the back of the UDP-203. You change DVD/Blu-ray regions by a series of keypresses on the remote. If you have a universal remote you can just program a macro for regions A, B, and C to make the operation work with a single button press. Here's a link to the kit I bought, which is exactly the same unit I used for 2 years with my BDP-103:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/162101335749?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

    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.

  182. 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.

  183. dpippel

    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.

    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_

  184. 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.

  185. 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.

  186. Steve_Pannell

    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.

    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.

  187. 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.

  188. Steve_Pannell

    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.

    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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