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Meet Oppo’s new UDP-203 4K ultra HD HDR Blu-ray player

by on September 22, 2016
 

Correction Update: We originally reported that the UDP-203 supports Dolby Vision HDR. This was incorrect. HDR10 is the standard in this device with the future possibility of a Dolby Vision firmware update. The piece as been edited to fit this information.

Stephan Jukic – September 22, 2016

While most 4K-savvy consumers are definitely familiar with the 4K ultra HD Blu-ray players of Samsung, Philips, Panasonic and now even Microsoft through its Xbox One S (all of which were released in 2016) fewer people probably know about the brand Oppo.

Well despite the company’s lack of broader mass consumer market brand recognition, its executives have decided to take a big crack at the 4K Blu-ray media market with their new UDP-203 4K BD player. In a market where demand for 4K Blu-ray media players is already definitely larger than supply, Oppo is putting out the new device with a quality—accustomed audience in mind, at least according to what we’ve heard so far. You see, the Oppo isn’t a budget 4K disc player. Instead, its manufacturer decided to put together a premium product with high end specs aimed at rivaling what’s already available from the more famous brands mentioned above.

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Oppo is already known to many fans for its DVD and Blu-ray players and models like the BDP-103 and 103D BD players in particular. The brand is also a developer of mobile devices such as the Oppo F1 and Oppo F1 Plus. Thus Oppo is certainly no stranger to digital cinema technology and with this expertise under their belt the company’s aims at creating a 4K disc player like the UDP-203 have some weight to them.

The company announced the upcoming release of the UDP-203 through their Facebook page recently and the player is expected to hit the shelves in certain markets by the end of 2016. Oppo has specifically indicated that a holiday 2016 release is their intended timeframe but this deadline isn’t too rigid since the development of the UDP-203 is supposed to be more about ensuring a quality product than pushing it out in time for a key sales date.

In any case, the new device comes loaded with all the features and specs we’d expect from a premium 4K Blu-ray device. These include support for HDR10 standards, dual HDMI 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 connectivity and bitstreaming audio power for users who want the robust sound quality of Dolby Atmos in their living room. The inclusion of HDR10 makes the UDP-203 a robust platform for high dynamic range in a majority of content sources with the standard formatted into them, though we’re so far unsure if the new device will also include Dolby Vision high dynamic range support via firmware, due to problems with licensing and integration. For now though, HDR10 is more dominant anyhow in the still limited current 4K Blu-ray market.

The backside connectivity ports of Oppo’s new UDP-203 4K ultra HD Blu-ray player

The backside connectivity ports of Oppo’s new UDP-203 4K ultra HD Blu-ray player

As we said above, the UDP-203 isn’t directed at the budget market and as a premium player, it’s going to retail for a higher price than you might expect for a device from a lesser-known brand. Oppo is claiming a release retail price of $499, which is about $100 more than the 4K Blu-ray machines of Samsung, Philips and Microsoft’s 4K Blu-ray-capable Xbox One S.

We’ll have to see how the UDP-203 from Oppo actually measures up in practice only after it’s been released to the consumer market or to reviewers on a pre-sale basis but for now, what we’re hearing about the device and its development definitely sounds good. At the very least, the new product will be a welcome alternative to the small existing selection of 4K BD players.

Story by 4k.com

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  • Romey
    September 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    This is great news. You have seem to have forgotten that Oppo has a very large following in the AV community for its BDP-103 and 103d bluray players. They have consistantly been reviewed at the top of the game and now that they have announced a 4k veersion, there are many people that will happily do without a 4k player until they can get their hands on the oppo. I am most definitely going to get one. This is great news. Thanx.

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  • Gadgety
    September 23, 2016 at 3:56 am

    “Well despite the company’s lack of major international brand recognition” What? In the high end audiophile and home theater crowd everyone knows Oppo’s the dog’s bollocks, at least in the US and Europe.

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  • Ben Ballard
    September 23, 2016 at 5:38 am

    To be honest the Samsung UBD-K8500 is pretty dire in comparison to the Panasonic models (even their lower spec model), there are NO extra outputs on the back of it and it’s features are pretty lax. It’s also curved, and those of you that know a curved TV is nothing but a money spinning gimmick will not want to buy it either as it’s curved at the front. This means that it will look seriously out of place in line with your flat screen 4K panel you bought. It also looks like a very budget DVD player in finish, it’s plasticky and doesn’t feel like a quality piece of tech when you’re handling it. Don’t even get me started on the Philips 4K Bluray either. That too is extremely lacking, both in form features, function and user outputs. Apart from Panasonic (and the distinct lack of Sony until rumoured release in Q1 2017, even more bizarre because of Sony Pictures championing the push of the physical 4K market with nothing form them to play them on), manufacturers don’t seem to realise that if you spend out premium cash, you want a premium product, both inside and outside.

    If this comes with HDR 10 specs, then this can be a serious contender in muscling in to the 4K Bluray market. And if you’re worried about “Chinese technology quality”, then, I wouldn’t worry about that because you’ve unknowingly been buying chinese tech for years (can anyone say iPhone?)

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  • $ven Veader
    September 23, 2016 at 9:22 am

    no DV…DOA!

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  • Jim
    September 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I hope it will play SACD, DVD Audio, Blu-ray audio along with CD, DVD, Blu-ray / 3D.

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  • DaMacFunkin
    September 23, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    You have actually reported this story wrong.
    The ceo of oppo has stated that the unit may support Dolby Vision via a firmware update, but licensing and integration may not be possible.
    The unit will support HDR10 as it is a base requirement of the UHD blu Ray alliance.
    Another requirement is that Dolby Vision must include HDR10 as a fallback to ensure compatibility between devices.

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  • Goahead
    September 24, 2016 at 9:54 am

    When I emailed Oppo, they said they are making 2 4K Bluray players which is their typical approach. This model seems like the entry level model. I will wait for their higher end, which probably has SACD compatibility and possible high quality headphone setup.

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  • peter chrisp
    September 24, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Although it’s i guess not a well known brand amongst the other contenders, on a personal level is it one of the best brands in the world? With so much competition and the recent Samsung first 4k player on the market followed by the new Panasonic bd player it looks as though they’re all jumping on the bandwagon which now to me is a great thing. One thing too which is quite noticeable and judging by the reviews each one are claiming this is the best one to buy! Initially i could not wait to buy an ultra 4k tv, although it took
    me around 2 years but when you wait that long the prices are excellent and well worth the wait. In regards to the first ultra 4k bd player the Samsung the reviews were good but not i guess breathtaking but it does the trick perfectly, and at one stage it was on my mind, and the reviews on the new Panasonic 4k player were excellent in comparison to the Samsung so i decided to go for the latter.
    The good thing too i can always add another player if i have any doubts!

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  • Chris Christie's Belt
    September 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Chinese “premium” brand.

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  • John
    September 25, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    From your article you seem to be quite unaware of Oppo’s excellent reputation as a manufacturer of what most in the home theater market, both consumers and the technical media, consider to be the finest DVD/Blu-ray players produced? Indeed many such consumers are holding off on a purchase of a UHD player until the Oppo product is out … and this was before people even knew for certain Oppo was producing such a player. Oppo were known for the excellence of their players long before they were known for phones. I’m a bit surprised that 4K is seemingly unaware of this history and their reputation?

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  • antr
    September 26, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Its amazing that author of this article have such limited knowledge about Oppo (digital) and their previous Blu-ray players that are dominating Blu-ray player market, especially when it comes to audio and video performance.

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  • Alex S
    September 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

    If this player only has the HDMI 2.0 connections, won’t this player be obsolete within a year ? The UHD Blu ray alliance stated that HDR will be the standard, but with an added algorithm for HDR over the air broadcasting which is the HLG algorithm. And this requires HDMI 2.1 which should be on the 2017 models. And was told that 2017 is the ‘future proof year ‘ with the HDMI 2.1 standard. So this is why I’ve been holding off on buying my Oled TV hoping that LG or Panasonic incorporate the HDMI 2.1 in their 2017 Oleds ( and please make them at least 100 nits brighter and better motion handling). As good as the 2016 models are, I was told that they would be obsolete due to the recent standards that were put in place by the UHD Alliance. Am I wrong ? Please help me out here.

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  • James m.
    September 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Maybe a little research on Oppo’s quality history might have had you not saying they are a lesser brand and expecting Oppo’s usual 5 star build and performance. Really shocked at those statements from an A/V journalist. Absolutely no offence meant.

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  • eric w
    July 28, 2017 at 7:30 am

    I saw there are two different version of this UDP 203, raw standard one and one hat plays blu rays and dvd’s from different regions and zones. Can someone explain the difference. I just want to watch Blu ray and ultra blu ray…thanks

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