First unveiled in September 2016, Oppo is launching its first UHD Blu-ray player for $549 dollars. The UDP-203 is the first player to support the Dolby Vision HDR format, which will be added via a firmware update in “early 2017”
Update 19.12.2016: Now available in the UK, too. See Amazon UK
Oppo UDP-203 with Dolby Vision
The Oppo UDP-203 naturally conforms to the UHD Blu-ray specification, meaning 4K resolution and HDR (High Dynamic Range), including an expanded color gamut. Besides that it also brings high-quality music playback to the table.
- “The OPPO UDP-203 provides an unmatched A/V experience to home theater enthusiasts. Drawing from over a decade's worth of experience in advanced image processing technology and high fidelity audio performance, the UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is the ideal source to complete the ultimate home theater and sound room,.” the company wrote.
The company has also officially confirmed that “support for Dolby Vision will be available in the future via a firmware upgrade.” The firmware update will be released in “early 2017”. Compared to the open HDR10 format that is used in all UHD Blu-ray players to date, Dolby Vision adds support for 12-bit color depth and dynamic metadata.
Oppo UDP-203 features 2x HDMI outputs, one for video and one for audio. Additionally it features two USB 3.0 ports for connecting USB hard and thumb drives, a LAN port, and other ports as seen below. The box offers no video or music streaming apps unlike most other Blu-ray players on the market.
The player comes with a brushed aluminum front panel and a steel chassis on the inside.
Oppo says that “it is now available for pre-order” but adds that “the limit is 1 per customer” at the moment. The UDP-203 will “ship in 2 to 3 business days” and will set you back $549 dollars. More information about UDP-203 is available on oppodigital.com. A higher-end UDP-205 model is expected in 2017.
Oppo UDP-203 specifications
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
BD-ROM Version 3.1 Profile 6 (also compatible with BD-ROM Version 2.5 Profile 5)
Analog Audio: 7.1ch, 5.1ch, stereo. Coaxial/Optical Audio: up to 2ch/192kHz PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS. HDMI Audio: up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream. HDMI Video: UHD/1080p24/1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i/480p/480i, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24.
HDMI Audio: up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream. HDMI Video: UHD/1080p24/1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i/480p/480i, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24.
Power Supply: 100V - 240V˜, 50/60Hz AC Power Consumption: 40W (Standby: 0.5W in Energy Efficient Mode) Dimensions: 16.9 x 12.2 x 3.1 inches (430mm x 311mm x 79mm) Mass: 9.5lbs (4.3kg)