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Old 11-21-2017, 08:10 PM
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Default Oppo UDP-203 arrived today




My new Oppo UDP-203 ultra high def 4K HDR Blu-ray player arrived today. It is quite attractive. Owning a number of Oppo Blu-ray players made setup a snap. I never even opened the owner's manual. The player comes with a 6 foot HDMI cable that Oppo makes a point of saying is a premium HDMI cable. I am using this cable for the time being but will ultimately make a comparison of it with the Wireworld Starlight 7 HDMI cable I had been using on the Oppo BDP-95 that the UDP-203 replaced. It will be interesting to note the differences, if any. I am only using the stereo outputs to feed the analog signal to my C2300/MC452/PMC EB1i sound system in the living room.

I have the UDP-203 Ethernet connected to my home network so as soon as I powered it on I was asked if I wanted to download the latest firmware. I clicked on YES and it took less than 2 minutes for the latest firmware to download, install, and reboot the player.

The remote control is a bit different from previous Oppo Blu-ray players. Some control buttons have been relocated and the back light for the buttons is now motion activated. I am going to watch how much quicker the batteries become exhusted with this feature turned on. If it consumes battery power at a quicker rate I will defeat the motion activation feature for back lighting.

Once connections were made and setup was complete I watched the only 4K Blu-ray movie that arrive yet, Mechanic Resurrection with Jason Statham and Jessica Alba. It is an action thriller that looks incredibly sharp and detailed on the new Sony XBR65X900E television recently installed in the living room. The clarity of the picture is astonishing. Needless to say, I will be purchasing new movies in 4K. The sound, even in two channel was awe inspiring. My JL Audio Fathom f113 subwoofer had the couch and my lounge chair pulsing and vibrating with the explosions. The sound from the UDP-203 is excellent. The picture is fabulous. The Oppo and the Sony have transformed my living room movie watching experience.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:25 PM
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Congrats on your Oppo UDP Dan! Fantastic value and an outstanding product. Both the Video and Audio, the DAC included are above and beyond performance that can be expected at this price level. I am enjoying my Oppo daily. This is my 3rd Oppo product over the years and they have yet to disappoint.
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Old 11-21-2017, 09:44 PM
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Dan, congrats on the new OppO. I will be doing the same thing soon - replacing my BDP-95 with a 203 or 205. Not sure which, yet.
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Old 11-21-2017, 10:21 PM
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Nice Dan congrats

PS is the remote like my 205, if you just even set it on a table and tap the table mine has a sensor that lights up the remote even it I tap my coffee table.
That 203 is going to be great for you guys
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Old 11-22-2017, 05:50 AM
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Congrats Dan!
I'm not ready yet for 4K but it's seriously starting to itch.

And I like Jason Statham also.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:46 AM
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One of the last pieces I'm considering in my complete system build is a new dvd player. As much as the ocd side of me wants an all McIntosh system, I've heard a lot of good things about Oppo players. Just now briefly glanced at the 203 model and it's about 1/4 the cost of used McIntosh mvp881/891, which don't do 4k disk anyway, so no real comparison. What is the main difference between the Oppo 203 and 205? At first glance it seems the 203 would be more than enough for me.
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Old 11-22-2017, 09:24 AM
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the sound stages the 205 is geared more towards the audiophile with xlr and rca multi ports, dacs upgraded etc.

Video is the same as far as I know.
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C500C C500T preamp and a MX150 control center, (3)McIntosh 601 mono block amps, (1)7270 McIntosh amp driving rears in 7.1 (1)Halo A23 amp for side surround, & (1)452 McIntosh amp for main towers part of a bi-amp setup with 601's, Esoteric K-03 JL F212 sub all glued together with mostly all WireWorld & Moon Audio Black Dragon cables.

Headphone Rig
Audeze LCD-X Sennheiser hd 800 & Sennheiser hd 700 cans, Woo Audio WA-6SE with Sophia Princess & matched pair of 6GL7/6EM tubes Black Dragon Cable upgrades on the HD700s!

Streaming Dac Gear
includes K03, high-end custom built Toshiba core i7 16 gigs Wireworld Platinum USB cable, Ipad mini & Itouch driving media center 20 for full remote control anywhere on property and even via web to have music on when I get home Also can remote control MX150 via web too.

Analog Rig
VPI Classic II running with a Dynavector 20X2-H MC Phono Cartridge

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For living room and outside rear deck is connected to MX150 with (1)Parasound 5250 amp. Oppo 205 , Sony ES777, (1)PPP, and a DirectStream P15 Power Plant

Speaker system
Builder of custom very high end Dynaudio's 2 Main towers, 1 super tweeter Dynaudio built system above each tower, 4 surrounds all Dynaudio Esoteric drivers 6.5 mids, esoteric dome tweeters, 2 rear surrounds, and a custom 5 speaker 2 7" drivers, 2 3" domes, and a d21 tweeter in the center channel to compliment my 2 300lb custom subs and a JL F212

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AC Power Electrical overview is 4 20 amp 120 circuits all 10-3 wiring extra shielding with walls custom modded with cross bracing 2x6s over a 14" thick concrete with R19 and weather barrier
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Old 11-22-2017, 10:18 AM
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I have had my 203 for several months now connected to an Epson LS10000 projector and 7.1 theater system and absolutely love it. Picture quality is great and for me the "strip metadata" feature works really well since my projector can handle a 4k input signal but is not HDR capable. One of my favorite 4k discs (visually anyway) I have gotten so far is Passengers.

I have rips of many of my non 4k blue ray discs on my server to avoid having stacks of discs laying around and my only complaint is they have Cinavia protection enabled on the 203 when streaming from the network (Oppo didn't have that in previous players) so on movies where that protection is enabled I have to actually use the physical disc. Not a huge deal, but slightly annoying.
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Old 11-22-2017, 02:20 PM
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Very nice write up! Enjoy it!
By the way, Netflix has 4K movies for streaming so you may be able to save by not having to purchase certain movies.
Here is a step by step for streaming 4K from Netflix.
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-stre...-in-4k-1847830
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The other cool thing about the Oppo 203 is that it is a Roon endpoint, so those of you that would like to use Roon can use the Oppo for this.
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