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Old 11-25-2017, 12:14 AM   #141
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Lordoftherings, thank you for your reply and your kind words.
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Old 11-25-2017, 01:41 AM   #142
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Old 11-25-2017, 10:16 PM   #143
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I have got this beauty (Hardware Modified) and also have a LG OLED with Dolby Vision.
I can confirm that DV works perfectly on this combination.
Also have a setup where one button press on AMP changes between Bitstream HDMI and Analog out 7.1
On various tests of Music Blu-rays and DVDs you can hear a huge difference in sound. Analog is quiter, and has better seperation of sound. I have the AMP doing Atmos upscaling which is possibly why bitstream sounds 'muddier'.
Also analog on playing CD, SACD and DVD Audio is sounding a lot better.
Worth the price tag to get this, and cannot wait for a friend to get a new laser 4k projector, and hook this baby up to it to see the results.
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Old 11-28-2017, 02:42 AM   #144
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Latest Official Release Version
Release date: November 27, 2017
Category: Latest Official Release

Main Version: UDP20X-54-1127
Loader Version: TF0035
MCU Version: MCU205-01-1220

Installation Instructions and Download Link: Click Here

Release Notes:
This release is for the OPPO UDP-203/205 4K UHD Blu-ray Disc Player.
Special Notice:
1. Once this firmware version is installed on the player, you will not be able to revert back to any previous official or public beta firmware. There will be no problem upgrading to any future official or beta firmware release.
2. For players with firmware version 42-0329 or earlier, please install the UDP20X-45-0605 firmware first. You will then be able to upgrade from version 45-0605 to the latest version, 54-1127.

Comparing to the previous Official release version UDP20X-51-0922, the major changes included in this version are:
  1. Added support for MQA audio files on the UDP-205.
  2. Improved compatibility for recently released and upcoming Dolby Vision UHD Blu-ray discs and TV firmware.
  3. Improved compatibility for non-standard 4:3 aspect ratio media files.
  4. General fixes and disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted samples.
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:11 AM   #145
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Alright, my 205 was just delivered! Awesome!

I hope this isn't a stupid question, but the player has been in the cold for days now in transit and I'm concerned about the unit condensating internally. Are these fears unfounded, just let 'er rip or should I allow the box to acclimate a bit? If so, how long? Three hours? Overnight? Or take it out of the box and let it acclimate?
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:21 AM   #146
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:28 AM   #147
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Alright, my 205 was just delivered! Awesome!

I hope this isn't a stupid question, but the player has been in the cold for days now in transit and I'm concerned about the unit condensating internally. Are these fears unfounded, just let 'er rip or should I allow the box to acclimate a bit? If so, how long? Three hours? Overnight? Or take it out of the box and let it acclimate?
If the player is not cold to the touch I would just turn it on. The player is ventilated underneath and to the rear so it should acclimate to your room temp easily. Congrats on your new player.
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:41 AM   #148
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Cool, thanks John.
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Old 12-02-2017, 12:58 AM   #149
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Oppo Digital UDP-205 - AudioXpress - Gary Galo - Nov 15th, 2017

This is a pdf of the magazine article, very lengthy and in-depth review

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With the UDP-205, OPPO Digital has a new, reference-quality player, redefining what’s possible with a high-performance universal digital player, at a very affordable price (see Photo 9). It’s possible to improve audio performance even further with the addition of an outboard DAC. But, you’ll need to pay at least as much, and possibly a lot more, for the outboard DAC as you did for the UDP-205. It will take outboard DACs at least approaching performance of the Benchmark DAC3 HGC to get you to the next level of transparency and refinement. Many audio enthusiasts will question the need for anything better—the performance of the UDP-205 is that good. The UDP-205 is a new reference for stand-alone digital players. I could not recommend it more highly
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Old 12-02-2017, 01:08 AM   #150
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This paragraph from the above review should be of benefit for the HDCD media owners here.

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Some OPPO Digital owners may be reluctant to upgrade to the UDP-205 player because of the lack of HDCD support. They should rethink this view. Because of the UDP-205’s superior audio performance compared to the BDP-105, the 24-bit decoded files made with dBpoweramp actually sound better on the new player than the original discs did on the old one. Improved spatial qualities and detail are evident on the Copland recording, as well as Frederick Fennell and the Dallas Wind Symphony performing Václav Nelhýbel’s Trittico (Reference Recordings HDCD RR-52). For best performance playing media files, I suggest a USB 3.0 external drive connected to one of the USB 3.0 inputs on the player with a high-quality cable. I use an AudioQuest Carbon.
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Old 12-05-2017, 05:44 PM   #151
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Oppo UDP-203 & UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray Players Review - Audioholics - By Gene DellaSala - December 04, 2017

Lots of plots for comparing both the 203 versus 205 players against audio performance. The following response from Oppo's in-process improvements against HDR-SDR conversion is of interest.

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Unfortunately, my reference systems are a bit outdated on the video side of the equation. We are Audioholics after all so this shouldn't come as much surprise. I tested both players on my Epson 6020 1080P front projector, 42" 1080p Panasonic Plasma and 55" 1080p Samsung LCD displays. I did bring the UDP-203 over to my parents’ house to do some UHD testing on their 65" Sony 4K OLED, just to get a glimpse of the promised land and provide me some convincing to do some upgrading on my own.

Perhaps one of the biggest complaints I've read online about the Oppo UDP Ultra HD Blu-ray players is their subpar HDR to SDR conversion. Some reviewers found a competing Panasonic UHD player to be superior in this regard. I emailed Oppo about this to get their take and received the following response:

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Yes HDR-SDR conversion is still being improved. There is no standard formula for it. In our current implementation, we are able to preserve more high brightness details but blacks in the 5%-7% range are slightly crushed. Panasonic, for example, has a different implementation. Since HDR grading is a major step in movie production and disc authoring, and there is much artistic creativity involved, it is not possible to reserve that process perfectly in an automated playback workflow. It's also important to note that chroma enhancement can have unwanted side effects as well.

For customers with SDR TV, it is still best to play the SDR version of the movie. This recommendation holds true in our experience with our players and other UHD players that we have tested.
The last paragraph from Oppo really resonated with me. First, as a consumer, why would you bother to buy a UHD Blu-ray player if you only plan on using it on an SDR display? Second, in most cases when you buy an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, the SDR version is also included so there's really no reason to lose sleep over the possibility of non optimal HDR to SDR conversion when you can just use the alternative disc until you upgrade your display.

That said, I did extensively test the upscaler of the UDP players on both regular DVD and Blu-ray and found them to perform superbly just like prior players from Oppo. Both players scored perfect scores on the HQV test disc and passed all cadences with no chroma upsampling error for SD sources via the Spears & Munsil Blu-ray test disc. Rest assured, both players perform DVD and SD Blu-ray flawlessly.

For UHD, I played a couple of UHD Blu-rays I had at my disposal using my parents Sony 65" OLED display.
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A error in the above article concerning:

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The UDP-205 bass management only affects the analog multi-channel outputs. Balanced outputs and HDMI outputs bypass this feature.
Bass management on the Balanced outputs occurs when the Balanced outputs with the Stereo Signal is set to Front/Left.
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Old 12-05-2017, 06:29 PM   #153
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And that article mentioned their gross weight (packaging & all), not net, which is "desorientating", because they don't specify it. Who cares about gross weights, they mean zucchini.

"While the 16lbs UDP-203 is certainly no slouch with build quality surpassing all but the most expensive players on the market, the UDP-205 is just built of sterner stuff, tipping the scale at 30lbs weighing as much as most $1000 Atmos AV receivers."

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Old 12-05-2017, 06:53 PM   #154
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And that article mentioned their gross weight (packaging & all), not net, which is "desorientating", because they don't specify it. Who cares about gross weights, they mean zucchini.

"While the 16lbs UDP-203 is certainly no slouch with build quality surpassing all but the most expensive players on the market, the UDP-205 is just built of sterner stuff, tipping the scale at 30lbs weighing as much as most $1000 Atmos AV receivers."

Audioholics is not my first choice for reliability, trust, integrity and accuracy.
The 205 is 22.05 lbs, while the 203 is 9.48 lbs, the shipping weight of the 205 packaging is 30 lbs.
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Yeah, we know that for a year now. Their article is misguiding, it needs some editing here and there, with better clarification, correction.
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Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision) - TechHive -By Jon L. Jacobi - Dec 14th, 2017
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is the 205 region free?
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is the 205 region free?
no Blu-ray player is region free, you have to mod them or get them modded for that.
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no Blu-ray player is region free, you have to mod them or get them modded for that.
Thx for the info. Guess I'll just stick with what I have.
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Thx for the info. Guess I'll just stick with what I have.
external region free mod (connects to RS232 & USB) cost like $60 on ebay. I have one and it works perfectly in my 93 and my 105. users say it works fine in both the 203 & 205. how can you not swing $60?
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