Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review Specs

Specs
Dimensions (WxHxD, Inches): 16.9 x 3.1 x 12.2
Weight (Pounds): 9.5
Video/Audio Outputs: HDMI video (2.0a), HDMI audio
Audio Outputs: Coaxial digital (1), optical digital (1), 7.1 analog (1)
Other: Ethernet (1), USB 3.0 (2), USB 2.0 (1), RS-232C, 12-volt triggers (in, out), wireless LAN
Price: $549

Company Info
Oppo Digital
oppodigital.com

COMPANY INFO
Oppo Digital
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COMMENTS
markymo32's picture

Would having a better DAC off set not having HDCD decoding? I really wish Oppo would have put this in the player.
Why do you prefer digital coax over an optical connection for CD's and why not always use the analog outputs so you can you the players DAC ?

Thank You

boe's picture

I have vigorously recommended all the previous Oppos to my friend's and family in the past. I don't think I'd recommend the 203 at this time. I'm not sure I ever would. The firmware is still plagued by many playback issues. It doesn't stream as well as the previous model although it does support 4K streaming which the other didn't (provided you can find 4K media to stream - not that there isn't any). Part of the issue is the lawyers got their teeth into this thing - gimping it before it was even released. The Oppo 203 in its current form is like a a wonderful steak that the waiter sneezed on right before handing it to you.

JJV59's picture

Have you actually used it? It appears not because the 203 offers no dedicated streaming, you can either stream locally through your network(which I've tested and it has worked flawlessly) or you hook up your own streaming player through the hdmi input. The playback plagues are next to non existent considering this is still technically a beta product. I've had my 203 for a few months now and have only had one hiccup, otherwise it has preformed flawlessly. I would like to know if you have even used the 203, by your hogwash comment it appears not.

boe's picture

I've had it for 4 months and I haven't taken it out of the box yet. I just like posting nonsense. Seriously though - I have 66TB of movies and videos I stream through my computer to my Oppos. I suggest you try READING comments before jumping to ASSUmptions.

JJV59's picture

Oh I your comment, you must have a reading comprehension issue. Did you read my comment? It was directly in reply to your comment. Can't handle constructive criticism? Considering a couple responses to my comment back up my response. Jumping to assumptions? You posted hogwash. You must be a real joy to be around.

boe's picture

The word hogwash eludes the realm of constructive. Furthermore you clearly are the one with the comprehension issues as I posted about the streaming issues of the 203. I have 66TB of files I stream to my Oppo which the 103 does not have issues with so your post has no value.

David Vaughn's picture
Like the other poster (JJV), the 203 has been great for me as well. Its first firmware was obviously rushed, but since then the player has been rock solid, and I watch 4-6 movies per week on it. As for no streaming capabilities, I'm sure you have other devices that stream just fine, if not better, than what the Oppo could possibly do. Even the old 103D, I found that streaming through my Tivo was much easier to do.
SkinnyPanda's picture

Purchased mine in January and have had no issues. Plays all my 4k Blu Rays without issues. Awesome unit, build quality second to none. Just eager to get the Dolby Vision firmware update.

masterklee's picture

Hello, thank you for the great review. A question I have regarding the dedicated HDMI audio only output port. Panasonic's UB900 which competes with this player also has a dedicated HDMI audio only output port for backward compatibility with receivers that don't have HDMI 2.0 inputs. I read in some forums where some members stated Panasonic recommends using the HDMI audio only connection even if your receiver accepts HDMI 2.0 inputs to separate the video output (from the main HDMI output which should connect directly to the TV) and the audio output (HDMI audio only port connected to the receiver) for better audio and video performance. In your experience is this true and does it apply to this Oppo player as well? Thanks.

tommyb3's picture

Hey all, I need to buy a new Blu-Ray player as my existing player really has problems with any little imperfection in the media. I don't have a UHD set yet, as I still love my Pioneer plasma and the Epson projector in the theater room. But, I want to buy a great 4k player now in preparation for an eventual upgrade. How does the Oppo do on discs? Does it do a good job tolerating imperfections? How about outputting to a 1080P device, will I notice any benefit there? Thanks for your help all!!!

HMB's picture

I have an OPPO BDP103D, not so sure I would get an OPPO again - knowing what I know about electronics design( I am an engineer) - I doubt this problem has been addressed. No one certainly talks about it.
The player allows an operating failure that can blow out your speakers.
I run the discrete audio output (ANALOG) of the OPPO into my Marantz, so that I get the latest decoding. I also have my cable box going through the OPPO, with direct connect of the video to my TV.
Certain conditions can trigger DIGITAL CONTENT (rather than analog) to go directly to my receiver. It will be FULL SCALE, AND have very high frequencies.
One condition I know of is if you accidently turn off the TV power with the OPPO still on, you can trigger this fault condition. THe best OPPO can do is tell me to make sure all sources are turned on before turning on the OPPO. That has NOT prevented this from happening about 5 times since I have owned the unit. Things happen, you know. This fault condition should be fixed.
WHAT GOOD IS "SOUND QUALITY" if your player can blow up your speakers?

Tingeli's picture

OPPO and Cambridge Audio were the last ones to support HDCD. Unfortunately they seem to have stopped now. I have many HDCDs and they sound great but I could not say whether there is a real sound improvement versus normal CD and I could not find any comparison. Maybe somebody knows where to find.

laguna_b's picture

I was at a demo and tried playing a .iso image on an OPPO using a USB stick and we could not see it in the menu. Have anyone tried playing .iso or .mkv blue ray movies over network connection?

laguna_b's picture

So can one play .mkvs over network?

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