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Oppo Takes 4K Blu-ray For A Spin, Plans Dolby Vision Update

Oppo Digital first 4K Blu-ray player, the $499 UDP-203, will turn up at the CES booths of technology partners Dolby and MediaTek, the company announced.

At press time, the company said it planned to apply to the UHD Alliance to certify the performance of the player, which is available with HDR 10 but is firmware upgradable to add Dolby Vision HDR.

The networked UDP-203 universal player, available at, plays 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, 2D and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVD-Audio and two-channel and multichannel SACD discs. It also decodes high-res music files stored on USB sticks, USB hard drives or networked PCs in the AIFF, WAV, ALAC, APE, FLAC, stereo DSD64/128 MHz, and multichannel DSD64 codecs.

An HDMI 2.0a output send 4K video to 4K TVs, and an HDMI 1.4 output sends surround sound and Dolby Atmos and DTS:X metadata to older A/V receivers lacking HDMI 2.0 inputs.

From two USB 3.0 ports on the back, users can play video, music and photos from USB hard drives and USB sticks.

Unlike Oppo’s previous HD Blu-ray players, the UDP-203 lacks internet video and music streaming apps, opting instead to let consumers connect streaming devices to the player’s HDMI 2.0 input. The approach lets consumers choose from a wider range of streaming devices and services, Oppo said. A side benefit is that the player can start up quicker and be more responsive during disc and file playback, the company added.

The UDP-203 also features 7.1-channel analog outputs with 32-bit DACs, and its 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet port lets users stream media files stored on networked computers and NAS devices.

The player comes with brushed-aluminum front panel, steel chassis, gold-plated connectors, and such custom-install integration features as RS-232 control, back-panel IR port, and third-party IP control.

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