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Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review & Comments

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Steve Withers, Jan 25, 2017.


    1. Steve Withers

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      Flawless playback???!!! ;)
      While the review is obviously based on what you saw and the body text does note "if the reported bugs and the number of firmware updates are anything to go by....it would seem the majority of issues have now been fixed" a casual read of the OPPO owners thread does still show some with issues (plus some who have returned their 203s). While future updates should resolve these it's somewhat jumping the gun to state flawless playback in the review summary.

      Small point: the Panasonic DMP-UB900, which you can currently buy for £549 is incorrect as most retailers (Richer Sounds, John Lewis, Currys etc) currently (date of review) price this between £449 and £455. So not £100 difference but £200.
       
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      Also Steve the UB900 can be had around £400-450 now so more like £200-250 less than the Oppo.

      At £100 less the Oppo may be the better option but at £200+ not so sure, especially till then can iron out the issues.

      Nice review anyway Steve as always.
       
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      This review really doesn't reflect the real life experiences of end users as reflected on the owners thread on here.

      What about 3D playback stuttering? The Metadata Strip work in progress? Lack of HDR on the HDMI input? Gapless playback issues?

      It is incorrect to say the majority of issues have been addressed.

      I was hoping for an accurate review from AVF. Disappointing.
       
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      I honestly cannot disagree with anything in this review... spot on! I appreciate others may still be having issues but that is not my experience.
       
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      I agree with gaz2810i.
      Me too now have a player which doesn't fail on me.
      It's clearly that the player has issues for some users who expeience compability issues.
      But this is not the case for everybody.

      From the review:
      and this as well
      Both of those quotes also apply for my experiences with the player after getting the beta firmware, and now the official 20th of January firmware.

      I am sorry for those who are experiencing problems. But they are very loud, and some of them claim the Oppo UDP-203 is a faulty design. This is not at all the case for everybody, but some like to portray it in that matter.
      Maybe they are hoping that yelling and moaning will get Oppo to react quicker.

      My conclusion is. If the Oppo 203 fits your setup, it is a great player.
      If you're going to experience compability issues, then you're in for a wait for "the perfect firmware".
       
    7. Steve Withers

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      I didn't realise the UB900 had dropped in price so much, I'll correct that. At £450 it's a bit of a bargain.
       
    8. Steve Withers

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      The review can, by definition, only reflect my experiences but having read the owners thread I tried to look for any of the problems other people have experienced and mention them in the review.
       
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      Which firmware version was the player on?

      The issues changed with each version, from the initial,to the 1229 Beta issue.
       
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      Steve, you did a great job. There are obvious night and day experiences amongst some owners and you did well to represent both theirs and you experiences. That is really all that can be asked of you as a reviewer. Thank you!
       
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      The firmware is 1229 beta.
       
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      Thanks for the great review Steve. My hands on experience is pretty much in line with yours. I have owned all of the uhd players currently in the market and multiple units of some. I was extremely reluctant to purchase the oppo based on negative user feedback however i was happy to discover at least for me hardly any of these issues exist. I've done plenty of A B comparison with the Panasonic and finally sold the Panny and kept the Oppp. Support is simply fantastic as well. I can only suggest to anyone to actually try it in your home instead of relying on the internet for feedback.
       
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      That beta is now final release.
       
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      I appreciate some are having real problems - touch wood mine does all I want it to do pretty flawlessly - all Steve could do was review the unit he had in his hands at the time and rate it as he saw it.
       
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      This review reflects exactly my real life user experience. Being dead honest here I was struck by how clean 3D this player delivers the best I've ever seen and flawless playback. Strip Metadata is still and experimental feature and is stated even in the menu and for that it works extremely well but even so Oppos support confirmed to me in an email that in the next FW it will be further improved. Apart form this truly I have not experienced any other issues.
       
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      I am sure I would be hacked if my 203 was a bad as some report but you cannot say the review does not reflect real user experience. It may not reflect the experience of some very vocal (and repetitive?) members on here but like Bandyka it does reflect mine,
       
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      If it plays everything perfectly why only a 9/10 for picture?
       
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      Steve, thank you for your review, i'm a great advocate of avforums reviews (just check my signature) and swear by them to give an honest and balanced review, and this one is no different, i do have little issues and stutter, but i have a pretty good relationship with James at oppo, who is informally working with me as a liaison for forum members, in trying to keep them up-to-date with our new player, and i'm trying to keep the thread as positive as i can, and i think members appreciate that, even if they are experiencing issues..obviously it is up to the individual whether or not they think the oppo is worth the extra money against the other players out there currently.

      however the oppo is a truly universal player, has great build quality and will be upgraded to dolby vision...that for me...is enough to warrant the extra cash over the other players who simply cant compete on this level, as they don't offer the same flexibility or features, plus the excellent ongoing firmware support and customer service that i have received on previous oppo products and of course now this one.

      so thank you again for the excellent review as always, and i look forward to your eventual review of the 205

      one thing i thing people would like to see (me included), is a shoot out or comparison, which i would like to see generally with tv's/players/receivers etc...

      but it is my understanding that, it is not possible, as different av products are reviewed at different times and locations, by the forums team which is a shame.

      not knocking the forums by the way as the output is enormous considering you are made up of a small team, of stella swigging , desert dwellers, who perform the odd mic drop or two...what showmen ;)
       
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      The WHF review is predictably hilarious,the Oppo digging more picture detail than the Pana.
       
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      That will be because of the Darbee in the Oppo ;)
       
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      Can't do Laser disk or HD-DVD so not truely universal. If it could I'd have one like a shot ;)
      Or vinyl, mini cd, betamax, VHS, 8 track etc etc. Just six formats does not universal make... :)
      So not quite the Swiss Army knife of players (although it would have to be 5 times as high to have all the loading slots for these formats). Now that would be something to see!
       
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      still does more than any of the other players out there...if i was just going to watch bluray and UHD bluray id opt for a panny..is depends whether or not you would you use all the other features...i use them all so to me its good value, even if it is a little on the expensive side, but were talking about av equipment here and some prices can go into the thousands...
       
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      Please show me where the Darbee is in the 203 :)
       
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      Agree the Panny is a disc player only, pretty much (except for Netlfix). However the Oppo is a true media hub, love it. So far it played anything from anywhere I threw at it.
       
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      According to the What Hifi review its there. I can't find it. Maybe you have to press a secret code on the remote to unlock the Darbee screen?;)
       
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      Its odd when Oppo first appeared in this country i:e their dvd player,What HiFi didn't like at all,and their review of the Oppo 83 wasn't that great, or the 103,which i think has the same blu ray playback as the 203 :confused:.

      :D
       
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      "There is scope to tweak the picture using Oppo’s DARBEE image processing system, but it’s not subtle enough to make any useful improvements". We’d stick to fine-tuning your TV or projector’s picture when needed.- WHF S&V.
      WTH...Did whathifi even review the Oppo udp-203?
       
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      And Amazon Instant and a surprising (for Panasonic) lot of streaming stuff.
      Not a big deal now when a lot of TVs provide this but thinking forward when streaming providers start doing HD soundtracks a current generation smart TV isn't going to do the bizz due to the HDMI ARC limitations. Having these streaming services in player is then the only way to go to get HD audio. OK you can buy a dedicated media player but this is yet more money and yet another box.

      Not to forget the habit of the likes of Sony who fail to update/drop support of their smart TV apps with depressing regularity. Amazon Instant is now a buggy mess on my not yet 3 year old Sony TV.
      Can the OPPO play HD soundtracks over DLNA including atmos? The review doesn't mention this.
       
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      Maybe because there's little room for improvement still; like Dolby Vision when it comes?
       
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      You cant mark something down a point for not playing a format that only exists on paper at the time of the review.
      The cynic in me thinks its a 9 so a the 205 can be a 10 but obviously the picture will be identical?
      Or the player didnt pass every test pattern test which is then fair enough but I dont remember seeing that in the review?
       

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