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I'm writing up a CEDIA Day 2 show report right now... and just got an in-person scoop on OPPO's new BD player offerings in the press room. The unit is not "officially" here... here's a snippet from the write up (and a first look photo I took). I know a lot of you have been yearning for information about an OPPO 4K player... well... here it is! More to come:

OPPO isn’t officially on the show floor at CEDIA, but a prototype version of its new 4K UHD BD player has been seen making the rounds. The rumor mill has been buzzing over these images and the rumored price.

Here’s the quick and dirty. OPPO is currently planning on releasing two versions of a 4K UHD BD player: The UDP-203 and UDP-205. The primary difference between the two is quality of the analog outputs, with the 205 relying on a better quality EES DAC to output sound through stereo outputs. The 203 will have a lesser DAC that feeds multi-channel outputs (which OPPO is including on the 203 for customers with older systems).

As for pricing, the 203 will likely land in the $499-$599 range, while the 205 should find its way to the $1199 to $1299 region.

When I spoke to OPPO, they were not able to confirm a ship date. It might be late 2016, but OPPO made it very clear they aren’t interested in rushing a half-baked product to market. They say they are still sorting out HDMI handshake issues, in addition to on screen banding produced when discs encoded with HDR are being fed to non-HDR televisions. I have heard, however, that prototype players are likely to begin beta field testing by the end of the month. That information came from a non-OPPO source, so time will best validate that claim.
 

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I was really worried the price of this thing would go up quite a bit compared to the current players. Looks like it will stay under control. Any word on whether the networking features of the 103 (DLNA and SMB share streaming over the local network, along with the Media Control app for Android and iOS) will make it to the 203?
 

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I don't think Darbee even has a version yet for 4k...is there?
No... I don't think they do. Their latest release was not even HDMI 2.0a compliant. Honestly, with 4K and HDR bubbling to the surface, I don't see where Darbee fits into the bigger picture.
 

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I was really worried the price of this thing would go up quite a bit compared to the current players. Looks like it will stay under control. Any word on whether the networking features of the 103 (DLNA and SMB share streaming over the local network, along with the Media Control app for Android and iOS) will make it to the 203?
I'll find out
 

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Great information Todd and it confirms much of what I am also told by OPPO.

No confirmation on DV at this time and I sent them information on another DV SoC manufacturer. Hope to get my Beta UDP-203 next week and I'll be testing it on every brand of TV and several UHD projectors.
 

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Yes, but I do not expect to be posting any information as I'll be signing a non-disclosure (NDA) and it's a Beta unit so my job is to test everything and report to OPPO engineering.

I'm 100% confident it will handle HDR as well as the best UHD BD player and regarding 10-bit I do not believe any UHD BD player puts out 10-bit.
 

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I was really worried the price of this thing would go up quite a bit compared to the current players. Looks like it will stay under control. Any word on whether the networking features of the 103 (DLNA and SMB share streaming over the local network, along with the Media Control app for Android and iOS) will make it to the 203?
I confirmed that the 203 will continue to support DLNA and SMB.

According to my contact, the MediaControl app will be revised and enhanced (but it might not be ready from prime time when Oppo launches the player... so there is a possibility that there will be no companion app at launch).
 

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I confirmed that the 203 will continue to support DLNA and SMB.



According to my contact, the MediaControl app will be revised and enhanced (but it might not be ready from prime time when Oppo launches the player... so there is a possibility that there will be no companion app at launch).


One question Todd. From other sites I understand Oppo will have a press conference tomorrow. As I understand it they will show off the 203 and 205

Will you report on the press conference?


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If OPPO has any kind of media around the players, I won't be present. But, will provide a more formal write-up if possible / necessary. We'll have to see why additional information is provided.
 

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One question Todd. From other sites I understand Oppo will have a press conference tomorrow. As I understand it they will show off the 203 and 205

Will you report on the press conference?


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Just heard from my OPPO point of contact (1000% reliable) that there is no press conference or media release planned for tomorrow. I know there's lots of noise / rumors surrounding these players...for now we are going to have to hang tight and wait it out. It could be a number of months before we have an official notifications from OPPO (very hard to say).
 

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Just heard from my OPPO point of contact (1000% reliable) that there is no press conference or media release planned for tomorrow. I know there's lots of noise / rumors surrounding these players...for now we are going to have to hang tight and wait it out. It could be a number of months before we have an official notifications from OPPO (very hard to say).


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