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If you're an audio/video enthusiast, this is THE player to get
I love my home cinema experience, and was upgrading from blu rays to the Ultra HD 4k discs. At the time, I have to admit I was so reluctant to purchase this player because of the price. But I kept reading great review after great review -- almost nobody could fault it except for the fact it doesn't support streaming apps (which I don't care about).
So I took the plunge.
Have loved it ever since. It really is worth the money. It's solidly built, works flawlessly, and the output is amazing for both 4k and standard blu ray discs. I purchased...it from Dennis White HiFi home cinema (https://www.deniswhitehomecinema.com.au/) in SA online during the Xmas sales. It arrived within a week and I had it hooked up that night. After running software updates, I turned it on and bingo -- everything came alive and the pictures from my discs were absolutely brilliant. The remote is top notch, albeit a little thick. However, anyone who's sitting in a dark room will appreciate the back-lit keys! So awesome Oppo did that. I find the player extremely easy to use, the menus quite intuitive, and with it's metal build it looks like a serious piece of equipment in my entertainment unit.
This is a great 4k Player, but that's not all it does.
Ok, so the previous review of this unit (The only other one at the time of writing) talks about how impressive the presentation and packaging of the Oppo UDP-203 4k Blu Ray player. However, I will diverge a little and talk about a few other things that clearly weren't mentioned there.
Firstly, there are two very similar acronyms that should NOT be confused. HDCP and HDMI used to describe the equipment needed for 4k Bluray playback. HDCP is the copy protection system used to stop people pirating bluray movies. (You need devices rated to handl...e version 2.2 or above to watch a 4k Bluray). Every device in the chain, from the Bluray player, to the TV needs to support 2.2, or you won't get a 4k picture. HDMI is the type of cable/socket most commonly used to connect your AV equipment, (Bluray, TV, PC, and gaming console). You NEED version 2.0 to play 4K Bluray. Although I have found that high-quality cables rated to version 1.4 seem to work for 4k content too. Both HDMI and HDCP devices can come in a version 1.4... which do not meet the standards required to utilise this (or any) 4k Bluray player to play 4k content. Whlle HDMI defines a minimum standard for cabling... and a good 1.4 version cable can work... The HDCP however, is not as flexible since they've changed the decoding algorithm. To summarise the above, 4K Bluray playback requires a few things in order to get the most out of this unit. Obviously, you will need a 4K movie. These typically are more expensive versions of normal blurays, and often come in a black Bluray case. Other things you'll need is a 4k TV, HDMI 2.0 (or higher) cables, and for every device in the chain (including the TV) to handle 4K (at least pass through) AND (not optionally) be able to decode the High Definition Copy Protection (HDCP v2.2) signal.
Excellent 4K DVD media streaming player with all the bells and whistles
If your looking for a top notch 4K DVD and media streaming player but at a low price then this is for you.
This is Oppo's first 4K player and from the get go you know you have bought something special, as soon as I opened the box to reveal a nice advertisement card with all the features and a nice photo of the unit, below this is the unit itself, wrapped in a nice shopping type bag with the Oppo logo on, add to this a nice black box which contains the power cord, HDMI cable, remote and batteries. Picking the unit out of the box I was immediate...
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