Oppo, the Chinese electronics company, has launched its own 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Player, the UDP-205. It promises high-quality playback, both audio and video. The UDP-205 has two ESS Technology ES9038PRO 32-bit HyperStream Digital to Analogue Converters, the flagship of the ESS SABRE PRO series.
It promises great quality audio output for both stereo and 7.1 output channels. It also offers a best in the class dynamic range of 140 dB. To further enhance the sound quality, the device employs a special HDMI audio jitter reduction circuit. This greatly reduces the sound jitter and noise but can only be used with the audio-only HDMI output port for connecting the audio signal.
Another feature of the device is that it has separate power supplies for analog and digital parts of its circuit, removing any interference that may result from the two being linked. For 4K decoding, Oppo has joined forces with MediaTek to produce and manufacture the OP8591, a quad-core 4K UHD Blu-ray decoder SoC that specializes in 4K decoding.
The device also has support for the HDR-10 standard, allowing for a wider range of colors in video playback experience. It is also said that the device will upgrade to the superior Dolby Vision standard via a firmware upgrade.
The device will not only play Blu-ray disks but will also play user generated videos, there is a wide variety of format that it supports. The Oppo UDP-205 does seem very impressive, but so does its cost. At $1,299, it is double the cost the next most expensive option.
Other companies, such as Sony, Samsung, Philips, and Panasonic, also have 4K players and some such as Microsoft have support for it on already available devices, in this case, the XBOX ONE. But Oppo’s player has a higher quality sound experience that any other. It is for the audiophiles out there.
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