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OPPO UDP-205 Universal Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Preview

OPPO UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

OPPO UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player


  • Product Name: UDP-205
  • Manufacturer: OPPO
  • Review Date: April 23, 2017 19:00
  • MSRP: $1,299
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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Disc Types
4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, AVCHD, SACD, CD, Kodak Picture CD, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE
BD Profile BD-ROM Version 3.1 Profile 6 (also compatible with BD-ROM Version 2.5 Profile 5)
Output Analog Audio: 7.1ch, 5.1ch, stereo.
Dedicated Stereo Analog Audio: XLR balanced, RCA single-ended.
Coaxial/Optical Audio: up to 2ch/192kHz PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS.
HDMI Audio: up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream.
HDMI Video: UHD/1080p24/1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i/480p/480i, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24.
Input HDMI Audio: up to 7.1ch/192kHz PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Bitstream.
HDMI Video: UHD/1080p24/1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i/480p/480i, 3D frame-packing 720p/1080p24.
USB Audio: up to 2ch/768kHz PCM, up to 2ch/2.8224MHz/5.6448MHz/11.2896MHz DSD.
Coaxial/Optical Audio: up to 2ch/192kHz PCM, Dolby Digital, DTS, AAC.
Audio Characteristics**
(Stereo Audio Output)
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 160kHz (-3dB ˜ +0.05dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 120dBr
THD+N: < 0.00018%
Output Level: (RCA) 2.1±0.2Vrms. (XLR) 4.2±0.4Vrms
Dynamic Range: > 120dB
Crosstalk: > 118dB
Analogue Audio Characteristics**
(Multi-channel Audio Output)
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 160kHz (-3dB ˜ +0.05dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 120dBr
THD+N: < 0.00031%
Output Level: 2.1±0.2Vrms
Dynamic Range: > 120dB
Crosstalk: > 118dB
Headphone Audio Characteristics** Frequency Response: 20Hz – 80kHz (-2dB ˜ +0.05dB) into 32ohm
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 105dBr into 32ohm
THD+N: < 0.01% into 32ohm and 50mW
Maximum Output Power: 590mW into 32ohm
Dynamic Range: > 115dB into 32ohm
Output Impedance: < 0.1ohm
General Specification Power Supply: 110V – 120V ˜ / 220V – 240V ˜, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption: 65W (Standby: 0.5W in Energy Efficient Mode)
Dimensions: 16.8 x 12.2 x 4.8 inches (430mm x 311mm x 123mm)
Mass: 22lbs (10kg)
Operating Temperature 41°F - 95°F, 5°C - 35°C
Operating Humidity 15% - 75%, no condensation
Included Accessories User Manual
Power Cord
Certified Premium High Speed 6 Ft HDMI Cable
Remote Control with Size AA Batteries

Executive Overview

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player Gets an Audio Performance Boost

OPPO Digital announced their UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc player is available for purchase. A step-up version of the recently released UDP-203, the UDP-205 brings top-of-the-line audio performance to a universal player that supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and many other digital audio and video formats. The step up from the UDP-203 to UDP-205 is similar to their predecessors; BDP-103 to BDP-105 Universal Blu-ray players. You can see just how significant of an upgrade you get from the analog audio side peering inside of those units and reviewing our test reports.

The OPPO UDP-205 carries many of the same features as the UDP-203: playback of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, Audio CD and many other formats; High Dynamic Range (HDR10) and firmware upgradable to Dolby Vision; dual HDMI outputs – HDMI 2.0 for UHD and HDMI 1.4 for audio; and an HDMI 2.0 input port for external streaming devices or set-top boxes.

OPPO UDP-203 & UDP-205 4k Ultra HD Blu-Ray Quick Comparison YouTube Video

Audiophile Upgrades

The audio performance of the OPPO UDP-205 is said to be a significant upgrade over the UDP-203 and previous generation players. The UDP-205 provides reference level sound quality through the analog outputs, improves the clock precision of the HDMI audio output, and increases the power of the built-in headphone amplifier. For the analog output stages, the UDP-205 utilizes two ES9038PRO DACs, which are the flagship of the ESS Sabre Pro series, delivering best-in-class audio performance.

Note: for those NOT utilizing the analog or headphone outputs of their Blu-ray player, you would be better served from an economic standpoint, getting the UDP-203 model which offers identical video and HDMI audio performance.

Stereo listening accounts for a large part of audiophile usage of a universal player, and that is why the UDP-205 offers a dedicated stereo output in addition to its 7.1-channel analog audio output. The stereo audio output is powered by a dedicated ES9038PRO DAC chip and specially designed buffer and driver stages. It provides both XLR balanced and RCA single-ended connectors. The balanced output features a true differential signal path all the way from the DAC to the 3-pin XLR connector. By transmitting a pair of differential signals, the balanced output provides better common-mode noise rejection and improves signal quality. For a more intimate listening experience, headphones can be connected directly to the UDP-205’s built-in headphone amplifier. The headphone amplifier is connected directly to the ESS SABRE PRO DAC and offers a unique performance advantage over standalone headphone amplifiers. Compared to the built-in headphone amplifier in our previous generation BDP-105/105D players, the new design offers more power and higher performance.  If you're really into headphone listening, than the UDP-205 is right up your alley.

Oppo UDP-205 Backview

OPPO UDP-205 Backview - note the dual HDMI outputs, balanced analog outputs and USB 3.0

In addition to its playback capabilities, the UDP-205 adds a USB DAC, a coaxial and an optical digital audio input so users can take advantage of the excellent audio performance of the UDP-205 with other sources. The asynchronous USB DAC input supports sample rates up to 768 kHz PCM and DSD 512. By bypassing the low fidelity, poor quality DAC of traditional computer soundcards, the UDP-205 turns any computer into a high performing multi-media source by utilizing the ES9038PRO DAC. For additional convenience and flexibility, the UDP-205 can convert digital signals from cable and satellite boxes, televisions, video game consoles and other digital transports with coaxial and optical digital outputs to analog. For all intents and purposes you could literally connect the UDP-205 directly to your power amplifiers and skip having an AV processor all together similar to what we've shown with the BDP-105. It would essentially serve as your preamp/HDMI switcher and headphone amp all in one! 

The UDP-205 features a high-stability, high-precision HDMI clock and a special HDMI audio jitter reduction circuit. This unique design is said to significantly reduce jitter and eliminate timing errors, allowing customers to enjoy their music with increased accuracy when they use the audio-only HDMI output port for connecting the audio signal. PCM and DSD signals rely on the HDMI clock directly, OPPO claims the HDMI audio jitter reduction circuitry can improve the sound quality of PCM and DSD audio. For compressed bitstream audio, it helps to ensure error-free transmission, and may improve the audio performance depending on whether the audio decoder in the A/V processor or receiver uses a synchronous or asynchronous clock scheme.

Oppo UDP-205 Internal View

Oppo UDP-205 Interview View

Built to Higher Standards

Advanced engineering, rigorous parts selection, and rock-solid build quality are foundations to the UDP-205’s performance. The UDP-205’s audio circuitry is powered by a massive toroidal power supply, which provides a very clean and robust power source to the audio components. The brushed aluminum front panel and metal chassis continue the tradition of excellent workmanship found in previous generations of OPPO universal players. Four heavy-gauge machined feet provide a stable foundation for the UDP-205, and isolate it from outside vibration. A new double-layered chassis further enhances the rigidness and vibration-canceling capabilities. The internal layout and chassis design promote healthy air flow so critical components can be naturally cooled. Strategically placed heatsinks and ventilation grilles allow the UDP-205 run both cool and quiet without the need for internal or external fans. The high quality construction is designed to impress and to perform.

Drawing from over a decade's worth of experience in advanced image processing technology and high fidelity audio performance, the OPPO UDP-205 is the perfect choice for discerning enthusiasts. Priced at $1299, the UDP-205 is currently available directly at oppodigital.com and soon from specialty retailers and custom installers. For more information, visit  the UDP-205 Product Page.

We like OPPO's commitment of producing reliable flagship audiophile Blu-ray players that are still reasonably priced and built to such high standards. We definitely plan on doing a full featured review with bench test results in the near future so stay tuned....

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Recent Forum Posts:

donald harvey posts on January 02, 2018 19:58
To “2Channel lover”
Thanks and let me know how the connection directly to the blocks goes!
Blue Dude posts on January 02, 2018 15:38
MR.MAGOO, post: 1226622, member: 77706
When they say "Universal blah-blah-blah' player, does it mean it will play ALL discs from all regions of the world? As we all know DVD and Blu-Ray discs have region coding for the country / area of the world they are marketed in.

Universal refers to disc formats, not region coding.
MR.MAGOO posts on January 01, 2018 13:02
2channel lover, post: 1226656, member: 81176
Nope…the standard players won't do that…but for some extra coin…they will get you a machine that can.
Silly me! I looked up the definition of the word ‘universal’, ADJECTIVE - (of a tool or machine) adjustable to or appropriate for all requirements; not restricted to a single purpose or position.

2channel lover posts on January 01, 2018 06:22
donald harvey, post: 1226700, member: 84485
Just read my emails and received this from OPPO,nice to have options and be able to try different set ups until you find the one u like.

“Yes, the player will be able to output all audio formats through HDMI (AUDIO ONLY).

We generally recommend using HDMI for audio when playing back multi-channel sources then using the analog outputs for stereo audio. This will give you the best audio and video for your home theater system.”

Best Regards,

Customer Service

Good to get confirmation.

I still have not streamed a MC song yet, but from my experience so far…even as a stereo streamer, the HDMI connection yields a better result than the Sabre DACs for compressed files (itunes, etc.)….

I've also found some bluray concerts…the hdmi connection is better than the 7.1 analog, but that's not across the board.
2channel lover posts on January 01, 2018 06:03
donald harvey, post: 1226696, member: 84485
I have been doing a lot of reading on the Oppo, and I will be using the 7.1 analog outputs for multichannel music and the 2 rca or balanced outputs for 2 channel to take advantage of the DAC chip set in the Oppo, and the HDMI for movies/blue ray. that is basically how I have it set up now with my current equipment. now I can have all with one source. Thank for all your advice! I'll be in touch after I pick up my Oppo!

That would be ideal…I think I was thrown off when you said hdmi for SACDs.

It's a great machine…a few little quirks, but I love it. I don't know how much it matters, but since I can't go through the pre/pro with the XLR connection…for shi&s and giggles, I might connect it directly to the mono blocks via XLR and run it as a preamp and source and see if there's any difference.
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