This unit will automatically play DVD regions 0-8 without doing anything. When it comes to Blu-rays, it is sometimes necessary to press a few buttons on the remote control to change the region code to “B” or “C”.
OPPO UDP-203 Player Specs
- Product Name: OPPO Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player
- Product Brand: OPPO Digital
- Model Number: UDP-203
- Price: $1899.00
- Product Weight: 9.48 pounds
- Product Dimension: 16.93 x 12.24 x 3.11 inches
- Warranty(if any): No
- What’s Included: It comes with batteries for the remote control
Features of OPPO UDP 203 Disc Player
The sound quality is literally awesome. The elegant, solid quality, custom-designed disc mechanism, and electronics produce an incredible picture on the LG 4K OLED 65E79 UHDTV. When spinning a disc, the sound is barely audible – similar to a fan on a computer. The Oppo UDP-203 supports both the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.
The Oppo does not have apps (like Netflix or YouTube) that are not needed with newer smart UHDTVs that include many streaming apps. Upscaling by the Oppo provides incredibly sharp pictures from standard HD Blu-Ray discs and even older DVD discs. Just amazing! And the audio sound quality is also incredible.
I’m using the Oppo mainly for 4K right now. Blu Ray is upconverted and yes, it does look great too. If there is one drawback with 4K is some movies (looking at you Billy Lynn) are hyper-realistic on my LG 65C7.
Too many wrinkles, too many freckles, too much realism. Currently, this is the only 4K player on the market that supports Dolby Vision. The only DV-enabled movie that I own is the Fate of the Furious. The picture quality is awesome. Again, sometimes much too realistic lol.
The unit’s remote is built like something from the 80s and I love it. It’s large and heavy with big buttons. The range is good (I bounce the signal off my ceiling since the Oppo sits away from the TV on an adjacent wall).
The only con I see here is with 4K and not the player. I feel like Al Bundy getting glasses for the first time and recoiling in horror when looking at a picture of his wife. 4K is maybe too good looking. Maybe more than I bargained for.
How to clean
What was the issue with my first unit? I have some 4K disks that used to play but were now detected as invalid disks. I think my first player was ultra-sensitive to dust/film on a disk.
Cleaning my disks with warm water and liquid hand soap didn’t make a difference. Washing with scalding hot water from my kitchen (I really need to adjust the thermostat lol) and liquid dish detergent seemed to improve the issue, but my disks looked cleaned even before washing them.
Unless there was an invisible film that was washed out by scalding hot water this shouldn’t have made a difference. My replacement has been trouble-free.
Multiple Disc Formats
Oppo UDP-203 has a different disc and file formats. In addition to the latest UHD Blu-ray, the UDP-203 supports regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, and audio CD.
Home Network Access
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray SACD Player can connect with Wi-Fi. So the users can easily play media files stored on computers and home servers.
Watch the full review of OPPO UDP-203 Blu-ray disk player…
OPPO UDP-203 Manual
The Oppo has an HDMI input which I connected to my Apple TV 4 (not 4K) and the Oppo upscales streaming from the Apple TV to at least HD Blu-Ray quality. The Oppo remote is large, relatively heavy, and easy to operate especially with the real backlighting of the keys.
Oppo includes an HDMI cable and a 91-page instruction manual printed in book-size on a heavy-weight paper with clear, sharp text. The instruction manual not only discusses the many various settings but provides advice on selecting the options. Truly a world-class product. I have absolutely no regrets buying quality which by far continues to exceed expectations.
OPPO UDP-203 Problems
The only negative I have experienced is the OPPO player freezes up a few times when watching the Passenger. I have watched about 10 UHD discs and this movie is the only one that has frozen up on me.
When frozen, I had to power the device off and on to get it to start playing again. I believe it may be something in the disc itself; the problem does not seem to be systemic or caused by a defect in the player itself.
If you want to know the other problems people face with this player, watch the detailed video below…
Competition: Similar options on the market
OPPO BDP-103: Amazing players play almost everything. You can buy this for the HD pictures quality. For the projector, it’s worth it to spend that money. But for a small tv your never gonna see the difference. Sound quality with FLAC files on the direct mode it’s beautiful.
One thing, I’m disappointing, it open iso files as a file, not as movies like on the computer or with WD TV media player.
Sony UBP-X700: The Sony UBP-X700 is a replacement for the former UBP-X800. The new player is smaller and more lightweight than its predecessor. It’s about the size of most recent Sony Blu-ray players.
The operation is very intuitive. When the opening screen comes up, press the open/eject button, insert your disc, and press play and you are done.
FAQ About OPPO UDP-203 4k Blu-ray Player
You can press the info button on the remote control to retrieve some interesting data about your disc. Unfortunately, it will not display the region code. The only way I have found to determine the region code of a disc is to use Apple’s “DVD Player” program and “Get Info” on the disc.
Overall, the Oppo UDP-203 comes with batteries for the remote control. Throw them away, and install lithium batteries. In addition to lasting about four times longer than alkaline, I have never seen a lithium battery leak.