There’s no question about it, according to TechHive.com: The Oppo Digital UDP-203 ($549 SRP) is the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player you can buy. Besides being a high-end video device, it can also play high-resolution audio from SACD and DVD-Audio discs or audio files encoded with nearly any codec you can think of, and it’s the most feature-blessed player they’ve tested. We here at HRAC, of course, like the literal sound of that.
The UDP-203 features a handsome, black brushed-aluminum faceplate with an LCD status display right below the disc tray. A front USB 2.0 port provides easy access for files stored on mass storage devices, including 60 frame-per-second 2160p video. You’ll also find a complete set of transport controls here (play, pause, stop, track forward, and track back) that can also be used to navigate menus.
There are two USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, along with eight RCA jacks so you can deliver analog stereo or surround sound to an older A/V receiver or amplifier that doesn’t support HDMI (or if you think the Oppo’s DAC sounds better than what’s on your current gear). Oppo also provides optical and coaxial S/PDIF outputs. If you’ll be making more modern connection, there’s HDMI Out (audio and video), audio-only HDMI Out (for audio equipment that supports HDMI, but not HDCP 2.2), and even an HDMI in. There’s really nothing out there that the UHD-203 won’t send an audio signal to.
The UDP-203 plays DSD files, and, as noted earlier, it also plays SACD and DVD-Audio discs. The Oppo unit will also play multi-channel DSD files and many, many other audio file formats, including APE, Apple lossless, and FLAC. The more common WAV, MP3, OGG, and WMA are also supported; in fact, the only test files the UDP-203 couldn’t handle were the less common Opus, Windows Lossless, and any type of 96kHz/32-bit files. However, it handled the more common 96/24 files just fine.
Read more of Jon L. Jacobi’s UDP-203 review on TechHive.com.