High fidelity video and audio in one machine is completely possible. The OPPO UDP-205 sets out to prove just that.

OPPO UDP-205

The OPPO UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player is a machine built for videophiles who have the audiophile bug – and what a machine it is! I knew something special was going to be in this box that weighs in just over 30lbs. How much different could it be from its smaller sibling, the already excellent UDP-203?

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OPPO UDP-205

The front panel of the machine follows almost the same design but with the addition of a headphone jack and a few more curves. It’s taller than the UDP-203 due to its double layer chassis, but still maintains its good looks. Of course, just like the love in your life, it’s all about what’s on the inside. The top panel has grills to allow a little heat from the player escape, but it also gives a tease to show its inner stuff. One look on the inside and you know this player is more than just brains – it’s got strength in areas where other Ultra HD Players – and even other Blu-ray players – won’t come close to matching. I’ll be exploring these differences that make up the 30lbs in my upcoming review. I can assure you there are no bricks inside.

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While still an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player, there are many upgrades that make it an audiophile powerhouse. The back panel appropriately has XLR analogue outputs for fully balanced operation. I can’t wait to listen to the OPPO 205 player as a stereo CD player and a high resolution audio player using high resolution music files. While it has analogue outputs for all channels, I’m very interested in its two-channel performance through my fully balanced two-channel analogue preamp, and to hear how it compares to my reference. Excited? I sure am! Look for my full review of the OPPO 205 in a few weeks.

Mike Osadciw

 

From the Editor-in-Chief:

Bench testing of the OPPO UDP-205 yielded what I believe to be results that are beyond the limits of my Audio Precision spectrum analyzer. There were a few tests that showed slightly better results than the BDP-105, and a few tests that showed slightly worse results than the BDP-105, but all of these were in the thousandths or millionths of a volt range. This is a world unto itself, where anything going on in the wall voltage supply could cause such results. None of the distortion seen in the BDP-105 or UDP-205 is audible. It is time to get the latest Audio Precision spectrum analyzer. In any case, the BDP-105 and UDP-205 are the best universal players I have ever tested.

John E. Johnson, Jr.

OPPO UDP-205

  • Kahuna

    That fascia plate looks very similar to my Integra receiver… they would look good together!

  • David Musoke

    When will the full benchtop results be released?

  • Cynthia Johnson-St Denis

    Hi David-
    The full review will be published soon. Stay tuned!

  • David Musoke

    Soon? I’ve been drooling over my bib for weeks waiting for the test results, especially when compared to the 105. Please tell Daddy J to hurry up 🙂

  • Robert Oldale

    I tested the 203 and 205 on the same $50,000 system at a shop. The 203 has nice natural tone that the 205 filters for more detail, but less fidelity. Unfortunate for so much promise… (using optical out which supposedly has no difference in path?) A better DAC won’t fix that…

  • John Deas

    Why would you want to send the audio out of this player in digital form? it has incredible on board D/A convertors!

  • Robert Oldale

    I have two silver phantom that only take optical in. They are configured so that the output is a reproduction of the input. The benefits of the DAC are moot when the signal being fed to it is the same as the optical out.

  • Robert Oldale

    Did you test the Cambridge CXU? It had better sound than standard 105.

  • David Musoke

    I know, I know, I know … but what is the ETA on the full review (its been a long 14 days :-)?

  • Cynthia Johnson-St Denis

    Next week!

  • David Musoke

    Cool, thanks Cynthia ..but Daddy Johnson is surely taking his time on this one 🙂

  • Cynthia Johnson-St Denis

    Actually, John has already completed his Audio section. Mike just finished the video side.

  • Robert Oldale

    Did any one else notice that the Panasonic UDP900 has more natural sound than either Oppo offering? It doesn’t play as many formats though :O(