Oppo UDP-205 4K Audiophile Blu-ray Player Audio Review vs Oppo BDP-105D

Audio review of the Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player vs the Oppo BDP-105D Blu-ray Player.

The Oppo UDP-205 is a class leading, award winning blu-ray player that does more than just play DVDs. It has best-in-class audio performance, Dual ESS ES9038PRO Sabre Pro DACs, reference quality video with HDR & Dolby Vision; 4K UHD, Blu-ray, 3D, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD and CD.

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 is equipped with two ESS Technology ES9038PRO 32-bit HyperStream DACs for both stereo and 7.1 channel analog audio. As the flagship of the ESS SABRE PRO series, the ES9038PRO sets a new benchmark for audio excellence with its best in class 140 dB of dynamic range.

It also features –

– HDMI Audio Jitter Reduction
– Asynchronous USB DAC and Coaxial/Optical Inputs (asynchronous USB DAC input supports sample rates up to 768 kHz PCM and DSD 512. 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.}
– Dedicated Stereo Output with XLR Balanced Connectors
– Advanced Image Processing Technology – MediaTek produce and manufacture a specialized 4K UHD Blu-ray decoder SoC – the quad-core OP8591, which offers the most advanced image decoding and processing technology available for 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD and user generated media formats
– Dolby Vision
– Upscaling to 4K
– Toroidal Power Supply – Clean Power for Clear Music
– Custom-Made 4K Loader
– Lossless High-resolution Audio
– Support for the Latest Surround Formats
– Weight – 30lbs

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Gerald Schrader says:

The newer UDP-205 does not offer decoding of HDCD discs, whereas the older BDP-105 does. Something to bear in mind should you have a large collection of HDCD discs (I do, and I bought a used BDP-105 for that reason).

Lori Latta says:

We need to hear it.

David Douwstra says:

A German company is specialized in further improvements to the Oppo – https://www.cinemike.de/de-de/tuning/tuning%C3%BCbersicht/oppo/oppoudp203205.aspx

plunder1956 says:

Thanks for the tip. It was an issue I hadn’t really given enough time to. I am looking out for a BR player.

56dinosaur says:

As I recently learned, the name is pronounced “Oh-Poe”, with the emphasis on the first Syllable.

antónio lacão says:

olá, boa tarde
eu tinha um bluray pioneer LX-91, pesava 15kg e era maior que o oppo 205.
vendi e comprei o oppo 205, e posso dizer que ele é muito bom e melhor que o pioneer em diversas funcões e no modo pratico de funcionamento, mas!!!
no que toca a qualidade de som, eu fiquei desiludido…
o oppo tem um som claro, é verdade e notável, mas!!! ele é bastante superficial!!!
mesmo usando XLR com cabo audioquest columbia que custa 400€, o som é superficial…
em cinema com som 7.1 via RCA multichannel, usando cabo audioquest Big Surr (100€ unidade) , os mesmos cabos usados no pioneer LX91, e posso Afirmar que o som do Pioneer era mais dinâmico, melhor na separação de canais e banda sonora, mais qualidade de som no geral..
neste aspecto o som do oppo 205 não me surprende, não é nada de especial!! para o preço que custa, eu fiquei bastante desiludido com a qualidade de som dele.
possivelmente o mal é do DAC sabre 32, é um único Dac… não consegue fazer frente a 7x Dacs Wolson do pioneer Lx-91.
resumindo, eu gosto do oppo, é muito pratico, tem Boa imagem, rápido, mas, tenho saudades da imersão e qualidade de som do pioneer LX-91.

George Blisson says:

Does it have a treble and bass control on this one? I have a 105d and I was getting better sound through my old Yamaha receiver, the 1010. probably because I can use the treble and bass controls. so my 105 is only a blu ray player now. I thought for sure the 105 would sound better for music than the old 1010, unless I was doing something wrong.

56dinosaur says:

I assume that you were comparing the audio quality via the units’ XLR analog connections.

Of Course, Via Coaxial, Toslink or HDMI, the sound quality would be determined by your DAC or the DAC in your home theatre receiver or A/V processor. By the way, I own Oppo’s BDP-83, BDP-105D & UDP-205 (All U.S.A. units but modified “region free”). I bought the UDP-205(ordered on the day that Oppo announced its impending demise) to hold only as a spare, to ensure that I’ll always be able to play my SACD & DVD-Audio discs. So far, I’ve connected and turned on the UDP-205 only briefly to keep its firmware up to date. But I’ll use the UDP-205 if I ever buy a 4K Television. (I’m presently quite delighted with my Panasonic 54″ Plasma). By the way, when playing the BDP-105D, I play stereo audio via XLR and surround audio via HDMI. I play my BDP-105D & BDP-83 into an Integra DHC-9.9 processor, ADCOM power amp(5 x 175 watts into 8 ohms) and cheap, but efficent JBL “Studio” series speakers with full sized speakers in front and back and no bass management.(My “Studio” series speakers date to a time when the speakers[model S312] still had 12″ woofers). This system can play loud enough to rock the house down. I have to show consideration for other family members.

Obviously Oppo’s business model didn’t work out. Hopefully, some other manufacturer will continue Oppo’s quest of the state of the art, even if the players must be priced higher. I can accept that, but can never accept mediocrity.

J Lo says:

I’ve had a 105d which I’ve used to play CDs via 2channel audio. Plays to maggies. Love it.
I got a 205 since Oppo was going to stop making them. Haven’t opened it yet. Was going o hold onto it for a 4K theater set up.

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