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Oppo's first ever 4K Blu-ray player finally gets a price and release date

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4K Blu-ray is set to become a big deal in 2017, and Oppo is readying its own addition to the, currently very limited, line-up of UHD Blu-ray players.

And now it seems we have a price and release date for the company's first 4K Blu-ray player, as Oppo has confirmed to What Hi-Fi that the UDP-203 will arrive in the UK this week.

But the new device won't come cheap. Oppo says it will launch the player with a £649 price tag, which is a tad more expensive than the Panasonic DMP-UB900.

Related: What is Ultra HD Blu-ray?

What do you get for shelling out that much? Well, the UDP-203 supports UHD Blu-rays, standard Blu-rays, 3D, DVDs, DVD-Audio discs, SACDs, and CDs.

There's also HDR support, so your £650 will at least ensure you can take advantage of what is set to be the next big thing in TV tech.

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a term used to refer to several picture enhancements that make for brighter whites, deeper blacks, and more natural colours.

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Oppo's player will also play hi-res audio files, such as FLAC, WAV, two-channel DSD256, and multichannel DSD64/128, with a 7.1 multichannel analogue output and two USB ports round the back.

A spokesperson for Oppo told What Hi-Fi the company was dispatching UDP-203 units to retailers today, so we're expecting to see the player available before the end of the week.

The company's site says the UDP-203 will be available for pre-order this Friday, but for US customers only, however, so we're not entirely sure what Oppo's plans are.

Related: What is HDR?

The latest generation of Blu-ray discs, 4K Blu-ray, as the name suggests, supports Ultra HD – aka 4K – and requires higher capacity discs than standard Blu-ray.

That means Ultra HD discs won't play on a normal Blu-ray player, but you'll be able to use standard Blu-rays with a UHD Blu-ray player.

The cheapest UHD Blu-ray player available is the Xbox One S, which can be picked up for around the £240 mark, while Panasonic's DMP-UB900 is currently on sale at Amazon for around £440.

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Let us know if you'll be buying Oppo's player in the comments.

RayProudfoot

December 14, 2016, 12:23 pm

Ordered mine from Richer Sounds in Stockport this morning. Promised delivery tomorrow. Seems the UK is ahead of the US for once. :-)

Allan Pape

December 14, 2016, 8:02 pm

Very annoying that oppo have hiked the price up to £649
in the USA it's only $550, rip off the UK buyers again !

Alchemic

December 14, 2016, 11:06 pm

I don't understand this. Just get an xbox one s for half the price.

1000

December 15, 2016, 1:01 am

These machines are a premium player with premium features and tech. The Xbox One S is not a substitute for a high-end Bluray player.

Lee Marshall

December 15, 2016, 9:56 am

It's not too bad. When you take off VAT the prices become a lot closer.

Allan Pape

December 15, 2016, 3:38 pm

With the limited choice of 4K Blu-ray titles, and
very little 4K from other sources, i think that i
will wait and see if any more quality players are
released.

Glenn McKee

December 15, 2016, 4:06 pm

On the contrary, there's lots of 4K Blu Ray titles now, stacks of new releases and back catalogue. I've pre-ordered Sully (2016) for example which is released in the U.S. on 20 December. It's only in the Cinema now in UK. That will save me a trip to the Omniplex!

Alchemic

December 21, 2016, 7:37 pm

I've seen and used it, not a big difference at all other then price. Don't fall for it.

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