Cinephiles and AV enthusiasts have anxiously awaited the dawn of Dolby Vision on Ultra HD Blu-ray. The format is already used in theaters and by Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu. But, home theater enthusiasts seeking the highest quality are often primarily interested in physical media and the quality it provides. Now, the day you can play discs with the feature has arrived, thanks to Oppo Digital’s latest firmware update that adds Dolby Vision capability to the company’s UDP-203 ($549) and UDP-205 ($1299) players.
The first twoBlu-ray discs supporting Dolby Vision format were announced a bit over a month ago (Despicable Me 1 & 2). With Dolby Vision, viewers get HDR video that’s highly optimized for compatible displays. The format uses dynamic metadata to tell the TV how to modulate its backlight and maximize contrast. This helps the TV produce the highest quality imagery it is capable of.
Roland Vlaicu, Vice President, Consumer Entertainment Group/Dolby Laboratories said “The addition of the OPPO Blu-ray player to the Dolby Vision ecosystem is a major milestone that will provide expanded choice and accessibility for consumers.”
The firmware may be applied through a network connection, using a USB thumb drive, or with a firmware upgrade disc that you burn using a PC. You can read about it and download it here. The debut of disc-based Dolby Vision for home cinema on the UDP-203 and UDP-205 is the moment many dedicated cinephiles have been waiting for, I’m sure many AV enthusiasts are thrilled Oppo is first out the gate to deliver this capability.
The complete list of changes offered by the update is as follows:
– Added Dolby Vision support. A Dolby Vision enabled TV is required to view content in Dolby Vision
– Added Sharpness adjustment support for the 4K resolution
– Improved HDMI audio stability when using an HDMI Split A/V connection
– Changed the color depth info display of the HDMI In port to 8b/10b/12b instead of 24b/30b/36b
– General fixes and disc compatibility improvements based on recent and upcoming UHD Blu-ray releases as well as user-submitted samples