Another POV for those reading this thread and drawing conclusions if the UDP-203 is right for you:
- My personal experience with forums like this is, what you read may not always be representative of the true owner population and experience. Anyone can read the forum without signing-up. Only those that sign-up can post. Human nature tends to also be that we express problems more than we give unsolicited kudos, or take the time to write about things that just work right. This forum in particular has mostly enthusiasts participating, who can afford premium brands like OPPO, and then expect perfection or close to it from their POV. I'd go so far to say that some are maniacle in their expectations (...and I thought I was a detailed kinda guy. NOT in comparison to some here!)
That's all fine and well, but I suggest people always temper what one reads with those sort of things in mind. Our sometimes passionate and repetitive dissertations may not be as pervasive to a broader majority, as back-and-forth discussion may appear.
- I use an AVR which drives my audio surround system and fully supports what my Sony OLED is capable of displaying. My UDP-203 is a great match in terms of capability with both. All of my components including my UDP-203 connect only to my AVR, so I do not use my UDP-203's HDMI-in. (I appreciate those owners that are reliant upon the HDMI-In announced functionality, experiencing problems, and are waiting for future fixes from OPPO -- it's just not an issue for me with my environment.)
- In addition to numerous CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs, I have now watched 18 different 4K UHD Blu-ray titles, including John Wick 2. I have not had one disc freeze, needed to wash a disc to fix some issue, or had an odd noise from the tray. Never. As such, I'm sorry for those that have had a problem, but I don't consider any of these things to be a pervasive issue if I were evaluating this player.
- My UDP-203 does a superior job upscaling 480i DVDs compared to what my new Sony OLED can do. I have no lip-sync issues with my UDP->AVR->OLED setup. I allow my OPPO to do all upscaling of source material it plays, but make no use of other special processing or enhancements the UDP-203 is capable of.
- The only outstanding bug I personally have today with my UDP-203, which is discussed in more detail upthread and has been reported to OPPO Tech Support, is a lock-up that can occur in a certain sequence using first using the OPPO Media Player to play something like a MP4, then switching to a Blu-ray Disc. This is easily cleared by powering-off and on, and I'm confident will be resolved in a future firmware update. It is not something I consider significant or a showstopper if I were in the market for a new player.
- I've been very pleasantly pleased to see in action, OPPO's continual delivery of firmware updates, especially the first Dolby Vision rollout. The process for me has been simple and without concern.
- I do wish my UDP-203 included at least the major steaming apps like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and Vudu, but it doesn't and I knew that before making my purchase decision. I prefer not to use apps available on my TV via ARC with the additional complexity that can sometimes entail, and my Apple TV does not have 4K with a couple of the streaming apps I need, so I purchased a Roku Premier+ along with my UDP-203 to fill-in the gap OPPO left.
My net: My UDP-203 is a premium player with a more premium price compared to other brands where support and firmware updates can be few and far between. It delivers all the physical connectivity I need today and in the foreseeable future. I have yet to find a single title in my media library it won't play. Build quality appears to be rock solid. With recently delivered Dolby Vision support, my OPPO UDP purchase is as "future-proofed" as I can expect from any player in the market. The UDP-203 may be overkill for the more casual owner, but for enthusiasts that care about specs and features, OPPO is hard to beat. Now, if there were only more DV titles to play, and Denon and Sony would catch-up with their DV firmware updates to what OPPO has already delivered, I'd be an even happier guy.