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Now that OPPO is gone, what will you use for your disc player?

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A Panasonic maybe ? There still are Oppo 203's available, and my Panasonic UB900 has been stellar. I think the new Panasonic 4K players will be great too.
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I bought a Sony UBP-X800 last week to try out UHD (using HDR->SDR conversion) and put my 103D in a box in the garage. Unrelated to Oppo's stopping production of course.

The Sony is much better for streaming but I miss the Oppo's screensaver. Also, Sony's remotes are pretty sucky.

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I put my name down for an Oppo 205 if they do a last production run.

So I guess the answer is an Oppo
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what is our blu-ray option now with alexa control? anything?

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I have an Oppo UDP-203 coming on Tuesday. Seeing I could sell my BDP-103 for more than $300 on eBay, decided to pull the trigger on the UDP player.
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I've used my HTPC for awhile now. Using Jriver Media Center 24 for playback of 4K blu ray.

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Hmm... Not sure why I need an Oppo now... I've been out of it since I sold all my equipment. What does it have relative to others?

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I hope it comes to North America - I would buy one now that Oppo gone.

Oppo had great customer service and frequent updates, not sure about Panny or any other company...

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I just bought a second UDP-203 for music playback in another room since I have listen to a lot of digital content on CD/SACD and blu-ray audio. I would consider a Cambridge as a replacement since I don't use the analog outputs of the Oppo.

The weird thing is that I was able to buy a UDP-203 for $439 + $18 shipping and handling from their website. It may have been a pricing fluke as I could not find the same deal after I initially placed the order. I wanted to share the deal but was unable to.
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I hope it comes to North America - I would buy one now that Oppo gone.

Oppo had great customer service and frequent updates, not sure about Panny or any other company...
Panasonic has updated the UB900 firmware since I bought it at least twice. It's been trouble free and has great features and a great picture. Arguably it was better than the Oppo 203 when the Oppo first came out. I have both, and there are things I like better about each of them.
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Only thing about the UB900 was the dropdown panel - I prefer the slideout drawer for a couple of reasons. I use IR extenders and wasn't sure how they'd work with the dropdown panel. Plus I like the look of a drawer better, lol. Oppo had a rear IR sensor but for some reason only the Sony X1000 has a "socket" that an IR extender could be plugged into (using the appropriate cable). I hope the new Panny has the socket!

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Only thing about the UB900 was the dropdown panel - I prefer the slideout drawer for a couple of reasons. I use IR extenders and wasn't sure how they'd work with the dropdown panel. Plus I like the look of a drawer better, lol. Oppo had a rear IR sensor but for some reason only the Sony X1000 has a "socket" that an IR extender could be plugged into (using the appropriate cable). I hope the new Panny has the socket!
I use an IR extender too. It works fine in an equipment rack. The panel just stays down ( no need to close it ). Anyway, it's all about the picture quality.
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I plan on using my Oppo 203 for a long time. i figure by the time it needs to be replaced, there will be other good options.
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I use an IR extender too. It works fine in an equipment rack. The panel just stays down ( no need to close it ). Anyway, it's all about the picture quality.

I just opened it up. Near the front you will find the IR receiver tape the IR transmitter head to it then run the line out the back of the unit through one of the vent holes. I tried to add it to the front but it never looked very good to me.


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Hmm... Not sure why I need an Oppo now... I've been out of it since I sold all my equipment. What does it have relative to others?
I have never owned one but recommend them to friends. You likely wouldn't need one either but they do offer benefits to some. For example the 205 has a special USB driver and can be used as a USB dac. I think Roon calls it an endpoint. I set up a buddy that selects it as the audio device in Jriver. I don't think 203 can do this. Also, both models have a HDMI input which allows for processing of external HDMI sources. One buddy uses it with his cable box on an older Sony LCD television and there is substantial picture improvement. Also I believe the 205 is capable of decoding MQA.

As stereo source for someone using an analog preamp, the performance is very good. The 205 is an improvement over the 105. I'm going "audiophile" here on ya. The sound from the 205 is more balanced from top to bottom in a buddy's system who owns both. There is more clarity as well with greater delineation of instruments. This friend once played acoustic guitar professionally and notes this as the biggest improvement.

For someone looking to have true high-end sound for the highest price to performance ratio, the 205 and perhaps one of the ATI hypex based amps is a great start. Add Jriver, a lap top, and some speaker and you're all set for great audio that will not break the bank.

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I have never owned one but recommend them to friends. You likely wouldn't need one either but they do offer benefits to some. For example the 205 has a special USB driver and can be used as a USB dac. I think Roon calls it an endpoint. I set up a buddy that selects it as the audio device in Jriver. I don't think 203 can do this. Also, both models have a HDMI input which allows for processing of external HDMI sources. One buddy uses it with his cable box on an older Sony LCD television and there is substantial picture improvement. Also I believe the 205 is capable of decoding MQA.

As stereo source for someone using an analog preamp, the performance is very good. The 205 is an improvement over the 105. I'm going "audiophile" here on ya. The sound from the 205 is more balanced from top to bottom in a buddy's system who owns both. There is more clarity as well with greater delineation of instruments. This friend once played acoustic guitar professionally and notes this as the biggest improvement.

For someone looking to have true high-end sound for the highest price to performance ratio, the 205 and perhaps one of the ATI hypex based amps is a great start. Add Jriver, a lap top, and some speaker and you're all set for great audio that will not break the bank.
Thanks. As my room will solely be HT, I just can't think of a feature I needed except that the Oppo could move subtitles around if needed for various films where they spilled into the black bars... Do most other players do this?

Any other Oppo unique features that are not duplicated in other players that you'd want for HT?

Debating on whether to pick one up.

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..,except that the Oppo could move subtitles around if needed for various films where they spilled into the black bars... Do most other players do this?
I don't believe that's a common feature. I saw one guy asking in a Panasonic player thread but couldn't see where he had success. I don't think you could lose by picking up an Oppo if it has all the features you need. I've spoken with tech support a few times and emailed them a few times as well. Their support is excellent.

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I just opened it up. Near the front you will find the IR receiver tape the IR transmitter head to it then run the line out the back of the unit through one of the vent holes. I tried to add it to the front but it never looked very good to me.


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I don't believe that's a common feature. I saw one guy asking in a Panasonic player thread but couldn't see where he had success. I don't think you could lose by picking up an Oppo if it has all the features you need. I've spoken with tech support a few times and emailed them a few times as well. Their support is excellent.
I get it. Just with them stopping production and perhaps, customer service at some point, I wondered if it would be a good move if other players were 'as good'.

Don't need the player for 6-8 months but thought of buying a new one while supplies last if nothing else was its equal.

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Thanks. As my room will solely be HT, I just can't think of a feature I needed except that the Oppo could move subtitles around if needed for various films where they spilled into the black bars... Do most other players do this?

Any other Oppo unique features that are not duplicated in other players that you'd want for HT?

Debating on whether to pick one up.

Thanks
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I get it. Just with them stopping production and perhaps, customer service at some point, I wondered if it would be a good move if other players were 'as good'.

Don't need the player for 6-8 months but thought of buying a new one while supplies last if nothing else was its equal.

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The new Panasonic top line 4k blu ray I believe will not only do Dolby Vision, but the upcoming HDR10+. I hope my Oppo 205 will get the HDR10+ upgrade but who knows? The new Panasonic is touted to be built like a tank and audiophile sounding like the Oppo players - we will see!

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Thanks. As my room will solely be HT, I just can't think of a feature I needed except that the Oppo could move subtitles around if needed for various films where they spilled into the black bars... Do most other players do this?

Any other Oppo unique features that are not duplicated in other players that you'd want for HT?

Debating on whether to pick one up.

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Oppo can do vertical stretch, including 4K @60p .
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The new Panasonic top line 4k blu ray I believe will not only do Dolby Vision, but the upcoming HDR10+. I hope my Oppo 205 will get the HDR10+ upgrade but who knows? The new Panasonic is touted to be built like a tank and audiophile sounding like the Oppo players - we will see!
Oppo said, if the units have the processing power, then they will get HDR10+ firmware update. But right now, do not know if they have the processing power.
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Oppo can do vertical stretch, including 4K @60p .
Good to know.

So no other player does such?

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Good to know.

So no other player does such?
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