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You shouldn't be looking at the 205 then. Consider the OPPO 203 instead.
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hi bob,

i know that similar questions have been asked before. but if we have a new generation AV pre-receiver (like a AV8802A), what is the advantage of 205 over 203 through HDMI connection.both picture and sound quality wises..
 

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hi bob,

i know that similar questions have been asked before. but if we have a new generation AV pre-receiver (like a AV8802A), what is the advantage of 205 over 203 through HDMI connection.both picture and sound quality wises..
The 203 and 205 are identical as regards video.

The Audio HDMI output of the 205 has a new Anti-Jitter Circuit targeted at minimizing the effects of Jitter on HDMI Audio when using that socket for output. OPPO's white paper on that can be read here:

http://www.oppodigital.com/KnowledgeBase.aspx?KBID=129&ProdID=UDP-205

Other than that, HDMI audio output in the 203 and 205 are also identical.

The *MAIN* reason for considering the 205 would be if you think you might want to explore the OTHER features of the 205, such as improved Analog outputs, the Headphones output, and additional types of Digital Audio Input sockets.
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Same info as from the anticipation thread, you also have 205 being different in regards to the following:

High Quality Metal Construction
Reinforced Chassis Structure
The UDP-205 features a brushed aluminum front panel and a metal chassis that continues the tradition of excellent workmanship found in previous generations of OPPO universal players. The new double-layered chassis further enhances the stability and vibration-canceling capabilities.
Toroidal Power Supply - Clean Power for Clear Music
The UDP-205 has separate power supplies for digital and analog circuitry to eliminate virtually all harmful interference. The analog audio circuitry is powered by a massive toroidal power transformer, which offers superior efficiency and significantly lower exterior magnetic field interference compared to traditional laminated steel core transformers. The toroidal linear power supply provides a very clean and robust power source to the audio components.
 

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I'll probably not upgrade from 105D until it can play ISO files.
And I rarely use the headphone jack on the 105D, mainly use it as DAC/pre-amp for my Pathos Aurium, which sounds Amazing.
Does the 105D play ISO files?

The 203 and 205 are identical as regards video.
I think "The 203 and 205 are identical as regards to video" needs to be added to the first post in HUGE letters ;).

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I will be connecting to my preamp using pass through with xlr cables using the Oppos dacs and then comparing that to the hdmi connection to see the difference in sound, my prepro is a Marantz AV8802A.
Has anyone else done this? I know Oppo uses SABRE PRO DACs and the Marantz uses AK4490 32-bit DACs, my assumption is there will be a difference, but how much and what kind? Also Marantz AV8802a has xlr in, that will use Marantzs' dacs.
Let me know what you find. The DACs in the OPPO's have always been better than using HDMI to my Marantz AV7005 by a large margin. Of course, use source direct in the Marantz so there is zero processing.
 

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So.... I never really got my head around Darbee...

My understanding is that it's some sort of image processing algorithm that presents better depth, detail and contrast in the picture? Is that right?

And it does not affect the sound qualiity at all..?

Should I wait for a Darbee edition?

Or is that no longer a thing in UHD?

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So.... I never really got my head around Darbee...

My understanding is that it's some sort of image processing algorithm that presents better depth, detail and contrast in the picture? Is that right?

And it does not affect the sound qualiity at all..?

Should I wait for a Darbee edition?

Or is that no longer a thing in UHD?

Cheers!
Darbee increases perceived contrast by adjusting luminance on a per-pixel basis.

We don't know if there will be a 4K Darbee product, or if OPPO will use it in a future player.

UHD has complicated the situation a great deal. Darbee is a subtle effect when used properly and I'm afraid it will be lost in the shuffle of the other new features: greater resolution, wider color space, and high dynamic range.

I would not wait.

-Bill
 

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4K Darbee in the world of 1) 4K, 2) WCG, 3) HDR

Darbee increases perceived contrast by adjusting luminance on a per-pixel basis.

We don't know if there will be a 4K Darbee product, or if OPPO will use it in a future player.

UHD has complicated the situation a great deal. Darbee is a subtle effect when used properly and I'm afraid it will be lost in the shuffle of the other new features: greater resolution, wider color space, and high dynamic range.

I would not wait.

-Bill
Given what you said about 1) 4K, 2) WCG, 3) HDR (HDR+/-, DV), shouldn't we suspect if those were implemented correctly (big IF currently) that Darbee would be expected to have less of a benefit than in the past?

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Given what you said about 1) 4K, 2) WCG, 3) HDR (HDR+/-, DV), shouldn't we suspect if those were implemented correctly (big IF currently) that Darbee would be expected to have less of a benefit than in the past?

Mike
Yes, although without seeing it combined with those things, I'm just speculating. I think we need a lot of experience with the new technology, and the studios have to start producing a consistent product, before we could evaluate yet another factor like Darbee.

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Yes, although without seeing it combined with those things, I'm just speculating. I think we need a lot of experience with the new technology, and the studios have to start producing a consistent product, before we could evaluate yet another factor like Darbee.

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Right. By the time HDR/HDR+/DV is starting to get figured out HDMI 2.1c will mess it up.

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Given what you said about 1) 4K, 2) WCG, 3) HDR (HDR+/-, DV), shouldn't we suspect if those were implemented correctly (big IF currently) that Darbee would be expected to have less of a benefit than in the past?

Mike
Until people saw what Darbee did at 1080p the general assumption was that it was going to be a big nothing.

We've simply got no idea what a "4K Darbee" might do. It doesn't exist yet, and the early implementations are likely going to require expensive processor power. So it's all just guesswork at this point whether it will be good, and whether it will be worth the cost.

I'm putting Darbee out into the far future in my mind, along with 4K/3D and 8K. It's simply not worth worrying about for now.
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If you want to hear the unmodified quality of the XLR outs of the OPPO 205 you should configure your Marantz to "pass through" the Analog input -- with no re-digitizing and no use of the DACS in the Marantz.
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I am rather new to this and want to run my Onkyo ND-S1 media transporter through the 205 to utilize it's DAC. Based on what you wrote I will also need to set analog pass through on my Denon X6300 to bypass the internal DAC. Thanks in advance the information I have learned here has been invaluable.
 

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If you are using a Windows computer to connect to the USB DAC Input of the UDP-205, you can get the needed driver from the Support page for OPPO's Sonica DAC here:

http://www.oppodigital.com/sonica-dac/sonica-dac-Support.aspx

I've put a message in to OPPO that they need to get that info on the new Support page for the UDP-205 as well.

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If you are using a Mac computer instead, no driver installation is needed.
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And Linux??

Right. By the time HDR/HDR+/DV is starting to get figured out HDMI 2.1c will mess it up.

Mike
Sounds about right.

Until people saw what Darbee did at 1080p the general assumption was that it was going to be a big nothing.

We've simply got no idea what a "4K Darbee" might do. It doesn't exist yet, and the early implementations are likely going to require expensive processor power. So it's all just guesswork at this point whether it will be good, and whether it will be worth the cost.

I'm putting Darbee out into the far future in my mind, along with 4K/3D and 8K. It's simply not worth worrying about for now.
--Bob
Considering the myriad of HDR schemes out there those Darbee enthusiasts will be holding their collective breaths for a very, very long time. On the other hand I suspect Darbee could issue a half-assed transform and there'd be some whining and bellyaching, demanding that Oppo integrate it or lining up to buy the stand-alone unit.
 

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I've been running my 205 on repeat all day today and decided to plug in my cans. I had the SACD of Holst's Planets on and it sounded great. Easily drove my HD600s to ample volume and it was very clean sounding.
That's sounds good. Have you used a headphone amp in the past and how would you say it compares to the Oppo?

Really looking forward to putting this unit thru it's analog and headphone options. The picture quality is going to be harder to compare as my Panasonic is no slouch. A shame the Oppo is going in the secondary system as I require the phone amp and analog in the bedroom.

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That's sounds good. Have you used a headphone amp in the past and how would you say it compares to the Oppo?

Really looking forward to putting this unit thru it's analog and headphone options. The picture quality is going to be harder to compare as my Panasonic is no slouch. A shame the Oppo is going in the secondary system as I require the phone amp and analog in the bedroom.

Rick
Hi Rick. I normally edit vinyl rips with the HD600s on my computer setup. It consists of a Schiit Mani2 Multi-bit DAC and a Schiit Valhalla II tube amp with stock tubes and in high gain mode (fed via a TOSLINK cable). I cranked a few songs off of The Who's Tommy (MFSL CD). Overall, I liked the sound through the 205 better. The only flaw would be in the low end. Bass guitar was sweet, but they just didn't possess kick drum slam like the Schiit gear can. But the smoother highs made up for it, IMO. These headphones aren't the easiest to power.
 

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OPPO UDP-205 First Lap around the Track

Greetings,

Setup was a breeze. As soon as the WiFi 802.11ac was connected, a pop up for a firmware update came up and installed like a champ. Connection to my home network worked flawlessly. At first it would only read my iTunes music folder etc. After sharing my secondary hard drive which has a music folder of 50k+ songs in MP3&4 formats I was able to access it upon logging on with my user name and password from the 205. Again, painless. Dropped some music folders onto a USB thumb drive and it too worked as smooth as butter. Tried music on my AppleTV (hooked up by HDMI) and it is seamless. The network and USB drive work well although visually and for search ability the AppleTV is king. Of course the CD works too. I have a high end RCA cable and USB DAC cable arriving tomorrow and will try those in two channel mode with the built in DAC’s to see how those work in some different setups. I will say that the headphone jack and Bose headphones are outer planet stuff, they rock.

Observations:
Played a 4k Ultra HD version of Mad Max Fury Road and it suggested I play a Blu-ray version for better results since my TV is only 1080p. Played the 4k disk anyway which worked, then tried the Blu-ray version which was much better visually.

When playing music CD's the 205 displays the track type (CDDA) and channel type (44.1k 16b) although on the network and thumb drive it just shows the file.

Songs purchased directly from iTunes do not show up on the network connection (it's an Apple thing, not OPPO) although they do show up when surfing the AppleTV.

My Pioneer Elite SC-97 AV Receiver defaults to the native format coming from the 205 through "auto surround" although when the "extended stereo" is selected, it plays every speaker it the setup and rocks the joint like no tomorrow.

The Logitech Harmony Elite recognized the 203 although not the 205 during setup. Regardless it let me setup and name the 205 and manually configure it witch worked to perfection.

This thing is a beast! I'm sure the 203 is fine for movie goers wanting Dolby Atmos. With the 205 I get my Dolby Atmos movie fix and my audiophile music fix at a quality level second to none. :laugh: Those who buy a 203 ($550) and then decide they want high res audio can add an OPPO Sonica DAC for $800. Personally for $50 less, I have both in a single unit. This is my first OPPO and I am glad I waited. When the day comes to upgrade my 1080p TV to 4k, I'll be a fat cat!! :cool:

My setup consists of:
· Pioneer Elite 810W SC-97 9.2 CH
· Integra ADM-20.4 2 Channel Amplifier
· Panamax M5400-PM Line Cleaner and Surge Protector
· DirecTV Genie HD DVR
· OPPO UDP-205
· AppleTV 4th Generation
· Sony PS4
· Nintendo Wii U
· Mitsubishi DLP WD-73733 HDTV
· Logitech Harmony Elite All in One Remote
· 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos Speaker Setup
o Two Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-280F
o Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-450C
o Two Klipsch Reference Subwoofers R-115SW
o Four Klipsch Quintet III (surround and back surround)
o Four Klipsch CDT-5800-C II in-ceiling (Atmos)

Attached are some pictures for your viewing pleasure.


Cheers,

Jared
 

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The 205 and 203 have the same video performance, even if the 205 has separate power for analog and digital circuits? Wouldn't video be cleaner/sharper on the 205, at least when using the Analog out?
 
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