Oppo UDP-205 Ultra HD 4K Blu-Ray / Disc player
A few years ago we’d never heard of Oppo, but now this American based company has produced what we consider to be the finest Disc player in the world. Not content with producing an absolutely stunning image from DVD’s and Blu-Ray and 4K Blu-Ray discs, the UDP-205 has a completely separate audiophile grade sound decoder which can decode virtually any format into either stereo or multi-channel analogue audio to feed directly to your amplifier. Super Audio CD’s (SACD) and DVD Audio discs sound stunning, as do movie and concert sound tracks from Blu-Ray Discs. It even makes a very competent CD player.
Add to this the UDP205 is also a UPnP music streamer, so when plugged into your Ethernet network it can stream digital music in a variety of formats and give you a direct analogue audio output in the same way it does for discs.
The video scaler in the ‘205 can upscale Blu-Ray images to full 4K commercial cinema resolution (4096 x 2160) to feed a 4K projector or screen, for example the Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K native projector available here.
We consistently use the UDP-205 as our reference demonstrator in our showroom, with jaw dropping results both for picture and sound quality. The source device being the most important part of your system.