The Oppo UDP-203 is another entrant into the burgeoning 4K Blu-ray player market, and it arrives just before Christmas.

Oppo's first 4K Blu-ray player will cost £649 and go on sale in the UK this week, Oppo has confirmed to What Hi-Fi?.

"We are dispatching players to our retailers today," said a spokesperson for the company.

On Oppo's website, the UDP-203 is listed as being available to pre-order from Friday, but only in the US. 

The 203 plays UHD Blu-rays, regular Blu-rays, 3D, DVDs, DVD-Audio discs, SACDs and CDs. It also supports hi-res audio files, including FLAC, WAV, two-channel DSD256 and multichannel DSD64/128.

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HDR (high dynamic range) also comes as standard, as do two HDMI outputs, a 7.1 multichannel analogue output, and twin USB outputs.

The Oppo will face some stiff competition. We awarded the Panasonic DMP-UB900 five out of five in our review, and it's about £50 cheaper than the Oppo. We'll bring you a review of the UDP-203 as soon as we can.

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ellisdj's picture

Be Interesting to see first months sales figures of this unit

It seems expensive compared to the other players but I bet they sell out

manicm's picture

It's only 50 quid more

It's only 50 quid more expensive than the Panasonic.

Al ears's picture

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If it's as good as the 105eu then I think ellisdj might be right.

jjbomber's picture

Bargain

I think I'll wait for the 205D version. The 203 does look a bargain at that price compared to the Panny. We'll find out soon enough.

manicm's picture

A bargain? Why, because of

A bargain? Why, because of the Oppo badge? Remember the Panasonic has superlative picture quality. If the Oppo can match it on thus and provide hifi sound then I'd call it a bargain. This is a video player after all.

FunkyMonkey's picture

Does anyone remember when

Does anyone remember when Oppo first came to the UK? 

They were considered a bargain tech brand. They used to be budget priced but with performance to match, e.g. Denon. 

Somewhere along the line, I think when their first universal BD player came out, they went "upmarket".

I would never pay this much for a digital source player, but this player sure does play everything I would ever want. So respect for that. But £649. Pah.

manicm's picture

Well as stated before, it's

Well as stated before, it's only about 50 pounds more than the top-range Panasonic. If it can match its video prowess it would be a very good thing indeed.

f1only's picture

A bit more than £50 cheaper

A bit more than £50 cheaper it's £200 less for the Panasonic now selling at £449