OPPO launches the new UDP-205.
Take a look at the beautiful video from OPPO to present the long awaited UDP-205.
More audiophile than the UDP-203 and with better construction, this new flagship player from OPPO is equipped with two ESS Technology ES9038PRO 32-bit HyperStream DACs for both stereo and 7.1 channel analog audio.
It features a new high-stability, high-precision HDMI clock and a special HDMI audio jitter reduction circuit. The player includes an asynchronous USB DAC input that supports sample rates up to 768 kHz PCM and DSD 512 .
In the video section, the UDP-205 includes the quad-core OP8594K UHD Blu-ray decoder SoC. It supports the HDR10 format, and it is also capable of providing an accurate conversion from HDR to SDR. Also, OPPO has announced that it will support Dolby Vision in the future via a firmware upgrade.
More info and the first pictures of our modified version very soon.
Vinculum Designer´s Edition
We are proud to offer an OPPO based equipment, modified to compete with the best of the High-End audio.
Using special metal alloys and the latest technology in laser-cutting and CNC machines, we have developed a new chassis that helps to further improve the technical performance, by means of a better vibration control.
All of our modifications inside, concerning the disc reading accuracy, key electronic components replacement, power supply quality upgrading, etc... have been newly designed and implemented in a better, more effective way.
This new version has a true High-End construction and finishes, including a new anodized aluminum front panel (17 mm thickness).
The photos correspond to a modified version of the OPPO 105D, still one of the best sounding OPPO basis, but we want to offer the same improvement upon request for the upcoming OPPO UDP-205.
The OPPO UDP-203 will have a Vinculum Special Edition
The new OPPO UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-Ray player has arrived very recently and we are already working to offer a modified version with greatly improved analog sound quality, a true audiophile version capable to compete with any High-End player. For more information, please stay tuned for our upcoming new pictures and comments.
Update: Many people ask us if this modified version will have a better image than the original one.
The original OPPO UDP-203 already has a reference visual quality, but by applying our experience and knowledge, we have already achieved a significantly cleaner and sharper image, especially with moving image.
We believe that our modified version already surpasses in native image quality to the current Samsung and Panasonic UHD-BluRay players and to the standard OPPO UDP-203 itself.
However, the current situation is too much complex to ensure that all users would be clearly aware of this improvement, with regular changes and updates for the adaptation of different display devices to the new standards (concerning HDR, Color space,etc), the partial solutions that some users are applying (HD Fury and the like), and the strong dependence on the settings and calibrations of the display to obtain the better image with the new Ultra-HD format.
Therefore, we honestly prefer not to promise great improvements in the image for all users, it will depend on each equipment settings and capabilities to manage the new format standards. Even so, we certainly think that the most demanding homecinema users will easily appreciate them and that, once the Vinculum edition is tested, they will find very hard to come back to the standard.
As for the audio part, we believe that we can guarantee that the majority of users with high-quality audio equipment will appreciate a clear improvement in analogue audio with our modification, at a level similar to that of much more expensive audiophile sources.
OPPO 4K-UHD Blu-ray player could arrive in late 2016.
OPPO has announced in its official Web-site the launch of the first OPPO 4K-UHD Blu-ray player, the UDP-203, by the end of this year.
Although full specifications have not yet been announced, the player seems to have better build quality and versatility than any other UHD-BD player available at this moment, with 2 HDMI outputs, 1 HDMI input, 7.1 analog audio outs, Dolby Atmos and DTS-X support, etc...
OPPO and Mediatek have developed a dedicated UltraHD decoder chip, the OP8591. The player uses an optimised laser mechanism that reads all disc formats (UHD Blu-ray,2D and 3D Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-Audio, CD )
A second player, likely named UDP-205, will be released too, with a more developed analog audio section.
update (Sept,23): It was rumored that the player could support Dolby Vision via a firmware update, but according an OPPO info received by John Archer, they are still working with Mediatek and Dolby to get it properly implemented, so that they can not confirm this feature, at least not yet.
An interesting experience.
Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan, among others, have directed films with an undeniable visual quality and today maintain their stubborn defense of the use of celluloid. They are pushing the cinema industry to purchase enough film to Kodak every year, to avoid the abandon of celluloid production when so many filmmakers are switching to the much cheaper digital filming.
From our humble point of view, this defense of celluloid for filming is entirely legitimate and justified. For us, as mere cinema lovers, film is still the better format available for cinema, which is able to deliver much greater visual quality than the latest digital shooting cameras. In our opinion, even for a digital projection, scanning celluloid film for a DI (digital-intermediate) often offers better results than the direct digital acquisition.
To give an example with two recent films, "The Hateful Eight", shot in celluloid Ultra-panavision 65/70 mm, has a visual quality vastly superior to what is offered today by the state-of-the-art digital cameras, like the Alexa 65, used in some scenes of "The revenant" and other recent movies.
We believe that digital shooting has some new and important advantages, but also, that it should aspire to inherit the best qualities of analog film; the natural three-dimensionality and image depth , the very high dynamic range, the color richness and gradations , the absence of eyestrain or fatigue ...
And of course we have clear that, more important than the visual quality of any format, is the talent of the director of photography to use the camera and the editing tools. The geniuses as Lubezki ("The Revenant") or Roger Deakins ("Sicario") have been capable of astonish us with a prodigious photography that has been shot in digital, while in the movie "Batman v Superman" the visual quality of the material filmed in 70mm celluloid has been degraded in a great extent with an aggressive digital image treatment in post-production.
Anyway, we recognize our love for the celluloid film. So when a friend of mine told me: "I have bought a celluloid projector and i already have near 40 films in perfect condition", i hastened to ask him an appointment to see that machine running.
Having a true cinema projector was the long-cherished dream of Jose C., one of the most home-cinema passionates i have ever known. Jose continues to be convinced with the image of his four high-end CRT projectors (Electrohome, Sony, etc )....
Many digital projectors have passed also through his hands over the last years , and he has recently acquired the new JVC RS500 (JVC DLAx7000 in PRO-version).
So we have the opportunity to make interesting comparisons between the image of some Blu-ray or UHD-BD editions, when he also owns that film in celluloid (polyester in fact), which in many cases would be the closest thing to the original Master of the film (with no compression at all, no digital processing losses, etc...) .
The projector, a german Kinoton of 2006 that weights about 260 kg , is a real beauty. It is simply stunning. Jose has acquired also a complete set of high-end new lenses and he is still in the process of completing the settings, and testing some alternative LED lamps ( it is not really needed such high power (2000 watt/ 90.000 lumens) of the Xenon lamps in a home environment ). His system has also professional sound processors for Dolby and DTS, and a big projection screen about 3,80 meters wide.
After a first contact with this beautiful machine, watching a small clip, i hope to come back to perform more tests with him , when the film projector is finally ready. A good chance to compare digital and analog video formats.
Meanwhile we have had some time to assess his new JVC RS500 with some movies, comparing the Ultra-HD/HDR discs with its Blu-ray editions.
We look forward to count with Jose in the future, to evaluate the improvements that we are preparing for the Ultra-HD Blu-ray players.
Developing the upcoming Vinculum Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Like many other home-cinema lovers, we are evaluating the first steps of the new UHD-BD format, with its much higher resolution, an expanded color-space, and the high dynamic range. We also follow the evolution and improvements of the projectors and televisions 4K/UHD trying to be adapted for the new standards.
Although we believe that the new format can theoretically offer a higher image quality than the Blu-ray, we see how the first titles published in UHD-BD are generating some confusion and mixed reactions about the extent of the improvements made.
It is clear that many of the appreciable differences with respect to the Blu-ray editions are not due to the technical superiority of UHD-BD format , but to the decisions of the editors concerning the color grading, the contrast, sharpness, noise reduction, etc...
Of course many UHD-BD editions surely will be able to achieve a clear improvement in color quality, specially when compared with non-optimal Blu-ray editions like "Sicario". But some others UHD-BD editions could simply seek a more spectacular look, even at the cost of being less balanced, or moving away from the original intentions of the director of photography.
We have read a lot of praises about the new high eficiency codec (HEVC) used for the UHD-BD . Its greater efficiency rate has been calculated mainly on the basis of subjective tests and S/N ratio, but actually you cannot store more than four times the information of a Blu-ray in the same disk space without a heavy sacrifice of native visual information. It may be dificult to discern the losses with static images but this efficiency is not for free and it can reduce the sharpness and definition during movements in the image.
We would like to see how most UHD-BD are edited on disks of at least 100GB.
About the higher resolution of UHD, it is widely accepted that it is noticeable only with certain viewing conditions and when the viewing material has an exceptional image quality.
In many other circumstances it will not provide a significant improvement in definition, and even less if it comes from upscaling a 2K master, as it is happening in many cases. Rather, it is the HDR what is generating the best rating with respect to bluray, although the TVs and projectors are still under adaptation process.
In short, we trust about the possibilities of the new format, especially when transferring the highest quality movies (such as those filmed in 70mm, for example), but we do not want to fall into the mistake of valuing certain decisions of UHD-BD editors as a real improvement. In fact, many of those perceivable changes in colorimetry or sharpness could be performed in a new Blu-Ray edition.
We are already preparing our modified version of the upcoming OPPO UHD-BD players , which are expected to be a better basis for our modifications that the current players from Samsung and Panasonic.
For sure, the Vinculum modifications will greatly improve the realism, the natural sharpness, the accurate color, the greater transparency, the depth and three-dimensionality of the pictures.It will be necessary for us to devote all our available time to research on the new format and to complete the development of our new chassis, our new power supplies and further enhance our disc reading technology. We are sorry that for the next few months we have to reject any order to modify the current Blu-ray models.
Besides of the UHD/Blu-ray modified players it will be presented an audio-only version with an incredible analog sound quality, a truly High-End product. For the moment we can show only this small picture of one prototype. And also, by the end of this year it will be offered an affordable modification which greatly improve the analog sound quality of any OPPO player.
We will keep you informed in this page about some of our tests and experiences with UHD players and projectors in the next months. Thanks for the inmense patience and trust of the customers and friends who believe in our research work. And of course, have a happy Summer!