We don’t know if people are ever going to stop buying their movies in disc format. With internet speeds getting better and services stepping up their streaming games, there’s a good chance they might. In the meantime, those who prefer getting movies without having to rely on their routers have one badass option in Oppo’s UDP-203, an ultra-HD Blu-ray player.
A rarity in today’s market, the player doesn’t come with any streaming apps, so you can’t use it to watch Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu. Instead, it reserves function strictly for your physical media, with full support for Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD, DVD Audio, Super Audio CD, and the good old CD.
The Oppo UDP-203, of course, delivers playback of resolutions up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, with full support for HDR and Wide Color Gamut, ensuring refined contrast, better color reproduction, and higher levels of brightness. There’s even a promised firmware update (due early 2017) for Dolby Vision HDR support, ensuring your player is duly future-proofed. It comes with two HDMI outputs (in case your receiver isn’t equipped for pass-through of 4K/HDR videos) and one input, as well as 7.1-channel analog audio outputs for doing all your lossless high-res music discs proper justice.
While it doesn’t support streaming apps, it does come with Wi-Fi, so you can play media stored on computers and networked storage devices. And, yes, it looks sweet with its brushed aluminum front panel, steel chassis, and gold-plated connectors.
Available now, the Oppo UDP-203 is priced at $549.