The OPPO UDP-203 and UDP-205 share many of the same primary components, and while the UDP-203 and UDP-205 are identical in performance when it comes to video, the UDP-205 offers a number of enhancements in terms of audio.
The UDP-205 features improved sound quality from its analog audio outputs courtesy of its implementation of dual 32-bit ESS Technology ES9038 PRO reference DACs, a toroidal power supply, and two sets of dedicated stereo analog outputs (balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA) for 2-channel enthusiasts. Customers who do a great deal of critical music listening using a very high end, analog connected system will benefit most from these additions.
The UDP-205 also features a high precision HDMI clock and special HDMI audio jitter reduction circuit on its HDMI Audio Only output. For more information about this feature, please read the following KB article here.
Finally, the UDP-205 also features a headphone amplifier for use with high-quality headphones, as well as three additional digital audio inputs to take advantage of the internal DACs (optical, coaxial, and a 2-channel asynchronous USB DAC input.)
Please reference the table below for a quick breakdown of the differences between the UDP-203 and UDP-205.
|Differences Between the UDP-203 and UDP-205|
|7.1-Channel Analog Outputs
||Yes (AKM AK4458VN DAC)
||Yes (ESS ES9038PRO DAC)|
|Stereo Analog Outputs
||7.1ch Output Configurable to 2ch
||Dedicated XLR and RCA Outputs (ESS ES9038PRO DAC)|
|HDMI Audio Jitter Reduction Circuit
|USB DAC and Coaxial / Optical Digital Inputs
|Built-In Headphone Amplifier
|Toroidal Power Supply