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Tidal streaming (sorta maybe) comes to OPPO Digital 103/5/D

  • America is not the world*. OPPO Digital’s BDP-10x optical disc players are so much more than just that. The ‘Swiss Army Knife’-cliché-inducing 105D (US$1299) spins all manner of optical discs (SACD, DVD-A, Blu-Ray, CD), streams Pandora, handles USB- and S/PDIF-inputted D/A conversion by way of an ESS Sabre 9018 chip, drives portable-friendly headphones and, most recently, streams Netflix.

    Of diminished price and audiophile appeal is the 103D (US$599) which forgoes its the flagship model’s stereo analogue outputs, headphone amplifier and runs with a Cirrus Logic DAC chip.

    In taking a tour of the OPPO Digital factory in Dongguan, China earlier this year I witnessed first hand both models coming to life along a highly-structured production line. QC testing was especially impressive.

    Spilling from OPPO Digital’s Stateside setup in Silicon Valley this week comes fresh firmware for both models. But there’s a temporary wrinkle…

    The new firmware release is labelled BDP10X-79-0711B. The ‘BDP10x’ indicates compatibility with 103/D and 105/D editions, ’79’ is the version number, ‘0711’ is (presumably) the revision and the seemingly innocuous ‘B’ that brings up the rear indicates it’s a public beta. That is, it’s not ready for prime time, may contain bugs, users should not complain to OPPO Digital if their player exhibits odd behaviour, use at your own risk…yadda yadda.


    On the other hand, everything might function as well as it did with non-beta firmware. For those playing at home, the current OFFICIAL firmware for 10x players, about which you can bitch and moan to OPPO Digital, has the equally catchy name of BDP10X-77-0827: version 77, revision 0827, no B = no beta.

    Readers already reaching for a formatted USB stick from which to apply the .bin update – hold yer horses – I have some good news and some bad news.

    The good news is that v79 firmware brings long-awaited Tidal (Hi-fi) streaming into play, control of which comes via OPPO Digital’s similarly new v4.0 MediaControl smartphone/tablet app. The iOS version is here. Android, here:

    The bad news is that this newly announced beta firmware is compatible with US unit only; which explains why an audiophile pal across town is currently tearing his hair out trying (and failing) to get his Australian 105 to see the contents of a USB drive loaded with the 130Mb BIN file.

    Just as each territory sees its players locked to a specific DVD/Blu-ray region, the firmware also varies. International versions are released after the base-level US version is completed. How many days? According to OPPO Digital’s Australian distributor Interdyn, “Anything from three to fourteen”. The lag could also be attributable to each territory’s varying streaming service supply. Down under and across the ditch, the lesser-known Quickflix must be tested.

    Bug numbers dependent, the official release of firmware v79 could be anything from days to weeks away. OPPO Digital 10x users, you will have your Tidal streaming soon enough, just a little more patience is required.

    US folk can grab themselves a dose of the new beta firmware here.

    Lastly, we gotta ask: “Where are you, Qobuz?”

    Further information: OPPO Digital | OPPO Digital Australia

    UPDATE 13th August: Australian 103/105 owners can now try their hand at installing a public beta of the Tidal-equipped firmware 79 from here.


    *With apologies to Morrissey.

    John Darko

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    1. This might make me dip my toes into Tidal, though to be frank I already have great playlists, saved albums etc in Spotify. I’ll have to see how things compare.

      Anyhow, a counterpoint: I have a 103 and it is perfectly suitable for audiophile purposes provided you are using an outboard DAC. I use it to feed optical media, film/tv playback, and my Apple TV’s Airplay (usually of Spotify or podcasts) to my DAC. An Intel NUC handles the rest.

    2. John, thanks for a quick reaction. Your information is much more comprehensive than what I was able to obtain directly from OPPO a couple of days ago.

      Like I said in the other post, I am glad that I will be able to add streaming of Tidal to physical disk player and hi-res file player and have them all in one device.

    3. John, Speaking about OPPO 103/105, where would you place these 2 different DAC solutions on your Darko DAC Index?

      • No idea…yet. Got a 105 coming next week. A buddy has one so I already know it won’t cut it with the Chord Hugo. I’d anticipate it might be closer to things in Division 3 or 4. Perhaps its closest rival will be the Mytek Stereo192-DSD?

    4. Thanks for this post and for providing the relevant links. One question: the “D” stands for “Darbee”? If so, is Oppo saying that the formware only applies to the Darbee versions of these players?
      Regards, S

      • Nope – per the beta download firmware page, it applies to 103, 105, 103D and 105D. Yes, D is for Darbee.

    5. I was pleased to see Tidal appear in the Oppo MediaControl app for my BDP-103 last night. The firmware must have updated automatically via network connection. The Tidal control screens in the Oppo IOS app are identical to the Tidal IOS app on my IPhone. This is a big step up from simple Tidal interface I’ve been using through my Squeezebox derived Ickstream/LMS setup. I successfully logged into my Tidal account but could not get any streaming music to play. Hopefully Tidal & Oppo can get this roll out glitch fixed real soon.

      • The firmware for this is Beta so it doesn’t download automatically. You have to manually download the #bin file and copy it to a thumb drive. Once the file is on the thumb drive when you insert the thumb drive into your Oppo player it’ll start the process for you.

        • That’s right – it won’t come over the air so as not to foist potentially buggy software onto every single 103/105 user. This is strictly for users with a little more tech know how under their belts.

    6. US customer here. I downloaded and applied the Beta firmware and it works just fine. Nice having Tidal so well integrated. Sound Quality so far sounds great(for a Beta firmware version). I think running Tidal through w4s remedy sounds just a little better when using the 105’s DAC IMHO.

      Comments are welcome

    7. I’ve been waiting for months to see this firmware upgrade for Oppo for Tidal too. To be fair to Oppo, their usual approach is to unroll firmware upgrades first in the US and the rest of the world follows afterwards within a matter of days. So this upgrade is no different. I’ve spoken several times to Oppo over the past month about the upgrade, they have been very responsive. I’m monitoring the firmware update page on the Australian Oppo website ( each day, should be with us by the weekend. I can’t wait to retire the Squeezebox, and am keen to hear listening impressions for the OPPO Tidal platform from US users.

    8. I have the 103, but I am from Asia.. So i don’t think Tidal is gonna happen here anytime soon. I use the 103 primarily for movie watching but have a plan to use it as a music source too… I’m not a fan of its internal Cirrus Logic dac, so I’m thinking of using it with an outboard DAC but I’m not sure of its S/PDIF output jitter performance.. The question is if anyone here used it with a W4S Remedy Reclocker to feed their DAC, compared to ‘direct ‘ Toslink or Coax connection? Did it make a difference even if the DAC’s digital input already reclocks the signal and has a low jitter spec? Thanks for any feedback….

      • Rick – others might be talk to the OPPO specifics of your question but I’ve applied the Remedy to a Sonos Connect, A&K 120 and even a cheap-ass Blu-ray player – it improved the sound of each and every one of ’em.

        • Thanks John.. I’ve read that the Remedy could go up in performance with an aftermarket Linear PSU, and the same with the Oppo. But in case one damages the Oppo (you’d need to open it up), you also kill your warranty.

            • Sorry, I wasn’t clear.. I meant I’ve read that the Remedy benefited from an outboard regulated linear supply, albeit aftermarket ones that can be found through ebay.. The Oppo also has an aftermarket linear supply, a specific one, but the risk is greater since you need to replace the stock smps module inside, it entails some diy..

            • Yes, I believe it does but the Remedy’s signal correction success isn’t predicated on it. And I’m confident that W4S will offer their own linear PSU for the Remedy down the line.

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