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Upgrade your OPPO UDP-203 with Clones Audio’s PSUPD

  • An integrated amplifier. Monoblocks. A pre-amplifier. A DAC. A music server. A PCIe USB3.0 audio card. A Schumann Resonator. A decent range of products from the relatively fledgling Clones Audio, founded in 2012 and whose first product, a Gainclone implementation, lent this Hong Kong company its name.

    Clones Audio’s latest offering is the PSUPD — a fully discrete linear power supply board for OPPO Digital’s UDP-203 disc player, one that promises ‘ultra-low noise’ and next-level performance from the OPPO Digital player’s video, analogue audio and digital audio outputs.

    According to Clones, the installation process takes 10 – 15 minutes and highly likely that it voids OPPO Digital’s warranty. One look at the installation guide (here) confirms that only a screwdriver (no soldering!) and a little care are required to swap out the UDP-203’s original switching power supply board for Clones’ linear PSUPD.

    Here we see OPPO’s outgoing switching power supply board:

    And here we see the incoming Clones linear supply:

    The latter’s large toroidal is unmissable.

    The PSUPD is shipping now for HKD2499 (~US$320) which represents a sizeable percentage of the OPPO player’s initial US$549 outlay. One might reasonably wonder if it’s better to head straight for the UDP-205 at US$1299 for which Clones also have a replacement power supply in the works.

    Further information: Clones Audio

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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