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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 Darko

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

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