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OPPO Digital add MQA support to UDP-205

  • Going ground up, OPPO Digital’s UDP-205 is a D/A converter and a headphone amplifier. Asynchronous (DSD512/PCM768kHz-capable) USB, coaxial and TOSLINK inputs each feed a pair of internalised ESS Labs’ 9038PRO chips to output via balanced XLR, singled-ended RCA on the back panel; or a 6.4mm headphone socket on the front. Multi-channel hi-res content – PCM up to 192kHz, native DSD64 and PCM-converted DSD128 – are also supported.

    However, it’s the UDP-205’s optical disc playback capabilities that take it from the ordinary to extra-ordinary: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD and Audio CD.

    Refresh your memory on the UDP-205’s full feature set here.

    The disc spinner / headphone amplifier / disc spinner is also firmware upgradeable. September’s update saw OPPO Digital add Roon Readiness to the UDP-205’s already bountiful feature set. This month the Californian-headquartered company are adding MQA support.

    From the press release:

    “The latest firmware update to the UDP-205 adds MQA decoding to the UDP-205’s digital audio file playback. When a user navigates through music files using the UDP-205’s “Music” app, the player will be able to identify and decode files encoded with MQA.”

    That reads as though MQA support applies only to files served locally via direct-connected USB drive or CD, leaving Tidal MQA via Roon when its own official MQA partnership is formally inked.

    Already own a UDP-205? Update your player directly from the Internet via the online firmware update tool. Don’t have your 205 connected to the Internet? No worries: that same firmware is also available as a direct download from OPPO Digital’s website. Freshly purchased units will come with MQA/Roon functionality pre-installed.

    Refresh your memory on MQA’s proposition here.

    “What about the UDP-203?”, you shriek. No news means no news.

    The UDP-205 sells for US$1299 in the USA, €1799 in mainland Europe, £1399 in the UK and AU$2199 in Australia.

    Further information: OPPO Digital | MQA

    Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to the UDP-205 as the ‘BDP-205’.

    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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