Oppomod Linear Power Supply Upgrade For UDP-205

DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,602
edited May 1 in Going Digital
Introduction

Replacement of the stock switch mode power supply in my Oppo UDP-205 universal player resulted in astonishing improvements in picture and sound quality. After a month of using the improved UDP-205, the Oppomod linear power supply has turned out to be one of my best upgrades.

Installation was easy. Instructions were provided on the Oppomod website.

My immediate results with the Oppomod Linear Power Module Special Edition (LPM SE) were:

1. Brighter, clearer, more detailed picture, with better color rendition.
2. Sound was apparently much louder, due to the significantly lowered noise floor. I actually had to turn the volume of my home theater pre-pro down 4 dB.
3. More tactile sensation.
4. Sound stage size didn't change, but image weight increased significantly.
5. I notice more small details, both with video and audio.

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Figure 1. Still images photographed from OLED TV screen. Picture with stock power
supply on left, picture with Oppomod power supply on right. Images are from the beginning of "Alien Covenant" at time 00:01:17.


The screen captures in figure 1 were photographed with a Nikon D800 36.3 megapixel camera and Nikkor 24-70 zoom lens. The television was an LG 65" OLED, model OLED65E8PUA. The front of the camera lens was 42" from the TV screen.

The scene was filmed in a white room with blueish lighting from a large, expansive picture window. For those unfamiliar with "Alien Covenant", the movie begins with a closeup of the android David's eye as he is sitting in a chair looking at the picture window and describing what he sees.

The noise content caused an overemphasis of blue, as well as a loss of fine detail and brightness. A significant reduction in noise brought the picture into better color balance. The washed out area at the lower right is a artifact of that portion of the scene being too bright for the camera's light sensitivity setting. A lower light sensitivity setting would have caused the darker areas of the scene to be obscured in darkness.

The captures below are from the same scene (captures taken from the Internet).

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Figure 2. Opening sequence scene from "Alien Covenant".

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Figure 3. Opening sequence scene from "Alien Covenant".

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Figure 4. Oppomod LPM SE.

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Figure 5. Oppomod LPM SE installed.

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Figure 6. Stock switch mode power supply at left, Oppomod LPM SE at right.

In the future, when I am more dedicated to home theater than I am now, I will replace the nasty little switch mode power supplies in my two Oppo UDP-203s.

Associated Equipment - Home Theater System

LG OLED65E8PUA OLED TV
Oppo UDP-205 Blu-ray Player
Bryston BDP-1 Digital Music Player
Synology DS918+ NAS For Movie File Server
Yamaha CX-A5100 Surround Sound Preamp/Processor
Adcom GFA-565se Power Amp (250 wpc 8 ohms)/Front Speakers
Adcom GFA-565se Power Amp (250 wpc 8 ohms)/Center Channel Speaker
Adcom GFA-565se Power Amp (250 wpc 8 ohms)/Surround Speakers
Polk Audio LSiM 706C Center Channel Speaker
Polk Audio LSiM 707 Front Speakers
Polk Audio LSiM 702 F/X Surround Speakers
SVS PB12 Ultra/2 Subwoofer
PS Audio P5 AC Regenerator (Plasma TV, Blu-ray Player, Tivo, Digital Music Player)
PS Audio P10 AC Regenerator (Preamp/Processor, Power Amplifiers)
PS Audio AC-5 Power Cord For AC Regenerators
PS Audio Statement SC Power Cords For All Electronics
Revelation Audio Labs Prophecy Cryo-Silver Digital Coaxial Cable
AudioQuest Cinnamon HDMI Cables
Douglas Connection DCF-92 Speaker Cables, Front, Center Speakers
DSR Silverline (Amp To Wall), Monster UL/CL3 (In-Wall) Speaker Cables, Surround Speakers
Blue Jeans LC-1 In-Wall Subwoofer Cable
Signal Cable Silver Resolution XLR Interconnects (Preamp To Power Amps)
Two Dedicated 20 Amp AC Circuits Terminated With PS Audio Soloist SE In-Wall Passive Power Conditioners
Salamander Synergy Quad 30 Audio Credenza
Dell Venue Pro 11 7140 Docked Tablet Computer For System Control
Logitech Harmony One Remote
"So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
"Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
"Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
"Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK

Comments

  • machonemachone Posts: 1,134
    Nice.
    I know that linear power supplies have improved my sound but how do you convince the nay-sayers. With video you can take a picure and prove it!!
    Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...SDA-1A (Fully Modded with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
    Sony PS4

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,602
    I never try to convince naysayers because, in most cases, you are communicating with mental illness and behavioral issues rooted in their childhood.

    My evaluation, experimentation, and documentation is aimed at trying to gain a better understanding of what ***I*** see and hear. My evaluation posts are for others who have similar interest in gaining better understanding, not for the naysayer who is motivated by engaging in argument and disparagement rather than pursuing higher performance audio and video.
    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • machonemachone Posts: 1,134
    I agree DK. I just get tired of all the threads that get derailed by their BS.
    Mojo Audio Illuminati v3>>Quantum Byte w/LMS>>Rpi/PiCoreplayer>> Starlight 7 USB >> Mojo Audio Mystique v2 SE>>ModWright SWL 9.0 SE Signature>>Hafler DH-500 Amp+ (Musical Concepts Fully Modded)>>
    SRS 2.3TL (Fully Modded)...SDA-1A (Fully Modded with Dimensional Tweeter Delete)
    1KVA Dreadnought
    Marantz SA 8005
    Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable - Shure SC35C/N35X - V15III/VN35HE
    Yamaha TX-540 Tuner...Sony BDP-S570
    Sony PS4

    Separate subpanel with four dedicated 20 amp circuits.
    1. Amplification 2. Analog 3. Digital 4. Video

    "All THAT IS LOST FROM THE SOURCE IS LOST FOREVER"
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,180
    Does this also go in the 203? I have two of them, and they are only used for movies. Since the 203 and 205 are the same for video, I would expect the same results if the PS also works in the 203.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on preamp, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • DarqueKnightDarqueKnight Posts: 6,602
    Yes, it fits the 203 also. I am trying to resist modding the 203s connected to my home office and master bedroom OLED TVs as it would be overkill.

    Oppomod offers two levels of linear power supplies for the 203/205:

    http://www.oppomod.com/
    "So hot it burns Mice!"~DK
    "Polk SDA-SRSs are hopelessly out of date both sonically and technologically... I see no value whatsoever in older SDA speakers."~Audio Asylum Member
    "Knowledge, without understanding, is a path to failure."~DK
    "Those who irrationally rail against something or someone that is no threat to them, actually desire (or desire to be like) the thing or person they are railing against."~DK
  • BlueFoxBlueFox Posts: 12,180
    Thanks. I should at least do one on my 75” Sony Z9D even though I rarely watch movies any more. It’s kind of ironic that, in the past, upgrading my HT audio got me back into listening to music.
    Bud - Silicon Valley

    Lumin X1
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on preamp, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
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