The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Fossil and Crosley Band Together for Stylish Collection Celebrating National Record Store Day How to Find the Right New or Vintage Record Player for You Editors’ Recommendations Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat Unveiled earlier this year, the Oppo UDP–203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player looked to be one of the most feature-packed of the UHD players released so far, especially on the audio front, but as we began to close in on the end of 2016, there was no release info. That has finally changed, as Oppo has announced that the player is officially ready to hit the streets.Oppo says the UDP–203 is a successor to its award-winning BDP–103 Blu-ray player, though obviously it’s much more advanced. The big additions include 4K Ultra HD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels), as well as support for HDR (high dynamic range) and Wide Color Gamut. The more common HDR10 format is supported out of the box for HDR, but a firmware update bringing support for Dolby Vision is planned for release in 2017.The player features two HDMI outputs — the HDMI 2.0a port supports UHD TVs, A/V receivers, and other devices, while an HDMI 1.4 audio port adds compatibility for older receivers. Two USB 3.0 ports on the back and another on the front allow users to source video, music, and photos from USB hard drives or other devices. And unlike most run-of-the-mill players, the UDP-203 offers 7.1-channel analog audio outputs, fed by a 32-bit “Velvet Sound” DAC by AKM.In addition to UHD Blu-ray, the UDP–203 also plays both standard and 3D Blu-ray discs, DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, and audio CD formats. The player can decode AIFF, WAV, ALAC, APE, and FLAC audio formats, as well as DSD64 and DSD128. In addition to Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, the player also supports the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound formats.Oppo’s goal with the UDP–203 is providing a premium experience for disc playback with quick start-up times and fast response, so it eschews such “smart” features as the streaming apps found in many players. Instead, it features an HDMI 2.0 passthrough input that allows you to connect a streaming device of your choosing while keeping an HDMI input free on your TV or A/V receiver.The Oppo UDP–203 sells for $550 and while no exact release date is available so far, pre-orders are expected to become available shortly. For more information, see the product page on Oppo’s website. A step-up UDP–205 model is also in the works, and is expected to launch in early 2017.A version of this article originally appeared at our “brother site,” Digital Trends. The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo
Truck sales help Ford Motor Co. of Canada claim top sales spot for August by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 9:51 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian auto sales continued to accelerate in August, climbing 7.9 per cent to 171,560 with almost a dozen brands at or close to all-time sales record for the month, according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.The sales, up from 159,004 in August 2013, included light truck sales totalling 100,621, up 14.1 per cent from 88,168 a year ago, while car sales amounted to 70,939, up from 70,836 in August 2013.“These records are rooted in the Ontario consumer coming back into the market in full force and the West holding close to last year’s sales records,” DesRosiers said in a report.Year-to-date sales totalled 1,256,649, up 4.6 per cent from 1,201,664 at the same time last year.“We expected a point or two increase this year so an increase of almost five per cent is, frankly speaking, quite spectacular,” DesRosiers said.Ford Motor Co. of Canada, with a big boost from strong truck sales, claimed the honour of the industry’s top seller last month, edging about Chrysler with 27,988 cars and light trucks sold, up from 27,268 a year ago.Ford truck sales climbed 10.4 per cent to 22,539, up from 20,412 in the same month last year, while the automaker’s car sales were down 20.5 per cent at 5,449 compared with 6,856 a year ago.Meanwhile, Chrysler said it sold 26,825 vehicles last month, up from 21,932 in the same month last year. Chrysler said the total was a record for the month and helped push year-to-date sales through August to a new high.The increase for the month was driven by truck sales, which jumped to 24,302 from 18,233 a year ago as sales of its Jeep brand more than doubled. Chrysler car sales slipped to 2,523 from 3,699 as Dodge car sales fell to less than half of those a year ago.So far this year, Chrysler has sold 201,424 vehicles, up from 187,375 in the first eight months of last year.General Motors of Canada sold 22,111 vehicles in August, up 4.8 per cent from 21,091 a year ago.GM truck sales were up 7.3 per cent at 16,089 from 15,001, while car sales totalled 6,022 compared with 6,090 a year ago.The automaker said it will complete the launch of a complete portfolio of new trucks this fall.“With the launch of the new Cadillac ATS Coupe and our all-new mid-size trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon later this year, we anticipate this growth will continue as we align our products to best suit the needs of our customers,” John Roth, GM’s vice-president for sales, service and marketing.Truck sales also helped Toyota Canada sales for the month, which climbed to 16,546, up 6.8 per cent from 15,499 a year ago. Toyota truck sales were up 10.4 per cent at 8,257 compared with 7,481 in August 2013, while Toyota car sales totalled 8,289, up from 8,018.Sales of Toyota’s luxury nameplate, Lexus, totalled 1,534, down from 1,570 a year ago, while Scion sales amounted to 407, down from 578.Honda sales slipped 3.4 per cent to 14,063 from 14,552 a year ago, while its Acura luxury brand saw sales fall 11.8 per cent to 1,461 from 1,656.“Our exceptional sales in June and July meant dealer inventories of key 2014 models were poor, making it impossible to match last year’s strong August results,” said Dave Gardner, Honda Canada’s vice-president of sales and marketing.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A version that moved Wednesday included TD Bank economist’s comments that applied to U.S., not Canadian, auto sales.