Alright I’m just going to come out and say this, but first…
Yadda, yadda, yadda, sour grapes and all that jazz.
I’m really disappointed in the way that Oppo has rolled this out. When they first announced the early adoption program, I immediately sent in a request to be part of that program and purchase this machine. It may seem weird, but this player is THE PLAYER I’ve been waiting for since the birth of the Blu-ray format (based on having owned several Oppo players). Every other player I’ve bought has been a stop gap to get me to the player that Oppo would eventually release. I have been that dedicated to purchasing this player, sight unseen.
As soon as the EAP was mentioned, I immediately (like many others, I’m sure) emailed Oppo indicating my intent to purchase this player ASAP (we’re talking, early December). To me, I viewed this in the same way I would a pre-order. It was my pledge that I would make a purchase, day one. I would be very angry if I preordered a player early, and then the company shipped them out lottery style. I don’t view this any differently. Someone who may have become interested in this player only a few weeks ago might be getting one shipped to them today, while others like me who have been waiting for nearly three months for the player to become available are made to wait longer.
I also don’t really like the “voting” aspect of the process. If Oppo has 250 units sitting around waiting to be released, then release them to the people who have indicated they want them. Now if the problem is that they can’t make the units fast enough and 50 is all that exists right now, fine. But ship them as they become available; don’t let them sit around giving the “nifty fifty” weeks to use one before extending the opportunity to a new group. I have to imagine that 99.9% of every problem this player had has already been scrutinized and eliminated by the beta group.
We’ve already seen (in this thread alone) a handful of people opt out for whatever reason. I don’t have a problem with that, but I am a bit disappointed that the people who are probably most dedicated to buying this player and who jumped on this immediately were sort of disregarded just so that everything was “fair.” I may not have been in the first 50 requests to Oppo, but at least I would know I was moving up in the queue. The way it is, I have no idea whether I’m closer to getting the player I want or not. Then when they are officially released, do I have to place a new order and risk being shoved to the end of that queue as well?
I’m just getting really irritated and I don’t like that this has become some sort of game.