Originally Posted by hikinokie
Plays wav files? As in What's-his-name HRX high resolution audio dvd's?
Doubtful, as HRX and WAV are completely different technologies.
Originally Posted by b curry
I'm not trying to pick a fight with you, nor do I wish to beat a dead horse. Just to put this into some perspective.
Here is an example of a Chinese built Blu-ray player built with an MTK 8550 and Sony loader, 7.1, networked, wifi option, remote etc... But you can see the wholesale price, FOB port, is $50-$100 negotiable with options and quantity.
This type of comparison does not work. This kind of product only accounts for the direct hardware costs, and does not include any of the licensing associated to actually selling this player in retail channels. Someone has to pay, at minimum, license fees to the MPEG LA, BDA, Dolby Digital, and DTS.
Seeing how OPPO loves SACD and DVD-Audio, there are additional chips and licenses they have to pay to allow the playback of these formats.
Additional services, such as Netflix or MP3 media playback, will also have a licensing or pay-for-use structures.
So from a manufacturing standpoint, sure, OPPO could develop cheaper players. But add in all the additional fees associated to actually running a legitimate business, and you have greatly increased the cost of the product.
Beyond this, OPPO does not want to be Sony, Pansonic, LG, Samsung or other big box companies. They have always strove to produce high quality, low cost solutions. Competing in the low-end helps increase OPPO's userbase, but does not continue the brand building that OPPO has been working on for the past 6 years.