Originally Posted by MovieGuruJeff
I think it's great that others enjoy a $1,000 product as much as a $7,000 + product. However, I notice no one has said they have done direct comparisons using very high-end equipment like Krell, Theta Digital, Classe, Arcam 888, Meridian, Anthem, etc. ...
You're a tenacious guy. Personally, I'm glad you're around to pump money into our ailing economy. As to your observation, for sure, Kal has done "direct comparisons".
Originally Posted by Kal Rubinson
In fact he's has a published review on the AV888. Kal also seems to have a level of respect and creditability with his observations and reviews. I've listened and compared too, but I don't have Kal's creditability.
I'm not picking a fight, and the AV888 is a nice piece of kit. But, your blanket statement of something costing more means it's better is just absurd hogwash.
One of the things you're missing is that Oppo is fundamentally an internet direct company. Oppo's parent company, BBK, is the manufacturer and an OEM for companies like Denon, Panasonic, and others. In other words, a very large company. This business model allows Oppo to bring a high quality product at a lower price point by removing layers of distribution, dealer support, and sales cost. If you sold the Oppo machine through the same distribution model a company like Arcam uses, you would easily double the cost or more.
Lexicon put a new face plate on an Oppo BDP-83 and marked it up 700%. Surely that made a difference and made it better?http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/t...blu-ray-player
It's clear however, that you practice what you preach as you have indicated that you're an owner of an Oppo BDP-95 with its ESS Sabre ES9018 DAC's. Why else would you invest the additional money for the BDP-95 over the BDP-93 (without the Saber DAC's) using it with your AV888 if you weren't a high price is better driven consumer?