Originally Posted by Theresa
I wouldn't want an Oppo player that cost $150 if it meant build quality was equivalent to other BD players that cost that or less.
They may not look quite as fancy (no solid black brushed alum. faceplates, etc.), but the build quality
on every other BR player I've owned (four non-Oppo BR players) has been just fine. All are still in service and working perfectly. Two have been passed on to family and friends, two are still in service.
Oppo distinguishes itself in other ways than build quality, most of which are under the hood in the form of better chipsets and software. (Not that it's build quality isn't very nice.)
Yes, they're nice-looking, too, but I'd be more than thrilled to snap up an Oppo that looked like a $150 Sony but performed like an Oppo.
Perhaps the Oppo drive mechanism is better or smoother somehow? Or the jacks are tighter somehow? None of these has been an issue with my Sony or Panny BR players, and you know what, for $150, if it becomes an issue, I can replace it without too much grief.
For $500, I want a LOT more than "build quality".
Again, put the Oppo chipsets and software inside a Sony player (adding a few extra jacks in back as needed, of course), put a nice aluminum faceplate on it, and once it's in the rack you can't tell the difference. I'll happily pay an extra $25-30 for a nicer looking player (that alum faceplate), but if they want me to pay $350 more, there's got to be a LOT more going on than just looks and build quality. This isn't a car, it's a blu-ray player with two moving parts (the tray and the laser pickup). Naturally, I don't want a POS that breaks in 6 months, but I'm not expecting to pass these down to my future children's children, I just want it to perform well until the next big tech comes along (I'd be surprised if many of these BD-93s are still in service in 7 years... not because they're broken, but because they'll have been surpassed).
Fortunately, Oppo delivers on "a lot more than build quality". That's why we love them so much. But I'd be quite happy to see the return of the $300 Oppo players, or less, as long as the quality of the chipsets remains high. And good silicon has little to do with build quality. (up to a point, of course)