Originally Posted by KristinaAlexis6
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But the XA2 is a such a sexy piece of machinery, lol. Seriously, I wish more companies would build players like an XA2, built like a tank, metal brushed aluminum, and feels sturdy/heavy! I guess the Oppo's come close in build-quality, but I just LOVE the build of the XA2. I doubt we'll ever see another player built like that. All Sony blu-ray players feel like really cheap plastic, extremely light, i'm afraid if it drops it'll shatter!
I would say the newest generation of Oppo players are on par with the build quality of the XA-2.
They do not skimp on quality and use a metal faceplate and metal housing too.
Of course not all players are built to such high standards, but not all cheap players are junk either.
Using a plastic face and housing gives it a cheaper feel and makes it lighter and cheaper to build too,
but the quality of inner parts and software engineering is what matters.
Many times though a lot of small things add up, and with the Oppo players, they check so many boxes and are so full of features<
including build quality, that is why they are known to be the best players on the market.
Of course they don't play HD-DVDs which is unfortunate.
Originally Posted by Gary J
That build came at a VERY HIGH PRICE.
That is very true when it was first released, it was not close to cheap, and the high quality came at a high price.
Another thing some people might say, is that the HD-DVD players and Blu-ray players that were released in the
first couple years when those formats came to market, were built to very high standards since both formats were
competing for the public's approval and money. If you make a cheap product that breaks easily, it would not look good for your cause.
Of course there were cheaper players like the HA-1, HA-2 etc, that were not built to as high of a standard,
but even those players were very solid.
Originally Posted by aaronwt
Look how ancient the XA2 is. Today it is very unusual to have an electronic device built that way.
I think yes and no. For the most part most players aren't built to the same standards I describe above,
but there are still higher end players that a built pretty well.
However the number of "cheap" players far overshadows the number of high quality players.