Originally Posted by Jack D
I just called and got a real person on the phone with no recorded messages to wade through! Shocking! ;-)
1. The orignial Opus has the same operating systems as either the Opus 3 or 5. The Opus 4 is a different animal.
2. The web site to upgrade the Opus 3 or 5 software has been down, is currently down, and could be down for another 3-4 months. This seems crazy to me but at least I know I'm not crazy for not being able to update the software through the web. It's a pity that we have to go through the trouble of burning a cd etc. How hard could it be to get the web site running?
Anyway, it's some information that might be useful to someone else out there.
Welcome back on this site. As you may remember from older posts, I am also an ownwr of the original, supposedly "high en" Opus.
What Olive told you seems to confirm my fears that they are quietly dropping pioneering customers like you and me, who plonked a cool $3,000 for the privilege.
The fact that the Opus 4 uses entirely different software, rather than building up on the existing one (apparently with a slew of shortcomings and bugs that did not exist in the original version) seems to indicate that they are getting out of licensing agreements the may have had with the German company behind the Hifidelio, the machine from which the Musica, Symphony and Opus 3 and 5 were all derived from.
As to software updates for that apparently abandoned line, nothing has come up since June 2007. So if you already have version 2.3.18, you are current. That version is posted for download on the Olive Web site under "Opus 3" and "Opus 5" (they do not bother to mention the original Opus, but it uses the exact same software).
Judging from the long stream of posts on this site showing the myriad problems encountered by early adopters of the Opus 4, we may feel happy that we have a trouble-free machine that works 99% as advertised Here is my quick take on the comparative merits of the "old" and "new" Opuses:
- The Opus 4 has a color touch-screen (but quite small and low-resolution) and promises enhanced library management features. However, most of the refinements to music management seem to aim at enabling users to perform more extensive editing of the inherently flawed metadata provided by free CD databases. Licensing a commercial database, like the one used on SOOLOOS servers, would have been a much better solution. The Opus 4 still offers no dedicated remote with a display replicating the touch-screen on the machine itself. It still relies on theird-party internet tablets such as the Nokia N 810 and a version of the Rondo interface.
- One improvement in the Opus 4 is an apparently better backup feature. However, due to Olive plans to offer music downloads (for a fee), the backups require a dedicated USB external drive from which it is impossible to extract or copy music on a computer. The
ld: backup solution, albeit very slow and crude, produces folders and files that can be read and manipulated using any computer.
- The Opus 4 has the capability of storing and playing high-resolution music files such as the ones that can be purchased from Music Giants, but Olive makes no claims as to the pedigree of the DAC it uses.
So I think there is still a lot of value in the "old Opus" and we, bold pioneers, should make some noise ont his site and others so that Olive does not drop us into oblivion (not to mention their customers who paid dearly just months ago for an Opus5).