why not wait up till cedia in sept and CES at start of next year...if in no hurry.
the EOL aspect is what scares me most. not so much as a fault of the player more that blu-ray as a format is a flawed one. new discs come out and unfortunately like the total rekall one that recently came out needed firmware updates from manufacturers to sort out ! all best intentions you just cant expect manufactuers to continually keep supporting things with updates foreever and a day. I've had a new bd player since inception of the format, with a 1st gen sony, followed with a 2nd gen pioneer, the really excellent sony 5000es, a denon 4010 followed by an oppo 95 and then the cambridge 751 most recently. probably coming up to time for an update again. lets see what the next lot of shows bring
You are right, however, I don't expect such sturdy and well built machines as the Denon A1 or the Pio LX-91. But I also start questioning all this Blu-Ray stuff. In fact you don't need it. More and more people have their media on computers and stream it from there. What you need today is a media renderer - like the Oppo. LAN speeds are high enough to transport HD media - CD and DSD are no problems. WiFi reaches 600 Mbit/s or 1 Gbit/s soon and even a good 300 Mbit/s connection these days is sufficient to stream HD.
4k media is only available from computer storage on hard disks. Why develop new disc formats to cope with 4k and spent millions of dollars?
It seems to me: Who need a BD-player these days or especially in the future? For today's needs, the Oppo and the AVP seem to be an excellent combination. The Oppo as an excellent media renderer with connection to computer networks and the AVP as a high-end DAC and processor. Well, that the Oppo can also play all kind of disks is nice, as long as they exist.