Originally Posted by da Choge
WOW! All I can say is that this thread, already very
active, has taken off at the speed of light. I logged in this AM, following it as regular, only to find another FOUR
pages posted in the interim. There are 5 to 6/7+ very well-respected players posting quite frequently. I won't mention names, for fear of missing someone. But when you have this much excitement about a new product, one has to take note. There was a great deal of hub-a-bub about the Pio 51 when it came out, but after a shade, I became disenfranchised and just had to leave that thread because of too much overstated hype and suspected personal misgivings.
It's actually almost somewhat difficult to swallow some of the seemingly overstated initial hype about this player as well (we all are used to the great reviews first-adopters tend to give). But this player has undergone extreme scrutiny from a group of very well-respected beta-testers before even a limited initial public offering. And, now, after being released to a randomly selected group of EAPers, continues to withstand all critical evaluation. There may be a few tweaks yet to be made, but Oppo's
foresight and forbearance has allowed for that. Once again, way to go Oppo
. Wish we could see more AV companies meeting at least a few of Oppo's
internal standards and desire to create excellence (along with giving the consumer a true value for his/her $-spent).
-- da Choge
I'm one of those who has read lots of the notes posted about the Oppo 83 in this and the previous discussions and have decided that it's probably the best choice for my particular situation. - I'm already an OPPO customer, having purchased the 980 last year, so I trust the company; I don't have a Blu-ray; and I'm also interested in the SACD and CD audio functions of the new unit. I'm also on the list of customers to be noticed by email regarding new test groups. - So, when the first units are released to the public, I expect that I'll be one of the first to place an order.
While this is a great discussion, there is an issue that, as far as I know, has not been addressed. - As more and more positive reviews and opinions such as the one above are posted, one can logically conclude that the pent-up demand for the '83 is being enhanced even further. (In fact, the Oppo 83 has been discussed positively on this and the previous group for about a year!) The result, unfortunately, may be that when the unit is finally released for sale, the demand may be so great that our wait is even further extended (unless we happen to win a primary position in the waiting list), beyond the initial "on sale" date. Several more months possibly? - Of course, we may get some advance notice by email, but there are lots of others on the list as well.
Is that what you want to happen?
- - - But, you say, nothing can be done about it at this late date anyway? - Maybe. Maybe not. For example, one suggestion is that those posting further notes praising the '83 to high heaven might consider adding to their comments something like: "While I like what I hear about the OPPO 83, there are several other soon-to-be-released models, such as Models xxx and yyyy from Panasonic, and the zzzz to be released by from Sony, that also sound interesting. So I may wait until I have a chance to check out these other promising new models before I decide." (Note that that the qualification - you MAY wait to look at other models - gives you an out if you don't actually wait for the new Pannys and Sonys.)
Just a thought. - For those of us who weren't Beta testers, weren't included among the "fortunate fifty," and who may not be among the additional "happy hundred" group, if there is one.