What a wonderful way to introduce yourself to a forum community. You're certainly entitled to your opinion, but to call those who may not agree with you ignorant or stupid isn't a recipe for a long stay at this or any other forum. Perhaps a little sugar might be added to your diet .
That said, it's pretty well known that Ayre at least put an effort into making actual changes to the player rather than just putting it into a different box and jacking the price up. Whether those changes make the player better or not can only be judged by those who have had a chance to use one. But for the huge price premium they're charging, I would hope that the Ayre would improve on at least some aspects of the Oppo.
You are correct in what you say. That post came out of anger of people saying things they don't know from an empirical stand point. The value of the player is another debate all together. My post was simply to state that there is a big difference in video and audio of the players. Purists would say the cost is worth it. Others would not.
I should not have come out so hard but I will stand by my statement that if people think there is NO difference at all between the players then they are stupid. That would be like denying fact and I don't care what the fact is, denying fact would be stupid for anyone for any topic, at any time.
Also, Ayre put considerable effort into the changes, not a small one but the purpose was only to say there is a difference and so for those debating about an Ayre vs. an OPPO then if you are a purist then go for the Ayre.