Ok, what am I missing here?
I mean, this player has got to be the deal of the century, yet it seems to be getting a somewhat lukewarm reception. I really don't understand why people aren't falling all over themselves to get their hands on one of these ASAP!
I'm assuming that most, if not all, of the reason is because many of the people who are considering this player either don't have separate video processors or they don't have decent processing in their displays.
Let's look at this:
1. 480i over HDMI - ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS! What are your alternatives to feed a "pure" digital output straight off of the MPEG decoder to your processor? You can get another, much higher priced player OR you can get an el cheapo Sony 975 OR you can get an expensive SDI mod to your existing player.
2. This player also serves as a combi SACD/DVDA player! This unexpected feature solved a problem in my system because I am running out of inputs even on my Lex MC-12, and that ain't easy...
So now I can simply replace my Pio 563 with this player and I don't lose a SACD/DVDA player - I gain a high quality DVD digital transport!
3. With a simple mod you can make this player region free - not particularly valuable to me, but I'll bet a lot of people will find this little feature indispensable.
4. Plays back just about every imaginable format short of HD-DVD and BluRay, including DivX.
5. Has USB connection, which I bet will come in very handy for firmware updates...and with Oppo's already excellent track record, I am sure that this connect will see some use...
6. And all of this for a measly $150...you've got to be kidding me. I can't believe that there are people waiting for other vendors to get a hold of them so that they can save what, $15 if they are lucky?
The only mistake that Oppo has made, IMHO, is that it is selling for too little money. By pricing it at $150, the people who who need an upconverting player will be measuring it against other upconverting players, and that is not where the strength of this player lies. To me, this is more properly aimed at higher end users who have outboard video processing, so if Oppo had priced it, at let's say, $900, then a whole different crowd would be looking at it and my guess is that it would become an instant hit with these people.
Or am I missing the boat completely with this player?