Originally Posted by isomdh
In reality, price is more a yardstick for determining value than quality.
To some extent, yes. I am certainly not in the camp that believes "if it costs more, it must be better". However, it is not inexpensive to design a quality analog output and if you think the Oppo and Pio 588 players have as good an analog audio output section as the better players in the $1k range, well, you are deluded.
Originally Posted by isomdh DVD Benchmark
Unless someone can prove these testers are fake or paid off, one has to conlcude that OPPO makes some fine DVD players and for very little money. Would I pay hundreds more just to get a name brand? Not likely.
The DVD Benchmark is for VIDEO. What is this thread about? ANALOG AUDIO. Besides, Kris Deering never meant for the DVD Benchmark single number rating to encompass the entire performance of a player. Kris has repeatedly stated that the best images he has seen are from the Onkyo/Denon players at 2k+. Guess what Kris's reference player is? Hint, it's not an Oppo.
The Oppo is a fantastic VALUE, but there are better players and they do cost more.