Originally Posted by blairy
Prior to owning this Oppo I had the yamaha 750 and 540. Both had the same menu layout as the Oppo too.
That would have been nice on the Yamaha I had - the S1500's menu structure drove me nuts...
Originally Posted by O.Siddique
My parents have an RCA with the exact same menu as my Oppo. There's probably one company that writes menu software and sells to every hardware vendor.
It's the chip at the middle of these players that is responsible for this - Mediatek designed it and manufactures it, and there is a standard structure and appearance to the menu because they also wrote a core firmware set that covers the basic features offered by the chip. It would probably be possible to go in and make large-scale changes to it (to hide the identity of the chip, or try to maintain a certain standard look with other players from the same company that use different architecture), but it's going to add development time and programming costs without any performance benefits. Instead, the player manufacturers retain the framework and make changes as they need to for the player they're designing.
What was funny to me was my wife's reaction when I was testing out the portable Audiovox player we bought early this summer (good for long road trips with a three-year-old) and I showed her that the menus were similar to those on our OPPO players, a clear sign that the MPEG decoder inside was a Mediatek chip. "Oh, so we got a good player, then!" was her comment. She'd ordered it on her own one evening while I was getting our daughter ready for bed and was a little worried that she might not have gotten a good player, but in her mind the "Mediatek=OPPO=good" equation played out very rapidly and from that point onward she had no concerns about the player. I probably could have pointed out that the disc drive, LCD panel, and other player internals were totally unrelated to any other player we owned and could be good or bad, but it was actually a decent little player for the price...