And the DVD-8 uses the exact same remote as the Oppo. This does not make the players identical.
When my company had received our first DVD-8 I was appalled by the similarities with the Oppo. I thought to myself that no one will want a $1,200.00 DVD-8 if they can buy the Oppo for $229.00. After speaking with Cary, I learned that in order to introduce a more cost effective model, they had to keep development costs under control. They did so by optimizing and improving upon an existing, proven OEM platform. Cary happens to be using the same OEM platform and Sanyo Drive unit as the Oppo.
Even though the DVD-8 is not a ground up, in house design, through methodical tweaking, the use of better parts where it counts the most and a better power supply, Cary has managed to build one heck of a good player. The DVD-8 offers an overall smoother musical presentation, free of the Oppo's sibilance.
In December, a client of mine thought the Cary was the same as the Oppo and tried to save money by purchasing the Oppo. He came back later and purchased a DVD-8. I was nice about the whole thing and gave him $175.00 for his Oppo 981 HD as a trade in credit. If anyone wants the 981 HD PM me.
I'll bet the modded Oppo in your link, is a big improvement over the standard design?
The 35 lb. Cary DVD-7 is a proprietary design and in a different league than the DVD-8. At $4k MSRP there's more money for R&D and higher quality components than in a $1,200 player. It's surprising that even with Blu-Ray and HD-DVD there's still a strong market for high end upscaling DVD players, even pricey ones! I haven't seen Denon discontinue any of the big boys yet.