Originally Posted by sac8d4
If they do make a Bluray player is has been hinted at it wont be a true "universal player" but only focusing on Hi-def video and the new lossless audio codecs. So, i personally wouldn't hold my breathe for the Oppo "universal bluray player" that does everything. I think we have basically seen it...the Oppo 983.
Nobody outside OPPO can know anything for sure right now, and for all we know they are still trying to determine the specifics themselves. Will their Blu-ray player also do DVD-A and SACD? It'd be nice, and I don't see any reason to rule it out, but there's no way to say for certain either way right now...
Here's another thought to toss out, and it starts with a question. Why haven't we seen Blu-ray players from anybody
yet that are also "universals" (DVD-Audio and SACD)? Well, Sony has never supported DVD-A and has been much less aggressive about SACD. Panasonic has never supported SACD, so the BD10's inclusion of DVD-A was as much as could be expected from them. Samsung has had a hard enough time taking care of support for the HD content, so leaving both out was probably an effort to stay focused on the essentials. Pioneer started out using Sony hardware as a foundation, so see my comments about Sony - I hope they start including DVD-A/SACD eventually, since they were an early maker of universal DVD players. I was a bit disappointed in Denon for not trying to include it in their two players, but they also built on an existing platform to some degree and that likely limited them. On top of all of these cases (companies that didn't support universal players in the first place or that were rushing just to get HD playback in production), there's a second issue. It is likely that the current crop of available chipsets doesn't offer an easy way to implement this support, so companies haven't tried to invest in making their own solutions and thus adding cost to support what are basically niche firmats. This becomes an opportunity for OPPO to benefit from waiting, as it may allow them to evaluate a wider range of options and potentially find ways to do what hasn't been done yet.
Of course, all of this is supposition until OPPO says something publicly (or allows a third party like neuromancer to speak on their behalf). We can't guarantee anything or rule anything out...