Very sad to see Oppo bow out. I own several of their players and a pair of their headphones. I'm in the small percentage of users who selected the Oppo for SACD/DVD-Audio capability, and the ability to actually push the eject button and not have an 8 oz. player slide backwards due to light weight build quality. Also think Oppo has the most comprehensive menu systems that make them easier to integrate into almost any type of system, custom or not. For me, the extra money spent on an Oppo was a value, but it seems that may not be the case for many.
Having said that, I think Oppo closing down reinforces an alarming trend in the industry of physical media being ousted by streaming. Do I like streaming? Sure. Is streaming quality as good as playing a physical disc? Probably, if you have sufficient internet download speeds and a robust in-home setup. But many people "need" a disc player to experience HD or UHD because they do not have internet service that even approaches a chance of streaming at the proper bandwidth. It's not that they don't want it or won't pay for it, the infrastructure is not yet built out into many rural areas. These people are left behind if the disc (and player) becomes obsolete.
Just goes to show that if your target audience is not large or relevant enough, even well-engineered, well respected products with unique features may not be enought to sustain. Really a shame.
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