Originally Posted by TravisPNW
I LOL'ed.... really?
I guess I'm in the minority then because I've bought 60+ UHD discs in 2 months of OLED ownership... and I've got the LG 970 player because I didn't feel the Oppo 203 was worth 3 times the cost. $100 or so I'd probably have got it... but $179 vs $559 I didn't see the value. I didn't need anything but a BR player and could give a rats about all the extra features on the Oppo that most people including myself just don't care about.
The extra money is (and was) better spent on UHD discs.
With nearly $5B in annual sales (according to someone's chart posted upthread) I doubt physical media is going away in the near future. That's still a ton of cash the studios are gonna keep milking as long as they can.
I haven't spent 1 nickel on digital purchases outside of a Netflix sub that I stream some TV shows off of. When I want a movie, I buy the disc.
Totally agree here. Just because we didnt spring for the $550 UHD player doesnt mean we dont care about PQ. C'mon, thats so stupid to even say. The very fact that we bought premium TVs and DO own & continue to buy a large number of physical discs should prove that. Too many "all or nothing" attitudes here. You either have $100K tied up in your system or you dont care about quality! Geesh, get over yourselves.
As for physical media? I believe there is a good sized market for discs and it will remain alive and well for a while. That being said, I dont think 8K will become that common. I can totally see 4K/UHD being the final physical format that will get adopted at a reasonable rate. If thats the case then I hope they make it/keep making it the best it can be.
Originally Posted by Postmoderndesign
If you take a long term view the OPPO may be the cheapest player. Oppo anticipates where technology is headed and uses quality parts combined with firmware and software fixes to keep their players updated. As an example for dolby vision discs I use the OPPO audio decoder and pass audio through my Yamaha AVR which I now use for amplification and not decoding. A long lasting component also saves the time needed to find and replace and set up an out of date player. As a bonus I get few glitches and reliable quality.
However, I recognize that new innovations may render to OPPO obsolete and invalidate my argument.
This is a fair assessment. Longevity is a concern and updates are also a big thing with electronics these days. I have found that even my entry-level player does keep getting updates and still plays every disc I throw at it. That may not be true in 6 monhs or whatever but I think products are better "overall" tha they used to be. So, the "lower-tier" products are just as good as mid-tier products were say like 5-6 years ago. Mid-tier products are better too, etc, etc.
Advanacements, and how fast they happen are what could invalidate all of this. Or, more importantly - incompatibilities will render a lot of gear outdated well beofre its physically broken. HDMI changes, new audio codecs, HDR updates, blah, blah blah. It never ends!