Originally Posted by dimi123
Originally Posted by T-Bone
75 bucks vs 5 bucks. The DACs are more expensive, that's for sure.
Better sounding than my Onkyo's DACs? On paper, yes. To the human ear once it is added to an audio chain? Maybe. Maybe not. Depends on the chain.
Maybe if Oppo used the DACs (like the DACs found in my Onkyo RZ and similarly priced D&M AVRs), they could have lowered the price point on their most expensive units. By at least $70.
Holy cow, percentage wise, that's a huge percentage off of the asking price for their player. Could have even been a make-or-break point is success.
But alas, they chose not to go that way. Maybe if they could go back in time and rethink that decision, they may change it.
They already have that in the 203. What would be the point to implement the same DAC's in the 205? By the way there are two ES9038PRO DACs in the 205.
I looked up the price of the DAC on the internet and it said $75 for quantity 2. I'm sure Oppo was getting it for much cheaper.
Okay, let me get this straight. I'm going to be thinking out loud...
So they have the cheaper DAC already in the 203, and what would be the purpose of also sticking it in the 205 like I suggested?
Oh, I don't know, maybe to keep costs down so they'll stay in business long enough to keep drlivering a product. That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are other reasons.
I don't know, maybe they saw the movie Field of Dreams. And they got stuck with the Mantra build it and they will buy. Slight modification from the movie mantra but appropriate in this case.
Sometimes if you build a product, you have to know if there's an audience for that product. At the end of the day, they could not compete.
I could be wrong, but I believe this is the first time a company has lost out to the competition. Wait, I just thought about something. Blockbuster did not see the writing on the wall, got their butts kicked by Netflix. Even with the great features of Blockbuster like getting a movie at any time. Everyone passes a Blockbuster on the way home from work.
Now I find myself using Redbox more than Netflix. Every weekend I get a movie for $0.80 Blu-ray. Redbox kiosks are ubiquitous. I bet Netflix did not see that coming.
Oppo delivered a very nice product, although many here thought it was over priced. Especially because it did not supply the features that they needed. And here we are.