Originally Posted by ndabunka
Don't get me wrong. Features can be worth additional value and thus a higher price. That was why I said $399 rather than thinking that they would need to be closer to the $250 street price of the Phillips. It's all just WAG right now anyway. Sure wish they would at least provide an announcement date even if it is "Christmas '16".
Panasonic's UB900 is a good example of where they COMPLETELY missed the pricing target and now they are scrambling to put out a more reasonably priced alternative so that they have a viable product. I think under $400 will get Oppo as much business as they can handle. $499 will get them fewer buyers as those people will just pick up the Phillips. $699 will limit their buyers to only those also considering the Panasonic. Most, who have the choice, have already voted with their wallets that the Panny is not THAT much better than the Phillips so many of those are buying the more economical Phillips units.
Oppo doesn't do street dates. They develop their products and when they are ready for consumer use, then they go up for sale.
I find it offensive that other OEMs release their products with major flaws and bugs, then proceed to attempt to fix those issues
off the backs of paying customers who act as beta testers (if such bugs ever get fixed at all).
Yes there are always some bugs with every product, but many OEMs will release products with known major issues
just to get it out and get money in their pockets.
Oppo doesn't do that, and in the past they have kept quiet until the product is ready, then release it with little to no advanced
announcement. Then of course people say why didn't you give us any info before you released it, lol.
They always want it both ways, but in the modern world of engineering and product development, it doesn't always work that way,
and OEMs want to get it out asap so the technology can be used and not outdated by the time it's released.
So you want Oppo to give you a release date of "Christmas" and then what if it's ready in November?
The release date would then be pointless if they released it early.
On the other hand if it is delayed do to software engineering bugs that took longer to fix than anticipated,
and it doesn't get released until January, then you'll be mad because they didn't hit their projected date.
Yes if Oppo prices their player lower they will get more sales. That is true for ANY product, but isn't necessary when they know
how much business they will already get, how their product compares to others on the market, and how willing people are to
pay whatever they reasonably ask for a player that is better than all the rest.
That's like saying a high end pre-amp that sells for $2000 should have been priced at $1000 because they would have sold more.
Oppo is priced a bit higher than most players because they are simply better on many levels.
No one is forced to pay the asking price, but pretty much everyone will want one. It's going to be quite good.
I was actually surprised when Oppo said the price would tentatively be $499. I honestly thought it would be higher.
In all seriousness though, I am sure we are likely to get a nudge from the mods soon for being off topic,
so maybe take future comments about the Oppo UDP-203 to the 203 anticipation thread.