Originally Posted by techblogpool
Well, let me explain. Both companies actually get their units from Mediatek. The entire system is based on the mediatek development platform. That is why they are so similar! For this last generation Cambridge went with a slightly different approach than Oppo. They decided to go without any analog outputs to minimize noise. I also think the reason is that in this day and age and with a high-end player like one of these the consumer really expects a fully featured 7.2.4 analog out with Dolby Atmos decoded and this is something the Mediatek platform does not provide. So far the Cambridge Audio CXUHD seems like the most viable alternative to the Oppos.
I believe your explanation is a little twisted.
Oppo is a subsidiary of BBK Electronics. A more apt comparison would be a comparison of BBK to Mediatek. The Oppo brand was created to market BBK CE products with a focus on western markets with Oppo Digital in North America.
Mediatek is a semiconductor company that designs and manufactures chipsets that are used in a very wide variety of products. I know of no actual finished CE product that Mediatek has manufactured and sold other than chipsets.
BBK Electronics began as a private label OEM for companies like Denon, NEC, Bose, and others. BBK Electronics is, at the moment, the second largest cell phone manufacture world wide with Samsung being number one. BBK sells phones under the Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, and imoo brand names.
Yes, Oppo and Cambridge are similar because they share the same chipset. But the similarity continues with the Mediatek chipset being plugged into the same BBK circuit board with both name brands coming off the same BBK production line.
Cambridge is buying OEM from BBK/Oppo just as Lexicon and Ayre did. Lexicon shamelessly bolted on a new face plate to a stock unit to sell at a grossly inflated price and Ayre did some tweeking, selling their version of the Oppo at a premium. Non of this is really a well kept secret.
Whether or not Cambridge continues to offer a Blu-ray player can only be answered by Cambridge. One might speculate that Cambridge will not continue to offer a player with Oppo Digital shutting down, or its players unit cost will increase as a result of downsized economy of scale with Oppo Digital's exit, they find a new OEM source, or BBK continues as an OEM supplier.
P.S. The reason there is no " fully featured 7.2.4 analog out with Dolby Atmos decoded"
is compliance with the Analog Sunset AACS license agreement.