Been saving up for that award-winning Oppo UHD Blu-ray player? Last chance, we're sad to say - Oppo Digital has made a business decision that it is time to say goodbye to production of the Oppo Digital range of products. This decision will also apply to Oppo Digital’s line of head-fi products.
Australian distributor Interdyn says "Though OPPO Digital will gradually stop manufacturing new products, existing products will continue to be supported, warranties will still be valid, and both in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services will continue to be available. Firmware will continue to be maintained and updates released from time to time. Customers can rest assured that they will continue to receive the high quality service and support that they have come to expect from OPPO Digital."
It has been 14 years since Oppo Digital was established in the United States, and six years since Interdyn took on distribution of the brand for Australia and New Zealand. The brand has become a byword for the best and best value in disc playback, with everything up to UHD Blu-ray delivered to a stunning level, and the rare ability to deliver audiophile-level CD replay as well as the video side of the machines.
So highly regarded are Oppo's products that other manufacturers use them inside their own - and don't always mention it. Lexicon took a great blow to credibility when it came to light that it had an Oppo player inside one of its own, as Audioholics famously spotted here in 2010.
Interdyn's Sam Encel and Evgeny Vizelman say they have enough stock ordered to ensure fulfillment of Blu-ray players at current demand levels for much of 2018.
"Nevertheless, we encourage enthusiasts to make their purchases earlier rather than later, as it is possible that demand will increase as a result of this announcement."
You reckon? We reckon. Enough to save things and bring them back? Who knows. Given the unlikelihood of there ever being another generation of optical disc, and so little need for ongoing hardware development, there's surely the chance someone will take all the tooling and keep making the lines they have.
"Any OPPO Digital products supplied by Interdyn to our network of resellers during this period (and onto customers within a three month window of shipment to the reseller) will have the manufacturer’s warranty period of two years guaranteed," says Encel on behalf of Interdyn.
Oppo also has a China-based mobile phone operation which continues unaffected, to our present knowledge.
Since the initial announcement, Interdyn has followed up with some As to possible Qs:
More info: www.interdyn.com.au