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:

Q: Why is OPPO Digital stopping manufacturing?
A: This was a business decision made globally by OPPO Digital.
 
Q: How long will stocks last at Interdyn?
A: Interdyn has invested in strong stock-holdings of OPPO Digital products. We will continue to have shipments arriving in the coming months, and expect to be able to fulfil orders on Blu-ray and key head-fi products for most of 2018 at current demand levels.
 
Q: What will happen with after-sales support?
A: All OPPO Digital products will continue to be supported by both Interdyn and OPPO Digital. Customers will continue to receive the full 2 year warranty on their products and Interdyn has invested in ample spare parts holdings to continue servicing OPPO products for years to come. Firmware updates will continue to be made available where required. We will also continue to provide support for 9X and 10X Blu-ray players for as as long as spare parts remain available.
 
Q: Does this decision have anything to do with the quality of OPPO Digital products?
A: No, OPPO Digital remains one of Interdyn’s most reliable brands. This was a business decision made by OPPO Digital.
 
Q: What does this mean for Interdyn?
A: Interdyn has been planning around this decision for some time. While the decision is a sad one, our operations will be unaffected. We continue to grow through a portfolio of respected brands covering key audiovisual categories, and have recently added new brands to continue this growth, including Roon (in Australia and New Zealand), SVS (in Australia) and BenQ (in Australia).

More info: www.interdyn.com.au