Every time I check up on this thread it makes less sense... Pick any spec number, pick any price point, pick any headphone technology type or "house sound" and we still have nothing but a baseless debate to wade into. The real enemy here right now is Oppo themselves, because like most companies, they "still don't get it". Yes, I give them props for exposing the prototype to the community (though only the anointed few among us of course...) and for starting a nice web page with pics and descriptions of what is in the pipeline... but where is the real interaction? Especially when there is clearly rampant speculation and missed timelines, why not hire someone you trust to drop in and interact with a few sites or a few well known people in the community... and BE VISIBLE. Be a real person that gives real information. Say what you want about Schiit, but those guys do it right.
You see, I had an Oppo DVD player many years ago. Loved it. Great value, great performance, so I am open to buying the brand again for sure. Then they hit the market with this double whammy, giving everyone a reason to maybe hit the pause button on a new headphone (I pressed on and got the HD-700 instead) and maybe pause on a new DAC/amp as well (always hand wringing expressed in that market, and reflected in these forums daily)... but then it goes on and on, and I don't know about you, but I start to feel a bit abused. I don't expect them to share everything, but to let this bright new light turn into a fart in the elevator, and for that elevator to just keep rising with no indicator of what floor we are on and when we finally get to our destination... the experience just starts to stink more and more, and now I start thinking about getting excited about new products from brands that are willing to interact with me (as a community), like Schiit and V-Moda and others...
Pull your head out. Put a face and a name out there that knows what is going on, and even if they can't give any meaningful information on any given week, at least show that you care and that you appreciate the support and interest demonstrated in communities like this.
Edited by Greggo - 1/5/14 at 9:43am