$700 is really the price point for the Oppo. What they've done is decided to capitalize on the early adopter by putting out a premium version of the product.
Interestingly, i think that there seems to be a consensus building on the Oppo, even though different people have different reactions to that sound palette: balanced, somewhat polite, etc. In many ways, it is like the B&W of headphones: doesnt do anything really well doesnt stand out exceptionally in any single area, but doesnt have too many weaknesses either.
ETA - That isnt a bad thing. This is the sort of headphone that you can listen to for a long, long time. It isnt the hot girl wearing a tight dress and doing tequila shots at the bar - it is the smart, pretty girl with a great personality that's over in the Science section of the bookstore.
Edited by vkalia - 5/15/14 at 10:43am