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Oppo: any good?
« on: March 30, 2011, 10:15:47 AM »
Oppo Blu-ray players seem to be very highly regarded in audio-video forums in the USA. I scanned through my old AVSA magazines and found a glowing review of the Oppo 83. How does Oppo BD players compare to the more well-known brands such as Sony, Marantz, Cambridge Audio, NAD, etc.? Does anyone on the forum own an Oppo?

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2011, 10:30:13 AM »
There's at least one example of an esoteric brand that re-badged that Oppo. There are a few members here that have one, but you may be better off importing one than trying to get it locally.
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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2011, 01:16:59 PM »
They are very very good, as far as I know Denon uses a re-badged oppo Blu-ray themselves.

I'd kill for their region free Blu-ray player!

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2011, 01:25:28 PM »
Got the BDP-80. Very nice and stable. Nothing to complain about. Would have loved the BDP-83 but was just to expensive at that stage.

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2011, 11:11:45 AM »
I emailed them yesterday:
Asking them about their warranty if I bougfht direct from their website, here's thier response:

You will receive a the same one year parts and labor warranty, but in the event that the player needs to be repaired, you will be responsible for the shipping of the player back to us at your expense.

Best Regards,

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OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
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Tel: 650-961-1118
Fax: 650-961-1119
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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2011, 11:58:29 AM »
I emailed them yesterday: Asking them about their warranty if I bougfht direct from their website, here's thier response:
You will receive a the same one year parts and labor warranty, but in the event that the player needs to be repaired, you will be responsible for the shipping of the player back to us at your expense.

Thanks, that's very useful information. I am interested in the Oppo BDP-95EU. Audio Tweak, the SA importers, quoted me R15k for this universal player, but it is available in the USA for $999. At an exchange rate of $1=R7, that is about R7k. I am not sure about the postage and other costs, but surely it would be much less than R8K? It seems to make financial sense to import the BDP-95EU rather than source it locally. Moreover, it can switch between 110V and 220V. So, no need for transformers, etc. Any advice from forum members, who have imported hifi equipment, would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2011, 12:06:57 PM »
Oppo $999 = 7,000
Shippin $200 = 1,400
VAT and Duties = 7,000*0.10 + 7,000*0.14 = 1,680

Total you are looking at will be about R 10k

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2011, 12:10:03 PM »
ara That's sounds about right except that I think the shipping might even cheaper than that.
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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2011, 12:19:07 PM »
Oppo $999 = 7,000
Shippin $200 = 1,400
VAT and Duties = 7,000*0.10 + 7,000*0.14 = 1,680

Total you are looking at will be about R 10k

Thanks, ara. That means a saving of R5k. In other words, Audio Tweak's mark-up is 50%! Is that not excessive?

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2011, 12:25:01 PM »
ara That's sounds about right except that I think the shipping might even cheaper than that.

Probably.... just depends on who Oppo use and what shipping they offer (economoy option or only speedy option  ;D).

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2011, 12:36:05 PM »
Thanks, ara. That means a saving of R5k. In other words, Audio Tweak's mark-up is 50%! Is that not excessive?

I would say 30-40% would probably be a more acceptable markup because they have to then honour the warranty, etc. The problem I have is that say their shipping only cost about $100 (must be cheaper) plus they probably get the unit at Oppo for $899 (if not cheaper) so that brings the landed cost probably more down to but their shipping should probably cost them less. They will probably be closer to R 8,500.00 so that is a 75% markup. Now the people that do imports and then support locally will give all sorts of reasons why they can justify these mark-ups. One of the main "selling" points is that they have to have technicians, train them and keep some parts and the labour to fix it. So they sell 5 unit at 6,500 profit for R32,500 profit or do you sell 25 units at R 3,500 profit R 87,500. I guess for me it is a no brainer. Any case that is just my view. I for one will never buy an Oppo locally (unless it is secondhand  ;D). I'll rather take that R 5,000 you are going to save, put it in an unit trust and then buy a new updated version if the first one breaks or pay one of the local geniuses to fix it. Plus with the R 5,000 you can probably send it back to them at least twice and have some change left.

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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2011, 12:36:36 PM »
I emailed them yesterday:
Asking them about their warranty if I bougfht direct from their website, here's thier response:

You will receive a the same one year parts and labor warranty, but in the event that the player needs to be repaired, you will be responsible for the shipping of the player back to us at your expense.

Best Regards,

Customer Service
OPPO Digital, Inc.
2629B Terminal Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043
Service@oppodigital.com
Tel: 650-961-1118
Fax: 650-961-1119


Thanks, ara. That means a saving of R5k. In other words, Audio Tweak's mark-up is 50%! Is that not excessive?

Makes you wonder why Oppo didn't make any mention of the local importer
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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2011, 12:45:24 PM »
And for the real sceptics about failing products you always have this  ;D:

http://www.hollard.co.za/unconventional-specialist-lines-pws_

PS: Although I'm not to sure how good the quality of workmanship will be...
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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2011, 12:53:16 PM »
Mmmm... Somehow I don't trust earlybird with my hi-fi components...
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Re: Oppo: any good?
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2011, 02:13:58 PM »
Audio Tweak's mark-up is 50%! Is that not excessive?

Also remember that the local dealer will not get it at the $999 you are looking at but at a dealer discount.  So the margin is even higher.
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