A new, less expensive Blu-ray player is coming in 2010 from Oppo, but just what that means is up for interpretation.
There’s a good chance that Oppo is a brand you’ve become familiar with in the last year or so, and you wouldn’t be alone. It’s a newer company, and up until 2009’s CES, they made some very good products, but nothing that compared to the BDP-83 in terms of balancing cost and function. The quick loading Blu-ray player made Oppo a favorite of tech sites and readers alike.
Oppo is certainly under some pressure to match their offerings from last year, and based on a recent statement, they’re aiming at an even lower price point. The announcement came from their official Twitter account which states. ”We will be announcing a lower-cost Blu-ray player in early January 2010. Visit www.oppodigital.com around that time to learn more.”
Speculation as to the price point and functionality has been running rampant, but the most common answer for the former detail is $299. As far as functionality goes, the BDP-83 was more than just a high quality Blu-ray player; it also handled things like DVD Audio and SACD. Expect the new player to focus more strictly on video and a bit less on audio.
No details are official yet, but we’ll be hearing more in early January, which just happens to coincide with CES.
Source: Oppo (via Twitter)