I'm not really in the market for a new BluRay player at the moment but was thinking of picking up an Oppo 203 'while stocks last'. I'd imagine my current player and a year or two left in it, and I'm not one for replacing stuff that's still working OK. From an operational point of view do you think it’s OK to have one stuck in the back of a cupboard for that time until its needed, or am I just best off seeing what’s available at the time I need a new player (if indeed they still exist …)?
Thanks in advance.
Good question. I guess it'd be fine being stored as ordinarily you'd assume the mechanical parts would fail at some stage but not through limited usage, but there'd always be outliers.
I got a 203 for 4k Blu Ray duties about 18 months ago and I like it a lot. Fine player which does what it does with aplomb, and no gimmicky extras I don't want.
Recently went for a 205 which I may not use much, it was just one of those 'if I don't get one now I'll never get another chance' type impulsive purchases, which is where I suspect you're at with the 203 - there do seem to be a few still available.
Ultimately the 203/205 should sound as good in 5-10 years as they do now - trouble is you just don't know if there'll be a better or equivalent disc spinner available in a few years time let alone 5-10 years.
We may well get 8k Blu Ray or something, but I honestly think optical video media will succumb to market pressures sooner than audio. Most of us play audio albums time after time, and are seen as reasonable value if you buy them. Video media is harder to justify for me, bt doesn't;t stop me buying it - there are very few films I'll watch more than a couple of times, but there are a few dozen I'd happily watch agin and again, and actually would buy better quality versions if the come along - trouble is before long I think streaming quality will be so close to optical media quality for the majority that there will be little appetite for physical media.