Oppo, well known among audio enthusiasts for its optical disc players – DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. – is ceasing production of these products and of their headphones. In an article entitled Farewell, the company says:
It has been 14 years since we established OPPO Digital in the United States, and with the support of our customers, technical partners, and movie/music studios, we produced many award-winning Hi-Fi audio products and universal disc players, spanning three generations from DVD, Blu-ray, to 4K UHD.
As our latest 4K UHD players reach the pinnacle of their performance, it is time to say goodbye. We are proud to have made such well-regarded products and to have served the enthusiast community. Without our customers’ suggestions, encouragement, and support, we could not have accomplished these achievements.
Though OPPO Digital will gradually stop manufacturing new products, existing products will continue to be supported, warranties will still be valid, and both in-warranty and out-of-warranty repair services will continue to be available. Firmware will continue to be maintained and updates released from time to time. Customers can rest assured that they will continue to receive the high quality service and support that they have come to expect from OPPO Digital.
Oppo also makes smartphones, through a separate entity, and those products will continue. But it’s clear that streaming and digital downloads have affected this company enough that they can no longer survive.
This is a shame. Oppo is one of the references for high-quality, multi-disc players. In addition, their technology is used in players made by some other companies, such as a Cambridge Audio player that I own, which is built around an Oppo chassis and chips. This will therefore affect other brands, who may need to find new ways to build their devices, if they are to continue.