Has the Oppo carried the AV industry?

I looked through my last Widescreen Review magazine the other day (March issue), and I came accross the latest Oppo Bluray player review -didn't read it. In fact, I refuse to read yet another all-universe, all-everything, "the end-all-be-all", "greatest thing since sliced bread", "MUST HAVE", "there is none better", "will revolutionize your home theaters picture and sound quality, to world class levels" article, about the mythical Oppo player!!!..can't do it..WON'T DO IT! NO!!!
Over the last 13 years, I probably honestly read two (maybe three) entire Oppo Universal disc player reviews -start to finish -and other articles discussing Oppo mods and upgrades, articles/discussion that REFER to an Oppo player, as part of some reference system, and inevitably, I find that the Oppo reviews will JUST WON'T GO AWAY, APPARENTLY! They're like bunnies! They keep producing more of their kind, whether you want them to or not!
Lol -I'm just simply amazed by how much attention and press that a lowely disc player has obviously gotten over the years! Surely, owning an Oppo player must bee a system transforming experience! ..a "must have" item, no less. I must have missed out..cause I never owned one. In fact, never really cared to own one! I've been dazled by how good the quality of video processing has been in all the plain-Jane disc players, flat pannel display's, and even high end video projectors I've owned continue to supply me wiht! But, apparently, every one else bought the Oppo. Cause I surely, honesly, can't remember a year that's gone by in the past decade, where I don't rememer NOT reading somwhere about an Oppo player!
It's really felt, to me, like home entertainment AV products, and home theater in general, have been on a "demand" slide over the past decade! 7.1 and 1080p, Bluray, etc, have all been around long anough now, that it's kind of a "been there, had that" kind of feeling I get when I think about this hobby anymore. I guess life and priorities has weened me away from being a die-hard enthusiest now-a-days. And yet, I can't get the Oppo topic out of my thoughts, whenever I look at my gear!..and I don't think the hobby is going to let me forget much about it neither. lol!
Anyone else get the oppinion that this product surely has been single most important product in the AV industry, these past 10+ years?! Because it's certainly been the most talked about brand/topic I can remember reading about, if nothing else.
I really do think they'll be making Oppo's for the next 100 years, period! -even if they'll do 4k upscaling, 4k/8k future exact pixel mapping, wifi-HD streaming, toast your bread and make you breakfast, whatever! I'm thinking that these Oppo's just must have been so good, that no serious enthusiest, whatever-phile, or system owner should have ever considered "going without!"...otherwise, they missed out!?
Well anyway, anyone here who's used the Oppo think that the product has been a make-or-break, indespensible, product that really made all the differnence to the picture quality they achieved, or the sonic experience they got using these things? (I'm tickled pink by the digital AV processing advances I've gotten just upgrading processor and displays, year after year) I just want to somehow hear that I really missed out all these years, and the only important consideration I should have made was BUYING the Oppo! Cause at the very least, I'm not totaly convinced that Apple and Oppo aren't the same company, ..secretly.
100 more years of Oppo players?..servers?? -probably
Damnnnn Tim- Whin Ah sawr yer first post, Ah thot Ah mite finally git me one o them fancy pants Opoh's cheep wit yer cunnexiun. U sayin' Ah gotta keep collectin' cans fer anuther yeer or 2 afore Ah can aford me one o them Opoh's????
She-itt! Where's mah Wild Turkey...it's after 5 somewheres!

Seriously, since the new ones have digital/streaming/networking functions in addition to spinning physical disks, what's not to like?

Looks like you've been hitting the Wild Turkey a bit early today; never seen anybody so drunk that they slurred their words while texting. Pace yourself or you're going to find yourself passed out face down in the swamp....again!

I wish I did work for OPPO's Marketing dept. After that marketing campaign I successfully designed and ran on Avgoround, I'd be asking for a raise right about now. I call this one my "Get their panties in a bunch & Close by lunch" strategy (strategy# 8,342B-Panties, known informally as "The Panty Buncher").

BTW, Swamp, I'm currently writing a book based on your life story. It's called "A Speedo, My Rollerblades & Nothing Else: I make this look good".

Remember that time I came down to visit you in What's that Smell. Louisiana? We went down to that dive bar in the swamp you always hang out at-The Pink Croc. You were well over served, swigging on your bottle of Wild Turkey while sitting on old man Flanders' lap. You were so drunk, you sarted wetting your speedo. I was taking a picture of you two at the time. I snapped the picture just as old man Flanders realized what was happening; he looks straight into the camera and you have to see the expression on his face.

You'll be able to check it out because I'm going to put that picture in the book. And, yes, if the book's a hit you'll be receiving some royalty checks. But you're going to need to earn your money. We already have you booked with appearances on Leno, Letterman and the Today Show this fall for the book tour. Please wear your typical attire, speedo, rollerblades and nothing else when you go on. Also, remember, don't wear the same speedo on all 3 shows.

Later Swamp,

I guess I never looked at oppo blu ray because I had the ps3.

I liked my old Oppo DVD, but as a transport, I thought my PS3 did just as good for music & movies so I sold it.

With my PS3 slim I have everything I need for now
1.Fast boot, resume memory, pop up, etc
2. Updated player features(besides 3d & HD audio at same time).
3. It plays lossless wav, mp3, aac audio. Others codecs can stream) & album art!
4. Has tons of movie & audio app options
5. 500gb internal hard drive for music & movies
6. usb for thumb drive media or external drive
7.Plays games
8. Decodes or streams hd audio with HDMI
9. Plays tons of video file formats
10. Has web browser-using now as I type

The downside....
1. Can get slightly noisy if ran long.
2. No analog HD audio 7.1 output( only hdmi)
3. Cant do 3d & HD audio at same time

Hard to beat a PS3 for the price. It has something for everyone.
Keep in mind the perspective here is based on the question "is an Oppo worth the extra few hundred bucks over an el cheapo player. Since this decision made is typically in the context of a "modest" system, I can see how in some cases the answer is no.

For a vast number of prospective Oppo buyers, the question is hte exact opposite, i.e. "can I get away with using an El Cheapo Oppo in my high end system, and forgo the megabucks player"? A very high number of "high-end" users appear to be concluding YES, which is testimony to the quality of the player.