I've not read it yet only modding at the moment but thought I quickly add my 2 penny worth. I only found out yesterday after being recommended it as it was mentioned on another thread Oppo won't let then discount their machine, but got recommended a dearer machineYes, Steve explains this in detail in the review. It is not a secret.
IMO A total rip-off buy the excellent Sony X800.
There will probably be some mid-market players announced for next year.I have had a few Oppo players in my time,but never an Cambridge Audio one,at the moment i cant see me getting an DV player,as my TV Panasonic 902 wont do DV.
And i am very happy with my 902/900 combination,and touch wood never had any real problems.
But does seem a big hole in the mid market DV players ? around the £400/£500 market.
Some places are selling it as DV,the UP970There will probably be some mid-market players announced for next year.
I find the review odd in that, while it rightly mentions the colour issues in the Cambridge that required a firmware update, it goes on to mention that the LG UP970 is a Dolby Vision player, despite the long overdue firmware being pulled and not updated. As it stand the LG UP970 is not a Dolby Vision player.
So the Cambridge is marked down for something that has been fixed, yet the UP970 has not been fixed, shows no signs of being fixed, yet is still mentioned for this very feature of the player.
The LG UP970 is the most falsely advertised AV product I can remember in recent years, yet somehow it gets a free pass.
It's only Dolby Vision if you include the withdrawn firmware update from August. LG has not issued revised firmware since. The promise of Dolby Vision support is the only reason to buy one, it is the worst 4k player available otherwise.Some places are selling it as DV,the UP970
To be pedantic: there are slight differences as they don't simply output output what's on the disc. It's not subjective - attach an HDMI analyser and the numbers will be different. (And it's not possible for a 1080p player to directly output the data on the disc due to its HDMI 1.x port.)If you've read any disc player reviews on AVForums you will know that we have always maintained that, as long as a player isn't doing anything it shouldn't, then the output from one model will be identical to the output from any other over HDMI. This should seem logical because it's a digital disc which is encoded using ones and zeroes, so as long as the player is correctly outputting those ones and zeroes to the display exactly as they are on the disc, then one player must be identical to another regardless of price.
Well to be honest I had an Oppo 203 and it was nothing but trouble with most 4K discs either locking up and freezing or audio dropouts.Why you would buy this one over the Oppo 203?
on the oppo 203 front I must have been really lucky as I had one of the first batch and never had any real trouble and certainly none at all for the last 6 months.Well to be honest I had an Oppo 203 and it was nothing but trouble with most 4K discs either locking up and freezing or audio dropouts.
I tried to be patient and waited at least 4 months before finally giving up the Oppo 203.
Think I might try a CXUHD to go along side my multi X800 for Dolby Vision.
Don't count on better support and firmware updates for this player. Cambridge Audio haven't bothered issuing any updates or new features to the CXU Blu Ray player since Dec 2015 which was shortly after it was released. I bought one at the beginning of 2016 and assumed that the lack of apps such as Netflix on the CXU would be quickly corrected but it never has been. The company sent out free Chromecast streaming sticks instead of adding apps to the player which I feel is poor compensation for this failing. I won't be buying anything else from this company.Also, I suppose another reason would be if you believe the Cambridge Audio team will provide better support over time (firmware stability, timely bug fixes, new feature support, returns policy, etc).
Ignore the scores, they're really only of any importance to the reviewer and the manufacturer. The important part for everyone else is the actual review.Isn't 8 a high score for an overpriced copy of a 203? I am disappointed as I like CA products and had one of their blu ray players a few years back that was excellent.
The 7 for value for money is especially off the mark in my opinion.