Oppo Digital quits consumer electronics, lacks resources to develop new products

posted on Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 by Steve May

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Oppo Digital has dramatically quit the consumer electronics business. The company says it will no longer make any new products, as it no longer has the resources to develop and release new products.

The news will be a body blow for high-end AV enthusiasts. The company is famed for its battleship Blu-ray players, and recently launched lauded UHD disc players. Oppo Digital also carved a niche in the premium headphone and High-Res Audio market.

In a statement, the brand declares: “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.”

Although the doors are closing, Oppo Digital says it will continue to offer support and respect warranties. It even maintains that firmware will continue to be developed, with updates released “from time to time”, although with the business being wound down it’s difficult to believe this will continue for long. It says a repair service will be available for out-of-warranty repairs.

“Newer (Blu-ray) products such as the UDP-203 and UDP-205 will likely receive more frequent upgrades while mature products such as the BDP-103 and earlier models will only get firmware upgrades if there are critical fixes,” it states. 

Oppo Digital UK will be shuttered in the summer, while a new European hub is being set up to handle remaining orders. Servicing and warranties will be handled by a third party company.

“We can be very proud of our achievements over the past few years,” comments Nigel Rich, MD of Oppo UK. “Along with market leading products, we have provided first rate customer service and support from our office here in Norwich. I am very proud of our staff and I am very sad that we will be closing our doors for good.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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