Oppo Sonica DAC Being Dropped

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Standingstones, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Standingstones

    Standingstones Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    South Central PA
    I went Oppo's website and saw that the Sonica DAC was no longer being shown. I emailed Oppo and was told that the Sonica was being dropped from their lineup. I emailed again because I asked if there was a replacement coming and my question wasn't answered in the first email. No answer yet.
     
  2. Dougr33

    Dougr33 Forum Resident

    Seems like they're leaving the audio only sector. I was surprised when they didn't update the very popular HA-1, now the portable HA-2se is gone, the PM-2 phones are gone and the PM-1 phones are out of stock.
     
  3. Standingstones

    Standingstones Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    South Central PA
    I received a reply concerning a replacement for the Sonica. There will be no future DACs from Oppo.
     
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  4. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    Figures. I just ordered a Sonica DAC three days ago.
     
  5. Sevoflurane

    Sevoflurane Forum Resident

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    Wow. They’ve had universally good reviews in the Hi Fi press for their DACs and headphones and now they’re dropping them? Shame.
     
  6. This is unfortunate news. Their headphones were/are very good. The PM1 and PM2 especially. I've been hopeful and optimistic that Oppo would do an improved version of the PM1 and PM2. The Audio Zenith modded PM2 headphones are an example that there is/was room for improvement. And I was hopeful and optimistic that Oppo would do an improved version. But it seems that is not going to happen now. Bummer. If anyone gets a chance to try the Audio Zenith headphones, they're awesome. And the stock PM1 and PM2 are good too.
     
  7. Claude Benshaul

    Claude Benshaul Forum Resident

    I did consider at the time their HA-1 because it looked cool and received excellent reviews. It looks like it's a company decision to get out of the audio market altogether and I doubt if they will share their reasons with the public.
     
  8. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    Since Oppo has a 30 Day trial period, I now have two decide if I’ll keep the Sonica DAC. Discontinuing it most likely means no additional R&D for the product, which means no further firmware updates, and ultimately support for MQA and gapless playback will never happen. What it does have going for it is most reviews states it sounds pretty darn good.
     
  9. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

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    Austin, TX
    Wait up. Are you saying that this DAC is incapable of playing a rip of Dark Side Of The Moon without jamming silence between the songs?
     
  10. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    I haven’t received it yet so I’m not speaking from firsthand knowledge, but yes, that’s what I’ve read here on the SH Forum and numerous reviews. I understand this is a deal breaker for some, but for me it’s not. The outstanding SQ (for the money) that many reviewers have reported is what won me over.
     
  11. ddhd

    ddhd Forum Resident

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    Long Island, NY
    Kind of a bummer as I've never ownered a DAC and this pcs of equipment with its versatility was exactly what I was looking for. I was appreciative of the knowledge that it's was a newly designed device by a respected company with longevity, solid R&D, with the prospect of continued support on its device app.
     
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  12. Gardo

    Gardo Forum Resident

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    Virginia
    The PM-3 is no slouch either.

    Sorry to learn OPPO is making this move.
     
  13. Sevoflurane

    Sevoflurane Forum Resident

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    I guess the audio side is much less profitable than the disc player side. Shame. I will keep my Oppo HA2 and PM3 running as long as possible.
     
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  14. Rolltide

    Rolltide Forum Resident

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    Vallejo, CA
    I don't think there's anything mysterious going on. They dipped their toe into a very competitive market, and after disappointing sales decided to focus on the high end blu ray player market they basically have a monopoly on. I'd do the same in their shoes.
     
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  15. PATB

    PATB Well-Known Member

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    San Jose, CA
    Well, I would have bought the 205 if the Sonica did not exist. Some of us only want the audio portion.
     
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  16. joelee

    joelee Senior Member

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    Houston
    OPPO makes great multi player machines. I love them!
    But Redbook and SACD discs need better players for audio digital bliss.
     
  17. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

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    Sounds like a company that's decided to focus on core product.
     
  18. Brother_Rael

    Brother_Rael Forum Resident

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    I'm not so sure. Ten years ago maybe, but even then that was pushing it.
     
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  19. Kristofa

    Kristofa I dream of wires

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    Eugene, Oregon
    The UDP 205 just got MQA playback capability.
     
  20. Sevoflurane

    Sevoflurane Forum Resident

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    Gapless playback over a network from a media server appears to be an issue for a number of DACs. The Oppo DACS have no problems with gapless if a USB connection is used. I believe there isn’t a common agreed protocol for gapless playback over a network and whether it works or not is also dependent on the server software in use.
     
  21. Guildx500

    Guildx500 Forum Resident

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    California
    Actually What Hi-Fi was not too impressed by the Sonica. They gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
     
  22. Dougr33

    Dougr33 Forum Resident

    I don't think the Sonica got the same praise the HA-1 received. That was a nice piece.
     
  23. padreken

    padreken Forum Resident

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    San Diego
    Love my PM-3's, great for long flights.
     
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  24. BIGGER Dave

    BIGGER Dave Forum Resident

    What HiFI was the only member of the Press that I recall giving the Sonica DAC a “meh”. The Absolute Sound gave it an Editors’ Choice Award in 2018. Oppo’s webpage for the Sonica lists 17 favorable reviews:

    OPPO Digital - Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Players - Buy Direct from the Manufacturer
     
  25. John Moschella

    John Moschella Forum Resident

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    Christiansburg, VA
    In about a month or two you can probably get them real cheap.
     

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