Will Reavon Fill The OPPO Blu-ray Void?
Reavon, the newly created French brand, has announced its first two products, and at first glance, they could potentially fill the void left by OPPO's departure from the Blu-ray UHD player market.
While not cheap, with the UBR-X100 selling for €800 (AUD ~$1,230) and its bigger brother, the UBR-X200 advertised at €1600 (AUD ~$2,465), both models are described as “universal disc players” that can play all current optical discs with image and audio on the market.
The new players claim to support Dolby Atmos and DTS: X and HDR10 and Dolby Vision but not HDR10 +. Both models also have two HDMI outputs: one for video and one for audio. A quick look at the back shows that the UBR-X200 features analog audio outputs and an RS-232C connection (for custom AV integration), plus other advanced under-the-hood audio capabilities like Burr-Brown PCM1690 DAC chips. The cheaper UBR-X100 has no analog outputs.
Reavon will have to compete with heavyweights such as LG, Panasonic and Sony. Many AV enthusiasts have already moved on to Sony's PS5 and the Xbox Series X, both of which arrived in late 2020 with support for UHD Blu-ray playback.
Reavon is owned by Archisoft, the same company that owns the well-regarded Zapitti brand and its range of media players. Some commentators have speculated that the new Reavon models may come from the same factory that previously produced Blu-ray players for OPPO.
Jacques Besahkoun, responded to our review sample request, and also happens to be the CEO and Founder of Zappiti, stating, “It is a little bit too soon to send you a player since we are still working on it”. It is speculated Reavon products will be available from April, and distributors are being appointed worldwide.
StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.