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Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!

Mark Levinson introduced his No. 5101 CD/SACD player recently at the High End Audio Show in Munich. The No. 5101 also has network streaming,

Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!
Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player Targets Audiophiles

Pioneer’s Elite series UDP-LX500 is the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player from the company. With its audiophile ambitions and ability to play

Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player Targets Audiophiles
Panasonic Shows Off Its New Flagship DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Panasonic’s DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is packed with cutting-edge video technologies and hopes to fill the high-performance void left by

Panasonic Shows Off Its New Flagship DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

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Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!

Mark Levinson’s No. 5101 Plays SACDs Like It’s 1999!

At the recent High End show in Munich, Mark Levinson introduced a new “integrated audio media player” called the No. 5101. Expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, the No. 5101 is a CD/SACD player with built-in network streaming capabilities, digital inputs and outputs, and a “PrecisionLink II” DAC section derived from the company’s 5000 series integrated amplifiers. The new player is expected to sell for $5,500, making it one of the least expensive products in the current Mark Levinson lineup. Read on to learn more.

Mark Levinson introduced his No. 5101 CD/SACD player recently at the High End Audio Show in Munich. The No. 5101 also has network streaming, digital inputs and outputs, and a ““PrecisionLink II” DAC.

— June 11, 2019 00:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player Targets Audiophiles

Pioneer Elite UDP-LX500 4K UHD Blu-ray Player Targets Audiophiles

Pioneer’s Elite series UDP-LX500 is the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player from the company. Priced at $1,099, the new player is scheduled to hit store shelves in October. Like the discontinued Oppo players, the UDP-LX500 plays SACD and DVD-Audio discs in addition to Blu-rays. But does it do enough to fill Oppo’s impressive shoes? Read on to find out.

Pioneer’s Elite series UDP-LX500 is the first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player from the company. With its audiophile ambitions and ability to play DVD-A and SACD, will it fill the shoes of Oppo? Read on.

— September 08, 2018 08:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Panasonic Shows Off Its New Flagship DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Panasonic Shows Off Its New Flagship DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Panasonic’s DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will sell for €1,000 when it hits European shelves this October. Packed with cutting-edge video technologies, the new flagship player hopes to fill the high-performance void left by the late Oppo Digital players. But will the DP-UB9000 reach American shores, or will it remain as elusive as Panasonic’s OLED TVs?

Panasonic’s DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is packed with cutting-edge video technologies and hopes to fill the high-performance void left by the late Oppo Digital players. Will they pull it off?

— June 26, 2018 00:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo UDP-203 & UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray Players Review

Oppo UDP-203 & UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray Players Review

We reviewed Oppo's newest Ultra HD Blu-ray players, the UDP-203 and souped-up audiophile UDP-205. Both had very responsive interfaces, silent operation, and exhibited state of the art audio and video playback performance with every type of source material thrown at them. The UDP-203 and 205 leave videophiles wanting very little and both players should satisfy even the most critical audiophiles. So what does the UDP-205 offer for more than 2X the price of the UDP-203? Read our in-depth review to find out.

We reviewed Oppo's newest Blu-ray players, the UDP-203 and UDP-205. With very responsive interfaces and state of the art playback performance The UDP-203/205 will leave you wanting very little.

— December 04, 2017 21:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

OPPO UDP-205 Universal Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Preview

OPPO UDP-205 Universal Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Preview

OPPO Digital announced their UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc player is available for purchase. A step-up version of the recently released UDP-203, the UDP-205 brings top-of-the-line audio performance to a universal player that supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and many other digital audio and video formats. Advanced engineering, rigorous parts selection, and rock-solid build quality are foundations to the UDP-205’s performance and we are looking forward to bench testing this beauty. Check out our preview article and recently added YouTube Video comparison to see what makes this Universal Ultra HD Blu-ray player so special.

OPPO's UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray player brings state of the art audio & video performance with a top shelf headphone preamp and USB DAC. Read our preview to see what makes it so special.

— April 23, 2017 19:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

OPPO UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player Preview

OPPO UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player Preview

After a quick peek of OPPO's UDP-203 at CEDIA we were chomping at the bit for more information on this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Well it's finally here; The OPPO UDP-203 will be available in early Spring 2017 for $549. A great price for ANY 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, but with a name like OPPO you can bet it will be great. Read on for more in depth information on this awesome new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player from OPPO to see if it should be on your post Christmas list.

So you got a new 4K Ultra HD TV for Christmas and you need 4K content to watch? OPPO has you covered with their new UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player. Read on to see if its right for you.

— December 22, 2016 18:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Sneak Peek

Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Sneak Peek

Oppo gave us an exclusive look at their new UDP-203 Ultra HD Universal Blu-ray player at the CEDIA 2016 Expo. What can you expect from this new player? The best in HD audio and video, with a quick responding interface unlike the current offerings from other manufacturers. But you will have to give something up (at least initially). Read on to find out and be sure to check out our sneak peek YouTube Video interview with Jason Liao of Oppo.

Oppo gave us an exclusive look at their new UDP-203 Ultra HD Universal Blu-ray player at the CEDIA 2016 Expo. State of the art HD audio and video with a fast responding interface is promised and more.

— September 26, 2016 11:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Yamaha BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 Blu-ray Player Preview

Yamaha BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 Blu-ray Player Preview

Looking for a new Blu-ray player to compliment your 4K Ultra HDTV? Yamaha may have just what your looking for in their new BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 Blu-ray players. Not only can they play virtually any high end audio source, but they can also upconvert standard Blu-ray content to 4K Ultra HD quality! Want pristine video and audiophile performance all from one package? Read on for more information.

Yamaha recently introduced their new BD-S681 and AVENTAGE BD-A1060 Blu-ray players that play high end audio sources and also upconvert standard Blu-ray discs to 4K Ultra HD Quality. Check them out.

— August 14, 2016 10:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player Review: The Universal Audiophile Dream Machine?

Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player Review: The Universal Audiophile Dream Machine?

The Oppo BDP-105 Universal Blu-ray player is truly an audiophile’s and videophile’s dream machine. From the BDP-105’s impeccable benchmark performance to its excellent build quality and usability, this player leaves you wanting nothing. The BDP-105 not only raises your expectations of what all Blu-ray players should be like, but it also elevates what you’d expect from a high end transport costing thousands more. If you are fully intent on building a two-channel and multi-channel system of equal measure, I simply can’t make a higher recommendation than this product. Until Oppo builds a real world Star Trek holodeck, you will be hard pressed to better your A/V experience with any other source device. Live long and prosper and long live Oppo! Check out our recently added YouTube Video review from 03/04/15.

Our review of the Oppo BDP-105 Blu-ray Player proves only a Star Trek holodeck could better your A/V experience than this source device. Live long and prosper and long live Oppo!

— March 06, 2015 08:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Kaleidescape Alto Movie Player Preview

Kaleidescape Alto Movie Player Preview

If it looks like a duck...Well, you know the rest. The Kaleidescape Alto Movie Player looks exactly like the Cinema One from a year ago. If you only look at the specs, you'd be forgiven if you thought there was no difference. The fact is that they did change something for the Alto Movie Player - the way Blu-ray discs are streamed and handled. It fixes the one glaring problem with the Cinema One while nerfing the one thing that made the Cinema One unique - the ability to rip your Blu-rays to the internal drive. The question is, if all the rest of the hardware is the same, how come the Alto costs $1,500 less than the Cinema One?

The Kaleidescape Alto Movie Player seems to be the same player as the Cinema One we previewed, but with a firmware update to fix Blu-ray streaming. It is also $1,500 less than the Cinema One.

— December 18, 2014 06:30 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Pioneer Elite BDP-85FD and BDP-88FD Blu-ray Player Preview

Pioneer Elite BDP-85FD and BDP-88FD Blu-ray Player Preview

Pioneer Elite BDP-85FD and BDP-88FD Blu-ray players promise the ultimate in audio and video performance. At $2000 for the flagship BDP-88FD and $1000 for the BDP-85FD, consumers should expect no less. The Elite models feature exceptional construction, high quality video upscaling, precise audio reproduction, and advanced network capabilities. The players brag 4k upconversion (4K/60P/4:4:4/24-bit) with HDMI 2.0 and full 18GBPS bandwidth, ES9018 ESS SABRE reference DACs, and the ability to shut off all video circuits and dedicating the processing power to the audio components. Which one is right for you? Read the preview to decide.

Pioneer Elite BDP-85FD and BDP-88FD Blu-ray players promise the ultimate in audio and video performance. At $2000 for the flagship BDP-88FD and $1000 for the BDP-85FD, consumers should expect no less.

— September 29, 2014 13:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Universal Blu-ray Player Preview

Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Universal Blu-ray Player Preview

The Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray player is priced at $449.95 and supports a wide variety of disc formats including SACD and DVD-A. In addition, WiFi and Bluetooth antennas are integrated, allowing users to stream content from a variety of network sources. Perhaps most importantly, Yamaha states that the BD-A1040's build quality lives up to the AVENTAGE name, which in our experience is quite good. Want to know all the details? Click to read the full preview.

Preview: The Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1040 Blu-ray player is compatible with a variety of disc formats including SACD and DVD-A. WiFi and Bluetooth are integrated so users can stream content from the net.

— August 13, 2014 08:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Marantz UD7007 Universal Blu-ray Player Review

Marantz UD7007 Universal Blu-ray Player Review

Marantz's UD7007 universal disc player might be a hard sell for some folks thanks to a $1,199 price tag. However, that cost includes top notch build quality and a silk smooth transport mechanism, excellent A/V performance for movie night, networking features, and dual HDMI outputs among other things. To set it apart from lesser models in the Marantz line, it's worth noting that the UD7007 is built with two-channel performance in mind, and features the excellent TI PCM1795 DAC and Marantz's proprietary HDAM circuitry. How does the sum of these parts perform? Click to read the full review and watch our YouTube video review.

Review: Marantz's UD7007 Universal Blu-ray Player isn't cheap at $1,199. However, it offers a plethora of features, top notch build quality, and excellent AV performance for DVD-A and SACD and 2CH.

, — July 30, 2014 08:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Emotiva ERC-8T High Resolution Audio Preview

Emotiva ERC-8T High Resolution Audio Preview

Emotiva is once again poised to stun the industry with it's revolutionary new ERC-8T High Resolution Audio Player. Forget DVD-A and SACD. Those formats are dead. CD? Ha, that's not high resolution enough. Vinyl, yea we love vinyl but it wears out and it's bulky. So what's the answer? 8-Track baby! The death of 8-Track was perhaps one of the biggest blows to the high end community back in the day. Sure it was clumsy, unreliable and noisy but it was pure analog noise. Emotiva has built a better mousetrap with their new Iridium infused 8-Track Tape player. This is a must have product for audiophiles and audiophools serious about sound quality.

Preview: Emotiva ERC-8T High Resolution Audio Player to stun the industry and set a new bar for performance and convenience pushing the 8-Track format to new heights. A must have for audiophiles.

— April 01, 2014 13:10 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews