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Denon DBP-A100 Universal Blu-ray Player Review

Denon DBP-A100 Universal Blu-ray Player Review

Where did the Denon DBP-A100 Blu-ray player come from? Well, in celebration of Denon's 100th Anniversary, the company put out a series of products designed to represent their very best in each category. The first of these products we were able to get our hands on was their $2500 Denon DBP-A100 Universal Audio/Video Player. Now, this player will do CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, SACD, DVD-Audio and play those formats back with the most pristine audio and video quality believed to be possible. There are no real networking features for streaming movies or music. On the audio side, everything seems really well-developed unless you have a need for balanced XLR outputs, which the DBP-A100 doesn't have. Aside from that, what we have here is a very nice, rugged and celebratory universal player. For custom installers who want to surprise their clients with an anniversary edition product that carries some brand recognition with it, the Denon A100 is going to hit the spot.

Denon's $2500 DBP-A100 Universal Audio/Video Player will do CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, SACD, DVD-Audio and play those formats back with the most pristine audio and video quality believed possible.

— September 30, 2011 05:30 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Pioneer BDP-140 and Elite BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD Blu-ray Players Preview

Pioneer BDP-140 and Elite BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD Blu-ray Players Preview

Pioneer Electronics has made Blu-ray players for as long as Blu-ray has been around. In prior years, however, they had partnered with Sharp in manufacturing their players and the results were far from noteworthy. While Sharp is doing fantastic things with their new Elite LED Television line, Pioneer decided to take back their Blu-ray players and do them in-house. Today we got to see the three new models which range in price from $199 to $499. The three players are the entry level Pioneer BDP-140 and two Elite models, the BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD. The players each have reduced loading times significantly and they can be used wirelessly with Pioneer's optional AS-WL300 network adapter. They can also stream audio and video from Pandora, YouTube and NetFlix.

Today we got to see 3 new Pioneer Blu-ray players which range in price from $199 to $499. The three players are the entry level Pioneer BDP-140 and two Elite models, the BDP-52FD and BDP-53FD.

— September 10, 2011 07:29 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Onkyo Audio BD-SP809 THX Blu-ray Player Preview

Onkyo Audio BD-SP809 THX  Blu-ray Player Preview

Onkyo has been known for their full-featured receivers for quite some time. Their newest Blu-ray player, the BD-SP809 looks to continue that trend. Its got THX certification, 3D support, dual HDMI outputs, DLNA 1.5 certification, Netflix 3.0, Blockbuster, Film Fresh, and VUDU streaming, Marvell Qdeo upscaling, and 297 MHz/12-Bit NSV DACs. For $600, it is a solid player. But the question is, how does it stand up to the Oppo offerings? Not bad...if you aren't a power user.

The Onkyo BD-SP809 sports THX certification, 3D support, dual HDMI outputs, DLNA 1.5, Netflix 3.0, Blockbuster, Film Fresh, and VUDU streaming, Marvell Qdeo upscaling, and 297 MHz/12-Bit DACs.

— July 14, 2011 05:05 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Cambridge Audio 751BD Universal 3D Blu-ray Player Preview

Cambridge Audio 751BD Universal 3D Blu-ray Player Preview

We're sure the Cambridge Audio 751BD Universal 3D Blu-ray player is going to find an audience. While it does share some technology with players less than half its MSRP, there do seem to be upgrades (mostly on the audio side) from the competition. The price is a little high for what you get but, when their consumers are unlikely to buy from an online only manufacturer, that probably won't matter. Compared to some of the "high end" universal blu-ray players that have hit the market, the Cambridge Audio 751BD is a solid offering.

We're sure the Cambridge Audio 751BD Universal 3D Blu-ray player is going to find an audience. Compared to some of the "high end" players that have hit the market, the 751BD is a solid offering.

— June 17, 2011 03:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Onkyo BD-SP309 3D Blu-ray Player First Look

Onkyo BD-SP309 3D Blu-ray Player First Look

In a post Oppo Blu-ray world, the only thing you can do to compete it to release a player at a lower price point. Onkyo has come in at half the Oppo's price with their new BD-SP309 Blu-ray player. That's a pretty significant savings. But the question is what features did they have to cut? Well, not the important one. 3D is on board as is dual USB ports. You can stream Internet radio, Pandora, Netflix, and VUDU natively. The downside? If you don't have an HDMI input somewhere, you're out of luck. While power users will want to look elsewhere, those wanting 3D and not really caring much about anything else can save a few hundred dollars over other options with the Onkyo BD-SP309.

While power users will want to look elsewhere, those wanting 3D, some streaming, and not really caring much about anything else can save a few hundred dollars with the Onkyo BD-SP309.

— April 20, 2011 01:45 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Toshiba BDX3000 Blu-ray Player Review

Toshiba BDX3000 Blu-ray Player Review

Toshiba is trying to float on top of a veritable sea of products with its BDX3000 3D Blu-ray player. It has just about everything you could possibly need: high quality BD playback, upscaling of DVDs to 1080p, Netflix, Pandora, VUDU and (if they are still in business) Blockbuster Video on Demand. It's also 3D-compatible and includes integrated Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi means that if you have a wireless router that supports 802.11 a/b/g or n, you don't need to run a cable to your TV in order to enjoy streaming movies from Netflix or VUDU, or music from Pandora. Toshiba has included the same glassy front on the BDX2700 that it includes in some of its top of the line televisions. That, the flush tray, and the capacitance touch controls, give the player a look that says it's OK to put this thing out in the open. It's also not very deep. At just over 8-inches from front to back, this is one product that doesn't make a nuisance of itself - you can put it in front of your TV or place it just about anywhere.

Toshiba is trying to float on top of a veritable sea of products with its BDX3000 3D Blu-ray player. It has just about everything you could possibly need, especially high quality BD playback.

— April 07, 2011 00:15 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-93 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player Full Review

Oppo BDP-93 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player Full Review

How do you upgrade the number one solution for Blu-ray on the market? It's hard, but Oppo Digital did it by adding 3D Blu-ray capability to their new BDP-93 (still) Universal Blu-ray player. Oh, and they changed the chassis to eliminate the one thing Lexicon's Oppo seemed to improve on their player last year. Plus they also added more network functionality in the form of Netflix and Blockbuster on Demand streaming movie services. Come to think of it, they switched over to the ever-increasingly, highly regarded Marvell QDEO video processor and even added a second flexible HDMI output that can be used for dual monitors, or for sending just audio to an AV receiver. Oh, and the player supports wireless-N networking out of the box. Holy cow, they did a lot, and I'm still in the intro of the review. Hold tight, this may take a while.

How do you upgrade the number one solution for Blu-ray on the market? It's hard, but Oppo Digital did it with the BDP-93 (still) Universal 3D Blu-ray player. Netflix, HDMI x 2, Wi-Fi, 3D... Wow.

— March 15, 2011 05:05 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-93 & BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player Measurements Report

Oppo BDP-93 & BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Player Measurements Report

Oppo proved that they can build a better mouse trap with their new BDP-9x series of Blu-ray players. Both players exhibited benchmark audio performance while the BDP-95 exceeded those marks to the point where we were measuring the limits of our $40k Audio Precision HDMI analyzer. Our tests proved that the BDP-93 and BDP-95 Blu-ray players are everything so many other so called "high end" players wish they could be and much more. We haven't run across any higher priced players that can better the overall performance of the BDP-93, let alone the BDP-95. Both are handsomely finished, giving their high performance a classy look. But is the BDP-95 worth 2X the cost of the BDP-93? Read our assessment to find out….

This is a detailed measurement report of the Oppo BDP-93 and BDP-95 Universal Bluray Players. Both players provided benchmark performance but is the BDP-95 worth the extra cost? Read on to find out.

— March 14, 2011 14:25 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Sherwood Newcastle BD-876 3D Blu-ray Player Preview

Sherwood Newcastle BD-876 3D Blu-ray Player Preview

Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of two new high-performance audio/video components at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Branded with the premium Sherwood Newcastle designation, the R-876 Network audio-video receiver features the Trinnov Optimizer, an advanced room correction system, and the BD-876 3D Blu-ray player, the first-ever Newcastle Blu-ray player, is enabled for Internet video streaming. Both the receiver and the Blu-ray player will be available in July 2011, with an MSRP of $1199.95 for the receiver and $399.95 for the 3D Blu-ray player.

Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of the BD-876 3D Blu-ray player is Sherwood's first ever to carry the high-performance Sherwood Newcastle designation.

— January 06, 2011 20:55 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Bergmann Magne Turntable and Tonearm Preview

Bergmann Magne Turntable and Tonearm Preview

Aaudio Imports introduced into the U.S. market the brand new Magne Airbearing Turntable and Tonearm System by Bergmann Audio of Denmark, a leading specialist in airbearing turntables and tonearms. The Magne is a high-end entry-level audiophile turntable powered by airbearing technology. The airbearing process, of which Bergmann is an innovator, is frictionless, minimizing bearing noise and yielding exceptional stability. It's designed to yield emotionally engaging musical reproduction that transmits a vivid and transparent acoustic image.

Aaudio Imports introduced into the U.S. market the brand new Magne Airbearing Turntable and Tonearm System by Bergmann Audio of Denmark, a leading specialist in airbearing turntables and tonearms.

— January 06, 2011 15:31 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

OPPO BDP-95 Blu-ray Player First Look

OPPO BDP-95 Blu-ray Player First Look

The Oppo BDP-95 still has all the other features of the Oppo BDP-93 including dual HDMI outputs, Marvell's Kyoto-G2 video processor, Netflix and Blockbuster support, and 3D compatibility. And this is what is so great about the new BDP-95: You don't have sacrifice the latest and greatest features to have state of the art audio. If all you really want is a great player with universal disc support (meaning it plays DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, DVD-As, and SACDs plus lots more), 3D, and Netflix, the BDP-93 is a great choice. But if you are really worried about audio, specifically two channel audio, it's going to be really hard to beat the Oppo BDP-95. Considering the price (under a grand), it is probably impossible to beat.

The Oppo BDP-95 still has all the other features of the Oppo BDP-93 but if you are really worried about audio, specifically two channel audio, it's going to be really hard to beat the Oppo BDP-95.

— December 22, 2010 05:30 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Toshiba BDX2700 Blu-ray Player Review

Toshiba BDX2700 Blu-ray Player Review

It's hard to stay on top, and Toshiba is finding itself adrift amidst a veritable sea of Blu-ray players with its BDX2700. While not supporting 3D (for that you'll want to look at the $279 BDX3000), the Toshiba player has everything else you could possibly need: high quality BD playback, upscaling of standard definition DVDs to 1080p, network software like Netflix, Pandora, VUDU and (if they are still in business) Blockbuster Video on Demand. The one feature that sticks the neck f the BDX2700 above water and makes people take notice is its integrated Wi-Fi. That feature alone, means that if you have a wireless router that supports 802.11 a/b/g or n, you don't need to run a cable to your TV in order to enjoy streaming movies from Netflix or VUDU, or enjoy streaming music from Pandora.

Toshiba is finding itself adrift amidst a sea of Blu-ray players with its BDX2700, but the Blu-ray player has everything you could need: high quality BD playback and streaming movies and music.

— October 22, 2010 09:28 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

JH Audio JH-5 Pro Custom Earphones Review

JH Audio JH-5 Pro Custom Earphones Review

As a long time stage and session musician, I've worn a lot of headphones and in-ear monitors (IEM's) over the years. But somehow, I never indulged in getting custom molded in-ear monitors made, instead opting for the generic fit versions made by such companies as Shure and Future Sonics. I had varying degrees of success and enjoyment using them in live music applications and usually just preferred the old school floor wedge monitors that musicians have relied upon since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. So when the opportunity came along to field-test the new JH Audio JH-5 Pro headphones, I was pretty excited. The JH stands for Jerry Harvey, the true pioneer of in-ear monitoring. Jerry is responsible for Ultimate Ears line of custom monitors prior to Logitech purchasing the company. His UE11 Pro is pretty much the standard to which all IEM's are compared to prior to starting JHA.

I've worn a lot of headphones and in-ear monitors (IEM's) over the years. But somehow, I never indulged in getting custom molded in-ear monitors made... until the JH Audio JH-5 Pro Earphones, that is.

Scott Dente — October 20, 2010 01:50 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Integra THX Certified DBS-50.2 Blu-ray Player First Look

Integra THX Certified DBS-50.2 Blu-ray Player First Look

At $700 MSRP, the THX Certified Integra DBS-50.2 certainly isn't breaking the bank. With HDMI 1.3a, physically separated circuits, Marvell Qdeo upscaling and quality components, there is little not to like. While some consumers will wonder at the lack of 3D support, others won't care. With DLNA 1.5 and THX certification, integrated Netflix, CinemaNOW, and Blockbuster streaming, and 297 MHz/12-Bit Video, 192 kHz/24-Bit Audio DACs, and 7.1 channel analogue outputs, there is something for everyone.

At $700 MSRP, the Integra THX DBS-50.2 certainly isn't breaking the bank. With HDMI 1.3a, physically separated circuits, Marvell Qdeo upscaling and quality components, there is little not to like.

— October 05, 2010 06:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews