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Recent Blu-ray Player Reviews

LG BD590 Network Blu-ray w/250GB Review

LG BD590 Network Blu-ray w/250GB Review

Blu-ray players like the LG BD590 Network player have come down in price considerably and now it seems the fight is on for features and market share. LG has tackled this problem by filling its new BD590 with all of the network features you could want, including built-in 802.11n wireless, Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, YouTube and more. But they went a few steps further, adding USB connectivity for removable drives and even an internal 250GB hard drive. You can use the drive to transfer files from USB or discs (like a CD) to the internal storage and thus copy movies, music and photos to the drive for easy playback. The on-screen display then lets you recall specific files, or play back an entire folder or the contents of the drive. This essentially turns your LG Blu-ray player into a media server that can be used by the whole family.

LG's BD590 Blu-ray player includes 802.11n wireless, Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, YouTube and more. But they went further, adding USB connectivity for removable drives and even an internal 250GB drive.

— September 29, 2010 07:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Pioneer 3D Blu-ray Players First Look

Pioneer 3D Blu-ray Players First Look

For the first time, Pioneer previewed its line of Blu-ray 3D players, which included two Elite models and a "regular (unleaded) model. This is Pioneer’s first foray into the 3D category and they have included streaming content partners such as Netflix, YouTube and Pandora in the mix. None of the players include built-in Wi-Fi, but an optional adapter can be purchased with each. The Elite players also have RS-232 options and they can be controlled via Ethernet as well, bringing them up-to-date with such home control systems as Control4 and the newer Crestron and AMX protocols and hardware.

For the first time, Pioneer previewed its line of Blu-ray 3D players, which included two Elite models and a "regular" (unleaded) model. This is Pioneer’s first foray into the 3D category.

— September 24, 2010 06:59 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-93 Networking Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

Oppo BDP-93 Networking Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

Just when you thought there wasn't a better Universal Blu-ray player on the market for under $500 than the legendary BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player, Oppo proved you wrong by unveiling a new successor model: the BDP-93. Carrying the same retail price ($499), Oppo's BDP-93 has upped the bar by adding new networking/streaming features, increased performance and improved build quality. The Oppo BDP-93 will do virtually everything the BDP-83 BD player did, plus have some major feature upgrades like Netflix streaming and dual HDMI outputs.

Just when you thought there wasn't a better Universal Blu-ray player on the market for under $500 than the venerable BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player, Oppo proves you wrong by unveiling the new BDP-93.

— September 23, 2010 10:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Onkyo THX Certified BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player First Look

Onkyo THX Certified BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player First Look

The Onkyo THX Certified BD-SP808 Blu-ray player is Profile 2.0 with all the BD-Live features that entails, has an SD card slot, and an HDMI Source Direct mode for outboard video processing. It streams Blockbuster Video on Demand, is DNLA 1.5 certified, and includes remote in and out 3.5mm jacks and an RS-232 port for installer use. The premium Marvel Qdeo chipset upconverts all video to 1080p. What's it missing? Basically 7.1 analogue outputs for integration with legacy receivers and $200 off the price. If you're not interested in the 7.1 outs (or DVD-A, SACD, 3D, or a host of other streaming features available right now on players that cost less), the Onkyo BD-SP808 is for you.

The Onkyo THX Certified BD-SP808 Blu-ray player is Profile 2.0 with all the BD-Live features that entails, has an SD card slot, and an HDMI Source Direct mode for outboard video processing.

— September 02, 2010 05:05 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Dune BD Prime 3.0 Blu-ray Player First Look

Dune BD Prime 3.0 Blu-ray Player First Look

Very rarely does a product come along that has us at a loss for words. It isn't that we can't figure out what it is (OK, occasionally with some of the esoteric gear that's the case), but that we have a hard time explaining it. Such is the case with the Dune BD Prime 3.0. Obviously, it's a Blu-ray player. It's also a media server and a networked storage device. But it is so much more. Maybe it would be easier to start off with what it doesn't do - SACD or DVD-A. As far as we can tell, that's about it.

The Dune BD Prime 3.0 is way more than your typical Blu-ray player. While your typical Blu-ray might use ob-board storage for the occasional BD Live feature, the Dune player can do much, much more.

— August 16, 2010 03:30 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Sony BDP-S1700ES Blu-ray 3D Player First Look

Sony BDP-S1700ES Blu-ray 3D Player First Look

Adding to its high-end 3D capabilities Sony has announced new entries into its ES line that feature HDMI 1.4 capable receivers and, more significantly for this article, the BDP-S1700ES 3D Blu-ray player. The new Sony equipment is designed to sit alongside your BRAVIA HDTVs with 3D capabilities. But if you want to spend mid-fi money on products with the Sony logo, you’ll now have to go to the brick-and-mortar store to buy your hardware as internet dealers are getting the-pinch. Sony has basically announced that the new products are available exclusively at specialty AV shops and custom installers.

Adding to its high-end 3D capabilities Sony has announced a new entry into its ES line - the BDP-S1700ES 3D Blu-ray player with 802.11n wi-fi, iPhone app, 1080p upconversion, and USB & DLNA support.

— July 16, 2010 04:10 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Denon DBP-1611UD Universal Blu Player First Look

Denon DBP-1611UD Universal Blu Player First Look

The Denon DBP-1611UD is the new entry level Blu-ray player from the electronics giant. At $399, not only is it a full universal player, but it is 3D ready with a planned fall update. The Denon DBP-1611UD will be DLNA 1.5 certified, has DivX HD playback capability, and streams Netflix and YouTube. Plus, we do a full comparison to the player we were all talking about before this week - the Oppo BDP-83.

The Denon DBP-1611UD, at $399, not only is a full universal player, but is also 3D ready with a planned fall update. It will be DLNA 1.5 certified, has DivX HD playback, and streams Netflix.

— May 17, 2010 04:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-80 Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

Oppo BDP-80 Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

The BDP-80 is the new universal player from Oppo positioned below their venerable BDP-83 model. That means that not only does it play Blu-rays and DVDs but also SACDs and DVD-As. With just a few corners cut, the BDP-80 comes in at only $289. That's right, while others are trying to charge multiple of thousands for universal Blu-ray playback, Oppo keeps dropping their prices. If you're looking for a Universal Blu-ray player for a bedroom system or small den, the BDP-80 may just be your ticket.

The BDP-80 is the new universal player from Oppo. That means that not only does it play Blu-rays and DVDs but also SACDs and DVD-As. With just a few corners cut, the BDP-80 comes in at only $289.

— January 25, 2010 09:35 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Lexicon BD-30 Blu-ray Player (Oppo BDP-83 Clone) Review

Lexicon BD-30 Blu-ray Player (Oppo BDP-83 Clone) Review

It's with a heavy heart that we discovered the Lexicon BD-30 is NOTHING more than an Oppo BDP-83 player shoehorned into a nicer chassis with a $3k premium price tag. In this article we prove this by showing objective measurements, pictures and even responses from THX. Lexicon has since then discontinued this player and in fact no longer "makes" Blu-ray players. In fact, THX ALSO stopped certifying Blu-ray player analog outputs. Read on.

We discovered the Lexicon BD-30 is an Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray Player with a $3k premium. We prove this with pictures, measurements and an official response from THX. Lexicon no longer sells this product.

— January 15, 2010 14:30 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-83SE / BDP-83 Blu-ray Analog Audio Measurement Supplemental

Oppo BDP-83SE / BDP-83 Blu-ray Analog Audio Measurement Supplemental

When Oppo announced a hot rod version of their highly regarded BDP-83 Blu-ray player, it piqued our interest. Considering the stock player demonstrated stellar audio and video performance via the HDMI outputs and respectable analog audio performance, we figured it would simply be icing on the cake for Oppo to offer a supped up version and evidently they agreed, hence the BDP-83SE was born. As we began our exhaustive analog audio measurement process, we discovered some operational and performance issues on both players which are noted in this report. Fellow Oppo users fear NOT as we have made Oppo fully aware of these issues and they are working on solutions as you read this article.

This report compares the analog audio performance of the Oppo BDP-83SE & BDP-83 Blu-ray players. Operational and performance issues were found and detailed herein. Oppo is working on resolutions.

— December 10, 2009 22:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

OPPO BDP-83SE Special Edition Blu-ray Disc Player First Look

OPPO BDP-83SE Special Edition Blu-ray Disc Player First Look

The Oppo BDP-83SE is a "Special Edition" version of the Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu player. For an extra $400 (yes, that almost doubles the price of the original) you get upgrades only a connoisseur could love. Namely, you're getting an upgraded audio section, a better power supply, RS-232 support, and a faceplate with the words "Special Edition" on the front. This player should surely be a hit with the esoteric crowd.

The Oppo BDP-83SE is a "Special Edition" version of the Oppo BDP-83 player. For an extra $400 you're getting an upgraded audio section, better power supply, RS-232 support, and an SE faceplate.

— November 16, 2009 02:10 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

JVC XV-BP11 Blu-ray Player First Look

JVC XV-BP11 Blu-ray Player First Look

JVC's new XV-BP11 entry level Blu-ray player has many of the bells and whistles you'd expect from a current generation Blu-ray player except for BD-Live. While $200 may seem like a lot to pay for a Profile 1.1 player, that doesn't mean it isn't without its merit - like our supposition that the price will drop like a stone come Black Friday.

While $200 may seem like a lot to pay for JVC's XV-BP11 Profile 1.1 player, that doesn't mean you won't buy it - specially we are right that the price will drop like a stone come Black Friday.

— November 05, 2009 02:40 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray Player Review

Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray Player Review

The Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray player exemplifies flagship performance and status from a company that continually strives to be the leader in high performance audio gear and transports. It flawlessly plays every disc format currently relevant in the marketplace. The fact that every output is always active on this player gives an end user and/or installer almost endless configuration options on how one could utilize this player. Whether I played back a Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-A or standard DVD, I was always in shock and awe at the end result. During this review process, I got a glimpse of a feeling professional car reviewers get when they have the opportunity to test drive that $300k Ferrari, only I didn’t have change my pants at the end of the test drive. Awesome product!

The Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray player exemplifies flagship performance for all formats including Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-A and standard DVD. I was always in shock and awe at its performance.

— October 21, 2009 00:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Denon DBP-4010UDCI Universal Blu-ray Disc Player First Look

Denon DBP-4010UDCI Universal Blu-ray Disc Player First Look

The DBP-4010UDCI isn't cheap unless all you have to compare it to are the top of the line Denon, Marantz or Lexicon players. Still, for the added money, you are getting top of the line components, cutting edge technology, and the piece of mind that you could have spent thousands more. While we don't expect the DBP-4010UDCI to fly off the shelves at this price point, for the user that has to have (almost) everything, this is the player for them.

When you put out a $4500 Blu-ray player and then next one in your line retails for $800, you need something in between. While the $2000 price tag for the DBP-4010UDCI isn't cheap, it is high end.

— September 18, 2009 02:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews