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Recent Blu-ray Player Reviews

Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player First Look

Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player First Look

Pioneer displayed their new Elite BDP-09FD flagship Blu-ray player at CEDIA 2009 claiming it has become the world's first Blu-ray Disc Player to achieve THX certification. But, the lack of DVD-A and SACD support is a bit unsettling considering that Pioneer is positioning this player as their reference to appeal to audiophiles and videophiles alike. Despite its shortcomings, the BDP-09FD is quite a sturdy built player weighing in at 30lbs. It has the look and feel of a high end product you'd expect from Pioneer Elite. The MSRP is $2,200.

Pioneer displayed their new BDP-09FD flagship Blu-ray player, claiming it has become the world’s first Blu-ray Disc® Player to achieve THX® certification. Lack of DVD-A and SACD is disappointing.

— September 16, 2009 10:25 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Sony BDP-N460 Network Blu-ray Player First Look

Sony BDP-N460 Network Blu-ray Player First Look

Sony kind of stunned me with their new BDP-N460 networked Blu-ray player. What was most impressive was the amount of network features available to the player and it's almost mouth-watering price of just $250. Beside playing Blu-ray discs and DVDs, the device instantly streams one of the largest collections of premium and free on-demand entertainment from the BRAVIA Internet Video platform including thousands of movies, TV programs, and music from YouTube, Slacker, and, later this fall, Netflix.

Sony kind of stunned me with their new BDP-N460 networked Blu-ray player. What was most impressive was the amount of network features available to the player and it's almost mouth-watering price.

— September 16, 2009 03:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Marantz UD9004 Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

Marantz UD9004 Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

Apparently putting out high end, over the top priced universal Blu-ray players is contagious. Denon, Lexicon, and now Marantz. One thing is for sure, however: The Marantz player is all original... at least to D&M Holdings.

Apparently putting out high end, over the top priced universal Blu-ray players is contagious. Denon, Lexicon, and now Marantz. One thing is for sure, however: The Marantz player is all original... at

— August 27, 2009 06:45 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player Bench Test Review Supplemental

Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player Bench Test Review Supplemental

With all of the positive press given to the Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player, I just simply had to know what all of the fuss was about first hand. Based on my bench tests and real world usage, I can safely say the BDP-83 is everything and more that everyone has been claiming it to be. It’s easy to setup and use and the user manual is among the most concisely written and organized I’ve come across for any DVD/Blu-ray machine. Imagine for under $500, you can enjoy your entire collection of CD, DVD, DVD-A, SACD and Blu-ray discs on this affordable, highly usable dream machine!

Based on my bench tests and real world usage, the Oppo BDP-83 is everything everyone claims it to be. It’s easy to set-up, and plays back all of of the current formats via a single HDMI connection

— August 25, 2009 14:50 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Lexicon BD-30 Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

Lexicon BD-30 Universal Blu-ray Player First Look

Lexicon is touting their new BD-30 Blu-ray player as "future-proof." We've heard that claim before from a number of manufacturers. The BD-30 is a true universal player in that it can play CDs, DVDs, SACDs, DVD-As, and Blu-rays. At $3500, it's everything you could ask for... except for a bargain. One thing that is clear is that Lexicon is not really marketing this player to the common man (or woman). If you didn't get that from the price, then you will from the language of the release. There are constant references to custom installers specifically in relation to the RS-232 support but also in general. It it obvious that Lexicon expects this product to be marketed to those with the money to afford a home theater installation specialist. Upon closer inspection it looks as though Lexicon simply repackaged the Oppo BDP-83, and got it THX certified. At roughly $3k more than the Oppo its a hard sale for all but those loyal to the brand.

One thing that is clear is that Lexicon is not really marketing this player to the common man (or woman). If you didn't get that from the price, then you will from the language of the release.

— August 11, 2009 02:05 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

LG BD390 Network Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi Review

LG BD390 Network Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi Review

LG Electronics is bringing networking video to its consumers in droves through the use of BD Profile 2.0 players like the BD390. This player boasts wireless n technology which means that users can enjoy Netflix, YouTube and CinemaNow movies with simple wireless connectivity. With the LG BD390, now you can bring all of this functionality to your flat screen television while also playing back standard DVD’s and Blu-ray discs.

LG Electronics is bringing networking video to its consumers in droves through the use of BD Profile 2.0 players like the BD390. This player boasts wireless n technology which means that users can

— July 29, 2009 04:00 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Harman Kardon BDP 1

Harman Kardon BDP 1

Harman Kardon enters the Blu-ray market with the BDP 1, their first entry. With BonusView and BD-Live, this player has just about everything you might expect from a player these days except for analogue audio outputs. They also have included the ability to simultaneously play images and music from a disc or USB key for family slide show fun.

Harman Kardon enters the Blu-ray market with the BDP 1, their first entry. With BonusView and BD-Live, this player has just about everything you might expect from a player these days except for

— June 10, 2009 01:10 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player Review

Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player Review

Last year we reviewed the Oppo DV-983H universal DVD player which, while a couple years too late to market, was still an impressive product that redefined the price points for universal players. Now, with the only other universal Blu-ray/DVD player coming in at almost 10x the price, Oppo has finally beat the market and brings a true universal disc player to the home theater market that not only plays Blu-ray discs, but also DVD-Audio, SACD and, of course, DVD videos and CDs.

Review: The Oppo BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray player is the first Blu-ray player that also supports DVD-A and SACD audio formats. Impressive!

— June 03, 2009 00:25 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Denon New Blu-ray Offerings Almost Affordable

Denon New Blu-ray Offerings Almost Affordable

Denon surprised us this week by releasing two new Blu-ray players. It wasn't so surprising that they had new offerings - just that they were almost value conscience, something Denon Blu-ray players have long been lacking. The BD-Live (Profile 2.0) $500 DBP-1610 and $700 DBP-2010CI sound downright bargain basement compared to the flagship universal $4500 DVD-A1HDCI.

Denon surprised us this week by releasing two new Blu-ray players. It wasn't so surprising that they had new offerings - just that they were almost value conscience, something Denon Blu-ray players

— May 13, 2009 00:15 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Vizio to Ship $199 Blu-ray Player

Vizio to Ship $199 Blu-ray Player

VIZIO's new $199 VBR100 Blu-ray player is outfitted with a 108MHz/11-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and provides 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for standard definition DVD discs via HDMI. A 24-bit/192kHz audio Digital to Analog Converter delivers audio playback from all of the latest surround sound formats and the VBR100 decodes uncompressed audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio. We don't know which video processing is included, but this marks a lower-than-typical price point for Blu-ray and that's got to be good news for consumers.

VIZIO's new $199 VBR100 Blu-ray player is outfitted with a 108MHz/11-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and provides 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for standard definition DVD discs via HDMI.

— January 10, 2009 14:10 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray & Lineup

Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray & Lineup

At CES 2009, Pioneer’s home entertainment group is introducing three new Blu-ray Disc players and one new upconverting DVD player. Pioneer is expanding its current line of BonusView Blu-ray Disc players to now offer a complete lineup of models with full BD-Live capabilities. Two Pioneer-brand players and one Elite-brand unit take full advantage of HDMI 1.3a output capabilities along with unique feature sets that give consumers a choice for interactive home theater source needs.

At CES 2009, Pioneer’s home entertainment group is introducing three new Blu-ray Disc players and one new upconverting DVD player. Pioneer is expanding its current line of BonusView Blu-ray Disc

— January 08, 2009 22:15 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

LG BD370 "Connected" Blu-ray Player

LG BD370 "Connected" Blu-ray Player

LG announced their update to the very exciting BD300 player. When it hit the shelves, it was one of the first Blu-ray players (nay, devices in general) that could stream Netflix content. The BD370 takes this to the next level by offering not only Netflix streaming, 1080p upconversion, and other standard Blu-ray features, but also CinemaNow and YouTube streaming. There are also plans to include Yahoo! Video (via their widgets software) and LG is calling the whole package its Netcast entertainment system, which it plans to roll out not only in set-top devices, but also in its new LCD and plasma televisions.

LG announced their update to the very exciting BD300 player. When it hit the shelves, it was one of the first Blu-ray players (nay, devices in general) that could stream Netflix content. The BD370

— January 08, 2009 18:55 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

ezGear BluCobra EZ3000 Blu-ray Player

ezGear BluCobra EZ3000 Blu-ray Player

Here comes the flood... ezGear, known for their AV gadgets, cables, iPod accessories, power adapters and more, announced the introduction of the BluCobra EZ3000 Blu-ray disc player. The EZ3000 is the first in the new BluCobra line of products from ezGear. BluCobra Blu-ray players aim to include a full host of features you get with higher end models at a more affordable price. With the recent rush of competition that's going to be a tough job indeed!

Here comes the flood... ezGear, known for their AV gadgets, cables, iPod accessories, power adapters and more, announced the introduction of the BluCobra EZ3000 Blu-ray disc player. The EZ3000 is the

— January 07, 2009 14:55 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews

Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-ray Player Review

Memorex MVBD2510 Blu-ray Player Review

The MVBD2510 is one of the most inexpensive Blu-ray players to hit store shelves in 2008. The trouble is this player offers only mediocre playback quality of both DVDs and BD content. It will certainly play back your new high definition Blu-ray discs, but will do so with sloppy video processing that will leave you wishing you had paid more for a more capable player.

The MVBD2510 is one of the most inexpensive Blu-ray players to hit store shelves in 2008. The trouble is this player offers only mediocre playback quality of both DVDs and BD content. It will

— December 31, 2008 12:14 in Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD Player Reviews