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Blu-Ray Players 2010 Holiday Gift Guide Print E-mail
Monday, 22 November 2010
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Blu-Ray Players 2010 Holiday Gift Guide


High End

These are the players only the super dedicated enthusiast will want to consider.  They cost upwards of $1,000 and are packed with features that less eagle-eyed viewers might not appreciate.  They might not show up on the Christmas lists of your friends, but they'll be quite happy with a spot on yours.

Acram 100Acram FMJ BDP100

There's a lot of focus on video quality when it comes to Blu-ray players, but Acram takes a different tact with the BDP100.  It's can handle video nicely of course, but it was designed specifically as the first Blu-ray player for Audiophiles.

Along with the usual decoding capabilities, the BDP100 packs some impressive hardware.  It utilizes a Bessel output filter, Wolfson Audio 8741 DACS and a high precision re-clocking system.  According to Acram, you're going to get the same audio quality from the BDP100 that you would from a high-end CD player.  It's available now at $1,499.

Denon S5BDDenon S-5BD

We're swerving off in a different direction with the Denon S-5BD which combines a Denon Blu-ray player with a Denon receiver all in one compact box.  Don't count this out as your typical home theater-in-a-box arrangement - the S-5BD is full of high-end features.

It decodes and plays the latest in HD audio formats, and offers an auto setup feature that allows you to easily match the audio output of the S-5BD to the acoustics of your room.  It doesn't stream media and it doesn't do 3D, but the space-saving Denon S-5BD might be just what you're looking for.

Sony CX7000Sony BDP-CX7000ES

It made the 2009 Blu-ray player list and there's still nothing out there to compete with it.  The BDP-CX7000ES gives you the ability to store and change up to 400 Blu-ray discs.  That's enough to satisfy most collections, and the inclusion of a graphical browser that allows you to sort through the titles with cover art showing makes it simple to navigate.

You might think with all that functionality there would have to be a sacrifice made in video quality, but the BDP-CX7000ES boasts a 14-bit video processor that upconverts and smoothes out 8-bit color.  Sony's CX7000ES doesn't support 3D or streaming media, but with 400 Blu-rays queued up, you won't have time to want anything else.

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