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Tuesday, 18 May 2010 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
Sony BDP-S570 3D Blu-ray Player Review
For a long time, Sony’s been struggling with a good problem to have regarding their standalone Blu-ray decks.  It doesn’t matter if their quality strong, the reaction time decent, and the supplemental specifics pleasing to the eye, they always have to combat price-wise against the company’s “flagship” player, the Playstation 3. On most occasions, their standalone decks of a comparable quality (such as the BDP-S560, reviewed here) were, on a good day, the same price as their game-playing iteration, a unit that’s become a reference machine for the likes of The Criterion Collection and others. However, with the whittled-down cost of Blu-ray technology, they’ve finally been able to nail down a wireless, attractive until with their BDP-S570 that’s a good $50 below the PS3’s $300 list price.  With wireless connectivity on-board, a sleek style makeover, snappy loading timeframes and respectable ...
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
JVC XV-BP1 Blu-ray Player Review
JVC’s XV-BP1 has a terribly bright light at the front of its unit, reminding one a bit of the flood lamps at the front of the spaceship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  The brightness can potentially be off-putting, especially with close proximity to the viewing screen.  It might seem a little unorthodox to mention something aesthetic like that in the first lines of a review, but there’s a reason; aside from that, and a strange “happy accident” anomaly that jumps disc playback straight to the start of the programming upon boot-up, this 1080/24p, Profile 2.0 player delivers an impressive, unproblematic punch with its capabilities.  Though it might be quiet and flex quite a bit of audiovisual muscle, it’s the fact that the player is lightning fast that makes it a strong competitor against the standard onslaught of heavy-hitters ...
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
Denon DBP-4010UDCI Blu-ray Player Review
The realm of the reference Blu-ray player can be a fickle one nowadays, where a home theater enthusiast is asked to take an even larger leap of faith above the rest of the pack for incremental improvements.  However, it’s these nudges upwards in quality that create an even more satisfying experience, which is the climate where Denon’s Reference DBP-4010UDCI Universal Blu-ray player makes its entrance.  For a $2,000 list price, you’re going to get a rather impressive-performing audiovisual Blu-ray device; however, the price tags also comes with a few hindrances that’ll squelch a good bit of HD-ready eagerness, namely some time-lagged quirks under the hood and some aesthetic grievances that shouldn’t be experienced with such a esteemed piece of equipment.  Still, the precision once up and roaring is exceptional, boasting the advanced-performing quality with Anchor Bay Technology’s VRS video processor ...
Monday, 28 December 2009 ,  Written by Dick Ward
Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-ray Player Preview
Panasonic’s DMP-BD60K Blu-ray player features a solid lineup of features at a fairly reasonable price.  It’s not going to blow anyone away, but at an MSRP of $199, it doesn’t need to. The BD60K does most of what we’ve come to expect from a low to mid priced Blu-ray player.  It outputs video at a 1080p resolution at 24 frames per second.  That includes upconverted standard definition DVDs.  It offers support for Deep Color and x.v. Color, and has a few features to clean up and enhance video further. The audio side is fairly standard as well.  The DMP-BD60K supports decoding and bitstream output of Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD.  It has a range of audio manipulation functions such as Dialogue Enhancer, Night Surround Mode and Dynamic range Compression.  A common complaint about the BD60 is the lack of Netflix ...
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 ,  Written by Thomas Spurlin
Pioneer BDP-V6000 Professional Blu-ray Player Review
Alluring more to venue displays, museums, and custom home theater construction, Pioneer’s BDP-V6000 veers little from Pioneer’s other home theater application Blu-ray players.  That, however, is a compliment in itself, as the quality screams from the rooftops much like their high-quality BDP-320.  Sporting proficient Profile 2.0 connectivity underneath the hood, spectacular visual attributes, and a few earmarks like RS-232 connectivity and their enhanced GUI, it takes a few strides beyond its little brother to accommodate for more complex situations.  They all come at a commerical price, however, at $999.99; it’s a player to consider for its added enhancements and build longevity, not to mention the easy-to-apply rack mounting equipment included.  Home theater enthusiasts will find that Pioneer’s other units will be just as comparable in quality, though it should find its place with home-theater constructionists.  Out of the Box:As far ...
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