Blu-ray Players

Onkyo DV-BD507 Blu-ray Player

ARTICLE INDEX

On the Bench

Measurements were taken with our Tektronix Oscilloscope from the component analog video outputs at 1080i resolution. The player passed our tests for Y/C delay, and it measured perfectly at 100 IRE. The Onkyo DV-BD507 is able to display blacker than black content and passed our tests for pixel cropping, showing that it could deliver the entire image without lopping off any pixels. The DV-BD507's video frequency response curve was very smooth across the entire spectrum, which results in an excellent image present with fine details. On the downside, the DV-BD507 had issues with every one of our Chroma Upsampling Error tests.

In our HD section of the Benchmark, the Onkyo DV-BD507 had only average performance. The player failed our tests for proper 1080i/p conversion, because while it was able to display 2:2 material properly, it could not display 3:2 material without producing artifacts. The DV-BD507 passed our test for banding but didn't do quite as well with our noise reduction tests, as it doesn't employ any kind of advanced noise reduction techniques. On the upside, the DV-BD507 did pass our tests for diagonal filtering.

Standard DVD Performance

When Blu-ray players first started appearing, most of them had pretty bad standard DVD playback. Along the way, a couple of manufacturers such as Pioneer, Denon, and Oppo changed that with players featuring high quality playback for both Blu-ray and standard DVD material. However, the Onkyo DV-BD507 did not perform very well with our standard DVD Benchmark tests, passing only a few of them correctly.

Even basic film deinterlacing and high detail tests showed exceptionally long delays in the time it took the player to lock onto the patterns. Therfore, artifacting is likely to appear during this time that the player is locking onto the cadences.

On video based material, the player had only modest test results. While the DV-BD507 did pass our motion adaptive and diagonal filtering tests, it failed our 2:2 Cadence test, and also couldn't properly recover from alternating between displaying video and film based material.

On the usability portion of the benchmark the DV-BD507 had pretty quick response to commands. However, it had a painfully slow layer change, clocking in at over two seconds.