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Yamaha BD-A1010 Aventage Universal 3D Blu-ray Player

Yamaha BD-A1010 Aventage Universal Blu-ray Disc Player

Last year, Yamaha released the Aventage product line, which included first several A/V receivers, then also a Blu-ray player. The Aventage product line is Yamaha's new premiere brand, similar to Sony's "ES", and Pioneer's "Elite." Last year I reviewed the Aventage RX-A2000 A/V receiver. This time, it's the Aventage BD-A1010.

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Cambridge 751BD Universal 3D Blu-ray Player

Cambridge 751BD Universal Blu-ray PlayerIn a bit of a surprise, the Universal Blu-ray player market has gone through a big upswing recently. While DVD-Audio and SACD might be considered dead audio formats to the mainstream media, more and more players for home are including support for them now. One fairly recent addition to the group is the Cambridge Audio 751BD Audiophile Blu-ray player. It also supports 3D Blu-ray, and I was quite excited to have the chance to try out this unit myself.

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Panasonic DMP-BDT210 3D Blu-ray Player

Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Blu-ray player for the Home Theater Sales figures for home theater components are not something I really pay attention to. I’d much rather own something that works great than to have what’s popular, or to have my opinion influenced by sales numbers. However, I’d be willing to bet that Panasonic has done pretty well with their 3D Blu-ray players this year because of one huge advantage they have over everyone else: The ability to include Avatar 3D for consumers. And now, you can get a 3D Blu-ray player for $200: the Panasonic DMP-BDT210.

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Pioneer BDP-52FD 3D Universal Blu-ray Player

pioneer-bdp-52fd-player-teaserOf all the new equipment that I saw at the CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis in 2011, my favorite booth visit was to Pioneer. Showing me around their booth and their new products, it was obvious they had read our review of their last generation of Blu-ray players. So, here is another one, in this case, the BDP-52FD, which is 3D-capable, and will play DVD-A as well as SACD, making it a universal player.

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McIntosh MVP881 Universal Blu-ray Player

McIntosh MVP881 Universal Blu-ray playerMcIntosh is one of the most distinctive, and iconic, brands in all of Hi-Fi. Sporting a look that seemingly has never changed, they are most well known for their two channel amps and preamps, but also have a full line of home theater components as well. The MVP881 is McIntosh's contribution to the world of universal players (CD, DVD-A, and SACD). At $8,000 there is a lot of less expensive alternatives as competition. How did the McIntosh compare? Read on.

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Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray Player

Samsung BD-D6500 Blu-ray Player One of the major differentiations between Blu-ray players now has been their online content support.

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Samsung BD-D5500 Blu-ray Player

Samsung BD-D5500 Blu-ray Player for the Home Theater At the CEDIA Expo last fall, the big push for everyone was 3D and online connectivity. We all knew that 3D was going to be everywhere, but also, everyone seemed to have an iPhone or Android Application, and was trying to offer as much online content to the user as possible. Samsung's new BD-D5500 is 3D-capable, and does a pretty good job with regular Blu-ray movies as well, all for less than $200.

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LG BD670 3D Blu-ray Player

LG BD670 Blu ray playerI am starting to feel very comfortable with LG products of late, having recently reviewed a couple home theater Blu-ray systems...

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Pioneer BDP-43FD Blu-ray Player

Pioneer BDP-43FD Blu ray player for the Home TheaterThe first Blu-ray players that I reviewed for Secrets many years ago were Pioneer models. Up until then, the only player I had used was a PlayStation 3, and was looking forward to a regular box that my universal remote could control and would be easier for my wife to operate. While the Pioneer players did fulfill those requirements, they were also far slower in use than the PS3 was, and as was common for most players then offered no online capability at all. Skip ahead a few years and at the CEDIA Expo, Pioneer was displaying players that were not only much faster and smaller that those early models, but had online streaming capabilities and other features as well. I asked them to send along a unit as soon as they could, and they happily provided me with their BDP-43FD model from their Elite line.

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Toshiba BDX5200 3D Blu-ray Player

Toshiba BDX5200 3D Blu-ray player To compare today’s Blu-ray players with the very first models that shipped back in 2006, one would find those early players to be a mere shadow of what’s available today. Early adopters had to live without full lossless sound support, no 24p, no Internet apps, terrible ergonomics, glacially slow load times, and of course, high prices. Now we have models like Toshiba’s BDX-5200 that give you everything but the kitchen sink for under $180. Ain’t technology great?

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Sony BDP-S580 3D Blu-ray Player

Sony BDP-S580 Blu ray player for the Home Theater

You know that new hi-fi technology has finally reached the commodity stage when you can get a basic model on the cheap. Sony’s latest Blu-ray player is the BDP-S580, and at $199.99, it even is 3D-capable.

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