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Sony BDP-S570 Universal Blu-ray Player

Sony BDP-S570 Blu-ray player

After seeing the debut of the new Sony Blu-ray player lineup at CES this year, I was excited to get a chance to try one out. Taking its place at the top of the non-ES single-disc Blu-ray player lineup, the BDP-S570, boasts WiFi, Netflix, Pandora, and can even be controlled with an iPhone app!

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Cambridge Azur 650BD Universal Blu-ray Player

Cambridge Azur 650BD Blu-ray Universal Player

Cambridge Audio is a long-time bearer of high standards in British-made audio and now video products. They have been turning out quality components since 1968. While they are best known for fine yet value-conscious audio offerings, they have recently introduced a new receiver, the Azur 650R and the subject of this review, the Azur 650BD Universal Blu-ray Player.

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Panasonic BD-60 Blu-ray Player

Panasonic BD-60

Panasonic has a long tradition of producing well regarded, competitively priced disc players. Many of their DVD players were among the best at producing a 480p image, and at a very reasonable cost. Panasonic was at it again with Blu-ray, being one of the main companies out there with a large line of affordable players for consumers, with some extra features that other companies don't include.

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Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray Player (Mega Changer)

Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray Player Review

I have always been attracted to the idea of a movie server. The ability to call up a title from an on-screen menu rather that looking through my large bookcase used to be the stuff of science fiction. Of course, so did the idea of putting an entire movie on something the size of a coaster. Fiction is now reality thanks to products like the Sony BDP-CX7000ES.

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OPPO BDP-83SE (Special Edition) and NuForce Edition Universal Blu-ray Players

oppo-bdp-83se-teaserOPPO's BDP-83 Universal Blu-ray Player has been very successful, as it is one of only a few players that will ouput all codecs (CD, DVD-A, SACD, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio) in digital format through an HDMI connection. Now, with the Special Edition of this player, called the BDP-83SE, along with a tweaked version of the SE, called the BDP-83SE NuForce Edition, analog audio performance is improved significantly, and in fact, both players perform like units costing much, much more.

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Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray Player

Pioneer Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray Player

The BDP-23FD is the least expensive model in Pioneer Elite’s Blu-ray player line-up. The BDP-23FD is not a universal player and puts its primary focus on Blu-ray.

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Onkyo DV-BD507 Blu-ray Player

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It wasn’t but about 18 months ago that Blu-ray players were still considered high end devices, selling mostly to enthusiasts, videophiles, and the like. Recently, the market for these players has really taken off, mostly due to the big box retailers dropping prices to DVD player levels. The fact that one can walk into a Wal-Mart and purchase a Blu-ray player for under $150 makes it somewhat of a commodity item at this point. Why not own one? Blu-ray discs are indeed more expensive (sometimes prohibitively so), but on the rental front, you can get them from Blockbuster or Netflix on the cheap, and enjoy your films in much higher quality.

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Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player

Sony BDP-N460 Networked Blu-ray Player

“Convergence” is a buzz-word in the consumer electronics industry that we have heard a lot about over the last two years. The idea is that eventually, all our media and information needs will be handled by just one super-appliance in the home. Sony's PS3 was possibly the first significant step toward an off-the-shelf convergence device. Home Theater Personal Computers (HTPCs) are custom built boxes that also approach the convergence ideal.

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Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

Sony BDP-S5000ES Blu-ray PlayerThe Sony ES line has always represented the very best of what Sony has to offer.  The ES stands for Sony’s Elevated Standard and the BDP-S5000ES is Sony’s premier Blu-ray/DVD player, offering a host of features targeted at the audiophile and videophile who is looking for the very best.

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Yamaha BD-S1065 Blu-ray Player

Yamaha BD-S1065

The BD-S1065 is one of Yamaha’s most recent Blu-ray models (the other being the BD-S1900), and is also the least expensive model in their lineup. It is not a universal player, instead focusing simply on Blu-ray. Let's see how it performed.

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NAD T587 Blu-ray Disc Player - Benchmark

NAD T586 Blue-ray Disc PlayerThe NAD T587 represents NAD’s first foray into the Blu-ray arena. NAD started big by building the T587 to the Blu-ray Profile 2.0 spec. The T587 can also handle CD and DVD discs among other formats such as DiVX. It is not a universal player and will not spin DVD Audio or SACD discs. Its circuitry is based on the Broadcom decoder. A nice touch is that the player comes with auxiliary feet that closely resemble Vibrapods.  This player is reviewed as one of the Imagine Affordable System components.

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