- Written by Chris Heinonen and Adrian Wittenberg
- Published on 26 January 2010
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.
- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 25 January 2010
OPPO'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.
- Written by Robert Kozel and Adrian Wittenberg
- Published on 07 September 2009
The Sony ES line has always represented the very best of what Sony has to offer.Â The ES stands for Sonyâ€™s Elevated Standard and the BDP-S5000ES is Sonyâ€™s premier Blu-ray/DVD player, offering a host of features targeted at the audiophile and videophile who is looking for the very best.
- Written by Adrian Wittenberg and Gabe Lowe
- Published on 18 January 2010
It wasnâ€™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.
- Written by Jim Clements
- Published on 03 September 2009
The NAD T587 represents NADâ€™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.Â This player is reviewed as one of the Imagine Affordable System components.