- Written by Staff
- Published on 04 September 2008
Report from Adrian Wittenberg
The first night kicked off with a Dolby Dinner at the Ritz Carlton where Secret's Piero Gabucci and Audioholic's Gene DellaSalla got into a heated discussion about the new Batman movie. Everybody agreed that Two-Face died too soon.
Here we see Claridy Amps powering SVS speakers and subs.
Sony has a Blu-ray mega changer in the works for 2009 that can hold 400 discs. I have about nine discs in my collection so I don't mind the wait.
Sony is introducing the S500-ES Blu-ray player which represents their top of the line model.
Here we see Denon's Blu-ray lineup including their new entry level DVD-1800BD player that will retail at $749 shown on the right. All of Denon's players are able to output the HD sound codecs in bitstream format.
Toshiba didn't have any announcements of joining the Blu-ray game but they did show off their upscaling DVD player that showed off some impressive looking noise reduction. The model is called the XD-E500.
LG had a unique Blu-ray offering in the BD300 which features the ability to display Neflix "watch instantly" movies. Netflix has been offering this feature for HTPC users as well as XBOX 360 owners. Personally, I like the Netflix feature but I hope there are improvements in the video quality especially when watching on larger screens.
Yamaha displays their first entry into the Blu-ray market with the SD2900. This player features direct bitsteam output of Dolby True-HD and dts-Master Audio.
Here's a cutaway of Pioneer's flagship BDP-09FD Blu-ray player where a lot of attention has been put into build quality. When coupled with one of Pioneer's flagship receiver there is a synchronization of the signals that is designed to eliminate problems associated with jitter.
Here we see Panasonic's BD 55 blu-ray player.
Secrets staff members from left to right Ross Jones, Piero Gabucci, Sandy Bird, Cynthia Johnson, and Sumit Chawla all enjoyed a Meridian press event that featured a demonstration of 10 megapixel projector.
Here we see a glimpse of the highly anticipated Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player. The design features an ABT 2010 solution, has SACD capabilities, possibly may include DVD-Audio, and reportedly will retain the excellent SD performance Oppo has been known for. This player is a Profile 2.0 player and has analog 7.1 outputs. Oppo has always been a value oriented company but no official word on the price point at this time.