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Toshiba XD-E500 DVD Player - Benchmark

Toshiba XD-E500 DVD PlayerI can remember a time when Toshiba offered entry level DVD players and also high dollar flagship models like the SD-9200. As DVD players became a commodity Toshiba logically focused on mainstream consumer players much like the XD-E500 reviewed here.  The XD-E500 is a main stream DVD player priced at $99.99 and offering the features a player of this price offers. This includes the obvious DVD playback, the almost universal support amongst new DVD players for DivX playback, Mp3 and WMA.

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Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray PlayerThe Pioneer BDP-51FD is currently the only non-Elite Blu-ray player that Pioneer offers, but it is far from a budget model. Pioneer has a well deserved reputation for offering high quality DVD players in the past and is certainly trying to continue that tradition with their Blu-ray lineup, even if it means that their lowest end player is priced above that of other manufacturer's models. However, since the release of the BDP-51FD, complaints about its performance has led to multiple firmware updates being released as Pioneer tries to maintain its position as a purveyor of high end electronics. This review examines the player with the latest firmware update applied.

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Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray DVD Player - The Rest of the Story

pioneer-bdp-95fd-blu-ray-player-part-2-teaser.jpgThe Elite BDP-95FD is Pioneer's latest Blu-ray DVD player. You have read the Secrets DVD Player Benchmark™ review, and now here is the rest of the story (Blu-ray performance and audio performance).

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Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

yamaha-bd-s2900header.jpgIt has been some time since Yamaha manufactured a hi-def disc player, either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray.  Instead Yamaha has been offering upscaling DVD players such as the S1700 and the S2700.  Now that the format war is over and Blu-ray is the declared winner, this is no longer true.  Yamaha has created the BD-S2900, their first Blu-ray player.

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Pioneer Elite BDP-95FD Blu-ray DVD Player

pioneer-bdp-95fd-blu-ray-player-teaser.jpgThe Elite BDP-95FD is Pioneer's latest Blu-ray DVD player. How does it perform with SD discs? Read our review to find out.

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Denon DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

Denon DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player The DVD-2500BTCI is one of several Blu-ray players that Denon is offering in their current lineup.  Unlike the  DVD -3800BDCI which features a Realta HQV video processing solution and internal decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio, the DVD-2500BTCI is billed as a digital-only transport that offers playback of BD discs as well as output of  the audio signals on the disc in raw bitstream format using its HDMI 1.3a compliant connection.

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Oppo Digital DV-983H DVD Player - The Rest of the Story

oppo-dv-983h-dvd-player-teaser.jpgYou have read our Secrets DVD Benchmark™ review of the Oppo Digital DV-983H DVD player that showed you how good the player is at delivering video. Now read about its audio performance.

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Classe CDP-502 DVD Player

classe-cdp-502-dvd-player-teaser.jpgFor a player as expensive as it is, the Classé CDP-502 could stand for some improvement in its core video performance.  Its de-interlacer performance is very good though, and the National Semiconductor AVC 2510 chip set handles most material very well, as there were really only a few minor hiccups it experienced in our DVD Player Benchmark™ tests. It would be hard for me to recommend this DVD player based on its video performance alone, but people in the market for a player in this price class will undoubtedly be looking at it for its ultra high-end audio performance. That, combined with a robust video feature set and the ability to up-convert any material to various HD resolutions through HDMI, makes the CDP-502 an impressive offering overall.

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Sony Playstation PS3 FW 2.1

sony-ps3-teaser.jpgThe Sony PS3 is a good Blu-ray player, but is it also a good SD DVD player? Read our Secrets DVD Player Benchmark™ review to find out.

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Samsung BD-P1400 Blu-ray DVD Player - The Rest of the Story

samsung-bd-p1400-blu-ray-player-teaser.jpgThe BD-P1400 is Samsung's latest Blu-ray model. We have already reviewed its overall performance, but how did it handle our Secrets DVD Player Benchmark™ tests? Click to find out.

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Oppo Digital DV-983H DVD Player

oppo-dv-983h-dvd-player-teaser.jpgThe Oppo Digital DV-983H is finally about to arrive (March 10, 2008). The Secrets Benchmark test results are spectacular. For $399, this is a player that everyone should consider.

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