Blu-ray Players

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Ed Selley  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments
The God of VoD The BDP-S480 offers so much on-tap entertainment, you may never spin a disc

Sony’s BDP-S570 player was a runaway hit during 2010, hoovering up more awards than the clean-up crew at the BAFTAs – so this closely related follow-up has a lot to live up to.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments
Unconventional cool Samsung's ultra-thin deck is more proof of the brand’s style ambitions

This achingly petite BD player claims to be the world’s smallest Blu-ray player and it’s more of a lifestyle statement than a traditional AV component. Available in trendy silver or gloss black, it’s a remarkable example of ‘Harry Potter’ engineering.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 01, 2011  |  0 comments
Internet explorer Philips' newest deck offers a web browser and excellent media streaming

Philips has created a thing of beauty with its 7 Series 3D Blu-ray deck. Finished in a greyish-silver and sporting a sculpted lip with illuminated soft-touch buttons, it’s a real step up from the humdrum.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
True Blu server Kaleidescape’s market-leading networked playback system now embraces hi-def discs to great effect, as Martin Pipe discovers

In previous reviews, I have extolled the virtues of the impressive Kaleidescape networked AV system. Although highly expensive and intended for professional installation (bar the one-box Mini, since renamed the Cinema One), there’s nothing to beat its smoothly presented and intuitive method of selecting DVDs and CDs for playback. And now Kaleidescape has added Blu-ray to the mix...

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
OPPO’s got talent OPPO creates legendary disc-spinners and this is its finest to date. Steve May salutes the world's first audiophile grade 3D Blu-ray player

OPPO is not a brand that immediately springs to mind when you think high-end AV. But over the years, this largely anonymous outfit has consistently produced disc players that quietly over-deliver. The BDP-95EU is its latest and most ambitious model.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
HD archives go 3D The UK’s first 3D Blu-ray/HDD PVR has arrived. Adrian Justins tries to remember what it’s like to record programmes and actually keep them

Panasonic’s hard disk/Blu-ray recorders hark back to the day when video recording meant people could lend VHS tapes to friends and family, who’d missed an episode of Twin Peaks or the Christmas day broadcast of Back To The Future on BBC1.

Ed Selley  |  Jul 15, 2011  |  0 comments
Armchair theatre Looking for an old-school disc spinner built for high-end AV? Steve May thinks Onkyo has it nailed with this offering

This THX-certified player has purpose. Designed from the rivets up to be nothing less than a bad-ass home theatre disc spinner, it’s the designated driver for the brand’s current line up of THX AV receivers and pre/power PR-SC5508/PA-MC5500 combo.

Ed Selley  |  Jul 15, 2011  |  0 comments
Simplicity itself If 3D is a complete turn-off and you just want a competent Blu-ray player that delivers great pictures, Danny Phillips has the perfect solution

Unsurprisingly, 3D will continue to dominate the home cinema agenda in 2011, with a flood of 3D-capable TVs and Blu-ray products hitting the market as the year unfolds. Indeed, Panasonic’s new range of Blu-ray decks includes no fewer than four 3D-ready models.

Ed Selley  |  Jul 15, 2011  |  0 comments
Hybrid theory works A 3D Blu-ray player/ Freeview HD mashup that’s got Steve May’s vote

Blu-ray players are evolving. No longer is a straight HD upgrade to DVD enough to tempt cash-strapped buyers. We demand more from our kit; we want 3D, networking, rainbows and kittens.

Ed Selley  |  Jul 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Oppo-tunity knocks When it comes to image and audio quality, Benny Har-Even can’t get enough of Oppo's new 3D Blu-ray player

They say the best things come to those who wait and in the case of Oppo’s BDP-93EU, that most certainly is true. Having already forged a reputation amongst AV-holics for its high quality, yet affordable, upscaling DVD players, its debut Blu-ray player, the BDP-831, (HCC #175) impressed UK buyers at the end of 2009 before distribution issues spoilt the party.

Ed Selley  |  Jun 17, 2011  |  0 comments
Packing 3D punch Adrian Justins is impressed by Denon’s debut 3D BD player, despite his misgivings about its sonic and handling limitations

Denon’s first 3D deck looks like it could be a decent proposition for anyone with a cutting-edge 3D-capable AVR to take care of the sonic side of things.

Ed Selley  |  Jun 17, 2011  |  0 comments
New dog’s tricks Danny Phillips gets to play with a feature-rich, new generation 3D Blu-ray player with Skype connection and refined sound. And he’s loving it

Ever the innovator, Panasonic has stuffed a shed load of new techno-tricks into this year’s Blu-ray decks and the DMP-BDT310 is the most advanced of the lot.

Ed Selley  |  Jun 17, 2011  |  0 comments
Flexible AV friend Danny Phillips savours a combination package of Blu-ray player with Freeview HD PVR and finds Samsung has catered for almost every need

Why take two hi-def sources into the shower when you can simply watch ‘n’ go with Samsung’s latest Blu-ray player/Freeview HD PVR combi? By forcing these two products into shared accommodation, Samsung is putting an unfeasible amount of content at your disposal, as well as saving you some space in your AV cabinet.

Ed Selley  |  May 28, 2011  |  0 comments
3D home thin-ema Steve May looks for substance behind the style of Sharp’s first 3D spinner  

Sharp’s first 3D player elicits gasps when you unpack it. The wafer-thin design, with black top-plate and gunmetal trim, is certainly dramatic. You can even choose how you want to use it: flat or vertical (a plastic stand is included).

Ed Selley  |  Feb 15, 2011  |  0 comments
Analogue dream With its high-performance audio board, here's an HD disc spinner even stereo Luddites will appreciate. Steve May gets tweaky

If the Oppo BDP-83SE NuForce Edition looks familiar, it’s because it is. This is a Special Edition of Oppo’s long-lost European Blu-ray debutant, the BDP-83, with some additional pixie dust from NuForce.

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