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OPPO Digital Chooses ESS’s Reference Audio DAC For Its Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Player

ESS Technology, Inc., a high performance audio/video provider, has announced that its Sabre32 Reference 8-channel Audio DAC (ES9018) is now incorporated within OPPO Digital's latest flagship BDP-95 Audiophile 3Di Blu-Ray Disc Player. The model was demonstrated this last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.


ESS Technology claims its critically acclaimed Sabre32 Reference DAC is the world's highest performance 32-bit audio DAC - incorporating innovative, patented circuits to deliver music with expanded sound stage, with up to 135dB dynamic range and 0.0001% (-120dB) total harmonic distortion. The patented circuits include the 32-bit HyperStreamTM modulator, capable of 100% modulation and stability, the RevolverTM Dynamic Element Matching, which ensures the high performance over an extremely wide audio dynamic range and a Time Domain Jitter Eliminator.

Samsung Wins Best Video Component

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Samsung has been honored by the Consumer Electronics Association with Best Video Component Award for their new BD-D7500 slim Blu-ray player. The award was publicized at the Consumer Electronics Show, held this last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. The BD-D7500 is 0.9" thick, 3Di enabled and can convert 2D content to 3D. It also features built-in Wi-Fi and Smart Blu-ray, Samsung's content streaming service.


BD-D7500 is slated to become available the first half of 2011.

Onkyo Launches Heavy Artillery Flagship Separates

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Onkyo, known for its home theater receivers, has expanded its product line to include three new flagship, THX Certified separate components.


The PR-SC5508:

A THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified, 3Di-ready, network-capable, 9.2-channel audio-video controller. The PR-SC5508's video performance comes in the form of HQV Reon-VX processing, 1080p upscaling, and individual ISF calibration capability for all video sources. This THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified system offers height channels, setup calibration, and state of the art processing from Dolby, THX, DTS, and Audyssey, including the latter's new MultEQ XT 32. The PR-SC5508's connectivity options includes 8 HDMI inputs, dual USB's, two balanced line-level XLR audio inputs, and nine XLR preamp outputs. The networking features offer DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 compatible connection to PC audio and Internet radio. The system is configured for Pandora, Rhapsody, Mediafly, Slacker, Napster, VTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio.

 The PA-MC5500:

This nine-channel THX-Ultra2 certified analog power amplifier is 8-ohm rated at 150 Watts per channel, and up to 400 Watts dynamic power into 3 ohms. It utilizes Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) design philosophy, which proscribes low negative feedback, low distortion, extended frequency response, and a power supply with high instantaneous-current capability. To achieve all this, the PA-MC5500 uses large, custom output transistors in push-pull configuration and a massive power supply consisting of a large toroidal power transformer and two 22,000 µF storage capacitors. A three-stage inverted Darlington circuit preserves sonic subtlety. The 51-lb PA-MC5500 has a rigid, anti-resonant chassis, gold-plated inputs and outputs, plus multi-zone and bi-amp capability to allow full utilization of all channels no mater what the system configuration.

The BD-SP808:
Onkyo's THX Certified and DLNA 1.5 Certified Blu-ray Disc Player features Video On Demand, premium Marvel QdeoTM video scaler, and studio-master quality Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master AudioTM sound. A highly rigid chassis and a balanced, center-mounted drive minimize vibration. An Ethernet port enables interactive Profile 2.0 BD-Live features such as picture-in-picture and web-sourced firmware updates. An SD card slot allows playback of downloaded web content or stills and video from a digital camera. In HDMI Source Direct mode, the player can output the video signal in its native resolution for optional external processing.


MSRP: PR-SC5508 Controller $2,199, PA-MC5500 Amplifier $1,699, BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player $599

For more information visit www.onkyousa.com

Marantz UD9004 Review

December 3, 2009 By Richard Ames 18 comments
Marantz UD9004 Review

Blu-Ray AND DVD-Audio and SACD

Despite getting a very favorable review a few months ago, the Pioneer BDP-09FD was missing one key aspect that was disapointing: no DVD-Audio and SACD support.

Sure these are dead formats at this point, but many still have large collections, and it's great to have one player to play everything. Enter the Marantz UD9004.

Pioneer BDP-09FD Review

July 27, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison 62 comments
Pioneer BDP-09FD Review

Heavy Performer

Right now, you can get Blu-ray players for less than $200.

Well, you can, but do those players offer you onboard decoding of all the audio formats, upconverting of the 8-bit video to 16-bit, Marvell Qdeo processing, eight Wolfson DACS, tank-like build quality and pretty much everything else you can think of to eke out every last bit of performance?

That was a rhetorical question.

Panasonic DMP-BD80K Review

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Blu-ray. Now with YouTube!

Already, Blu-ray players are separating into two camps: the uber-expensive, and the commodity. It’s easy to see what you get with the step-up players.

But what about the high end of the low end? What do you get at a step or so above the bargain players? Something like this $400 Panasonic, say. Well, turns out quite a lot.

LG BD370 Review

May 15, 2009 By Adrienne Maxwell 43 comments
LG BD370 Review

The next step in Internet-enabled video-on-demand.

“Internet-enabled” could very well be the CE industry’s 2009 catchphrase. Some manufacturers are adding simple Web widgets to their products, like the ability to access news, weather, or online photo albums.

Others, meanwhile, have embraced what many of us deem to be the Holy Grail of Internet-enabled functionality: video-on-demand access.

Samsung BD-P2500

December 30, 2008 By Geoffrey Morrison 73 comments

Just when you thought your Blu-rays were safe…

Like it's rival, the LG BD300, the BD-P2500 is no simple Blu-ray player.

It has the ability to stream content directly from Netflix.

While this may seem odd, it adds a level of functionality that is surely the future of entertainment.

LG BD300 Review

December 29, 2008 By Geoffrey Morrison 111 comments
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Blu-ray and… Netflix?

Why would you want to download SD movies on your new Blu-ray player? That was my first thought when learning about the BD300 (and it's rival, the Samsung BD-P2500).

Upon using it though, I get it.

And it's really cool.

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