Home Entertainment - Blu-ray Players http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/60/0 en OPPO Digital Chooses ESS’s Reference Audio DAC For Its Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Player http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22386 <div style="text-align: justify">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 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> Blu-Ray Disc Player. The model was demonstrated this last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">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.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22386">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22386#comments Blu-ray Players Hot Products News Video Talk Tue, 11 Jan 2011 08:20:10 -0800 MarkE 22386 at http://www.hemagazine.com Samsung Wins Best Video Component http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22378 <div style="text-align: justify">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&quot; thick, 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> enabled and can convert 2D content to 3D. It also features built-in Wi-Fi and Smart Blu-ray, Samsung's content streaming service.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">BD-D7500 is slated to become available the first half of 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22378">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22378#comments Blu-ray Players Hot Products News Mon, 10 Jan 2011 15:43:41 -0800 MarkE 22378 at http://www.hemagazine.com Onkyo Launches Heavy Artillery Flagship Separates http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016 <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo, known for its home theater receivers, has expanded its product line to include three new flagship, THX Certified separate components.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The PR-SC5508:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">A THX-Ultra 2 Plus certified, 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup>-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.</p> <p> <strong>The PA-MC5500:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify">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.</p> <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>The BD-SP808:</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <div style="text-align: justify">Onkyo's THX Certified and DLNA 1.5 Certified Blu-ray Disc Player features Video On Demand, premium Marvel Qdeo<sup>TM</sup> video scaler, and studio-master quality Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio<sup>TM</sup> 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.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MSRP: PR-SC5508 Controller $2,199, PA-MC5500 Amplifier $1,699, BD-SP808 Blu-ray Player $599</p> <p style="text-align: justify">For more information visit <a href="http://onkyousa.com/" target="_blank">www.onkyousa.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22016#comments Blu-ray Players Amplifiers Hot Products Pre-amps &amp; Processors Thu, 28 Oct 2010 17:48:34 -0700 MarkE 22016 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Gear 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010 <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium">The best gear of the year, as picked by the editors of <em>Home Entertainment</em>.</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Amplifiers Flat Panel TV Reviews Headphone Reviews Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Plasma TVs Pre-amps &amp; Processors Projectors &amp; Screens Receivers Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:35:00 -0800 geoffm 21491 at http://www.hemagazine.com Marantz UD9004 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_UD9004_Review <p><strong>Blu-Ray <em>AND</em> DVD-Audio and SACD<br /></strong><br />Despite getting a very favorable review a few months ago, the <a href="/Pioneer_BDP-09FD_Review" target="_blank" title="Pioneer BDP-09FD Review">Pioneer BDP-09FD</a> was missing one key aspect that was disapointing: no DVD-Audio and SACD support. </p> <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_UD9004_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Marantz_UD9004_Review#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Thu, 03 Dec 2009 01:14:16 -0800 geoffm 21446 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pioneer BDP-09FD Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_BDP-09FD_Review <p><strong>Heavy Performer</strong></p> <p>Right now, you can get Blu-ray players for less than $200. </p> <p>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?</p> <p>That was a rhetorical question. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_BDP-09FD_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pioneer_BDP-09FD_Review#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Mon, 27 Jul 2009 00:45:15 -0700 geoffm 21124 at http://www.hemagazine.com Panasonic DMP-BD80K Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_DMP-BD80K_Review <p><strong>Blu-ray. Now with YouTube!</strong></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_DMP-BD80K_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Panasonic_DMP-BD80K_Review#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Other Video Gear Thu, 04 Jun 2009 05:35:44 -0700 geoffm 21025 at http://www.hemagazine.com LG BD370 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/LG_BD370_Review <p><strong>The next step in Internet-enabled video-on-demand.<br /></strong></p> <p>“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. </p> <p>Others, meanwhile, have embraced what many of us deem to be the Holy Grail of Internet-enabled functionality: video-on-demand access.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/LG_BD370_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/LG_BD370_Review#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Other Video Gear Fri, 15 May 2009 02:41:02 -0700 geoffm 20994 at http://www.hemagazine.com Samsung BD-P2500 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_BD-P2500_Review <p><strong>Just when you thought your Blu-rays were safe…</strong></p> <p>Like it's rival, the <a href="/node/LG_BD300_Review" target="_blank" title="LG BD300 Review">LG BD300</a>, the BD-P2500 is no simple Blu-ray player. </p> <p>It has the ability to stream content directly from Netflix. </p> <p>While this may seem odd, it adds a level of functionality that is surely the future of entertainment.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_BD-P2500_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Samsung_BD-P2500_Review#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Other Video Gear Tue, 30 Dec 2008 17:24:49 -0800 geoffm 20620 at http://www.hemagazine.com LG BD300 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LG_BD300_Review <p><strong>Blu-ray and… Netflix?</strong></p> <p>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 <a href="/node/Samsung_BD-P2500_Review" target="_blank" title="Samsung BD-P2500">Samsung BD-P2500</a>). </p> <p>Upon using it though, I get it. </p> <p>And it's really cool.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LG_BD300_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LG_BD300_Review#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Other Video Gear Mon, 29 Dec 2008 02:01:38 -0800 geoffm 20616 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Denon DVD-3800BDCI and AVR-4308CI http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Denon_DVD-3800BDCI_AVR-4308CI <p><strong>An Audio Lover’s Video Player.</strong></p> <p>Over the past year, Denon has quietly assembled an interesting array of Blu-ray players designed to suit a host of budgets and systems—from the digital-only DVD-2500BTCI transport ($999) to the recently announced “entry-level” DVD-1800BD ($749). </p> <p>Residing at the top of the chain is the reference DVD-3800BDCI ($1,999), a beefy unit whose build quality and high-end components befit that higher price tag. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Denon_DVD-3800BDCI_AVR-4308CI">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Denon_DVD-3800BDCI_AVR-4308CI#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Other Audio Gear Other Video Gear Receivers Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:09:38 -0800 geoffm 20541 at http://www.hemagazine.com LG's BH100 Blu-ray/HD DVD player http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LGs_BH100_Blu-ray-HD_DVD_player <!--paging_filter--> <p>Everyone wants high-definition, so it seems everyone would want a high-definition DVD player. But most people are sitting on the fence rather than investing in Blu-ray or HD DVD, the two high-def DVD formats launched last year. Maybe it's less about what the player costs or which movie studio supports which format, and more about nobody wanting to be stuck with Beta when everyone has gone VHS. But now you can dismount the fence with confidence, thanks to LG Electronics. The company's BH100 Super Blu Player plays <em>both</em> Blu-ray and HD DVD. <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LGs_BH100_Blu-ray-HD_DVD_player">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/LGs_BH100_Blu-ray-HD_DVD_player#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Other Video Gear Mon, 19 Mar 2007 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 5602 at http://www.hemagazine.com An Adult Perspective http://www.hemagazine.com/node/An_Adult_Perspective <!--paging_filter--> <p>I’m used to providing tech support for friends, especially those new to the world of home theater and high-definition video. But never have my phone lines been as busy as in the days after Sony’s PlayStation 3 hit the stores. &quot;What’s the difference between 720p and 1080i?&quot; &quot;Should I rip my CDs in AAC, MP3, or ATRAC?&quot; &quot;Why am I not getting sound from this SACD I bought?&quot; &quot;Why won’t this Blu-ray movie that came with the PS3 play on my DVD player?&quot; </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/An_Adult_Perspective">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/An_Adult_Perspective#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Gaming Hardware Other Audio Gear Other Video Gear Thu, 01 Mar 2007 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 6090 at http://www.hemagazine.com