Blu-ray Discs and Players Butte MT
Featuring the latest in high definition, Blu-ray players offer consumers exceptional viewing quality. Use the following reviews to find which products will be the best choice for your needs.
The BDP-S470 joins the ranks with the BDP-S570 ($250) which shares the 3D-ready ability, but adds built-in wi-fi (an add-on for the 470) and 1 GB of internal storage.
Should the eco-minded shopper say farewell to CDs? My husband and I are at a crossroads in our marriage: Do we continue to buy CDs or do we do just go with the download? We’ve totally embraced the digital age—iTunes, iPods and iPhones are always within arm’s reach. Docks, players and car adapters—plus those quaint little things called headphones—allow us to listen to our digital music anywhere, what becomes of the numerous discs?
The Evolution 555 includes an aspect ratio control that features a vertical stretch option for systems using 2:35:1 Contrast Image Height display systems. This gets rid of those black bars on the top and bottom of the screen without distorting the image or artifacts.
A in-wall controller turns Yamaha’s MusicCast music server into a luxury multiroom audio system. The following article has more details about Yamaha MusicCast' music server.
With the rise of WiFi—the wireless computer networking standard that has taken homes, hotels, and Starbucks franchises by storm—and a growing number of wireless audio and video products, multiroom entertainment need not be a costly or even difficult endeavor. Custom installers and even PC-savvy homeowners can build and install entire wireless systems in a day or two using off-the-shelf parts that connect directly into any stereo or home theater system.
At its core, the BD300 is a pretty standard Blu-ray player. It outputs 1080p/24 and 60, and plays, you know, Blu-ray discs (and of course DVDs are well). That would make it the same as just about every other BD player on the market. The twist here is the ability to stream Netflix content directly from the player.
In terms of Blu-ray features and performance, the new BD370 ($299) is almost identical to its predecessor. This is a Profile 2.0 player that supports the playback of BD-Live Web content and BonusView (picture-in-picture) features. It can output Blu-ray discs at 1080p/60 and 1080p/24, and it will pass Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks in bitstream form over HDMI, to be decoded by an A/V receiver with the necessary high-resolution audio decoders.
The BH100 is a straightforward movie machine: It plays ordinary DVDs, too, but does not play CD, SACD, or DVD-Audio, and it also lacks extras like USB and memory card slots. Unlike HD DVD players (and some Blu-ray models), there is no Ethernet port for accessing updates or special disc features over the Internet.
Marantz has come out with a bevy of high end products recently, notably the Reference series. Gary reviewed the SC-7S2 Control Amplifier, MA-9S2 Monoblocks, and SA-7S1 SACD player . While not officially part of the Reference series, the UD9004 is still referred to by Marantz as a flagship product, and is certainly not lacking in the build quality or parts department. Starting with the weight
The DMP-BD80K starts up and loads discs pretty fast. Not PS3 fast, but fast for a “regular” Blu-ray player. Processing of DVDs is quite good, especially given the price. The waving flag test had minimal jaggies, as did the rotating bar test (both from the Silicon Optics Test DVD). Scaling of DVD content is also good. Not the best I’ve seen, but better than most and probably better than your TV.
Not that the BDP-09FD needs lead to feel hefty. It does that with its own guts and chassis. Pioneer really got the feel of it right, from the disc tray to the solidity of the unit itself. Inside, there's a toroidal power transformer similar to what you'd find in a good power amp or receiver. There is even a power supply with massive capacitors dedicated to just the analog audio stage.
All of the component circuit boards (contrary to early misconceptions, the ITC One isn’t a boxful of boxes) are vertically arrayed, with ample room for airflow between then. Massive fans move air from inflow vents at the bottom of the chassis, over the circuit boards, to exhaust vents at the top. Yet despite all of that cooling, perfectly placed baffles ensure whisper quiet operation.
The HD XL has two tuners, which allows simultaneous recording of two shows, and playback of a previously-recorded third. The top-line TiVo HD XL model’s massive hard drive provides for a whopping 150 hours of high definition recording, and is equipped with an E-SATA port that permits connection to an external hard drive to up the storage capacity even further.
The FuzeBox is PC-like in its configurability, though. You can tailor critical specs like hard-drive size, TV tuners and type of disc drive. The FuzeBox supports up to a 1TB hard drive, with the option to attach an external drive. You can integrate two TV tuners—either the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner with CableCARD support (for premium HD channels) or the ATI TV Wonder 650 (for over-the-air and basic cable/satellite content)—and choose between a DVD/CD burner and a Blu-ray drive.