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September 4, 2009

Oppo BDP-83 universal Blu-ray player blows away CNET reviewers

oppo-83.jpgOkay fine, the Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player is a universal model, capable of Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, CD, and DVD-Audio playback, but the expensive price has always turned me off. But it just received a 4.5 out of 5 from CNET, a nearly impossible score to achieve, so there must be something good about it. The reviewers say it's amazingly quick and responsive, Profile 2.0-compliant, has 7.1 analog outputs, and compatibility with the latest HD audio codecs. But it also lacks Wi-Fi and streaming video from Netflix and Pandora, a must-have for me these days. If the price point was lower, this seems to be a must buy for most home theater fanatics. But for $500, I'm not so sure.

Oppo BDP-83--At Amazon


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August 26, 2009

Sony Japan bows a 2 TB hard drive-packin' Blu-ray recorder plus 4 others

sony-bdz-bluray.jpgSony Japan has announced its latest group of Blu-ray recorders, all packing built-in hard drives ranging from the the 320 GB BDZ-RS10 (single tuner) to the whopping 2 TB BDZ-EX200. Rounding out the five new models are the 320 GB BDZ-RX30, the 500 GB BDZ-RX50, and the 1 TB BDZ-RX100. Aside from the RS10, all of the Blu-ray recorder have twin tuners.

Other features include the CREAS 2 Engine which offers improved picture quality and standard-definition upscaling, 1080p video playback, a USB port, and for the EX200, RX100 and RX50, support for Sky PerfecTV, and both PSP and Sony Walkman compatibility.

The RX100, RX50, RX30 and RS10 are all hitting Japan in September priced at $1800, $1500, $1200, and $1000, respectively. The EX200 will arrive on Japanese shelves in November priced at $2800.

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August 15, 2009

LG LHB953 Blu-ray HTIB gets reviewed: a solid buy

lhb953.jpgLG first announced a trio of Blu-ray HTIBs at CES earlier this year, and now the product reviews are beginning to roll in. CNET put the screws to the LG LHB953 Blu-ray HTIB recently, and by the time the review was done, the LG home theater unit had thrown the screws right back.

Though the LHB953 wasn't the best HTIB from an aesthetic perspective released so far this year (it's a little big), it's Blu-ray image quality and 5.1-channel audio playback was top of the line. Furthermore, it's excellent streaming capabilities which include Netflix, CinemaNow, Pandora and Youtube really push it over the top.

CNET says the LHB953 could use some video inputs, as well as automatic speaker calibration and a wireless rear speaker option. But for $436, it's well worth the money spent for the overall quality purchased.

LG LHB953 Blu-ray HTIB-->At Amazon

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August 10, 2009

Toshiba applies to join Blu-ray Disc Association

toshiba.jpgLast month we heard that Toshiba would be releasing a Blu-ray recorder or Blu-ray player by the end of 2009. Today, the former kingpin of the failed HD DVD format, has officially confirmed it will release Blu-ray products and plans to join the once-rival Blu-ray Disc Association.

It's appeared for some time that Toshiba would skip the Blu-ray revolution altogether, possibly to work on a different video technology again. But with Blu-ray's popularity picking up steam, and with high-def drives beginning to supplant DVD drives in laptops and PCs, Toshiba would be leaving a huge pile of money of the table if it were to opt out.

The company says it will release more details later this year.

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August 8, 2009

iTunes 9 rumored to have Blu-ray, social network integration

itunes_icon.jpgBlu-ray and iTunes together at last? Possibly, according to Boy Genius Report, citing "a pretty reliable source" as saying iTunes 9 will feature Blu-ray integration. Recently Apple Insider reported that Apple's new iMac line will integrate Blu-ray playback, so the two would tie up nicely together. Other than Blu-ray integration, iTunes 9 is also rumored to have an iPhone/iPod Touch application organization interface, and possibly Twitter/Facebook/Last.fm integration; presumably to share what you're listening to or watching with your friends. The BGR source didn't supply a launch date, but the consensus is that it would most likely come during Apple's annual iPod event in September.

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August 7, 2009

Sharp Blu-ray-recording AQUOS DX2 line with improved 7x mode

sharp-dx2.jpgSharp announced its second generation AQUOS DX series this morning with an improved 7x mode that the company claims extends Blu-ray disc recording times.

The AQUOS DX series which integrates a Blu-ray disc recorder into the set itself will consist of 40-, 46- and 52-inch models, all of which sport 1080p resolution and a High Quality Picture Master Engine which improves picture quality.

The second generation will also include 26- and 32-inch models, both of which are 720p.

The two largest DX series models will be available in black and white, while the three smaller models will also have a red color option.

All of the DX series sets will ship in Japan the September. Prices and other countries of availability weren't announced.

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August 6, 2009

2009 Panasonic Blu-ray players get Amazon on Demand with software update

amazonvod.jpgOwners of 2009 Panasonic Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray players may notice something different this morning. An automatic update yesterday brought Amazon on Demand to your internet-connected HD disc player. The update came to the DMP-BD60, BD70V, BD80 and the portable B15 Blu-ray players, bringing 45, 000 SD titles and 1, 000 HD titles to the already accessible Picasa and Youtube (among other) content.

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July 23, 2009

Sony announces pricing for 400-disc MegaChangers, high-end single-disc Blu-ray player

sony-cx7000es.jpgSony this morning announced the BDP-CX7000ES (ES=Elevated Standard) and BDP-CX960 400-disc Blu-ray Disc MegaChangers, along with the single-disc BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray player.

The flagship BDP-CX7000ES features 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema, simple integration with third-party automation system, RS232 and IR-in, 7.1 channel analog output, Sony's HD Reality Enhancer and Super Bit Mapping technologies, and 1080p upscaling from DVDs over an HDMI connection. The BDP-CX960 does without the RS232 and IR-in and ES standard. Both models offer Dolby TrueHD and Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio and High Resolution Audio, as well as bitstream output over HDMI. Overall, these two 400-disc MegaChangers can do pretty well any video-related task you can think of--but you'll pay. The BDP-CX7000ES will require you to shell out $1900 when it ships this August, while the BDP-CX960 will be $800 when it ships in the fall.

The single-disc BDP-S1000ES also boasts the ES badge with its incorporated Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n), plus 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema, 1080p upscaling, DLNA, plus most of the advanced features of the MegaChangers. Look for the BDP-S1000ES to also ship in August priced at $700.

The full press release is after the jump.

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July 20, 2009

Universal brings Blu-ray to the iPhone with Fast & Furious Special Edition

bluray-iphone.jpgIt had to happen sooner or later--Universal Studios is bringing iPhone and iPod Touch controls to its two-disc Special Edition of the Fast & Furious July 28. According to Crunchgear, iPhone and iPod Touch owners will be able to control and navigate the Virtual Car Garage embedded on the Blu-ray set over a Wi-Fi connection. Users will be able to view each car in full 360-degree exposure and find technical specs for each car with a single click. Whether or not there will be additional features, Universal Studios hasn't said. But upcoming Universal Blu-ray releases will enable iPhone/iPod Touch owners to download bonus content to the portable devices, include access to other film info, and even feature Facebook Connect and Twitter integration so you can share your Blu-ray viewing with friends.

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July 19, 2009

Toshiba smartens up, plans to release Blu-ray player in Q4 2009

toshiba-logo.jpgRemember HD DVD? Yeah, neither do I. But way back when, in the Wild West era (relatively speaking :)) of home theater, it actually existed. Toshiba was the shotcaller behind the high-def optical disc format which competed head-to-head with Blu-ray--and eventually lost. But while virtually every other name in home theater has released some sort of Blu-ray player in the days since, we've heard nothing from Toshiba. Until now.

PC World is reporting
that Toshiba will release a Blu-ray player, and possibly a Blu-ray recorder, by the end of 2009. It's obvious that Toshiba has no choice. Blu-ray market share in Japan sits around 50% and worldwide, while not entirely mass market, is growing fast enough that Toshiba is losing big dollars everyday. Also, as most of us have full-blown home theaters these days, Toshiba really needs a Blu-ray player to complement its HDTV lineup or it'll risk losing market share in the TV market.

Details are minimal at the moment, but it's good to know that another player will be entering the Blu-ray market. Why? The competition should help drive down prices even more!

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