Quality of the image was phenomenal
What's left to say about the Oppo's new BDP-103 universal Blu-ray player, except that it is currently the universal disc spinner to have and the one to beat and the fact that it doesn't cost you an arm, leg and kidney is just icing on the cake. There isn't anything this mighty player can't really do outside of a few missing formats, mainly ISO, and true UltraHD compatibility. Beyond that, the BDP-103 is all the player you need and then some.
Solid build quality
I have had the opportunity to review OPPO products going back to their first upscaling DVD player (OPDV971H) and with every Upscaling DVD and Blu-ray Disc player I have seen from them, up to this point, they have consistently provided solid build quality and the latest audio and video innovations, while retaining excellent core audio and video performance.
Unrivalled image quality
The BDP-103 is as good a Blu-ray player as weâ??ve ever seen. Itâ??s extremely well-built and uses the highest quality components. It produces the best picture, supports the most formats, and has the most features of any consumer-level Blu-ray player on the market. Its international-focused video services are largely useless to Australia, though.
Best in high quality home entertainmen
The $499 BDP-103 is Oppo's latest (third generation) Blu-ray player that provides a solid design and offers the best in high quality home entertainment including Blu-ray, SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, HDCD, CD, high definition movie and music streaming, and local network-based content. This player has leveraged from the highly successful BDP-93 Blu-ray player and features new 4Kx2K up-scaling and built-in upconversion for other digital video sources through the HDMI inputs.
Great disc-playback compatibility
Pioneer appears to be going for the serious enthusiast crowd over the mainstream one with this mid-range model, with DVD-Audio and SACD playback as standard. However, the new BDP-440 lacks built-in Wi-Fi, which reduces its value to the average consumer.
Capability of extracting digital data from a Blu-ray disc with utmost accuracy
For a Blu-ray player that costs around Rs. 20,000, Pioneer BDP-440 easily excels our expectations; its audio video performance is at par with Blu-ray players that cost almost twice its price. There are a few let downs however, one it doesn't support a common video format like WMV and two, in terms of connectivity a simple coaxial out was at least expected. But if you stir your senses from these two points, we have nothing major to argue against the player.
Mind-boggling number of web-based features
Sony's BDP-S590 seems a little on the small side, but wow wee -- they certainly packed a lot into this little player. It offers a mind-boggling amount of entertainment. Of course, it's still a Blu-ray player first and foremost, and it does that very well, in 2D and 3D. With an MSRP of $149.99 (and a street price even less), this player offers a lot of bang for the buck. Consider it money well spent.
Great Blu-ray playback
Though the Sony BDP-S590's DVD upscaling isn't quite as impressive as the technology powering the Panasonic DMP-BDT220 (*Est. $115) or the Best Reviewed LG BP620 (*Est. $120) -- and it loads disc much slower, to boot -- experts say Sony's Blu-ray player won't leave you wanting. Hundreds of users agree.
If you can get past the quirky shape and some initial setup hassle, the Sony BDP-S590 is a terrific Blu-ray player and a solid value especially coming from Sony, which usually charges a premium for its products. Sure, we wish we could see better external build quality, but something tells us this player packs innards built well enough to stand the test of time.
Full high-definition video and multichannel sound
There was a time when packing in this much technology in one product would seem insane a svelte little box playing high-definition discs, accessing the Internet wirelessly, streaming video and music and even adding 3D to the mix. Pull that 1st, 2nd or even 3rd gen player out of the bedroom and replace it with the Sony BDP-S590 Blu-ray player. Whether you've a 3D TV or not, you'll find plenty of uses for what this Sony can do.
We travel to many dog shows annually and this player fits the bill nicely to wile away the time at shows. I was leery of how loud the volume would be, most are too low but this one actually has to be lowered a bit as I really don't like to wear earphones. Quality is super and the list of user-controlable functions is a nice addition.
Not worth the money on a good day
I bought the previous version of this (the 671) 13 months ago - it never worked well, and then died 1 month out of warranty. Both video and audio quality were mediocre for a $300 player, and reliability was obviously poor. Yamaha used to make superior audio components that were worth the extra money they charged. Not any more - buy something cheaper or buy from a company that still makes high end equipment.
Interface and picture quality are good
The Yamaha BD-S671 is expensive, more so than the top-specced Sony BDP-S580. It's likely to appeal most to those who already have Yamaha hi-fi equipment or who like the brand. Its interface and picture quality are good and the iPhone app control is a nifty extra. Anyone looking for Internet-enabled video on demand should look elsewhere, though.
Every conceivable audio and video codec supported
Yamaha's BD-S671 is an extremely well built and well designed Blu-ray player. We can't fault its operation, picture quality or industrial design. However, it doesn't have the same extensive feature-set as Blu-ray players available from mainstream brands like Sony, Samsung or LG.
Convenient form factor
Overall, it's difficult to fault the BDP-S185, given the form factor and price. Sony lists the player at £90, but it's available for less if you shop around. This makes its something of a steal, given that it features pretty much all the functionality of the brand's £100 BD-eschewing SMP-N200 media player.
BD670 supports 3D playback
With a street price under $200, LG's BD670 is a good value for a player with 3D capability, integrated WiFi, DLNA media streaming, and a comprehensive selection of Web services. It lacks a few options that you can find at this price, such as internal storage for BD-Live, Skype capability, and 2D-to-3D conversion. If those features matter to you, you might find a better deal elsewhere.
Excellent picture quality with Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D
LG has played second fiddle to Panasonic, Samsung, and Sony for far too many years, but with the BD670 Blu-ray 3D player, they come to the party packing some substantial steel. While not inexpensive, the player delivers excellent Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D playback, and is one of the best media streaming devices available today. Throw in excellent support for DLNA and almost every relevant media format and you have the makings of a first-class device.
Large number of connector types available
The Sony BDP-S380 is a lower mid-cost Blu-Ray player. This Blu-Ray player offers full HD (1080p) playback. Besides Blu-Ray discs, the BDP-S380 can play DVDs, CDs, and SACDs. With the front USB port, you can also view photos and play music and video from external devices.
Easy to use operating system
If you can live with the lack of 3D support and media streaming from PCs, the Sony BDP-S380 makes a very tidy choice. Picture quality is excellent and it looks great but the inclusion of BRAVIA Internet Video is the real clincher here its unrivalled range of content trumps Viera Cast or Samsung's Smart Hub, adding real value to the overall package. Also pleasing is the top-notch operating system, quickish loading times, two USB ports and unusual features like Gracenote and SACD playback.
Has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources
At $150, the BDP-S380 is Sony's least expensive Blu-ray player and offers a solid complement of features, such as SACD playback, a remote control app, and an excellent assortment of video-on-demand and other Web services. That said, for a modest step up in price ($30 to $50), you can add such features as 3D capability, DLNA media streaming, integrated WiFi, and multiroom music streaming (with compatible speakers).
Budget Blu-ray with IPTV features
Overall, this unassuming deck has a lot going for it. Its BD playback quality is great, SACD is an appreciated bonus and having IPTV on tap ensures you'll always have something (rubbish) to watch late at night. The deck is also a decent media player if you're happy to forego streaming for the sneakernet.
Interface is easy to navigate
The Sony BDP S380 sells at a maximum retail price of Rs. 8,990. This is a really good Blu-ray player by itself. Sony adding a LAN port and incorporating the Bravia Internet Video in it made this a great player. The only issues we had was that it had just a single HDMI connectivity option. Selling at a price of just under Rs. 9,000, the Sony BDP S380 becomes an ideal purchase for those looking to buy a standalone Blu-ray player as most players available nowadays sell for more.
Future proof - compatible with 3D Blu-ray Discs
The Sony BDP-S480 is a lower mid-cost Blu-Ray player. This Blu-Ray player has a Media Remote feature, which allows you to use your iPhone or iPod touch as the remote control. The BDP-S480 offers full HD (1080p) playback, and besides Blu-Ray discs can play DVDs, CDs, and SACDs.
Top-drawer picture quality
If you were considering buying the BDP-S380, it really is worth scraping together the extra cash for this deck instead. Not only do you get appetising features like BRAVIA Internet Video, smartphone control and decent (if not all-encompassing) media support, but it also throws 3D support and DLNA media streaming into the bargain even if neither appeals now, it' a small price to pay to futureproof yourself. It's topped off by excellent picture performance, plus SACD playback is a bonus.
Quick Start/Quick Load
While the Sony BDP-S480 might not win any design awards, it is nevertheless still a consummate looking blu-ray player. For a mid-priced blu-ray player, the BDP-S480 delivers top notch video quality in 3D and 2D. Disc load times are blazingly fast and movies played flawlessly without hiccups. It gives you more features and performance you would normally get from a sub $200 player.
Plenty of Blu-ray and streaming video features
The Sony BDP-S480 has almost everything you could want in a Blu-ray player. It's reasonably quick to operate and incorporates plenty of video on demand services. Extra features in the form of 3D playback and an iOS/Android controller app justify its small price increase over the BDP-S380. We're still baffled at the lack of Wi-Fi, though.
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