Home Theater

Oppo BDP-93 Universal Blu-ray 3D Disc Player

April 6, 2011
Oppo BDP-93 Universal Blu-ray 3D Disc Player

Chris Boylan has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-93 Universal Blu-ray disc player ($499) at Big Picture Big Sound. His conclusions: The BDP-93 is easily OPPO's most impressive disc player to date. And while the spit and polish on the OPPO's user interface isn't quite on a par with that of an LG...
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Optoma 3D-XL 3D Projector Adapter

April 4, 2011
Optoma 3D-XL 3D Projector Adapter

Chris Boylan has posted a review of the Optoma 3D-XL 3D Projector Adapter ($399,plus 3-D glasses) at Big Picture Big Sound. His conclusions: For those who are excited by the possibility of a 3D home theater with a nice big screen, the 3D-XL, combined with a 3D-capable DLP projector from Optoma or other manufacturers...
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Emotiva XPA-3 Power Amplifier

March 31, 2011
Emotiva XPA-3 Power Amplifier

Ross Jones has posted a review of the Emotiva XPA-3 power amplifier ($699) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: The Emotiva XPA-3 is a no-brainer when it comes to bang-for-the-buck upgrades to a receiver-based home theater system. The difference will depend on the power of your existing receiver’s amp, and...
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Marantz AV7005 Surround Sound Processor

March 25, 2011
Marantz AV7005 Surround Sound Processor

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Marantz AV7005 surround sound processor ($1499) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: I'm left with a great appreciation of the Marantz AV7005. It did everything I needed of it with great distinction, and it sounded clean and balanced in ways I...
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Cambridge Audio Azur 650R AV Receiver

March 24, 2011
Cambridge Audio Azur 650R AV Receiver

Todd Whitesell has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Azur 650R AV receiver ($1799) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: The Cambridge Audio Azur 650R is an AV receiver that is easy to use and like. Its numerous features, excellent build quality and first-rate sound rival many more expensive home theater machines. From...
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Sharp XV-Z17000 3D Projector

March 19, 2011
Sharp XV-Z17000 3D Projector

David Birch-Jones has posted a review of the Sharp XV-Z17000 3D projector ($5000) at AVGuide. His conclusions: With both 3D and 2D content, the Sharp delivers an excellent picture. The 3D imagery is smooth and free of artifacts such as ghosting and flicker, and the 3D Effect control allows the user to dial up...
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Oppo BDP-93 Universal 3D Blu-Ray Player

March 11, 2011
Oppo BDP-93 Universal 3D Blu-Ray Player

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-93 Universal 3D Blu-Ray player ($499) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: From every standpoint, the BPD-93 is easy to recommend. The build quality is crazy good. Video quality across all formats is superb. While not state of the art in audio playback, it only...
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Denon DBP-1611UD Universal Blu-ray 3D Player

March 9, 2011
Denon DBP-1611UD Universal Blu-ray 3D Player

Brandon DuHamel has posted a review of the Denon DBP-1611UD Universal Blu-ray 3D player ($399) at Blu-rayDefinition. His conclusions: Despite a few setbacks early on with disc compatibly issues, I found the BDP-1611UD a pleasure to use. It has quick disc loading times and very snappy BD-Live response times, probably due to its on...
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Luxman DU-50 Universal Player

March 7, 2011
Luxman DU-50 Universal Player

John Marks has posted a review of the Luxman DU-50 universal player ($4990) at Stereophile. His conclusions: I think the L505u integrated amplifier is a screaming bargain. The situation with the more expensive DU-50 is perhaps not as clear-cut. I think it's fairly priced. The real questions are these: How much of the functionality...
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Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9700 UB Projector

March 3, 2011
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9700 UB Projector

Kris Deering has posted a review of the Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9700 UB projector ($3199) at Home Theater. His conclusions: The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 9700 UB is a projector that was designed for the masses. If you’re a video zealot like me, you’ll find a few things to nitpick, but that’ll be...
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Arcam FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray Player

February 25, 2011
Arcam FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray Player

Thomas J. Norton has posted a review of the Arcam FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray player ($1500) at Home Theater. His conclusions: There’s no question that the Arcam FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray player isn’t loaded for bear when it comes to features. But some buyers choose such a player over the kitchen-sink variety for the same reason...
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Anthem MRX 700 Audio Video Receiver

February 25, 2011
Anthem MRX 700 Audio Video Receiver

Fred Manteghian has posted a review and measurements of the Anthem MRX 700 audio video receiver ($2000) at Home Theater. His conclusions: The Anthem MRX 700 is a great-sounding AVR but not one of the Swiss army knife variety. There’s no parade of logos across its front panel, but what it has works extraordinarily...
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Krell S1200u Processor and S1500 Amplifier

February 19, 2011
Krell S1200u Processor and S1500 Amplifier

Richard Stevenson has posted a review of the Krell S1200u surround sound processor () and S1500 five channel amplifier ($5495) at Home Cinema Choice. His conclusions: The battle scenes In LOTR: Return of the King (Blu-ray) are utterly believable, placing you in the thick of the action and the emotion. With the Oliphants charging...
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Marantz AV7005 Surround Sound Processor

February 14, 2011
Marantz AV7005 Surround Sound Processor

Chris Heinonen has posted a review, including measurements, of the Marantz AV7005 surround sound processor ($1499) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: It was a mistake of me to let the Marantz AV8003 escape when I was finished with the review. For the couple of issues that I ran into...
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Theta Compli-Blu Universal Blu-ray Player

February 14, 2011
Theta Compli-Blu Universal Blu-ray Player

Alvin Gold has posted a review of the Theta Compli-Blu universal Blu-ray player ($2999) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: On the minus side, the loading mechanism isn't the smoothest ever and the player is mechanically rather noisy during play though you'll be unlucky to hear jt in your listening room in practice. As a...
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Oppo BDP-93 and BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Players

February 7, 2011
Oppo BDP-93 and BDP-95 Universal Blu-ray Players

Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray Player Oppo BDP-95 Blu-ray Player John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted reviews, including measurements, of the the audio performance of Oppo’s new BDP-93 and BDP-95 universal Blu-ray players ($499 and $999, respectively) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: Both the OPPO BDP-93 and BDP-95 represent two of...
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Ayre Acoustics DX-5 Universal Disc Player

February 3, 2011
Ayre Acoustics DX-5 Universal Disc Player

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics DX-5 universal disc player ($10,000) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His comments: The superior sound of the DX-5 was apparent with the Meridian 621/861, the Classé CT-SSP, and the McIntosh Labs MX150 A/V Control Center (see below), but not with...
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JVC DLA-X3 3D D-ILA Projector

January 27, 2011
JVC DLA-X3 3D D-ILA Projector

David Birch-Jones has posted a review of the JVC DLA-X3 3D D-ILA projector ($4500) at The PerfectVision. His conclusions: JVC’s highly refined D-ILA imaging technology seems ideal for 3D, as this reasonably-priced entry level model delivers an enticing 3D image, along with excellent 2D high resolution imagery. The feature set isn’t as broad as...
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Screen Innovations Black Diamond II Screen

January 18, 2011
Screen Innovations Black Diamond II Screen

Kevin Nakano has posted a review of the Screen Innovations Black Diamond II home theater screen at LA Audio File. His conclusions: Screen Innovation's Black Diamond II is a great performer with significant advancements in screen technology. The BD II provided us with the best blacks we have seen to date on any screen....
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Ayre DX-5 Universal Disc Player

December 21, 2010
Ayre DX-5 Universal Disc Player

Kal Rubinson has reviewed the Ayre DX-5 universal disc player ($9995) in his Music in the Round column in the January issue of Stereophile. This follows on the heels on Michael Fremer’s review in the December issue. The question on everyone’s mind, of course, is does it sound better than the Oppo BDP-83 on...
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Ayre Acoustics DX-5 Universal Disc Player

December 13, 2010
Ayre Acoustics DX-5 Universal Disc Player

Michael Fremer has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics DX-5 universal disc player ($9950) at Stereophile. His conclusions: Ayre Acoustics' DX-5 is a unique way to meet your current and future digital playback needs with a single box. It plays every disc format in your collection now, and it's ready to play 24-bit/192kHz...
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Anchor Bay iScan Duo Video Processor

December 7, 2010
Anchor Bay iScan Duo Video Processor

Brian Bloom has posted a review of the Anchor Bay iScan Duo video processor ($1299) at Audiophile Audition. His conclusions: At the simplest level the iScan Duo is a sophisticated video switcher with high quality upscaling and upconversion capabilities. In other words, it can take any digital or analog video source and convert the...
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Roku XDS 1080p Streaming Video Set-Top Box

December 4, 2010
Roku XDS 1080p Streaming Video Set-Top Box

Ian White has posted a review of the Roku XDS 1080p streaming video set-top box ($99.95) at Big Picture Big Sound. His conclusions: Building a better box does not necessarily mean than people are going to buy it. You actually have to offer them something to watch through it. From my perspective as a...
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Anthem Statement D2v Processor and P5 Amplifier

December 2, 2010
Anthem Statement D2v Processor and P5 Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Anthem Statement Statement D2v surround sound processor ($8499) and Statement P5 five-channel amplifier ($7499) at The Perfect Vision. His conclusions: Anthem’s Statement D2v A/V controller and Statement P5 multichannel amplifier are extraordinary components—partly because they have been so carefully thought out, partly because they are both...
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Rotel RSP-1570 SSP and RMB-1575 Amplifier

October 22, 2010
Rotel RSP-1570 SSP and RMB-1575 Amplifier

Michael Fremer has posted a review, and test measurements, of the Rotel RSP-1570 surround sound processor ($2199) and RMB-1575 five channel amplifier ($2799) at Home Theater Magazine. His conclusions: Most audio designers will tell you that low-level signal processing and amplification are far more difficult to get right than the high-powered variety. Here, Rotel...
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