Oppo makes some high-quality disc players, but often buyers must stuff also swallow the hefty prices that accompany its products. However, the company has announced the arrival of the BDP-80 Blu-ray player, a much more affordable companion to its highly-reviewed BDP-83 (which has been recently involved and reported here in a Lexicon design scandal).
Take a look at the guts of these two Blu-ray players; can you spot the difference? If your answer is "no, Chris, I can't" then pat yourself on the back, since as far as Audioholics can tell, there is no difference. That would be fine, if the Oppo BDP-83 (on the left, and which has an MRSP of $499) hadn't been used as the donor machine for the Lexicon BD-30 (on the right, and which has an MRSP of $3,500).
It used to be that you'd need a day-pass to a professional recording studio if you really wanted to do justice to your Human League tribute album, but these days you can do it all in your bedroom. VIA's latest - the VIA Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 Audio Controller - takes things to the next level, offering 8 channels of 24-bit/192kHz recording or playback with a single USB 2.0 hookup to your host computer.
It's sometimes a challenge to understand how arguably better technologies often lose out to things that are inferior. We've seen it time and time again. The problem is that consumers are often not interested in the "best" technology but are more than satisfied with that which is "good enough". These days, a good example would be to look at Blu-Ray and how it's being adopted by consumers.
ASUS' Eee Box EB1501 was already standing out as a potentially decent HTPC, and the company have added another feather in its metaphorical cap by apparently introducing a Blu-ray version. Announced back in October 2009 with Intel's Atom 330 CPU, NVIDIA Ion graphics and a slot-loading DVD burner, the new Eee Box EB1501-Bo367 with Blu-ray is now showing up with several European online retailers.
Acer have announced a new range of Aspire notebooks packing Intel's new Core i3 and i5 Arrandale processors. The 15.6-inch AS5740 and 17.3-inch AS7740 notebooks kick off from $599.99 and have a choice of Core i3-330M 2.13GHz or Core i5-430M 2.26GHz CPUs, optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 or HD 5470 graphics, and optional Blu-ray drives.
Panasonic today revealed three new Blu-ray Disc player (DMP-BD45, DMP-BD65 and DMP-BD85) for its 2010 lineup, and introduced its first-ever 3D Blu-ray Disc player, the DMP-BDT350, which coupled with a 3D HD television set and 3D glasses, gives the consumer the ultimate home 3D experience.
If you're looking for a 3D-capable Blu-ray player or Blu-ray equipped home theater system to go with your new Sony HDTV, it should come as little surprise that Sony have a few options on hand. The company has announced three standalone players together with three home theater setups, and they offer such niceties as WiFi (integrated on some models, optional on others) and - using a free Sony app from the Apple App Store - remote control from your iPhone or iPod touch.
The new Samsung BD-C7500 is truly a sight to behold, one of the most, if not the most beautiful devices on the market. And while beauty is in the eye of the beholder I'm sure Samsung would be hard pressed to find someone who does not share my sentiment. The C7500 is an extremely thin (1.1 inches thick) and elegant unit which can either be wall mounted or laid flat.
Toshiba have outed their latest range of Blu-ray players, including a model that's compatible with Blu-ray 3D. The Toshiba BDX2500, BDX2700 and BDX3000 all have online connectivity for streaming Netflix, Pandora, VUDU and Cinema Now content, and can upscale DVDs to HD; the BDX3000 also offers compatibility with the recently-finalized Blu-ray 3D specification.
Like Blu-ray high-definition? Got two eyes? Then you'll be excited to hear that the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) have finalized their Blu-ray 3D specification, which promises 1080p HD resolution to both eyes. The specification is display-agnostic, so it doesn't matter if you're using an LCD or plasma display, or in fact what type of 3D viewing technology you're employing.