Blu ray

Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

Lexicon BD-30 reviewed: an Oppo BDP-83 at 7x the price

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).

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VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

VIA Vinyl Envy VT1730 USB 2.0 audio controller drips connectivity

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.

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Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

Blu-ray: “The Best is the Enemy of the Good”

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.

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ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

ASUS Eee Box EB1501-B0367 1080p nettop gets Blu-ray

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.

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Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

Acer Aspire AS5470 and AS7740 pack Core i3 & i5 CPUs

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.

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Sony Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems get WiFi and iPhone control

Sony Blu-ray Players and Home Theater Systems get WiFi and iPhone control

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.

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