I was at the "Salon Son & Image 2009" in Montreal this weekend. It's Montreal's annual AV expo. Companies from all over the world usually come to demonstrate their gear although this year less exhibitors showed up thanks to the economic downturn.
But guess who showed up unannounced at the party? An Ontario based distributor, Audio Basics Inc., had a table at the entrance of their room where they were showing some of the Eagle Vision music BDs on a Sharp Aquos LCD fed by an OPPO DBP-83. It was connected to the sharp LCD display by means of a $520 CDN high-purity silver HDMI cable from a Dutch company (Crystal Cable).
It's the first time I see the 83 in person and the picture looked just fabulous. Unfortunately, the stereo analog outputs were connected to a SLIMStage sound-bar, similar to the Yamaha or Polk Audio offerings, in front of the display. Both, the audio inter-connects and the power cord, were made of silver by Crystal Cable. The three cables costs more that the 83.