PC World Australia review of the BDP-103:
Headline: "This Blu-ray player has the best picture that money can buy -- end of story"
Awarded: PC World Editor's Choice
Expert Rating: 4.75 out of 5
We’ll update the review with calibration testing results soon, but suffice to say that the BDP-103 has the best quality video processing that we’ve ever seen from a Blu-ray player. We watched Avatar in 2D and in 3D with the best colour and the most detail we’ve seen outside of a cinema. We watched Baraka with the most accurate colour reproduction and contrast of any Blu-ray player we’ve tested, and Frozen Planet and Planet Earth with the best motion control and jitter control we’ve seen. The BDP-103 bests anything that Sony, Samsung, LG or Panasonic can offer.
Up-scaling from DVDs, compressed 720p and 480p material, and from the streaming YouTube, is similarly the best we’ve seen. Some very specialised processing going on inside the BDP-103’s brain does an absolutely stellar job of deblocking, smoothing and sharpening video as it is output, and the end result is that while lower-resolution content certainly doesn’t look as good as a native Blu-ray, it looks better than we’ve seen from any other compressed-file or streaming media player.
The BDP-103 is as good a Blu-ray player as we’ve ever seen. It’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.
Note that this is a review of a trans-shipped, US model, BDP-103, not the Australian version BDP-103AU which will be sold in Australia shortly.
--BobEdited by Bob Pariseau - 11/20/12 at 10:49pm