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  1. AVS Forum® Articles
    One of the most important mandates for the AVS Forum editorial team is to evaluate as many audio/video products as we can with direct, hands-on experience. To recognize the best products we find, we are proud to introduce the AVS Forum Review Awards. The products we deem worthy will receive one...
  2. Blu-ray Players
    Today’s Ultra HD Blu-ray Blu-ray players are AV workhorses, serving as the multitasking foundation of modern home-entertainment systems. The UBD-M9500 ( $269 on Amazon ) is Samsung's latest player that's made to spin discs, but also to serve as an entertainment hub and multimedia portal...
  3. Blu-ray Player Great Found Deals!
    The Sony UBP-X800 is the company's first mass-market, consumer, retail 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's priced at a quite affordable $300 when you consider its capabilities as a universal disc player (UDP). This new machine is now available to preorder from Amazon and Best Buy and other...
  4. Blu-ray Software
    Today, CyberLink announced the imminent availability of bundles that include both the company's PowerDVD media playback software and Pioneer hardware to play Ultra HD Blu-rays. These bundles, which will include either a Pioneer model BDR-S11J-BK or BDR-S11J-X drive and a customized version of...
  5. Blu-ray Players
    Two new Ultra HD Blu-ray players joined the party at CES this year: the Philips BDP7502 (seen above) and BDP5502. Of course, both offer support for HDR10, and the BDP7502 will add Dolby Vision via firmware update later this year. Unlike last year's BDP7501, the BDP7502 is a full-sized unit...
  6. Blu-ray Players
    The list of Ultra HD Blu-ray players just grew a bit larger with the introduction of the Sony UBP-X800. Few details were given at the press conference, but I learned that it will support only HDR10, not Dolby Vision, which is a bit strange, since the company made a big deal about supporting...
  7. Blu-ray Players
    Now that UHD Blu-ray titles have been in the market for about a year, it's great to see more companies offering players. New at CES 2017 is the LG UP970, which will support HDR10 at launch and Dolby Vision after a firmware update in March—though there are currently no discs with content encoded...
  8. Blu-ray Players
    CES 2017 is fast approaching and the show is sure to feature a wide variety of new AV products. Today, Samsung announced that it will unleash a new UHD Blu-ray player, the M9500. Although detailed specs and pricing are not yet available, this new player will offer features such as Bluetooth...
  9. Blu-ray Players
    Oppo is well known for its excellent Blu-ray players, so it's no surprise the AVS Forum community has waited with bated breath for the company to release its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the Oppo UDP-203. Today, Oppo's CTO & VP of Product Development, Jason Liao, issued a press release...
  10. Blu-ray Players
    As most AVS Forum members know, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer the best image and sound quality available, far surpassing any streaming or broadcast source. Of course, enjoying that quality requires a Blu-ray or UHD Blu-ray player, but how do you select the one that's best for you...
  11. Latest Industry News
    At the CEDIA 2016 Sony press conference, the company introduced its first-ever Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the UDP-X1000ES. Slated to ship in spring 2017 at a yet to be determined price, the new reference model is also the first new ES Blu-ray player from the company in five years. The rear...
  12. Blu-ray Players
    Panasonic is justifiably famous for the quality of its video processing, I can attest to that as a calibrator. While the company has withdrawn from the North American flat-panel TV market, it continues to offer Blu-ray players. Today, the company announced pricing and availability for its...
  13. Latest Industry News
    Samsung introduced the UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which can be pre-ordered now.
  14. Video Download Services & Hardware
    The new $2500 Alto from Kaleidescape looks exactly like the company's Cinema One movie player. When I reviewed the Cinema One earlier this year, I fell in love with the system's ease of use. However, I grew frustrated with the limited selection at the online store. Fortunately, the company...
  15. Blu-ray Players
    The new Alto drops the price of entry to the Kaleidescape ecosystem and gets all its locally stored content from the cloud. I'm not a big fan of physical discs, but I love the image and sound quality of Blu-ray. Earlier this year, I reviewed the Kaleidescape Cinema One movie player, which I...
  16. Home Theater Computers
    Hi everyone, I created a specific thread to help make it easier to keep up with Zoom Player development instead of creating an announcement with each final version. The first post will always be updated with links to the latest beta and final versions along with a useful change list. I will...
  17. Blu-ray Players
    The Panasonic DMP-BDT460 costs a little bit more than budget-oriented Blu-ray players, but it justifies its price with a rich feature set and snappy performance. Before I get into the user experience, I'd like to complement the overall appearance and build quality of this unit. Even though it's...
  18. Blu-ray Players
    Whenever the blu ray goes to stand by or powers off I have to go back into the settings and select dts even though its already selected?? I have it ran to a Harmon kardon avr 145 that does dts. Thinking about trading the Samsung f5100 for the Sony bdps 1100 maybe will fix my issue.. Any...
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