Onkyo Blu-Ray new on the block

The new Onkyo DV-BD606 Blu-Ray player has arrived.

Onkyo finally gave up on the firmware profile front and have adopted the profile 1.1. So full compatibility on disc's, but no on-line disc extras from this machine.

Onkyo instead believed that customers would rather have increased performance on the picture, than better extras handling.

To this end, the ultimate test is always going to be how it performs against the benchmark Playstation 3. The PS3 is the very thing that helped Blu-Ray win the format war, and its performance considering all that it does is quite remarkable. In fact, such is its levels, most mainstream Blu-Ray players being released failed to live up to it as competition, so you can imagine how critical we've become of stand alone players.

We're please to say that the BD606 ticks this box well. The picture appears much smoother than the reference PS3. Less jerky in the way it handles movement as well. Colour saturation is also well on par.

Priced at £399.00 it's definitely worth the extra over the crop of cheaper players out there and yes, it does improve over the PS3.

For now the
Onkyo does a good job, with a worthwhile upgrade on standard playback from cheaper machines. Any huge leaps are likely to have to wait for more heavy weight players like Lexicon to get into the field.

Watch this space.