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.
With the on set of Blu-Ray and the many exciting things this brings with it, the world of standard DVD seems to be taking a back seat.
But if like us, you've already built up a sizeable collection of DVD's, then you can be forgiven for thinking that you should be playing these back in the best possible way.
Blu-Ray machine of course playback DVD, and even up-scale it. But sadly not as well as many ordinary DVD machines at even modest prices. Even worse, DVD machines will now, never get ay better, because in their rush to get to Blu-Ray it's becoming the forgotten format.
So what do we do with the huge collection of discs we have if you want the very best picture you can get for them?
The answer. The Lexicon RT-20
Now you can forgiven for thinking that this reference end of DVD replay is completely beyond most people pocket. With it's amazing build, great CD transport mechanism, Audiophile quality CD replay, class leading DVD up-scaled picture replay, SACD and DVD Audio onboard processing it's all beginning to look like another of those dreams that we'll just never get too. To be honest at it's retail price of £3500.00, yes that's right, £3500.00. You would probably be right.
However, in a one off coup' for us, we have managed to get a small number of brand new, fully warranted multi-region machines for an incredible saving.
These machines are on a 1st come, 1st served basis at just £900.00 We've already sold around fourteen, but they don't arrive for about another eight days and we still have the chance of just a couple more.
I must admit that I was first in the cue, so every one else has had to get behind me!
During their March press release of the new things to come this year, Harman has announced that there will soon be a Blu-Ray player added to their line-up. Details were being kept under wraps at this time, but the unit is said to contain high propriety video circuits and will support a vast range of playback abilities as well as multiple card reader slots. All with Harman's customary high quality performance.
The new look recently announced for the new range of AV amplifiers will also be used for the player.