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Samsung BD-C7500

The Samsung BD-C7500 is one of the most distinctive Blu-ray players currently available. With its ultra-slim form-factor, vertical orientation, glossy black finish and wall bracket, it’s crying out to be mounted under your flatscreen TV. Choose the desk stand at your peril; press the ‘eject’ button (on the remote, or the player’s touch-sensitive control strip)  Full Article…

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Pioneer BDP-LX53

Pioneer’s pricey BDP-LX53 Blu-ray player offers none of the niceties that brands use to lure us to the next price point. Instead of 3D, Wi-Fi, universal playback or even a set of multichannel outputs, this step-up player trades purely on performance. It’s a high-risk strategy, given the impressive quality of this year’s budget offerings. Lucky  Full Article…

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Panasonic DMP-BDT100

With the DMP-BDT100, Panasonic has extended its 3D Blu-ray proposition down to the mass market. The brand’s first 3D player, the DMP-BDT300, was a highly-polished performer; this model not so much cuts corners as neatly bevels them. The deck has been designed to work solely in an HDMI v1.4 environment, there being no secondary HDMI  Full Article…

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Toshiba XD-E500

The Toshiba XD-E500 is the world’s first DVD player to include Toshiba’s revolutionary XDE (eXtended Detail Enhancement) technology, which now works in ‘real-time’. Suddenly DVD is looking very interesting again, despite the hullabaloo surround Blu-ray. The price is right After spending time with it, I now believe that Toshiba’s deck could revolutionise how you watch  Full Article…

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Oppo DV-983H

Oppo has kitted out its flagship DV-983H with enough firepower to blow its impressive stablemate (the DV-980H) clean out of the water. At over £300 it’s certainly not cheap, but when you look at the packed spec sheet, that inflated price starts to become more understandable. Understated Design Usually, expensive DVD players are thicker than  Full Article…

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Onkyo DV-SP406

Although Blu-ray grabs all the headlines these days, people still buy DVDs – and they still buy DVD players. But with brands like Philips, Toshiba and Samsung selling upscaling decks for as little as £40, what’s so special about Onkyo’s DV-SP406 that it retails for £100? In short: performance. The DV-SP406 delivers glitch-free upscaled images  Full Article…

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LG DVS450H

The engineers at LG in South Korea have a thing for wall-mounting. Not content with launching ultra-thin TVs and even a wall-mountable projector, they’ve now designed the DVS450H, a Divx HD-capable DVD deck you can fix to your plaster. The DVS450H’s styling is clearly aimed at the fashion-conscious. LG doesn’t want you to tuck this  Full Article…

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YBA YM501 / YA701

The YBA YA701 7.1-channel power amplifier and the YBA YM501 universal DVD player are built into compact midi-size units that are much closer to YBA’s hi-fi range in appearance than traditional home cinema. The stark simplicity of the front panels only reinforces the impression of discrete stripped-down purposefulness. Component connections While all the amplifier’s audio  Full Article…

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NAD Viso Five

Traditionally, the serious home cinephile has been faced with one option – separates, and their associated boxery. After all, package systems are a lifestyle-driven compromise, surely? The NAD Viso Five, therefore, represents a sort of Third Way. This piece of modernist AV sculpture combines a DVD player and 5.1 AV receiver, both of which aspire  Full Article…

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Primare DVDi10

Primare’s DVDi10 is an integrated DVD player, 2.1-channel receiver, and DAB radio tuner, the natural evolution of the Swedish company’s CDi10 CD/amp combi. It aims to deliver separates performance from a single stylish unit. Just match it up with stereo speakers and a powered sub. For this money, you’d expect rock-solid build quality and that’s  Full Article…

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