Denon's DBT-1713UD Universal Audio/Video Player is a study in versatility, excellent performance, unfussy set up, and good build quality. It provides internet streaming apps like VUDU, Hulu and Netflix, but surprisingly lacks a full assortment of analog outputs or wireless operation.
The Toshiba BDX5200 works out some of the kinks that appeared in the BDX3000 we reviewed some time ago, but although it offers strong performance as an entry-level 3D Blu-ray player, it still has some issues that leave it a somewhat frustrating player to use.
Marantz takes aim at its competitors with this entry-level universal Blu-ray disc player that does Blu-ray 3D and just about every other format one could imagine, but how does it stack up to other players given its $600 price tag?
Denon has introduced an unusual piece, the S-5BD, which combines a top-notch Blu-ray player with a high performing A/V Receiver. This "ray-ceiver" acquitted itself well in both viewing and listening tests. A smart solution to home theater systems limited in space and for those desiring simple set up and operation.