Wednesday, January 20, 2010

High end audio gear?!

OPPO BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player with SACD & DVD-Audio

I'm a person who likes to look through the green guide and drool over the high end audio equipment. What caught my attention on Slashdot was an article which revealed that a high end audio DVD by Lexicon and LHX certified costing $3500 was actually a significantly cheaper Oppo BDP-83, dropped into the Lexicon chassis!

From the original article::

What a load of hogwash. When we received the player the first thing we did was open it up to get a look at the inside. Imagine my surprise when I found that not only did the Lexicon share the same boards and transport as the Oppo - it was in fact AN OPPO BDP-83 PLAYER, CHASSIS AND ALL, SHOVED INSIDE AN ALUMINUM LEXICON WRAPPER. As far as we could determine, Lexicon didn't change a single thing in terms of the hardware. 

What frightens me about this sort of stuff is how just a lowly consumer can get ripped off with this stuff. It seems from the full article it happens heaps, just not as blatantly. THX certification, is really about how much money you can pay to get a badge 'THX". When really the low end audio equipment can do the same.

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