Onkyo has announced a new flagship 3D Blu-ray player, but its $600 price, lack of Wi-Fi, and paltry list of streaming-media services make it a tough sell.
Onkyo has announced a new flagship 3D Blu-ray player, the BD-SP809, to be released in August for $600. In addition to Blu-ray, the BD-SP809 offers several streaming-media services, including Netflix, Vudu, Blockbuster, and Film Fresh. There's also a USB on the back panel, with the BD-SP809 capable of playing back several digital file formats, including DivX HD, MP3, and WMA.
The BD-SP809 is also THX-certified and (more importantly to us) includes Marvell's Qdeo processing, which we've found to deliver excellent image quality on Blu-ray movies and DVDs in the past. There are two HDMI outputs, which is helpful for those with an older receiver that has non-3D compatible HDMI inputs. Alternatively, dual-HDMI outputs can be used to connect to both a TV and projector simultaneously.
These days, $600 is a lot to charge for a Blu-ray player, with even our reference Oppo BDP-93 coming in at $500. There's also no mention of Wi-Fi in Onkyo's press release, which is available on players that cost less than half the price of the BD-SP809.
And while Netflix and Vudu streaming is nice, it's a paltry offering of streaming-media services compared with midrange Blu-ray players that include many additional services, like Pandora, MLB.TV, Amazon Instant, and Hulu Plus.