On June 7, we stand back and gaze upon the impact of the VCR, in celebration of National VCR Day.
It’s also National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, but two things spring to mind about that.
- Really, what day isn’t National Chocolate Ice Cream Day?
- We’re an electronics store. I’ll handle NCIC Day on my own, later tonight.
But, back to the matter at hand.
The VCR fundamentally changed the landscape of home entertainment. It brought movies to your home, to watch un-interrupted any time you wanted to. It recorded, so you were free to be out on a Thursday during Dynasty. You could ignore the commercials. It was a revolution that sat right next to the TV. And the revolution that began with the (now) humble VCR continues to this day with Blu-ray, Tivo, and DVD, spurring on videophiles every where who are in pursuit of the perfect sound and imaging. Here’s a list to help improve your picture.
The Sony DVPSR500H made the list, not only due to its up-scaling and picture quality, but also due to its price. In the clearance center, we are selling these for $42.40! That’s a Top Five value that can’t be passed up.
The LG BP320 Blu-ray player makes the list as a great introductory Blu-ray player, so you can upgrade sound and vision without too much wallet downgrade.
Excellent D/A converters separate the Yamaha from the competition. It’s the converters that define the picture quality, and the better the converters, the better the sound and the picture. Which is critical for the latest 3D movies. So while you gain connectivity and a broader format reading ability, what you’re really getting is better converters for better definition.
The Onkyo BDSP809 makes the list because it is THX certified. THX certification means it passes very specific standards for seamless playback, inter-operability and content. This means your movies , especially in 3D, are as crisp and clean as possible. And another reason the Onkyo made the list is it’s on sale, so great play back just got a little less expensive.
Here’s something you don’t often think about, but as the price goes up on top-rated Blu-ray players, they get heavier. The Denon is the heaviest player on the list. Not because they have more “stuff” in them , but to make sure there’s a sturdy platform for disc rotation. A steady base and sturdy carriage eliminates wow and flutter, which add distortion to the sound and picture. Combine solidity with optimal D/A converters, and you’ve got a picture that is noticeably better on your screen.
It seems kind of strange to be celebrating National VCR Day by talking about top-rated Blu-ray players. A little chocolate ice cream will ease that thought away. But the Blu-ray is a direct descendant of the VCR revolution- a hi-def, non-degrading, no plastic shell and magnetic tape issue, no rewind child that provides the best sound and picture quality available in home today. All hail the VCR and its progeny!