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Old 01-25-2010, 05:07 PM
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Above you see two Blu-ray players. On the bottom is the Oppo BDP-83, a $500 machine. On top is the Lexicon BD-30, which will set you back $3,500. Can you spot the difference, apart from the price?
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Old 01-25-2010, 05:22 PM
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Cute!

You think that, MAYBE, the Lexicon was a refurbished "B-Stock" item?

You know, they have to rigorlessly test it out all over again to be sure it passes QC!
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:06 PM
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C'mon

That's easy - the bottom one is WIDER!
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:07 AM
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The additional silk screening and laser-etched logo adds a bundle to the final cost...
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The upper one has USB, and its silver.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:41 AM
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Reminds me of the first-generation Lincoln Versailles, where Ford took a Granada, slapped a Lincoln Continental tire bulge on the trunklid, laid on some very well-sprayed paint, and doubled the price. It actually sold very well.
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Don't even the cheapest blu-ray players have the same operating specs? My Sony player cost $120 and it talks nicely with my Sony TV (switches power and HDMI input automatically).
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:51 AM
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my PS3 works very well. It plays the blu-rays just as good as any other blu ray player
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:25 PM
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The upper one has USB, and its silver.
The Oppo unit also has a USB port there. It has a dust plug in place, though, so it's not as easy to see in the photo.
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:54 PM
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Well, keep in mind that a lot of the quality and features are in the electronics and the decoding; also, did you know that at on time, only TWO companies in the entire world made VHS mechs?
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In a daring matryoshka-like move, it appears that Lexicon simply bought a batch of Oppos and put them in new cases. Lest you think we are being picky here, or that Lexicon somehow took the guts of the Oppo and redesigned the surrounding circuitry, let us clarify. If you open up the $3,500 Lexicon, you will find an entire Oppo Blu-ray player inside, intact, with its original chassis.
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In a daring matryoshka-like move, it appears that Lexicon simply bought a batch of Oppos and put them in new cases. Lest you think we are being picky here, or that Lexicon somehow took the guts of the Oppo and redesigned the surrounding circuitry, let us clarify. If you open up the $3,500 Lexicon, you will find an entire Oppo Blu-ray player inside, intact, with its original chassis.
So Lexicon is trying to be the 'Lexus' of Blu-ray players.
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From a perspective of reputation, Honda would have been better off affixing a big chrome "H" on the side of the Hindenburg...
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