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So where is our review of the Lexicon BD-30, you ask? It's right here in our review of the Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player. We see no reason to waste the time or energy in reviewing the Lexicon when they clearly just put an Oppo BDP-83 into a new case. What did, however, run a series of benchmark tests on the Lexicon player to see if it measured identically to the Oppo BDP-83. As you will see, the results are quite astounding and speak volumes about THX and their certification requirements.
We live in a world where everyone is building products with other peoples parts. For most companies it's simply not cost effective to produce their own DVD / BD players. Lexicon isn't the only brand doing this and you would be surprised at just how many others are. Lexicon was smart in choosing the Oppo BDP-83 design for their player since it's currently the best Universal BD player on the market in its price class. It's also a proven design that plays every current format being produced on digital recording media. Where they went wrong, however, was when they simply lifted the Oppo BDP-83 player and threw it into their own chassis without making any performance enhancing modifications - despite claims to have done just that. Sadly they paid for THX certification and THX happily took their money to allow Lexicon to slap their badge on the front panel - apparently without actually testing to see if it met the core requirements of which we would suppose any THX Blu-ray player would have to adhere. If THX is doing this with Blu-ray players, it makes you wonder what they are doing with A/V receivers and other THX certified products. Has the THX badge, for select existing clients, simply degraded into a marketable commodity with no real backing or validity?
Companies such as Oppo, Emotiva, and PSB seem to shaking the very foundations of the market by doing some solid research and introducing top notch products at affordable prices. Our own Lithos did something similar by beating Bose's design in price and performance, but unfortunately he did not have the market to make it big.
Our own Lithos did something similar by beating Bose's design in price and performance, but unfortunately he did not have the market to make it big.
Mark Levinson apparently did the same with his Red Rose Music products.
Rebadged Chinese products sold at inflated prices.
Venkat Sir I think I haven't ask you this
Is lithos that good? Have you heard that?
I did mention this in another thread. A few years ago, I did hear the Noa1 for a few hours, in a 2.1 configuration. I was impressed by the sound stage, clarity, and complete lack of ear fatigue from these speakers. In a review, AV Max also praised these speakers.
But again, Hemanth, as I have mentioned many times, speakers are very subjective and need a personal audition before writing the cheque.
I did mention this in another thread. A few years ago, ICheers
Lexicon RT10 is based on the Marantz 8400, which is based on the Pioneer DV47a. So I opened the Lexicon RT10 and found that the laser unit part number was OWX8003 which is same as the laser units in most Pioneer DV series DVD players.
Theo Acoustica - Roydon D'souza is located opposite the Kalina University. They usually work on hi-end audio equipment. I guess they buy the laser units from suppliers in the market so no warranty, but its quite a complicated task to identify these laser units correctly when trying to find the actual manufacturer
Although the Lexicon RT10, Marantz 8400 & Pioneer DV47a have the same disc drives and transport electronics, all three companies use different audio electronics and DAC's which set them apart in performance. The sound of the Lexicon RT10 is far better than the Marantz 8400 & Pioneer DV47a for sure