Onkyo banishes the HD-DVD Blus
HD-DVD. Remember that? The modern-day Betamax. It wasn’t long ago we were in a full-scale format war with Blu-ray and the aforementioned HD-DVD going at it punch for punch. It was only earlier this year that Sugar “Blu-ray” Robinson landed the knock-out blow. One of the companies that looked like it was going to be a casualty of this mixed metaphor was Onkyo. But now the former HD-DVD stalwart is back and it’s wearing Blu shorts.
The DV-BD606 is the company’s first Blu-ray attempt and it’s not half bad. With 1080p Deep Color visuals and lossless DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD, it looks and sounds as you’d expect a Blu-ray player to. The visuals can be delivered at 24 frames per second (if your HDTV permits it), and they can be upscaled too.
One black mark against the Onkyo is the lack of support for Profile 2.0 and BD-Live – it only supports Blu-ray Profile 1.1. It’s a shame given the £399 price tag, but the DV-B606 still looks like it could be worth a punt. After all, just because the Italians switched sides in the Second World War doesn’t mean they stopped making great pasta. And the same goes for Onkyo. Erm, is anyone still getting these metaphors?