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Yamaha Aventage BD-A1010 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
4 Stars
Value
4 Stars
Overall
4 Stars

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Yamaha_BD-A1010_3D_Blu-ray_player_back.jpgHigh Points
• The BD-A1010 supports 3D playback, as well as SACD and DVD-Audio.
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP.
• It features internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio, plus multichannel analog audio outputs.
• You can access Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, and content stored on a DLNA media server.
• The back panel has RS-232 and remote input/output.
• The setup menu includes advanced picture adjustments.
• An iPhone control app is available.

Low Points
• This model does not include dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3DTV and A/V receiver.
• The player doesn't come with integrated WiFi or a USB WiFi adapter.
• The Web platform isn't as robust or customizable as you'll find elsewhere.
• The BD-A1010 doesn't offer 2D-to-3D conversion or any advanced 3D image adjustments.
• The player lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content.

Competition and Comparison
The "universal disc player" genre isn't as crowded as the general Blu-ray category; only a few companies (including Yamaha, OPPO Digital, Cambridge Audio, Denon, and Marantz) offer these step-up players. You can compare the Yamaha BD-A1010 with its competition by reading the reviews for the OPPO Digital BDP-93, Denon DBP-1611UD, and Cambridge Audio Azur 650BD. Learn more about 3D-capable Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
Given the BD-A1010's MSRP of $499.95, it's impossible not to compare it with OPPO Digital's BDP-93. The two players are similar in disc/format compatibility and Web offerings, and both have multichannel analog audio outputs and RS-232 control. This model does not offer the dual HDMI outputs or eSATA port found on the BDP-93, nor do you get the supplied WiFi dongle that OPPO Digital provides. The dual HDMI outputs are only desirable if you're trying to mate the player with an older, non-3D-capable A/V receiver (and again, multichannel analog outs are available). The absence of WiFi is a big disappointment at this price point; but, if you have no need for a wireless connection, then I guess you won't miss it. In other respects, the BD-A1010 is a fully featured player that's a logical companion piece to a Yamaha receiver. Its street price dips notably lower than the BDP-93's; at less than $400 street, the Yamaha BD-A1010 is one of the best deals in town for a universal player.

Additional Resource
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews by Home Theater Review's staff.
• Find an LED HDTV or Plasma HDTV to pair with the BD-A1010.
• Explore receiver options in our AV Receiver Review section.
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