Yamaha BD-A1000 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By |


Yamaha_BD-A1000_Bluray_player_review_front.gif

The BD-A1000 ($699.95) is Yamaha's first 3D-capable Blu-ray player and its first universal disc player, supporting SACD and DVD-Audio playback. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BD-A1000, but here is an overview of its features. The player offers network connectivity for access to BD-Live features and to Yamaha's Web platform, which includes Netflix, Blockbuster OnDemand, and YouTube. You can also stream media content from a connected PC or DLNA-compliant server. The BD-A1000 is compatible with the SCENE function on certain Yamaha receivers, which allows you to automatically power up the receiver and player by pressing the SCENE BD/DVD button on the receiver remote.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore Blu-ray movie reviews on hometheaterequipment.com.
• Find a 3D HDTV to pair with the BD-A1000.

In terms of video connections, the BD-A1000 offers a single HDMI output, as well as component and composite video outputs. This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. The setup menu offers four picture modes, including a custom mode with adjustments for brightness, saturation, hue, contrast, sharpness, and CTI. There are also controls for color adjustment, auto contrast, and noise reduction, as well as lip sync.

Audio outputs include HDMI, coaxial and optical digital, and both 7.1-channel and stereo analog audio outputs. The BD-A1000 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. You can adjust the size, level, and distance for the analog audio outputs. A Pure Direct mode shuts down unneeded video circuitry to achieve higher-quality audio.

As a universal disc player, the BD-A1000 supports a variety of formats: BD, DVD-Video, SACD, DVD-Audio, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx, WMV, WMA, MP3, and JPEG. You can add the player to your home network using the back-panel Ethernet port; this model is not WiFi-ready. The BD-A1000 lacks internal memory to store BD-Live features; dual USB ports (one on the front, one on the back) have been provided for this purpose. These ports also support media playback. The BD-A1000 offers RS-232 and a remote input and output for integration into an advanced control system.

Read about the high points and the low points of the BD-A1000 on Page 2.

HTR Product Rating for Yamaha BD-A1000 3D Blu-ray Player

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

Disagree with our product rating? Email us and tell us why you think this product should receive a higher rating.


Latest Blu-ray Player Reviews

Nov 20
LG UBK90 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed LG's UBK90 is a basic, no-frills Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Unlike earlier offerings in this category, though, the UBK90 adds...
LG UBK90 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Oct 02
Sony UBP-X700 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed Sony's UBP-X700 is the least-expensive Ultra HD Blu-ray player in the company's 2019 lineup. Presently priced at $199, it's also...
Sony UBP-X700 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Sep 30
Sony UBP-X1100ES Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed With the recent proliferation of Dolby Vision content, Sony decided to release a new line of Ultra HD Blu-ray players...
Sony UBP-X1100ES Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jul 24
Sony UBP-X800M2 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed In the middle of Sony's 2019 Ultra HD Blu-ray player lineup is the UBP-X800M2 priced at $299. The M2...
Sony UBP-X800M2 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Jul 08
Panasonic DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed Panasonic has been making quality Ultra HD Blu-ray players since the format's inception, but it's only been since the...
Panasonic DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Reviewed
Yamaha_BD-A1000_Blu-ray_player_review_back.gif

High Points
• The BD-A1000 supports 3D playback, as well as SACD and DVD-Audio
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources, 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.

Low Points
• This model does not include dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3D TV and A/V receiver.
• The player doesn't support wireless connectivity to your home network, and its Web platform is limited.
• The BD-A1000 doesn't offer 2D-to-3D conversion or any advanced adjustment options for the 3D image.
• The player lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Yamaha BD-A1000 with its competition by reading the reviews for the Cambridge Audio Azur 650BDDenon DBP-1611UD, and OPPO Digital BDP-83SE. Learn more about Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
The Yamaha BD-A1000 sports most of the features we like to see in a step-up Blu-ray player, including 3D capability, SACD/DVD-Audio playback, multichannel analog outputs, RS-232, DLNA streaming, and video-on-demand. That said, for a player with an MSRP of $699.95, it really should include WiFi support and/or dual HDMI outputs. At least its street price is now running under $600, which brings it a little closer to competing models from OPPO Digital and Denon. If you're a Yamaha fan looking for a mate for your Yamaha receiver, the BD-A1000 will deliver the latest trends in Blu-ray, but you can get more for less if you look elsewhere.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore Blu-ray movie reviews on hometheaterequipment.com.
• Find a 3D HDTV to pair with the BD-A1000.


  • Comment on this article

Post a Comment
comments powered by Disqus