Apr 092012

In the United States presently, the proportion of homes having a High Definition TV exceeds 60%. A little over 12% are intending to purchasing one soon. The tendency worldwide is for households to have HDTVs. You achieve best use from a High Definition TV by coupling it with a Blu-ray player. Online streaming is one of the trendiest internet activities, letting you watch video from all over the world, TV shows and flicks. Many believe that the Blu-ray experience is outmoded. Yet, a Blu-ray disc offers an experience that is better than online streaming in its standard format.

VBR200W Blu-ray_ PlayerThe latest generation of Blu-ray players likewise lets you enjoy streaming, and hence with better quality. The current Vizio VBR200W is among these Blu-ray players. It goes in the same product line as the company’s earlier Blu-ray players, but with more features. These come with Wi-Fi capability and their Internet Apps, which lets you see streaming flicks from Netflix and VUDU using a wireless connection.

The player is a compact and convenient 2.4 inches high, while the controls – touch sensitive – are placed on the usual location on the VBR200W’s front. A high-gloss black finish gives the player with hi-tech looks, while the disc tray is situated in the center of the front panel.

VBR200W Blu-ray PlayerThe back end of the Vizio Blu-ray player keeps the input and output connectors, neatly hidden from view. The VBR200W Blu-ray player by Vizio achieves nearly High Definition quality with typical DVDs, while with a Blu-ray disc the video quality is Full HD 1080p. To link the video, there are three choices: HDMI, Component, and Composite outputs. The optimum video output is achieved when using the HDMI connection when playing back Blu-ray discs and DVD discs also.

VBR200W Blu-ray Player_The audio quality is 7.1 multi channel surround sound through HTMI, and likewise, other choices are analog and Digital Optical/Coaxial outputs. Provision is given for DTS-Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD internal decoding, with the exception of 7.1 analog outputs. TV news, music, radio, movies and a lot more streaming options are done through Vizio’s Internet Apps for the VBR200W player. There are numerous online serviices that you can use like Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, The New York Times, Associated Press, Pandora Internet Radio and much more. Obviously, streaming needs an internet connection, which can be made by way of the ethernet port or a wireles connection.

VBR200W Blu-ray Player wifiAlong with an owner’s manual, you receive a quick-start guide to help use the player without any problem. Streaming video and music directly from computer files to a Blu-ray player is nice, and it’s a pity that this Blu-ray unit can’t do it. It isn’t hard to find reasons for purchasing the Vizio VBR200W Blu-ray player, starting with the top quality video and audio playback. The playback quality is Full HD 1080p using a Blu-ray disc, through HDMI. In terms of audio, Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD can be decoded internally. The player can access a number of online streaming services including VUDU, Netflix, etc., in addition it has Wi-Fi built in. The lack of a Quick Start Mode and DLNA capability are minuses for this Blu-ray disc player.

For someone in the market for a reasonably priced Blu-ray player, the Vizio VBR200W offers a good combination of features and price. The menu on the VBR200W is simple to use, you get Wi-Fi, online streaming, and just outstanding video and audio quality. The VBR200W can be had in-store at less  than $200.

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