Our Gear


All disc reviews at High-Def Digest are completed using leading consumer home theater products. This page has been set up to provide an overview of the equipment used by each of our reviewers to assess Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. Our reviewers often upgrade their equipment, so watch this page for updates.

Note that all discs provided to High-Def Digest for review are final consumer release versions. We do not review test discs or other non-consumer-quality pre-release versions.

Puzzled by the technical jargon in our reviews, or wondering how we assess and rate HD DVD and Blu-ray discs? Learn about our review methodology.


EQUIPMENT LISTS (by reviewer)

Peter M. Bracke
- Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV [via HDMI]
- Sony PlayStation 3 60Gb Blu-ray Player [via HDMI]
- Samsung BD-P1400 [via HDMI v1.3]
- Toshiba HD-XA2* [via HDMI]
- Microsoft X-Box 360 HD DVD Add-on [for comparison purposes only]
- Onkyo TX-SR905 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver
- M&K S-150THX Left, Center, and Right Speakers
- M&K SS-150 Left, Right Surround Speakers
- M&K S-100B Back Left, Back Right Surround Speakers
- M&K MX-200 Subwoofer
- JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS with D-Theater HD VCR
- Dish Network HD-942 High-Definition DVR
- BetterCables Interconnects

Steven Cohen
- Panasonic TC-P50UT50 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV
- Sony PS3
- Pioneer Elite VSX-60 Receiver
- Pioneer SP-PK52FS 5.1 Speaker System

M. Enois Duarte
- Panasonic PT-AE7000 Full HD 3D Projector 
- Elite Screen VMAX Dual Series 117" @2.35:1 / 94" @1.85:1 
- Sony Bravia 75" 3D 4K Ultra HDTV XBR75X940C 
- Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray player [Region-Free hacked] 
- Sony Playstation 3 Slim 120GB Blu-ray player 
- HTPC Intel Core i5-4570 Haswell 3.2GHz 
- Denon AVR-X5200W 9.4.6 receiver [Dolby Atmos enabled] 
- Bowers & Wilkins CM9 Loudspeakers (2)
- Bowers & Wilkins CM Centre (1)
- Bowers & Wilkins CCM683 ceiling speakers (4)
- Bowers & Wilkins M-1 front height speakers (2)
- Klipsch RS-52 II Bi-pole Surrounds (2)
- Klipsch S-2 Synergy Rears (2)
- 2 DIY Stereo Integrity 18" Subwoofers & Behringer Europower EP4000 
- Hsu Research VTF-15H Subwoofer 
- DIY Dayton 12" Ultimax w/BASH 500w amp Subwoofer 
- miniDSP 2x4 Audio Processor 
- Panamax M4300-PM power conditioner/surge protector 
- Panasonic Viera 3D Active Shutter Glasses TY-EW3D2MMK2 
- MonsterVision Max 3D Eyewear

Matthew Hartman
LG 47LW5300 47-In 1080p 120hz 3D LED-LCD HDTV
LG NB3520A Soundbar
Sony PS3 60Gb Blu-ray Player
Sony BDP-S5100 Blu-ray Player
Sony Sony MDP-500 LaserDisc System


Luke Hickman
2D:
- Samsung LN40C650
- Blu-ray: Playstation 3
- Onkyo HT-R680

3D:
- LG 65LM6200
- Samsung HT-D6730W

Daniel Hirshleifer
- Panasonic VIERA TC-P55ST50 55" 1080p 60Hz 3D Plasma TV
- JBL 5.1 Channel SCS145.5 Sound System with 8" Subwoofer
- Playstation 3 60GB [via HDMI 1.3a]
- Onkyo TX-SR605 7.1 Channel Receiver [via HDMI 1.3a]
- Panasonic DMP-BDT310 Integrated Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player [via HDMI 1.3a]
- Panasonic VIERA TY-ER3D4MU Active Shutter 3D Glasses with Bluetooth
- Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote

Bryan Kluger
- Samsung UND46D7000 46 inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV
- PS3/XBOX360/WII
- Samsung SSG-3100GB 3D Active Glasses
- Samsung BD-E5900 3D WiFi Bluray Disc Player
- Denon Receiver AVR-1611
- Technics SL-1200MK2 Turntable
- 5.1 Surround sound Velodyne Satellite Speakers with 10 inch sub
- Epson Digital Projector

David Krauss
- LG 55LW5600 55” LED 3D HDTV [via HDMI 1.3]
- Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray player [via HDMI 1.3]
- Sony Playstation 3 60GB Blu-ray Player [via HDMI]
- Denon 3808-CI A/V Receiver
- Boston CR-8 Left and Right Speakers
- Infinity CC-1 Center Speaker
- Infinity RS-125 Left, Right Surround Speakers
- Infinity BU-80 Subwoofer
- DirecTV HR-20 HD-DVR [via HDMI]
- LG RC199H Upconverting DVD/VCR player/recorder [via HDMI]

Tom Landy
2D:
- LG 60" Ultra HD 60UF7300 4K Flat-Panel LED [via HDMI]
- Sony BDP-S590 Blu-ray Player [via HDMI]
- Sonos Speaker System (Playbar, Play 3 x2, Sub)
- Bell ExpressVu 9200 High-Definition PVR [via HDMI]
- Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control

3D:
- Panasonic DMP-BDT220PC 3D Blu-ray Player
- Panasonic Viera Plasma 50" 3DTV TCP50VT20
- Panasonic Viera 3D Active Shutter Glasses TY-EW3D2MU

Daniel S. Lee
Primary Equipment:
- Sony KDL-55EX500 55 inch 1080p LCD monitor
- Playstation 3 60 GB Blu-ray player
-Paradigm Mini-Monitor speakers (7) for 7.1 surround
- Paradigm Reference Servo 15A subwoofer
- Marantz NR1602 receiver with 7.1 Dolby Digital True HD and DTS-Master Audio
- DirecTV HR 24/2400 receiver
- MIT cables and interconnects (various models)
Secondary Equipment:
- Samsung UN32EH5300 monitor
- Mirage OS 1PB-1 Omnipolar speakers (5) for 5.1 surround
- BIC America V-1220 subwoofer
- Denon AR 1803 receiver with 5.1 DTS and Dolby Digital surround
- McIntosh MAC 1700 hybrid receiver
- Music Hall MMF-5 turntable
- Sony MDP-510 laserdisc player
- JVC SuperVHS HR-9500U recorder
- Sony DVP N5755J SACD player
-MIT cables and interconnects (various models)


Gordon S. Miller
- Blu-ray player: Sony BDP S350
- Receiver: Onkyo HT-R550
- Main Speakers: Onkyo SKF-550F
- Center Speaker: Onkyo SKC-550C
- Rear Speakers: Onkyo SKB-550B
- Subwoofer: Onkyo SKW-550
- Monitor: VIZIO E500I-A1 50"

Shannon T. Nutt
- LG 65UH8500 Super UHD 4k Smart LED TV
- Samsung HT-J5500W 5.1 3D Blu-Ray Home Theater System
- Oppo BDP-103D Region Free Blu-ray player (for Blu-ray reviews)
- Samsung UBD-K8500 4k Ultra HD player (for Ultra HD reviews)

Michael S. Palmer
- Panasonic TCR65VT50 3DTV [via HDMI]
- Denon AVR-2113ci [via HDMI]
- Sony KDL-52XBR4
- Sony Playstation 3 [via HDMI]
- DirecTV HR23-700 HD DVR [via HDMI]
- KEF iQ 7.1 system (2 iQ9s, 1 iQ6c, 2 iQ1s, 2 iQ10s, 1 PSW2500 sub)
- Logitech Harmony One Remote

Aaron Peck

- Samsung LN46C630 46-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV [via HDMI]
- Optoma HD141X [via HDMI]
- Sony Playstation 3 60GB Blu-ray Player [via HDMI]
- Sony BDP-S5200 [via HDMI]
- Marantz NR1606 [Dolby Atmos & DTS:X]
- Dayton Audio T652 Front Channels
- Dayton Audio CCS-33B Center Channel
- Onkyo SKB-570 Surround and Height Channels
- Onkyo 10" Subwoofer
- Logitech Harmony Home Control Universal Remote


Kevin Yeoman
- Television: 47" Sony Bravia KDL - 46V2500
- Blu-ray/DVD Player: PS3
- Receiver: Sony DA30ES
- Front Speakers: Bose 601
- Center Channel: Infinity PC351BK
- Rear Channel Speakers: Paradigm ADP-100

Joshua Zyber
- JVC DLA-RS40 D-ILA projector
- Panamorph UH480 anamorphic lens
- Sharp XV-Z30000 3D DLP projector
- Stewart StudioTek 130 projection screen (2.35:1)
- Lumagen Radiance XS video processor
- DarbeeVision Darblet video processor
- Oppo DBP-103 Blu-ray 3D player
- Sony Playstation 3
- Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD player
- Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos A/V receiver
- Marantz SR4400 secondary A/V receivers (2) for height channels extension
- Emotiva UPA-200 amplifier
- Cambridge Soundworks (CSW) Newton T205 left/right main tower speakers (2)
- CSW Newton MC500 center speaker (1)
- CSW Newton MC600HD surround and surround back speakers (4)
- CSW Newton MC200 front height speakers (2)
- CSW Newton MC100 top middle, rear height & voice-of-god speakers (6)
- SVS SB2000 powered subwoofer
- CSW Newton P300HD powered subwoofer