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)

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
- JVC DLA-RS620 D-ILA 4K/HDR/3D Projector [for Ultra HD/ISF Calibrated]  
- Elite Screen VMAX Dual Series 117" @2.35:1 / 94" @1.85:1 
- Sony 85" 4K Ultra HDTV XBR85X950G Series [for Ultra HD & Dolby Vision/ISF Calibrated
- Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player [for Ultra HD & Dolby Vision] 
- Apple TV 4K (32GB) 
- Sony PlayStation 4 500GB [for Blu-ray SDR] 
- Microsoft Xbox One X w/Ultra HD Blu-ray player 
- HTPC Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake 3.2GHz [w/Ultra HD drive] 
- Denon AVR-X8500H 7.4.6 receiver [Dolby Atmos, DTS:X & Auro-3D enabled] 
- Bowers & Wilkins CM9 Loudspeakers (2)
- Bowers & Wilkins CM Centre (1)
- Bowers & Wilkins DS3 Dipole Surrounds (2)
- Bowers & Wilkins CCM683 ceiling speakers (4)
- Bowers & Wilkins M-1 front height speakers (2)
- Klipsch RS-52 II Bi-pole Rears (2)
- 2 DIY Stereo Integrity 18" Subwoofers & Behringer iNUKE NU6000DSP 
- Hsu Research VTF-15H Subwoofer 
- DIY Dayton 12" Ultimax w/BASH 500w amp Subwoofer 
- Panamax M4300-PM power conditioner/surge protector  
- 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 MDP-500 LaserDisc System

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:
- Sony XBR-65A9F 4K Flat-Panel OLED [via HDMI]
- Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray Player [via HDMI]
- Samsung HW-Q90R Atmos Soundbar (w/Sub, Rears) [via eARC]
- 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)

Michael S. Palmer
- Vizio 65" M Series 4K HDTV with Dolby Vision & HDR10
- Panasonic 65" 3D Plasma 1080p TV
- Denon AVR-X6200W + Marantz MM7205 Amp
- Samsung UBD-8500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
- Panasonic 3D Blu-ray Player
- Sony PlayStation 3 
- Apple TV 4K
- Roku Ultra
- KEF 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Surround 
- Logitech Harmony ELITE


Joshua Zyber
- JVC DLA-NX7 4K Ultra HD D-ILA projector
- Stewart StudioTek 130 projection screen (2.35:1)
- Lumagen Radiance XS video processor
- DarbeeVision Darblet video processor
- Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray player
- Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD player
- Roku Premiere+ 4k HDR video streamer
- Denon AVR-X8500H Dolby Atmos A/V receiver
- Marantz SR4400 secondary A/V receivers (2) for height channels extension
- Emotiva UPA-200 amplifier
- SVS SB4000 powered subwoofer
- SVS SB2000 powered subwoofer
- Cambridge Soundworks (CSW) Newton T205 left/right main tower speakers (2)
- CSW Newton MC500 center speaker (1)
- CSW Newton M55 front wide speakers (2)
- CSW Newton M60 surround and surround back speakers (4)
- CSW Newton MC200 front height speakers (2)
- CSW Newton MC300 top middle speakers (2)
- CSW Newton MC100 voice-of-god & rear height speakers (4)