How an expensive Blue-Ray player is made

AV Science Forum has an interesting posting on Ayre DX-5 blueray player. The article claims that Ayre DX-5 bluray player is a modified Oppo BDP-83 blueray player and even describes the modifications made to the device. Interesting article indeed to read, although I am a pretty skeptic would those modifications be worth of all of the money they cost (from $500 to $10000). Maybe for someone, or maybe not…

Some picks from article:
“Well, first of all you have to remember that we don’t have to pay $500 for the unit.”
“Then to make it an Ayre, we dismantle it completely and recycle everything except the main PCB (with the video decoder, ABT scaler chip, and HDMI transmitter), the transport mechanism, the VFD display, and the remote control handset.”
“All of the supplies are replaced with pure linear supplies with analog regulators.”
“Next, we replace the low-quality master video clock with a VCXO.”

End comment: “If you want a great Blu-Ray player for an incredible price, buy the Oppo. If you want the best picture and sound quality in the world for your home theater and price is not a concern, check out the Ayre. And no, it will not be available in November, sorry. Early next year will be a better guess.”

Another article on the same topic is Ayre DX-5 at $10,000 is a rebadged $500 OPPO.



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  28. tomi says:

    Comment on Vertu phones. They seem to be made in pretty much same way those expensive Blue-Ray players: pretty normal average hardware put into more expensive case and sold at huge price. If you look beneath the luxury exterior you see a pretty standard collection of silicon and software.

    Nokia’s subsidiary Vertu makes only one thing: luxury phones (cheapest $5000). The Vertu brand is responsible for adding many of the zero’s to price.

    For more information:

    Teardown: What’s inside Vertu’s $11,000 Constellation Ayxta?


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