The $3.5k Blu-ray player with a $500 one inside it
There’s balls and then there’s balls. And then there’s brass balls. And then there’s bomb-proof platinum balls filled with truffles and caviar. They’re the balls that are hanging between the legs of Blu-ray player makers Lexicon.
They recently launched a snazzy $3500 Blu-ray player called the BD-30 – and for that amount of money, you’d expect oodles of snazz inside it. So the good folks at Audioholics opened it up in a hunt for the aforementioned snazz. Guess what – no snazz.
Their review explains….
"When we received the player the first thing we did was open it up to get a look at the inside. Imagine my surprise when I found that not only did the Lexicon share the same boards and transport as the Oppo - it was in fact AN OPPO BDP-83 PLAYER, CHASSIS AND ALL, SHOVED INSIDE AN ALUMINUM LEXICON WRAPPER. As far as we could determine, Lexicon didn't change a single thing in terms of the hardware. Heck, they didn't even lift the boards out of the chassis, opting instead to cut out the bottom of their own chassis to accommodate the venting locations, and putting a darker blue filter over the Oppo's VFD display to give it a slightly deeper hue."
Just so you know, the Oppo BDP-83 retails for around $500. Look at the balls on Lexicon!