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Today in Gear: April 26, 2017

A blockbuster-making DSLR gimbal, a ludicrously powerful Blu-ray player, a classic bomber jacket and much more.

What's New, Now

Today in Gear: May 19, 2015

A Tim Coppens collaboration, Oppo's Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones, wooden go-karts and more.

Judgment-Free Gifts

The 12 Guys of Christmas: The Designer

For aesthetically minded design buffs, here's a list of things that will last for decades -- because, unlike the pile of reindeer socks and plastic tchotchkes littering your closets from holidays past, they're meant to.

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Plays well with others

Oppo BDP-103 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player

While the rest of the Blu-ray player market races to the bottom of a Dollar Store dumpster, Oppo remains resolute in serving those who demand the highest possible audio and video quality out of their home theater. The company’s latest OPPO BDP-103 Universal 3D Blu-ray Player ($500) includes Marvell’s Kyoto-G2h video processor for True 24p...

Home sweet home theater

Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Picks for the Home Theater Buff

As rabid movie, music fans and gamers, we’re always on the hunt for gear that can push our home entertainment experience to 11 (much to our better half’s chagrin). This roundup includes some of our favorite home theater products out today that we’d love to host in our living room. Continues after the jump.

Blu-ray from Oppo Just Got Cheaper

Oppo BDP-80 Blu-ray Player

Back in 2009, we covered Oppo’s long awaited Blu-ray player, the BDP-83 and it’s special edition counterpart. Both versions definitely sit at the top of the stand alone Blu-ray player heap in terms of image and audio quality, however at $500 and $899 a piece, they aren’t the most affordable machines. Understanding this complaint, Oppo...

An Especially Special, Special Edition

OPPO BDP-83 Special Edition Blu-ray Player

Here at the Gear Patrol labs, we have what we consider our “reference” setups. In the home theater department, it’s a Sony PS3 for Blu-Ray, Panasonic P50V10 50″ plasma, Sony STR DG920 receiver, and Aperion Audio Intimus 6T Surround Sound Speaker System. But for straight audio, we prefer a more measured approach to our music....

The Pinnacle of Blu-ray?

Oppo Blu-ray BDP-83 Player

July 6th, for most men, will always be remembered as the second day of recovery following the summer’s worst hangover. However, this July 6th was a day most videophiles had marked on their calendar (re: nerds like me) for an entirely different reason. That’s because the long awaited Oppo Blu-ray BDP-83 finally hit the market....

A DVD Player Worth 1080 words. [Editor's Choice]

Oppo DV-981HD Up-Converting DVD Player

Now that the dust has settled from the duel between Blu-Ray and HD DVD, you might wonder why in the world we’d feature a player that, after all is said and done, still only plays standard DVDs. Let’s start with three reasons: You’ve dumped a slew of change on your DVD collection, and unless your...

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