Vizio VBR333 Brief Overview - A New 3D Blu-ray Disc Player

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Published: 07th January 2011
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Vizio has recently introduced two new 3D capable Blu-ray DVD Players, the VBR333 and the VBR334. They are identical players, with the same specifications. The only difference is the VBR334 includes a HDMI cable and can only be bought in retail clubs. The VBR333 is a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray Disc Players, supporting BD-Live features and Bonus View. Has high-definition playback on 3D Blu-rays and Blu-ray discs. With support for Hi-resolution audio formats. It comes equipped with integrated Wi-Fi, making access to Vizio Internet Apps very easy.

VIDEO QUALITY: Video connections for the VBR333 come in the form of a HDMI Output, Composite Video Outputs and Component Video Outputs. Unlike some 3D Blu-ray Players, it only has one HDMI Output. You will have to bypass your A/V receiver if it is not 3D capable. The HDMI connection will give you 1080p/24 video resolution for both 3D Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs. And of course it will upscale any standard DVD to high-definition levels.

AUDIO QUALITY: Audio connections are the HDMI Output, 2.0-ch Analog Outputs and Digital Audio Outputs - Optical and Coaxial. The VBR333 can handle decoding high-resolution Audio formats, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Or you have the option of sending these audio signals in their native bitstream form to an Audio/Video receiver to decode. This has to be accomplished via a HDMI connection, since the VBR333 lacks any multi-channel outputs.

While the VBR333 can handle 3D Blu-ray discs, it also supports Blu-ray, DVD, CD audio, MP3, PNG, JPEG and WMA. The USB Port can be used to playback music and view photos. It has an integrated wireless 802.11n to connect to the internet. Making access to BD-Live (a USB device is needed for storing BD-Live content), firmware updates and online streaming much more convenient. The Vizio Internet Apps includes Vudu, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, Flickr and many more online services.

THE PROS: The Vizio VBR333 Blu-ray Player is capable of 1080p/24 playback on Blu-ray Discs. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio high-resolution formats can be decoded internally or transferred in their native bitstream form via a HDMI cable to be decoded externally. The VBR333 supports 3D playback, BD-Live and Bonus View, Vizio Internet Apps and Wi-Fi.

THE CONS: Only has one HDMI output, can not send two separate signal to your 3D TV and Audio/Video receiver. No multi-channel analog outputs or internally memory to store downloaded content. A USB memory device is needed for the BD-Live function. The player is also lacking any DLNA capability.

THE FINAL WORD: The Vizio VBR333 is one of the best deals around if you are looking for a Blu-ray DVD Player with 3D capability and integrated Wi-Fi. It provides solid 1080p video resolution playback on Blu-ray Discs, with high-resolution audio formats. While not loaded with extra features, you can access online streaming services such as Netflix, VUDU Apps, Pandora, Flickr and Twitter. If you are looking for a Blu-ray Disc Players to go with your new 3D TV, the VBR333 is worth checking out. -- Price you should look for when purchasing -- $180.00


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