Blu-Ray Player BD T + A 1260 R

T + A R (5,000 euros) on a dedicated Blu-ray player dares as one of the first “small” Highender with the T + A BD in 1260. stereoplay was allowed to test the German debut exclusively.

  1. Blu-ray player BD T + A 1260 R
  2. Data sheet

It is virtually impossible for a small Highender to develop a complete Blu-ray player and to produce de facto – the technical and last but not least legal man years and budgets can no longer leaning. So do together and organized the core technologies and the production of more or less cooperatively.

T + A, a sufficient size has with almost 100 employees and a strain of over 10 developers to operate with an international network of licensors, construction group suppliers and their hundreds of engineering. In addition, the Herforder are simply financially potent enough to purchase all necessary licenses. Nobody calls exact numbers of course, but they correspond to the annual salaries of several engineers alone for the BD 1260 R. A gamble, but it might be worth for T + A.

It was mid-November: the first BD 1260 R of production tumbled by the band. 24 hours later was Chief Scientist Lothar Wiemann baby in stereoplays listening room. He was actually as the father of a newborn: something, very relieved, and especially proud. In his remarks on the development of and cooperation on an international basis, you’d think sometimes he tell about a Safari: there’s long journeys, paragraphs jungle, large predators and strange figures, amazing advertising and pairs, feeding and be eaten.

T + A: No OEM device

Come out a stand-alone player is a real T + A. In cooperation with chipmaker Broadcom, Board developers arose StreamUnlimited and drive manufacturer LiteOn an individual solution and not simply an OEM platform with graphically adapted menu. Thanks to the large series platform high compatibility for all commonly used media, and the BD results 1260 R dominates all of the features of the Blu-ray profile 2.0, offers all major ports from HDMI to S/P-DIF and stores Internet content on a USB memory bar, from which he can play also photos, videos and music. Firmware updates can take also via USB or semi automatically over the Internet.

Typical for the R series by T + A, he has no infra-red remote control receiver. The control accepts a T + A-amplifier via remote control and cable or an optional external IR eye. Via RS-232 interface can be 1260 on a home automation control. Four color buttons will expand to the Blu-ray tpischen T + A to spring the unchanged for years system master cylinder FB 6; use of the player can be but also with the previous transmitter.

Complex analogue output with 32-bit converters

Plug in the Decoderboard and the video technique a lot on T + A-requirements, so the German influence in borders keeps there. T + A-expertise is 100 percent in the mechanics, the power supply and the multichannel analog output. So, the drive to a sub chassis rests at fare way. The super stable power supply is very generously dimensioned.

The main work but sits in the audio Ausgangsboard, whose basic design from the SACD/DVD player SADV R 1250, aufgehübscht with the latest findings and components. The major OP amps for decoupling sitting now on extra boards, and the new PCM 1795 serve instruments with 32 bit precision of Texas as converter. Front left and right, so the stereo channels, will even enjoy of a double differential circuit.

As usual is T + A, not with the discs read and decoded data content. A the D/A converters upstream DSP cares exclusively to the up – and oversampling to exploit the bandwidth of the converter modules and the subsequent analogue circuit. Four algorithms are the experimental sound gourmet selection.

In the listening room, the BD showed no abnormalities 1260 R connecting and first assessment. He read afloat all media, showed a crisp, low-artefact picture – with good scaling and fast reacting de-interlacing also of low resolution images of DVD and Blu-ray anyway. Java menus and features such as picture-in-picture were stress-free.

After he had shown that he can do anything and that handles the new HD sound formats, also via HDMI it went to the analog outputs. The standard 2-channel output of the Decoderboards is T + A just a backdoor for zone 2 applications. It sounds okay, but not audiophile, at the level of a 500-euro player: 46 points.

Then came the multichannel output, which you can convert to the stereo portal via base management. Here, larger caliber of the reference shelf for comparison had to stop here. Only the great Naim audio CD 5i (12/2007) could match wits with the Blu-ray player with CD. After trials with digital filters, the testers found the pure Bezier filter best. It sounded closest to the Creek, with finely dissolved, deep space and swinging Groove. IIR – and FIR filter in the signal path, some lacked the subtlety of the playback with the relatively simple Bezier interpolation managed to charm quickly. That was true even in multi channel playback of pure audio Blu-ray. The IIR – and FIR filters were sober and detail poor when compared to pure Bezier processing that sounded just fine, more fluid and simple musical.

Opinion

The first Blu-ray player from Germany is finally done: with the BD 1260 R is T + A have a truly compelling entry in the Blu-ray world succeeded. Good HiFi fans in General and the gem seamlessly but existing customers of the brand in particular, in the existing and proven operating and equipment concept.

The strengths of the players are – in addition to processing and system integration – clearly its high end analog outputs, whose digital filter invite to experiment and to listening to music at a high level.

T + A BD 1260 R

Manufacturer T + A
Price €5000.00
Rating 108.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Width 44.0 cm
Height 7.5 cm
Depth 39.0 cm
Weight 8.0 kg
Facilities
Video digital HDMI (version) 1.3a
Max resolution of HDMI
Decoder Dolby True HD / DTS HD Master /
Decoder DD / DTS /
Remote control for TV / Adaptive
Predefined picture settings / adjustable
Memory card reader
USB /.
Ethernet
Ethernet for update / interactive content /
Headphone output / adjustable /
Playback memory
HDMI control
BD – time DVD / Blu-ray (in seconds) 15 / 27.0 s
Playback formats
MP3WMADivX / /
JPEG / JPEG HD /
Analog output stereo / 5.1 / 7.1 / /
Playable disc.-formats
DVD-R
DVD + R / RW /
DVD-RAM
CD-R / RW /
BD-R / RE /
Connections
SCART (RGB)
optical / HDMI /
Hosiden / 3-comp. /
Measured values
Signal to noise ratio (A weighted) 115 dB
Output resistance 23 ohms
Error correction ability info layer CD / DVD 2.1 / 0.7 mm
Error correction surface CD / DVD 2,04,5 mm
Power consumption standby / operating 0.6 / 28.9 W
Review
Short conclusion Bombastic processed Blu-ray player. Fits perfectly into the T + A – design-,-Bedien-and a sound concept. Great-sounding 7.1 analog outputs with variable upsampling.
Sound
Sound HDMI
(maximum 70 points)
64
Sound surround
(maximum 70 points)
61
Sound stereo
(max 70
58
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
9
Practice
(max. 15 points)
8
Valency
(maximum 10 points)
10
Picture Blu ray / DVD 17 / 9
Overall rating (max. 120 points) outstanding 108
Price-performance ratio Very good
tested in issue: 1 / 10