Arcam didn’t pull the brakes on this BDP300 Blu-ray player. Firstly, it is built under their premium FMJ line and secondly, it plays Blu-rays, DVDs and CDs and it does so with a serious focus on excelling in each individual formats. They have kept the video section with short signal paths so that the best picture quality is carried out from it to the TV screen. And in the audio section, used high end parts like the Wolfson Audio 8741 DAC for a topnotch audio playback sound. In fact, the music quality from it will rival some dedicated CD only players that cost twice as much. What makes this an even better deal is how Arcam sharpen the value of this BDP300 by offering it at a price tag where its previous models only offered two formats – DVD and CD or just CD playback only. And that was at its $1,500 MSRP. Now at under $300, this is a steal!
The DV-88 had won many positive reviews in its day. In the face of HD videos through Bluray and such, the DV-88 still faired pretty well for DVD playback. But what makes this a better bargain is its musicality. As a CD player, it was smooth, well heeled and one of the better CD players to buy for under $200. 115V/230V switch selector in the back means it can be used anywhere in the World.
Cosmetically, it is in nice shape. Just some minor scuff marks/scratches here and there. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this for safe shipping. Remote is included and the manual is available online.