Blu-ray player prices dropping

Blu-ray player prices dropping

You don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get a good Blu-ray player under $200. Sears is now selling the Sharp AQUOS BDHP21U player for $179. This is not a sale price! This comes on the heals of the leaked Sears Black Friday ad listing the Sony BDP-S350 for $179.

The BDHP21U is a BD1.1 player meaning it does not have BD-Live features. By contrast, the previously mentioned Sony player now has a firmware update which enabled BD-Live (requires a 1GB minimum thumb drive). The Sharp player does have Quick Start which loads a Blu-ray Disc movie in as little as ten seconds.

Sharp BDHP21U

This is a trend we’re seeing. I’ve even heard rumors of sub-$100 players by Christmas. I expect Blu-ray to really take off in 2009.

About Steven Kippel

Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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One Comment on “Blu-ray player prices dropping”

  1. Latest firmware is here, but it won’t play the recient Chronicles of Narnia disc and according to tech support there is no guarantee they will publish an upgrade to fix this … buyer beware …

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