Blu-ray &Hardware Steven Kippel on 27 Jul 2009

Lexicon to release first Blu-ray player

Lexicon to release first Blu-ray player

If you work for Goldmann-Sachs you might be interested in this: Lexicon will be releasing their first Blu-ray Disc player in September for you and your high-end peers.

The Harman International company best known for their professional reverb console has also been a top-tier home theater firm for many years. Their preamp/processors have been widely acclaimed as one of the best available at any price (and at upwards of $14,000 they’d better be!).

The BD-30 isn’t the first luxury Blu-ray player (that distinction belongs to the Goldmund Eidos 20), and it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles some other players have. It does playback Blu-ray, DVD, SACD, DVD Audio, and CD. It also has a USB port that supports video and audio. It decodes all major audio codecs,lexicon-bd including Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, outputting 7.1 channel LPCM over HDMI. It has Anchor Bay’s VRS video processing, RS-232 two-way control, BonusView and BD-Live.

Lexicon is simultaneously releasing a firmware update to their flagship MC-12HD pre/pro to accept 7.1 channel LPCM audio. Vice-president of marketing Marc Kellom suggests decoding the audio in the player is the best course of action, citing the fact that the player can mix commentary tracks into the main track while a bitstream transmission would not have this functionality (limitation in the HDMI spec).

This might not be the player for you, but if your name rhymes with JP Morgan this player should be on the top of your list.

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