Blu-ray Steven Kippel on 18 Sep 2008

Memorex brings budget Blu-ray player to market

Memorex brings budget Blu-ray player to market

We’re hopeful for this holiday season. There should be plenty of Blu-ray Disc players close to $200, or below. Along with older Blu-ray player models being discounted, new lower priced models are also being introduced into the market.

The latest entry into the budget arena is the Memorex MVBD-2510. At $269 list, it is now the low-price-leader (as far as MSRP is concerned). But it doesn’t look like a slouch either. It decodes Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution and streams DTS-HD Master Audio to compatible receivers.

Something you wouldn’t expect at this price point, it also includes 5.1 analog outputs!

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Memorex MVBD-2510

It is BonusView ready, making it BD1.1 profile. It lacks BD-Live support. While many decry manufacturers leaving this support out, there simply isn’t a lot of title available with online features. But if you want to be future-proof just in case, try the new Panasonic players.

We could see $150 Blu-ray players popping up on Black Friday – without a format war.

5 Responses to “Memorex brings budget Blu-ray player to market”

  1. on 18 Sep 2008 at 9:52 PM 1.Wesley Novack said …

    Any guess as to who is manufacturing it? Funai?

  2. on 19 Sep 2008 at 3:35 PM 2.Steven Kippel said …

    It looks kind of like the Funai player, but has analog outputs so I’m not sure.

    Still waiting for Lite-On’s BD player.

  3. on 19 Sep 2008 at 6:36 PM 3.Wesley Novack said …

    Interesting… Memorex and Lite-On do have a close relationship, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this was based on Lite-On hardware.

  4. on 19 Sep 2008 at 8:50 PM 4.Ian said …

    What ever happened to Lite-On’s set-top Blu-ray players? They showed some off like 2 years ago and were never seen again.

  5. on 22 Sep 2008 at 1:25 PM 5.Wesley Novack said …

    I haven’t heard anything from Lite-On regarding standalone Blu-ray players… Hopefully they’ll release something soon.

    Lite-On seems to be a ‘budget’ brand when it comes to standalone players/recorders. Perhaps they were waiting for prices to come down on Blu-ray components before releasing something.

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