Sony announces two new Blu-ray players

Sony announces two new Blu-ray players

Sony logoThis week is Sony’s product showcase in Las Vegas. Along with a staggering 21 new BRAVIA televisions are two new Blu-ray Disc players. The BDP-S350 is the entry level player expected at $399, and the BDP-S550 is the feature-packed version expected at $499. There is no mention of an ES version.

The BDP-S350 will ship as a BD1.1 player supporting all Bonus View material. As a bonus it has an Ethernet port, a USB port and a firmware upgrade will be made available so you can view BD-Live material. You will have to furnish a flash drive with at least 1GB storage however. This means it is “BD-Live ready.” It does have an HDMI 1.3 output for streaming Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD and DTS HD: Master Audio to your capable receiver. It doesn’t look like it will decode these on-board.

Sony BDP-S300If you want more features, look no further than the BDP-S550. This will ship with Bonus View and BD-Live capabilities, but instead of embedding the memory on a chip it comes with a 1GB flash drive. A strange move, but it does allow one to increase the storage if they desire. This player will decode all the next-generation high-resolution audio formats on-board and send them as multi-channel PCM audio over HDMI or over 7.1 analog outputs. It can also output bitstream audio if desired.

These new players look like Blu-ray may be fully matured at last. Sony seems to have quelled the accusations that player prices would rise int he wake of the BD victory as well. Now I want to know what the plans are for the rest of the industry.

First reported by TWICE.

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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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