Sony's BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player With BD-Live Now Shipping In The United States
Sony's BDP-S350 BD-Live Blu-ray player is now shipping in the United States. Aside from its BD-Live capabilities, the BDP-S350 is packed with some high-end features. Its startup time is only a few seconds thanks to a new quick-start mode, it's capable of upconverting standard-def content to full 1080p resolution, and utilizes Sony's proprietary Precision Drive HD can detect and correct wobbling discs for perfect playback of scratched or bent Blu-ray discs or DVD's. BD-Live updates, one of which is planned for later this year, are easily downloaded via a built-in ethernet port, also used for accessing interactive features on next-generation Blu-ray discs.
The BDP-S350 offers support for 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus decoding and bitstream output as well as DTS-HD and Master Audio bitstreaming. Most popular file formats are supported by the new Sony Blu-ray player including BD-R/RE (BDMV and BDAV modes), DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CD, CD-R/RW (CD-DA format), JPEG on DVD/CD and even AVCHD discs with x.v. Color technology which expands the data range of video 1.8 times allowing playback of a color spectrum close to what the human eye would see in the real world. Sony's BDP-350 is priced at around $400 and is available from Amazon.
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Posted by Justin Davey at July 17, 2008 4:45 AM