Yamaha, Panasonic Unleashing 3 New Blu-ray Players At CEDIA?
Rumor has it that both Panasonic and Yamaha will unleash new Blu-ray players come the CEDIA EXPO, held September 3-7. Yahama will supposedly announce the S2900, which will only be a Profile 1.1 player. Although it isn't BD-Live compatible, it does have an impressive list of unofficial specs otherwise including 1080p playback, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, advanced features similar to those found on Yamaha's receivers and support for every video and audio codec you can think of.
Panasonic is expected to announce two new Blu-ray players-the DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55. Both will feature an updated version of the advanced UniPhier chip and feature an ethernet port suggesting BD-Live compatibility. Other than that, the only details known is that the DMP-BD55 will have 8-channel analog audio outs, while the DMP-BD35 will only feature 6 channels. No pricing or availability dates have been rumored for any of the three models, but we'd expect to hear more at CEDIA. Think Christmas and too expensive.
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Posted by Justin Davey at August 19, 2008 5:09 AM