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September 5, 2008

Pioneer's Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player: BD-Live, QDEO Video Processor...And 4-Figure Price Tag

pio.pngPioneer has proven time and time again that they make nothing but the highest quality home theater gear. And their new Elite BDP-09FD BD-Live Blu-ray player is no exception. Boasting the 16-bit QDEO video processor and a video decoder by Renesas Technology, the BDP-09FD features first class video decoding, I/P conversion, video scaling, and video adjustments of both HD and SD content. It will also display DVD's in 1080p/24fps with a compatible display and utilizes Pioneer's Adaptive Bit Length Expansion to reproduce the color of the original studio master.

The BDP-09FD's audio capabilities are just as high-end as its video features. It supports full decoding and bit-stream output for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio audio formats and a devoted Wolfson WM8740 Audio DAC for each analog audio channel. For all these features you'll pay out the ^$% though, to the tune of $2199.99 when the Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD ships later this year. For all the juicy details hit the full release after the jump.

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August 28, 2008

Sherwood Breaks Into Blu-ray With BDP-5003 And BDP-6003

nlogo.gifUS-based Sherwood is taking aim at the growing Blu-ray player market with a couple of new Blu-ray players-the BDP-5003 and BDP-6003. The BDP-5003, with a suggested price of $299, will hit shelves in October. Of course with a price that seems to good to be true, the 5003 is only Profile 1.1 compliant so it won't have BD-Live capabilities. The BDP-6003 on the other hand is a Profile 2.0 player, but you'll be set back $499 for the added features when it's released in September.

Both players upscale DVD's to 1080p, have a front panel USB port, and feature component, composite, S-video and HDMI 1.3 outputs. Other features common to the new Sherwood duo include DivX, JPEG, and MP3 playback plus coaxial and Toslink digital audio outputs, 192kHz/24-bit audio DACs and an Ethernet port for firmware upgrades. The BDP-5003 sports a two-channel analog output, while the BDP-6003 supports 5.1-channels.

Sherwood will also be re-entering the TV market with December release of a 32-inch and 42-inch LCD TV pair under its Newcastle brand. Specs and pricing are an unknown at the moment, but we do know the 32-inch model will have 720p resolution, while the 42-inch model will boast full 1080p.

It'll be interesting to see if Sherwood can maintain the quality they display with their award-winning audio hardware with their new home theater products.

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August 27, 2008

Pioneer's $2200 BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player Is A PS3 Killer

Pioneer_BDP-09FD_ANGLE_600(2).jpgPioneer has introduced a Blu-ray player to kill all Blu-ray players, and according to Gizmodo this one actually outdoes the PS3. Of course, you'll pay $2200 for the superb playback from the BDP-09FD. Fully BD-Live capable and updated and ethernet-connected, the BDP-09FD eliminates the need for an SD card with its 4GB of internal memory.

It actually decodes all known codecs from DTS and Dolby, using a separate digital-to-analog converter for each audio channel and combined with some fancy internal engineering results in a "perfect noise-free signal" using gold-plated RCA jacks. Of course, noise reduction is also helped by the BDP-09FD's steel-reinforced 50 pound body which all but eliminates vibration from pumping sound through 7 channels.

Notable video specs include 16-bit processing and 24p cinema playback plus this high-end Blu-ray player features not one, but two HDMI slots. If you're looking for something a little more mainstream then stick with the PS3, but hardcore home theater junkies will find the most amazing Blu-ray playback around in the form of the $2200 Pioneer BDP-09FD.

Via Gizmodo

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August 26, 2008

Panasonic Takes It Down A Notch, Unleashes Blu-ray/VHS DVR Mashup

panasonic-dmr-br630v.jpgWe haven't seen a VHS recorder worth mentioning in year's, but there is a first for everything. In this case a Blu-ray/DVD/VHS recording mashup from Panasonic dubbed the DMR-BR360V. While the addition of VHS does make this video recorder seem pathetic it actually does have some impressive specs. Features include both analog and digital TV tuners and HDMI connections, a 320GB hard drive, second-gen MPEG-4 AVC H.264 encoding, and SD card slot and both USB and ethernet connectivity. Of course, with VHS being somewhat unique in today's marketplace, you'll pay a premium for its the tune of $1456. Then again, this bad boy looks to be headed no further than Japan.

via ohgizmo

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August 25, 2008

Sony Cutting BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player Price By $100: Rumor

6904-sonybdps350s550(2).jpgThe HD Guru, citing an unconfirmed report, says Sony will drop the price of its flagship BDP-S350 Blu-ray player by an impressive $100, bringing the price down to $299 as of September 28. Whether or not that's a permanent pricepoint remains to be seen, if the rumor is actually true. Sony will also delay the release of the BDP-S550 until October 8 and price it at $399, $100 below it's initial MSRP.

Second-tier Blu-ray manufacturer Funai, which sells under the names Philips/Magnavox, Insignia and Sylvania in North America, is also rumored to be dropping its player prices to $249 as of September 8.

We've always maintained that your best Blu-ray buying bet is to go with the PS3, but if the rumors are true and you're looking for nothing more than disc playback our feelings may be about to change.

Via HD Guru

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August 19, 2008

Yamaha, Panasonic Unleashing 3 New Blu-ray Players At CEDIA?

blu-ray-logo-718027bmp(2).jpgRumor 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.

Via Crave

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August 2, 2008

A Sneak Preview Of LG's BD300 Netflix Blu-ray Player

BD300-Home-Menu_540x303(2).jpgLG has given a sneak peak of its BD300 Netflix-streaming Blu-ray player to a select few in Manhattan and now we know exactly what to expect when it's available this fall. In a nutshell, using the BD300 is pretty well identical to using Netflix's own Roku player. Any Netflix subscriber with the $8.99/month plan or better can stream movies from the 12000-title-strong Watch Now library just by adding the LG Blu-ray player to their account. Simple and fast. Other networked features include music and photo streaming via PC's or any other device that will connect to the BD300's USB port

The BD300 will be fully BD Live, aka Profile 2.0, compliant so you'll be able to access online and interactive content on compatible Blu-ray discs. No one is clear on the player's audio capabilities so far though. Dolby TrueHD is listed on the BD300's spec sheet but there's no mention of DTS-HD Master Audio, although the two tend to go hand in hand.

Sounds good, but with an "under $500" price tag, probably meaning something like $499.99, don't expect LG to sell the BD300 like hotcakes until the price comes down.

Via Crave

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Bender's Game Coming November 4: First Futurama Flick On Blu-ray

benders(2).jpgWe have a whole lot of Futurama fans hanging around TVSnob on a regular basis, and while we can't understand your fixation with the TV show we do have some news you might like to hear (yes we know you're actually reading it). At the recent Comic-Con conference, SlashFilm was able to snap a picture of an advertisement for the upcoming direct-to-video Bender's Game Blu-ray release. That's right, come November 4 Bender's Game will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD, becoming the first Futurama Blu-ray release. There hasn't been an official announcement from Fox, but expect the new title to be a rip on anything popular or of cultural relevance lately including Lord of the Rings, Dungeons & Dragon, high gas prices and so on.

The HD Room via Engadget HD

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July 31, 2008

LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Player: Stream Netflix Movies Instantly To Your HDTV

prnphotos073923-NETFLIX-BLU-RAY-DIS(2).jpgWhile Blu-ray struggles to steal market share from good ol' DVD, digital distribution of TV shows and movies via pc-to-TV streaming devices, video-on-demand services, and even gaming console communities seems to be the silent but deadly threat. In fact, within a few days of HD DVD calling it quits many industry insiders and consumers alike predicted digital content would kill off Blu-ray in the not-so-distant future.

LG seems to be taking the best-of-both-worlds approach, announcing the BD Live-enabled LG BD300 Network Blu-ray player, the first player to instantly stream over 12, 000 Netflix offerings to the TV for subscribers at no additional cost. The BD300 is capable of upconverting standard DVD's to 1080p, features LG's SimpLink technology allowing control of other SimpLink home theater products via on-screen menus, and can playback Netflix video in about 30 seconds. Look for it early this fall.

Both LG and Netflix are taking major steps to more easily offer home theater fanatics digital content. Just yesterday we told you about LG's signing of tru2way's Memorandum of Understanding with the big 6 US cable providers allowing owners of 2009 and beyond LG HDTV's to easily access video-on-demand offerings and other interactive features. Netflix, known as a DVD-rental-by-mail service, now not only offers Blu-ray rentals but has come out with its own Roku set-top box for on-demand rentals and has partnered with Microsoft's Xbox 360 to allow streaming of Netflix rentals straight from the console to the TV.

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July 27, 2008

Buffalo Delivers 8X Blu-ray Drives, An Industry First

buffaloblu-rayexternal-lg(2).jpgBuffalo has hit an industry first with the announcement of a couple of 8X Blu-ray drives headed for Japan next month. The external BR-816U2 and internal Serial ATA-based BR-816FBS can both record dual-layer 50GB discs at 8X speed meaning a single-layer disc can be recorded in around 15 minutes. The external drive is unique with both a USB 2.0 interface and an external Serial ATA connection that loses no bandwidth despite the fact that it's external. The two drives both come with Cyberlink software to guide you through disc authoring and can burn rewritable Blu-ray discs at 2X, as well as both CD's and DVD's. Buffalo has hinted at an international release, but when the BR-816U2 and BR-816FBS hit Japan next month, they'll cost the American equivalent of $435 and $382 respectively.

Via Electronista

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