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January 27, 2009

Pioneer's new Blu-ray line gets kinda, sorta pricing

Pioneer_BDP-120_Blu-ray_Player_cropped_610x109.jpgPioneer's trio of Blu-ray players that debuted at CES now have some approximate prices--something you may want to know if you're planning your next Blu-ray player purchase. The BDP-120 is the player most likely to appeal to the mainstream with a price point under $300. Which, of course, probably means $299.99. Still a bit pricey, but not quite as expensive as the BDP-320 and BDP-23FD which will come in at under $400 and a confirmed $600, respectively. The BDP-120 is similar in specifications to Panasonic's DMP-BD35 which according to most reviews performs quite well.

Via CNET

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January 21, 2009

AMEX Digital has a $239 Blu-ray player

amex-digital-bd-p1-blu-ray-player.jpgHere's a nice cheapie Blu-ray player for you. The AMEX Digital BD-P1 Blu-ray player offers up 1080p video playback, DVD upconversion to 720p, 1080i, or 1080p via an HDMI connection, and has both Ethernet and USB 2.0 ports. Sound support includes Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby TrueHD. Sure, you could argue it's pretty basic, but the AMEX BD-P1 has a starter price of $239.

Via iTech News Net

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January 15, 2009

Thought Blu-ray would be better? Try getting your eyes checked

glasses.jpgThe quality of a Blu-ray disc compared to a DVD, or high-def TV compared to standard-def TV is astounding. But get this:

Phillip Hyde, dispensing optician and head of professional services at Vision Express, said: 'Even a marginally short-sighted person sitting on a sofa watching an HD broadcast may not see the full benefits in enhanced image quality.

'A small change in prescription can potentially make a big change in the quality of the picture that you see.

'If you're investing in HDTV, you ought to have your eyes checked to make sure you get the full benefit.'

In a nutshell--if you need glasses and don't have them, you're wasting money on HD.

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January 11, 2009

Memorex MVBD-2520 Blu-ray player taps in under $200

memorex_bray(2).jpgThe Memorex MVBD-2520 Blu-ray player looks to be a solid choice for a budget Blu-ray player. It doesn't have the streaming capabilities of the LG BD390 or the Samsung BD-P4600 but it does manage to meet Profile 2.0 specs. It also has onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio sound, SD card and USB slots, and a sub-$200 price tag. Not too shabby. Wonder how the MVBD-2520 would fare up against Vizio's sub-$200 VBR100?

Via Crave

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January 10, 2009

Sharp's BD-HP22U, BD-HP16U Blu-ray players coming, plus 2 new Blu-ray home theaters

dvd_BDHP21U_pic1(2).jpgSharp has launched its third-generation Blu-ray players at CES 2009. The company's first Profile 2.0 player, the BD-HP22U, connects to the web via Ethernet and includes a 2 GB USB drive for storage. The lower-end BD-HP16U only sports Profile 1.1 features so while you'll have access to Bonus View and picture-in-picture you won't be able to access the interactive web features of BD-Live. Both players have slimmer form factors than last years models, 7.1-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support and an efficient 19 Watt power output. The prices are high on these AQUOS players. The BD-HP22U will set you back $300 when it arrives in May while the BD-HD16U will be $280 when it debuts in March.

Sharp's 2009 Blu-ray home theaters include the BD-MPC30 and BD-MPC30. The first has a synthetic finish while the latter has a wood finish. Both come complete with a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player, an internal amp, and a 720 Watt 5.1-channel sound package. Both will be priced at $800 when they ship sometime this spring.

Via Electronista

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January 9, 2009

Sharp AQUOS BD Series with built-in Blu-ray player coming this month

sharp-bd-series(2).jpgSharp's LCD TV's with built-in Blu-ray players are finally hitting the United States. Dubbed the AQUOS BD Series, the Blu-ray sets range between 32- and 52-inches, feature 4 HDMI inputs, a 10-bit panel, and a 120 Hz refresh rate. All 5 models will be available in the United States this month and next but we'll have to wait on prices.. We can't wait! Check out the full release after the cut.

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Pioneer debuts BDP-120, BDP-320 and Elite BDP-23FD Blu-ray players at CES 2009

pioneer-2009-bray(2).jpgPioneer has come out with its 2009 Blu-ray line-up at CES. Consisting of the BDP-120, BDP-320 and Elite BDP-23FD, all three B-ray players are BD Live-capable, offer Pioneer's 1080p True24FPS video playback, USB and Ethernet, and support Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD bitstream audio. The BDP-23FD offers additional digital audio decoding and 7.1-channel analog audio output.

The BDP-120 will come with a 1 GB flash drive, while the BDP-320 and BDP-23FD will have 1 GB of built-in memory. Expected to ship in the summer of 2009, pricing has yet to be announced.

Via Pocket-Lint

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January 8, 2009

Panasonic debuts DMP-B15: World's first portable B-ray player

dmpb15(2).jpgPanasonic's DMP-B15 is the first Blu-ray player suitable for underarm-carrying or backpack storage. With its 8.9-inch WSVGA LCD and 3-hour rechargeable battery, it's perfectly suitable to take on the go in case of any sudden HD video viewing needs. If you're sitting at home, simply connect it to your HDTV with an HDMI cable and it functions like any other Blu-ray player. Features include BD-Live, Bonus View, VieraCast with Amazon VOD, an HD card slot, and a headrest-mounting kit for keeping the kids occupied. The DMP-B15 will launch in May for an undisclosed price.

Via PCMag

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Panasonic launches DMP-BD60, DMP-BD80, DMP-BD70V Blu-ray players with Viera Cast

ces09-pannybddecks.jpgThe successors to last years DMP-BD35 and DMP-BD55, Panasonic's new Blu-ray's--DMP-BD60, DMP-BD80, and DMP-BD70V--take Blu-ray functionality to a whole new level. Each incorporates the Viera Cast platform meaning you'll be able to playback all kinds of internet video content, now including Amazon VOD. The players provide PHL Reference Chroma Processor Plus for theater-like video reproduction, decoding for the newest audio codecs, DVD upscaling, Viera Link, among other new features. The DMP-BD70V is actually a dual-deck Blu-ray player that has a slot for ancient VHS tapes in case you have any left. No word on availability or pricing at the moment.

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LG delivers BD370, BD390 Blu-ray players, 3 new networked home theater systems

LHB9791(2).jpgLG Electronics has followed up its BD300 with the BD370 and BD390 Blu-ray players. Both feature LG's NetCast Entertainment Access which allows instant streaming of Netflix movies, CinemaNow and YouTube videos. The BD-Live players also have Profile 1.1 Bonus View, 1080p DVD upscaling, support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and a USB port. The BD390 adds in wireless compatibility and 1 GB of built-in memory. The BD370 is slated for release in 2009's Q2 while the BD390 will be available in Q3.

LG has also added 3 new Blu-ray home home theater systems to its collection. All 3 have 1080p Blu-ray playback, NetCast Entertainment Access, 5.1-channels, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support, and an iPod dock. The mid-range LHB977 adds a couple of HDMI slots, and substitutes the entry-level LHB954's spherical speakers with a couple of tallboys and a couple of satellite speakers. The flagship LHB979 blows 1000 Watts out of a champagne speaker silhouette and a two wireless rear speaker designed by Mark Levinson. The LHB954, LHB977, and LHB979 will be available in the second quarter of 2009.

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