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Video Players

Yamaha BD-S2900 Ships Earlier And Cheaper

by Stephen on August 24, 2008

Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-Ray Disc Player

Another good news related to Blu-ray realm, Yamaha’s BD-S2900 Blu-ray player is in stock and ready to ship next monday, August 25th. This exciting new player features 1080p/24fps-compatible HDMI video output with 12-bit Deep Color support that allows a whopping total of 68.7 billion possible colors. You also get to have 1080p playback for regular DVDs, photos and personal video data. Apparently Audioholics is the first Authorized Yamaha Internet Dealer to have the new Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-Ray Player In Stock. The previous news had it the player will hit store as early as November. This time the player will also be available for $1000 or a couple of hundred dollars cheaper than we had expected. [AudioHolics]

Sony’s Blu-ray Player Gets Cheaper Next Month

by Stephen on August 23, 2008

Sony BDP-S350 Blu-ray Player

The rumor has it that Sony will be cutting the price of its budget Blu-ray player (BDP-S350) down to $299 on sometime in September. This will give larger segment of the market to consider the standalone Blu-ray player over PS3. Even before the intended cut, BDP-S350 which also feature very good regular DVD upscaling, was already relatively inexpensive compared with other standalone units. Sony’s Competitors are ready to cut their prices late September as well. Funai and its labeled brands (includes Philips/Magnavox, Sylvania and Insignia) is planning to cut the price of their players by $50 to $249. [HDGuru]

Pioneer’s Latest Blu-ray Player Specs Leaked

by Stephen on August 23, 2008

Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray

Pioneer’s Latest Blu-ray player specs have been leaked on the internet. The rumor has it that Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD will be the best Blu-ray player available in the market, surpassing even PS3 performance. The BDP-09FD is the first Pioneer unit to support Profile 2.0 and BD-Live with 4GB of internal storage. It will also cater for more conventional media, like CDs and DVDs, making it one single box for all. Each one of the units 7.1 analog outputs is equipped with their own digital to analog converters. Video comes by the way of one of the industry’s leading image processors and is fed over two HDMI 1.3a jacks. Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD will be available soon enough with price on the upper ante of $2200. [CrunchGear]

Watch Movies On Your Hard Drives On HDTV

by Stephen on August 19, 2008

PopcornHour A-110 / B-110

Popcorn Hour has just revealed their latest addition to the media tanks, A-110 and B-110. Interestingly, rather than built to replace the original A-100, the two streamers have significant differences to be of interest to different segment of buyers. The new A-110 features DTS decoding on SATA drive, so if you want to still use IDE drive instead, you may want to stick with A-100. The B-110 is a somewhat more expensive but a good start for AV system builders. With support for HDMI 1.3a, optical and coaxial S/PDIF connectors ensures that the user will not be lacking in connectivity options to their AV Receiver/TV. A-110 MSRP is $199.00 ($36 more than A-100), while B-110 is $199.00. [PopcornHour]

Watch Regular DVDs In High Definition

by Stephen on August 18, 2008

Toshiba XD-E500 Upscaling DVD Player

On Monday, Toshiba released a new DVD player that improved the look of DVDs on high-definition TVs better than previous models. Earlier this year, Toshiba losed the battle with Sony Corp. with their Blu-ray disc, over Toshiba’s HD-DVD. Toshiba has stopped making HD DVD players. The XD-E500 is launched to cover the still largest market of regular DVD supporter. The XD-E500 not only upconverts standard DVD to 1080p resolution, but also enhances your viewing experience thanks to three user selectable modes: Sharp for added edge detail, Color for richer blues and greens, and Contrast for enhancement of details in darker scenes. The XD-E500 will sell for MSRP of $149.99, twice the regular up-converting players, but it is less than half the price of a Blu-ray player. [Toshiba]