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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

3D Geek Alert: Comin' At Ya! Sony Unveils Three New S3DHD Blu-ray Players

Jim here. Well we don't have their complete pricing (one price is disclosed below) or official launch date yet but we do have some details to pass on to you about Sony's three new entries into the S3DHD blu-ray player race.

Sony's BDP-S370, BDP-S570 and BDP-S770
(pictured) all feature Blu-ray 3D playback. When they are connected to the Internet via broadband they can also stream entertainment from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Slacker Internet Radio, Pandora, NPR, and of course Sony. There are 25 partners in the Sony BRAVIA Internet Video Platform.

Further, you can use your iPhone/iPod Touch as a remote control device for these units (with a downloaded app). The app also includes functionality to access cover art for movies, music, actor and production information as well as that all important search capability for additional media. Keep in mind that the App Store has this particular app called "BD Remote" rated as 2.5 stars out of 5.

The BDP-S770 has Wi-Fi built in, DLNA and a front USB input to act as a media converter. Something else - it has a quick start feature to improve the lag time when starting these units up.

Here are the details for the other two units:
BDP-S570 Blu-ray Disc player features built in Wi-Fi wireless (802.11) with WPS for easy access to Sony's BRAVIA Internet Video platform and BD-LIVE functionality.
Other features include:
• DVD, CD, and SA-CD playback
• IP Content Noise Reduction
• Entertainment Database Browser with Gracenote technology
• BD Remote (iPhone/iPod touch BD Remote Control application)
• Photo, music, and video playback via front USB and DLNA (firmware update required)
• DVD upscaling to near high definition with Precision Cinema HD Upscaling
• Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio decoding
• Quick start and fast loading

Sony's BDP-S370 Blu-ray Disc player, shipping this spring, also offers full HD 1080p picture quality and access to the BRAVIA Internet Video platform and BD-LIVE functionality.
Other features found in this model include:
• DVD, CD, and SA-CD playback
• Entertainment Database Browser with Gracenote technology
• BD Remote (iPhone/iPod touch BD Remote Control application)
• Wi-Fi-ready (UWA-BR100 USB wireless LAN adapter sold separately)
• Photo, music, and video playback via front USB and DLNA (firmware update required)
• DVD Upscaling to near high definition with Precision Cinema HD Upscaling
• Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio decoding
• Quick start and fast loading

Great to see these units ramping up production! The BDP-S570 will lighten your wallet by about $250 - well worth it! Samsung had better rethink their $399 price point for their BD-C6900. You will need to flash your firmware as well once the Blu-ray 3D update is ready. Can't wait to start comparing some of these units.

Sources:
Engadget, RegHardware

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