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Samsung Intros BD HTiBs, AVRs; Plans 3D BD HTiB

1/07/2010 06:01:00 PM Eastern

Las Vegas - Samsung launched three new Blu-ray HTiB (home
theater in a box) systems, expanded into the A/V receiver(AVR) market, and
plans its first 3D Blu-ray HTiB sometime later in the year, the company
announced.

  In entering another new market, the company
unveiled its first two e-readers.

  In Blu-ray HTiBs,
the company didn't offer specifics about its planned 3D-equipped system, but it
did provide details about three other new models, all of which are the
company's first with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) connectivity to
simplify access to content on a networked PC. They're also the company's first HTiBs
to access Samsung's upgraded Internet@TV service, which enables the downloading
of Samsung apps to deliver an expanded selection of streaming content and
applications compared to what was available on last year's models. The apps
access content from such providers as Accedo Broadband, AccuWeather.com, The
Associated Press, Blockbuster, Fashion TV, Netflix, Picasa, Pandora, Rovi,
Travel Channel, Twitter, USA TODAY, and Vudu.

Two of the HTiBs, the HT-C6730W and HT-C6500, will be the
company's first HTiBs with embedded Wi-Fi, while the HT-C7530Wwill support
Wi-Fi through an  included wireless
dongle. Last year's models connected to optional Wi-Fi dongles.

All three models feature a retro, no-grill speaker design,
decoding of all authorized Blu-ray surround formats, BD Live capability, and
Samsung's new Crystal Amplifier Pro technology, said to deliver  accurate sound reproduction and minimal noise
interference.

 The HT-C6730W is the only 7.1-channel model in the
trio. The 1,330-watt system includes a wide center channel speaker, a large subwoofer,
two tower speakers and four surround speakers, including the two wireless back-surround
speakers.   

The 5.1-speaker 800-watt HT-C7530W features wood-grain
texture encased in a translucent material, two tall left-right speakers, and
two wireless surround speakers. The 5.1-speaker 1,000-watt HT-C6500 features
1GB of embedded memory and a compact design. 
The HTiBs will ship in the first half at prices that weren't disclosed.

  The company's first
two AVRs, also featuring Crystal Amplifier Pro technology, are the 7.2-channel
HW-C700 and 5.1-channel HW-C500, both designed to visually complement the
company's 2010 lineup of Blu-ray players. The C500, for example, was designed
to pair with the new BD-C6500 Blu-ray player, the company said.

 To simplify
purchasing decisions, Samsung is also bundling the two AVRs with home theater
speaker packages. The HW-C560S Home Theater System features the 5.1-channel
AVR, five speakers, and a subwoofer. The HW-C770S Home Theater System combines
the 7.1-channel AVR with a 7.1 speaker system.

  Pricing and ship
dates were unavailable.

 In e-readers, the
company plans spring shipment of a $399-suggested model with 6-inch screen and
a $699 model with 10-inch screen, both with Wi-Fi and handwriting recognition
to take notes. Wi-Fi can be used to download books from Google's book store,
which offers more than a million public-domain books. Wi-Fi can also be used to
share notes made on screen with other Samsung e-reader users.

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