New York - P&F
USA brought the industry's opening price point for a new Blu-ray home theater
in a box (HTiB) to a suggested $299 as part of its rollout of three new
Philips-branded Blu-ray HTiBs and a Philips-branded home-theater sound bar.
All three BD HTiBs
in the rollout, which expands the company's BD HTiB selection to three from
one, incorporate Profile 2.0 BD player, wired Ethernet port and 5.1-channel
speaker system. The two models at a suggested $349 and $549 will be the brand's
first HTiBs to stream Internet radio and video-on-demand services via the
Internet. And the $549 will be the brand's first HTiB with Digital Living
Network Alliance (DLNA) certification and first HTiB in years with wireless
HTS 3051 Blu-ray HTiB, already shipping, features one HDMI 1.3 output; coax and
stereo RCA inputs for TV audio; 5.1 speaker system; 1000-watt output; and
decoding of the Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby True
HD surround-sound formats, said P&F marketing director Keith Michael. It
also features front-panel audio aux input, and a USB port and SD card slot are
designed to reproduce music, video and photos stored on a USB stick or memory
card. Supported video formats include DivX.
The HTS 3051 is
already promoted at Walmart at an everyday $288, Michael said.
The $349 HTS 3251,
also shipping, adds DivX HD video playback, streaming of Internet radio
stations via the vTuner chip, and streaming video-on-demand from NetFlix, CinemaNow
and Blockuster, Michael said. It also adds decoding of the suite of DTS HD
Master Essentials surround-sound formats. Power output is still 1,000 watts.
At a suggested
$549, the HTS 5580 adds wireless surround speakers with detachable pedestals,
iPod dock, front left-right speakers with offset drivers to widen the soundstage,
and DLNA certification to stream music, photos and video from a networked PC. The
system ships at the end of June or early July.
The new sound bar,
shipping in July, is the $249-suggested HSB 2313 with wired subwoofer, four
left and four right full-range drivers, decoding of Dolby Digital 5.1, and
Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, which delivers a virtual surround-sound
experience from left-right speakers. The system features two HDMI 1.3 inputs,
two HDMI 1.3 outputs, and coaxial and RCA stereo audio inputs. It delivers a
total of 300 watts.
previously offered a sound bar targeted to console game users with Dolby
Virtual Speaker but with wireless subwoofer, said Michael.
The BD HTiB lineup
changes slightly from what P&F previously disclosed at CES. At the time,
the company said it was showing three models, but those three did not include
the $299 model or the $549 model.
New York - P&F USA brought the industry's opening price point for a new Blu-ray HTiB to a suggested $299 as part of its rollout of three new Philips-branded Blu-ray HTiBs and a Philips-branded home-theater sound bar.