Las Vegas — Sony unveiled for dealers here a new dedicated Blu-ray Disc player, priced to sell for around $600.
Model BDP-S300 will be Sony’s second stand-alone BD player, joining the BDP-S1 which was introduced late in 2006 with a $999.99 suggested retail. The new player is positioned to sell for about the same price as Sony’s step-up PlayStation3 video game console.
The new player will output full 1,080p resolution over its HDMI v1.3 output at 24 fps. It will also up convert images to 1,080p format. HD component video outputs are also added for older HDTV displays.
Sony said the player will support forthcoming AVC-HD discs encoded with xvYCC technology that expands the available color gamut 1.8 times. Also included is the BRAVIA Theater Sync system that uses HDMI connectivity to integrate the operation of a series of connected BRAVIA components through a single remote.
Other features include multichannel linear PCM digital audio output via HDMI and can decode Dolby Digital Plus sound tracks.
Support is also included for BD-ROM, BD-Java, AVC-HD, DVD video, CD audio, MP3 audio files and JPEG photo files stored on DVD recordable media, including the DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R/-RW formats.