Buena Park, Calif. -- On the heels of announcing its new line of Aventage 3D A/V receivers,
Monday introduced the Aventage BD-A1010 universal Blu-ray Disc player with advanced 3D and HD video and audio playback functionality.
The new players was said to have been designed to complement the recently introduced new 3D Aventage receivers with compatible advanced performance and control features.
Key features in the A1010, which is shipping now at a $500 suggested retail, include Internet video streaming via Netflix, Blockbuster on Demand and YouTube Leanback services, and dual USB (front/rear) inputs compatible with a wide-array of audio and video playback digital entertainment media formats and source/storage devices.
The BD player is also compatible with a free downloadable iPhone app for component and A/V system control. A similar app for Android devices will be introduced later this year, Yamaha said.
The BD-A1010's connected interactive features include support for the BD-Live and BonusView systems, which provide secondary video and audio for enhanced commentary and information, as well as features for existing and future entertainment options via USB memory devices.
Interoperable features for the new Yamaha Aventage A/V receiver line include: a "Scene" BD/DVD button on a current Yamaha A/V receiver remote control, allowing users to turn on the power to both the receiver and the BD-A1010 and begin disc playback.
The BD-A1010 offers FullHD 1080 advanced audio decoding, 1080p/24Hz-compatible HDMI, 7.1-multichannel analog output, as well as two-channel down-mixed audio output.
As with some prior Yamaha Blu-ray players, the BD-A1010 is "a Universal player," meaning it will playback a wide variety of disc formats, including SACD and DVD-Audio multichannel audio discs.
Format support includes DivX Plus HD, AVCHD, WMV, MOV, JPEG (HD), MP3, MP4, WMA, WAV and AAC content.
The player is also compatible with x.v.Color and Deep Color enhancements on similarly encoded video material.
"With our Aventage products, we are elevating what people expect from home entertainment systems, and the BD-A1010 is designed to offer the best video and audio experience, seamless integration with our Aventage receivers and unprecedented control features," stated Tom Sumner, Yamaha Electronics president. "With the presence of smartphones in practically every household, the free downloadable control app for iPhones - and soon Android devices - gives consumers a new level of convenience to access the content they want, when they want it, without having to track down the system remote."
Additional features include an RC-232C for custom install integration and control, on-screen display GUI, dual USB ports for video, music and photos, playback of JPEG slideshows with MP3 audio sound, a detachable power cable, and Setup Wizard which enables the system to be easily readied for video and audio entertainment.