Yamaha Adds First BD-Integrated HTiB

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Buena Park, Calif. -Yamaha has launched its first-ever HTiB system with integrated Blu-ray player.

The $699-suggested BDX-610 features 5.1 speaker system and an A/V receiver integrated with a 3D Blu-ray player. The system's Blu-ray/receiver is also available separately at a suggested $549 for dealers who want to add on their own speaker package and other components.

 In the 2000s, the company offered some HTiBs with DVD/receivers and some with included DVD player and receiver, but the company hasn't packaged HTiBs with DVD players in years.

 The Blu-ray-equipped 500-watt BDX-610, which is shipping, is a networked model that accesses the Internet to stream BD-Live, Netflix and YouTube content. It also features front-panel iPod/iPhone-certified USB port to play content stored on iPhones, iPods, iPads, flash drives and other portable devices. The USB port captures iPod/iPhone audio as digital PCM.

 Other features include FM tuner, auto lip sync, rear-panel USB, HDMI output with audio return channel, and DLNA 1.5 certification to stream music stored on a networked PC or other DLNA devices. It decodes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. It lacks HDMI input and other video inputs but features analog and digital audio inputs, the company's website shows.

 When connected to a CEC-compatible TV via HDMI, the system will turn on and off simultaneously with the TV, and the TV's remote can be used to control the system's volume, the company said.

The main component's amplifier power is rated at 5x80 watts at 1kHz with 10 percent THD, and the powered sub with 6.5-inch woofer is rated at 100 watts at 100Hz with 10 percent THD.


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