Yamaha Unveils Blu-ray Player Pair


Buena Park, Calif. --


introduced Monday its BD-S673 and BD-S473 Blu-ray players, both of which are compatible with iOS, Android and Kindle Fire A/V control apps.

The Yamaha BD-S473 will ship to dealers in August at a $230 suggested retail and the Wi-Fi-enabled BD-S673 will be available in September for $330

The new players also include streaming video support for BD-Live and BonusView.

Model BD-S673, which adds built-in Wi-Fi access, will allow access to such popular streaming services as Netflix and YouTube.

Both models complement Yamaha's currently available RX-V 73-series A/V receivers with a common styling and connectivity, including one-touch power operation and playback via the receivers' scene buttons.

The BD-S673 model also adds Blu-ray 3D compatibility.

Common features in both the Yamaha BD-S673 and BD-S473 include 1080p/24kHz-compatible HDMI video output, FullHD audio decoding, and playback of all current HD formats and FLAC files.

Additional content from portable devices and drives can be played back through front and back USB ports.

"Our BD-S673 and BD-S473 Blu-ray players enable consumers to harness and control the large amounts of engaging content available to them from multiple sources and formats," said Tom Sumner, Yamaha America senior VP. "These models are a perfect complement to our latest A/V receivers which, taken together, provide superior home-theater solutions."

The BD-S673 and BD-S473 are compatible with the following multimedia formats: AVCHD, WMV, MOV, MP4, MPG (Video), JPEG (HD), MP3, WMA, WAV and AAC (Audio).

The BD-S673 also adds DivX Plus HD compatibility. Both models can playback JPEG slideshows with MP3 audio soundtracks.

Other key audio and video features include direct bitstream and multi-channel Linear PCM output via HDMI, x.v.Color and Deep Color compatibility, as well as 1080p up-conversion of DVDs, photos and home movies.

The BD-S673 also offers analog two-channnel down-mixed audio output and a 192kHz/24-bit audio DAC.

The Yamaha Scene mode with HDMI CEC, which is available on most of the company's A/V receivers, enables users to power on the BD-S673 and BD-S473 models to playback content by pressing a single button on the receiver. Additional advanced operation and convenience features include DLNA client certification and onscreen display. An intuitive setup wizard instantly readies both models for operation, and Internet connectivity makes it possible to quickly download future firmware updates.


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