NEW YORK –
Samsung revealed the pricing of its 2011 home audio lineup, which includes the industry’s first A/V receiver with embedded 3D Blu-ray player and a quartet of HTiBs equipped with integrated 3D Blu-ray players.
In the 2011 lineup, the starting price for a 3D Blu-ray HTiB falls to $399 for the HT-D5300 from last year’s $549.
Three step-up 3D Blu-ray HTiBs are the company’s first 3D HTiBs with 2D-to-3D conversion. Those three are the $499 HT-D5500, $649 HT-D6500W, and $799 HT-D6730W. All four 3D HTiBs ship in March.
With the launches, Samsung will offer HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs and HDMI audio return channel in all 3D Blu-ray HTiBs. The top two models add dual HDMI 1.4a inputs.
All four Blu-ray HTiBs feature DLNA certification to stream content from DLNA PCs and other DLNAcertified devices. The top three models featured embedded Wi-Fi, and the opening-price model accepts an optional Wi-Fi dongle. The top two models feature wireless surround speakers.
All four 3D HTiBs access Samsung’s app store to download apps, including game apps and apps that stream audio, video and other content via the Internet.
The new HTiBs add new search and recommendation features compared to their predecessors. The new search feature, for example, lets users enter the name of a movie, and the HTiB searches across DLNA- connected devices and app-delivered streaming services for the content.
The recommendation feature recommends video from networked DLNA sources and Internet apps based on past viewing habits.
The top model adds a front-height channel using proprietary Samsung post-processing technology.
The top model and the two below it in price also come with a new feature, 3D Depth Sound, to bring sounds forward when on-screen 3D action jumps out.
In A/V receivers, the $599-MAP 7.2-channel HWD7000 A/V receiver with embedded 3D Blu-ray player ships in May. The 7.2-channel HW-D700 at $399 ships in June along with the 5.1-channel HW-D500 at $299.