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
In the 2011 lineup, the starting price for a 3D Blu-ray
HTiB falls to $399 for the HT-D5300 from last year’s
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
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.