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Yamaha Adds SACD To Second Blu-ray Player

Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha plans shipments of a new 3D Blu-ray player that will expand its selection of SACD-equipped models to two.

The BD-S677, shipping in April at a suggested $329, will also be the company’s first Blu-ray player with wireless Miracast to stream content wirelessly from Miracast-compatible smartphones and tablets. It’s also the company’s first to connect to Dropbox to stream Cloud-stored videos, music, pictures and documents.

The new model will replace a current model at the same price point and join a $229 model and the top-end $449 BD-A1020, which features SACD playback but also includes and DVD-Audio playback. All three current models feature 3D.

Compared to its predecessor, the new model adds 192kHs/32 bits DACs, which also appear in the top model, and swaps out Netflix for Vudu.

Like its predecessor, the new model features built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA for streaming audio and video, access to Picasa and YouTube Leanback, and 1080p/24fps HDMI output.

Other features on the new model include AVCHD playback of high-definition camcorder video, ability to play pack 192/24 FLAC and 192/24 ALAC music files, front and rear USB ports, one optical and one coaxial output, and ability to play WAV, MP3 and WMA audio files stored on a USB drive.

Like its predecessor, the BD-S677 can be controlled from a free Yamaha AV Controller app for Apple iOS and Android devices to control the company’s Blu-ray players and networked A/V receivers.