Although we have seen delay after delay for Blu-ray players,
interest in the next generation HD format hasn't died down from hardware
manufacturers. Panasonic has announced its plans for a September launch of its
new DMP-BD10 Blu-ray player.
The DMP-BD10 features a 296MHz, 14-bit video D/A converter
which supports 4x oversampling on 1080i/720p output. It is of course backwards
compatible with current DVDs and CDs and it also upconverts regular DVDs to
1080P via HDMI.
While Samsung's BD-P1000 is already on the market
for $999, Panasonic's player is going to retail for $1,300 -- that $499 base-level PlayStation
3 is looking like quite the bargain these days. By the time the DMP-BD10
hits the streets, the market should be a little bit more crowded (barring any
more delays) -- Pioneer's
BDP-HD1 should be on the market by then with Sony's BDP-S1 not too
far behind. There's also a possibility that we may see Samsung's hybrid Blu-ray/HD DVD
player in the closing months of 2006.
Panasonic will also offer a matching receiver (SA-XR700) and speaker system (SB-T1000) for $999 and $2999 respectively.
quote: Betamax anyone?
quote: I paid a little more than $1300 for my first DVD player.
quote: $1,300 and no 1080p support?
quote: that $499 base-level PlayStation 3 is looking like quite the bargain these days
quote: As for "real time highly interactive content", that's not something I want on my movie disks, sorry. The most annoying thing about current DVD technology is when its used to force a person to watch previews and other "extras", with fast-forwarded disabled.
quote: The quality issue between HD-DVD & Blu-Ray seems to be related to a hardware issue with the HDMI output on the Samsung Blu-Ray players. If you switch to Component, video quality is pretty close or on-par with HD-DVD.