Sony debuts Blu-Ray player #2

Written by Brett Thomas

February 28, 2007 | 09:22

Companies: #blu-ray #sony

Sony's launch event in Las Vegas happened over the first part of this week, with the company bringing out its new models of TVs and other consumer electronics. Tuesday's showing brought the one the company bets you're waiting for, though - the new Blu-Ray player. It's got a couple new features and a whole new price tag.

The new model, dubbed the BDP-S300, has received a little bit of a makeover from its predecessor. The new player is more sleek, a button has been moved here and there, and the mirrored finish is gone. So far, it hardly warrants an update. The player can now play audio CDs as well...just what you want from such an expensive piece of hardware, the capability a discman had ten years ago! To be fair, the device also decodes the Dolby Digital Plus audio, though it still can't handle compressed streams like Dolby TrueHD.

What really matters about the player, however, is the feature it doesn't sport - the price tag. The new S300 model drops the price from $1,000 USD to a mere $600 USD, clearly illustrating a new "value" amongst formats. Or something like that. Undoubtedly, according to company reps the player is "already so in demand you can't find it anywhere." Maybe that's because it's not coming until summer, but let's not burden this with anything factual.

The price incentive is no doubt meant to entice new users towards siding with Blu-Ray exclusively, which is about to face some stiff competition with LG's hybrid players hitting the market soon. Samsung has also already been beating the price of Sony's player, with its own being seen in the US for roughly the same $600 asking price.

When it does finally hit your area, will you be interested in it? Or is it still too rich for your blood? Let us know your thoughts in our forums.
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