V Inc.announced the first high definition DVD player with Windows Media Video 9 and HighMAT formatted playback.
Powered by Sigma Designs' EM8620L on-chip processor, the Bravo D3 also provides DVD playback via DVI output in high-resolution 480p, 1080i and 720p formats. Expected to ship in Q'2 2004 with a target retail of $349.99, the Bravo D3 is consistent with V Inc.'s mission to bring practical technological innovation to consumer electronics products while maintaining operational simplicity and value.
The Bravo D3 will also include DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW playback. The Bravo D3 is the first DVD player capable of playing MPEG2, MPEG4 and WMV9 in High Definition. Audio decoding includes WMA9, WMA Pro, WMA lossless, Dolby Digital, MP3, MPEG-1/2 (layers 1, 2, and 3) and MPEG-4 AAC. The player supports Dolby Digital and DTS multi-channel audio pass-through on Toslink optical and S/PDIF coaxial digital outputs. The player features NTSC/PAL output in composite and S-Video formats with interlaced or progressive component video output in 480i, 480p, 1080i, 720p and user-definable linear and non-linear resolutions.
Any form of decoded content can be output in a direct digital DVI-HDTV video RGB format keeping the display free from analog conversion artifacts. Beyond the normal decoding of content, the player will offer REALmagic scaling and scan conversion with appropriate 3:2 pull down, advanced display processing including, programmable linear and non-linear scaling, a 5-plane video mixer, adaptive de-interlacing, adaptive flicker filtering and pixel-based alpha mixing. The player's component video output will be limited to 480p on playback of DVD content when CSS copy protection is found. The player's DVD drive and processor will be second to none with transparent layer changes and a convenient zoom function for non-anamorphic content rendering.