AMEX DIGITAL of Hong Kong claims that it will be the the first company that ship a Blu-ray disc recorder to the European market, with availability starting on August 28th.
The AMEX DIGITAL Blu-ray disc recorder (M505-BDR) is a complete Media Center PC with an Intel 945P Express chipset, an Intel Core-2 Duo CPU, ATI-X1600 graphics card featuring a content protection digital video output (HDMI), 4 GB of RAM, SATA hard drives with a total capacity of 1.5 terabytes, and Windows Media Center Edition 2005 (MCE) as an operating system.
The unit plays Blu-ray software titles at the highest resolution available via a native 1080p HDMI output for films digitally mastered in 1920 x 1080p. The M505-BDR also up-converts conventional DVDs to 1080p through the HDMI digital interface so the picture quality of any traditional DVD will look noticeably more detailed when used with the disc player. The M505-BDR is backwards compatible and plays both standard DVDs and CDs in addition to supporting all DVD formats including, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, and DVD+R.
Additionally, AMEX DIGITAL has included a dual Hybrid digital TV turner with PIP (Picture in Picture) Function and wireless WiFi b/g, 100/1000Mb network, Fire Wire IEEE1394, S/P DIF in/out interface that supports all the major formats source from internet and HD-DV Cam, the native high definition resolution contained in 2-megapixel and larger digital still pictures can be fully rendered on a high definition television via slide show functionality built into the M505-BDR.
Connectivity includes HDMI Supported audio formats include: Dolby, DTS, MP3 and 192KHz LPCM. The M505-BDR will be available in stores on August 28, 2006 at a Price from $2,000 come with free Blu-ray movie title.
The unit will be showcased at IFA Berlin Show, early September. The launch of the AMEX DIGITAL M505-BDR coincides with a major influx of Blu-ray content. Seven of the eight major movie studios have already announced titles for Blu-ray, with the initial line-up of recent hits as well as classics, expected to grow to more than 200 titles by year end.