Sony has announced the latest addition to a Blu-ray Disc family. The BDP-S1E Blu-Ray player will be available throughout Europe from summer 2007.
Developed as an integral part of the Sony 'BRAVIA' Theatre concept, synchronisation of the BDP-S1E player alongside Sony 'BRAVIA' TVs, HiFi systems and receivers is as simple as pressing one button and the 'BRAVIA' Theatre Sync function does away with the need for confusing navigation of multiple hardware controls.
The stylish BDP-S1E player provides full 1920 x 1080p (progressive) High Definition video for Blu-ray Disc titles. The player provides up to 8 channels of uncompressed linear PCM digital audio output via HDMI as well as Dolby Digital Plus. High audio performance is assured through separate audio circuitary, the use of high-performance audio components, a rigid beam chassis construction, drive brackets and off-centre insulator feet.
The player also adopts the "x.v.Colour" (Sony?s implementation of the xvYCC video signal standard). The technology offers twice the colour of sRGB when playing back discs recorded with AVC-HD camcorders.
In addition, the player supports MPEG2, MPEG4-AVC and VC1 codecs. HDMI interfaces ensure the broadest level of device interoperability, whilst for owners of HDTVs without HDMI, an analogue component output for 1080i (interlace) is included as a standard feature. The player supports BD-ROM, AVC-HD, CD and DVD playback from DVD/DVD±R/±RW encoded discs as well as MP3 audio files and JPEG images stored on DVD±R/±RW discs.
The BDP-S1E will be available throughout Europe from summer 2007.