Panasonic will introduce its first Blu-ray player into the UK as early as October. The DMP-BD10 (pictured above) is expected to sell for around 1000 UK pounds and 1,400 Euros in Europe.
“It’s the upper end of the market, but we’ve been at these kind of price points before, with our first Diga DVD recorder,” admits Pansasonic’s David Preece. Part of the justification for the price is the state of the art electronics used inside, including a 297MHz, 14bit Video Analog Devices D/A Converter, able to theoretically reproduce 4,400 billion colours; a 192kHz/24bit audio DAC and a revolutionary new picture technology, called P4HD (Pixel Precision Progressive Processing for HD), able to processes more than 15 billion pixels per second for super-smooth diagonal lines. “This is far superior to the Faroudja deinterlacer featured on so many other DVD players,” says Preece.
The player will up-convert standard DVDs to 1080p via HDMI and is fully compatible with 5.1channel DVD-Audio discs. Interestingly, while the unit will get a simultaneous US release, the Japanese version will appear sometime afterwards.