Sony has confirmed its first dedicated UK Blu-ray player. The BDP-S1E (pictured) is notable for its 1080/24 output, which can be fed into Bravia D3000 series screens able accept a native 1080/24 signal from the player. The model upscales standard DVDs to 1080p.
Connections include 8 phono outputs for linear PCM plus HDMI. The player is compatible with AVC-HD format discs, as well as CD; file compatibility includes MP3 and JPEGs. Sony says the BDP-S1E “represents one of the company’s most powerful and intelligent consumer audio and video equipment device ever developed” setting “new standards in high definition audiovisual playback of movies.”
It also has an unusual finish. The player’s coated glass front shimmers blue, but disappears once the ambient light is turned down.
Enthuses Jonathan White, Head of TV and Home Video Group at Sony: “With its rich feature set, fantastic design and stunning picture quality, the BDP-S1E sets the standard for a Blu-ray player in the discerning AV enthusiast market.”
The player will debut this summer, at a price yet to be announced.