Samsung has finally firmed up details of its first combination Blu-ray HD DVD player. The BD-UP5000 Duo HD will sell in the US for 1,049 dollars and offer full compatibility with HD DVD (including iHD interactivity), Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD. It will also incorporate HQV video processing from Silicon Optix, for upscaling SD to 1080p. Its HD output scales to 1080p 24Fs/60Fs.
Samsung says it will also introduce two dedicated Blu-ray players: the entry-level BD-P1400, which will sell for 549 dollars and the HQV-enabled BD-P2400, available for 100 dollars more. All players support DTS HD and Dolby TrueHD and offer HDMI v1.3 outputs with CEC control.
Says Reid Sullivan, digital AV marketing VP at Samsung: “These high-definition players will enrich the theater experience at home. In 2007, the market for stand-alone high-def players will grow more than 6 times to over 850 thousand units. From the top-of-the-line BD-UP5000 to the entry BD-P1400 to the company’s first home theater system with Blu-ray disc playback, Samsung offers a range of products at different price points to suit growing consumer demand.”