January 08, 2010 by Robert Archer
Anthem, a manufacturer of electronics for music, home theater and distributed audio systems, introduced a Blu-ray Disc Player at CES 2010.
The Anthem BLX 200, with a $799 MSRP, is engineered to complement the company’s Anthem Statement-based home theater system. It plays DVDs and CDs, and supports 1920 x 1080p screen resolutions via HDMI v1.3.
Additionally, the player incorporates Deep Color and x.v Color video standards. Anthem trims the component out with a brushed aluminum faceplate and Anthem-blue lights to match its standard industrial design.
The BLX 200 also features:
—1GB of built-in memory
—Additional 2GB USB Flash Drive for access to Web-based content available through BD-Live (Profile 2.0) functionality
—Compatible with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD
—1080p upscaling through HDMI
—12-bit video pipeline
The player can be set to output 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p, perhaps to your Anthem projector. It can be configured to output DVD at its native 480i resolution to bypass the BLX 200’s internal de-interlacing to allow a connected Anthem and Anthem Statement A/V pre/pro to handle the video processing duties.
On its back panel, the BLX includes connections for Ethernet, as well as component and composite video outputs, plus digital optical and coaxial audio outputs and 7.1 PCM audio output via HDMI.
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Bob is a dedicated audiophile who has been writing about A/V for Electronic House sister publication CE Pro since 2000.
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