February 08, 2007 by EH Staff
LG’s dual-format BH100 high-definition DVD player—aka “Super Multi Blue”—is now on sale at U.S. retailers for $1,199.99.
The BH100 is notable because it can play both Blu-ray and HD DVD discs. This allows consumers to base their purchasing decisions on content rather than format.
In addition to offering Full HD 1080p picture quality from high-definition discs, the player incorporates interactive functions based on BD-Java, which allows advanced menus and functions to be displayed over the video of Blu-ray discs. The interactive menu functions used by HD DVD are not supported by the BH100, but the unit can play HD DVD content.
The BH100 also upconverts standard DVDs to 1080i resolution, providing compatibility with consumers’ existing movie libraries while improving the picture quality of those discs.
The BH100, which outputs 24- and 30-frame-per-second 1080p signals, supports various A/V formats, including MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 video, MPEG1/2 audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, DTS and DTS-HD audio. The unit also includes multiple inputs/outputs such as HDMI out, component/composite video outputs, and optical/coaxial/discrete 5.1 channel audio outputs.
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