July 30, 2012
| by Grant Clauser
Is it time to upgrade your Blu-ray player? If so, then check out these two units just released from Yamaha.
Yamaha announced two new Blu-ray players, the BD-S473 ($229) and BD-S673 ($329), both available now. Both players can be connected to the internet for streaming media from Netflix, Youtube and Hulu Plus (onlyt the the BD-S673), and they include USB ports for external media. Both units also can be operated via a traditional remote or Yamaha’s app for iOS and Android (including Kindle).
Both players do most of the Blu-ray basics, including 1080p upconverting (from DVD), playback of digital music (including FLAC) and picture files, DLNA sharing, direct bitstream and multi-channel Linear PCM output via HDMI.
The more expensive BD-S673 includes 3D, built-in Wi-Fi, DivX Plus HD compatibility, analog 2-channnel down-mixed audio output and a 192kHz/24-bit audio DAC.
You might want to match one of those Blu-ray players with one of these Yamaha receivers.
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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