August 25, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
The laundry list of features on Yamaha’s new BD-S2900 Blu-ray disc player is quite impressive.
We’re guessing that we’ll be seeing quite a few new Blu-ray players with the CEDIA Expo 2008 coming next week. The BD-S2900 seems to be on the higher end of things, including the $1,199 MSRP. Yamaha says it’s been designed to match its high-end receiver line, and undoubtedly the combination will get you an outstanding picture quality and total movie immersion.
Here’s highlights of what the BD-S2900 will provide:
- 1080p picture output for Blu-ray and standard DVDs via HDMI, with 24fps capability
- 12-bit Deep Color to deliver 4,096 shades of the three primary colors and a total combination of 68.7 billion possible colors (yep, billion)
- Chroma Upsampling precise pixel detection and 16-step motion video detection
- Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and the rest of the major audio codecs, directly from the player to the receiver without PCM conversion
- Analog output with a 192-kHz, 24-bit converter
- Bonusview features, like Picture-in-Picture and Virtual Package (that one lets you add SD card material to a Blu-ray disc for a multimedia experience)
- RS-232C interface so you can use it with touch controllers, plus IR in/out ports for easy integration with other devices
Our readers have told us that they value the picture quality much more than the BD-Live type of extras, so we know they’re itching for players more in the range of a PS3 or that key $200 to $300 area we haven’t really seen with Blu-ray.
For those who can go the higher-end route for sharp pictures and extra capabilities, it certainly appears that this Yamaha BD-S2900 has it all.
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