Earlier today, Sony unveiled its second Blu-ray Disc player, model number BDP-S300.
At a Suggested Retail Price of just under $600, the player is about $400 cheaper than their first model, yet promises to have all the same features, plus a new design, advanced audio codecs, and the ability to play audio CDs (something their first Blu-ray player was unable to do).
(If you'd prefer the $1000 model, there are still plenty out there that remain unsold due to the high price, botched marketing and consumer confusion regarding the high definition "format war" waged between Blu-ray and its rival, HD DVD.)
The new BDP-S300 model will output 1920 x 1080p (progressive) high-definition video, currently the highest resolution high-definition signal available through an HDMI connection. The player will support various video formats, including MPEG2, MPEG4-AVC and VC1.
For those who own an HDTV set without HDMI, an analog component output for 1080i (interlaced) will also be available.
The new unit will incorporate BRAVIA Theater Sync utilizing HDMI connectivity, which will integrate the operation of the player with a compatible BRAVIA flat-panel LCD television or audio/video receiver.
Look for this new Blu-ray Disc player in stores sometime this Summer.