Samsung Expands Its HD Player Lineup

Multi-format and dedicated Blu-ray players a-hoy.

We’ve been waiting for this for a fair while, but Samsung has finally gotten around to officially announcing the dual-format BD-UP5000 (pictured), alongside three other HD players.

The UP5000, for those who don’t remember, offers to improve upon the frankly abysmal LG BH100 by offering full support for both the interactive features of HD DVD (Hdi) but all available info also points towards support for the newer Profile 1.1 Blu-ray standard, as yet widely unsupported, save by a few.

For those who wish to pick Blu-ray’s side in the format war, the options there are as follows. At thetop end is the BD-P2400 which has the same specs as the UP5000 apart from the lack of HD DVD playback. Those specs include 24fps playback, full 1080p support (perhaps obviously), 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and similar sound output as well as DVD up-scaling.

Lower down, the BD-P1400 claims to offer all the same video support, but is limited to 5.1 channel sound and wont up-scale DVDs. As well as HDMI 1.3 connectors, the sets also has s-video, composite and component out. Finally the HD-BD2 home cinema set offer similar Blu-ray player specs to the P2400, minus the up-scaling and bundles four tower speakers, two satellites, a sub woofer and a center speaker to offer 7.1 channel sound for your setup; just add (s)water(/s) a TV.

No word on pricing for any of the systems, but we do know that the DP-P1400 will be available from next month, with the BD-P2400 following in October and the HD-BD2 and UP5000 more ambiguously slated for Q4.

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