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LG Dual-format Super Blu Player BH200

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Summary

  • Product Name: BH200
  • Manufacturer: LG Electronics
  • Review Date: January 09, 2008 03:53
  • MSRP: $TBA
  • First Impression: Mildly Interesting
  • Buy Now
  • Qdeo advanced video processing

  • HD DVD advanced web-connected interactivity available from many HD DVDs

  • Up-scaling standard DVDs to near 1080p HDTV resolution

  • USB Media Host

  • LG SimpLink Connectivity

  • Up to 7.1 Channel surround sound

Executive Overview

LG premiered its new dual-format Super Blu Player (BH200) today at CES in Las Vegas.  The BH200 is LG’s second generation high-def player to offer full Blu-ray disc and HD DVD playback in one device. The LG Super Blu’s advanced BD-Java and HD DVD interactivity enables consumers to use the industry’s widest variety of high-definition content, regardless of disc format. In addition to the latest high-def disc technologies, the LG Super Blu Player also up-scales standard-def DVDs and supports audio CDs. While an interesting product that had a lot of buzz a few days ago, recent developments might see this one hitting the cutting room floor before too long. For more information, please visit www.LGusa.com.

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Tony is our resident expert for lifestyle and wireless products including soundbars. He does most of the reviews for wireless and streaming loudspeakers and often compares soundbars in round ups and helps us cover the trade shows.

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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