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Samsung Releases Dual-Format HD Player

by July 25, 2007
Samsung BD-UP5000 Universal HD Player

Samsung BD-UP5000 Universal HD Player

Samsung Electronics expands its line up of high-definition optical disc players, with the launch of the BD-UP5000, a dual-format Blu-ray and HD DVD player.

“Samsung is excited to introduce a new line of high-definition players that will enrich the theater experience at home,” said Reid Sullivan, vice president of Digital AV marketing at Samsung Electronics. “In 2007, the market for stand-alone high def players will grow more than 6 times to over 850 thousand units. From the top-of-the-line BD-UP5000 to the entry BD-P1400 to the company’s first home theater system with Blu-ray disc playback, Samsung offers a range of products at different price points to suit the growing consumer demand.”

BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player

Samsung introduces its first dual-format High-Definition (HD) optical disc player, the BD-UP5000 Duo HD Player. This player is positioned as the flagship in the company’s growing line of high definition players. Offering the same playback capabilities of the BD-P2400 including HQV Reon (Hollywood Quality Video) processing, the BD-UP5000 supports both Blu-ray and HD-DVD formats as well as their interactive technologies, HDi and BD-Java. Consumers can now enjoy additional studio content such as trailers, director’s comments, more elaborate interactive menus and behind the scene footage.

Additional features include Picture-in-Picture support (for dual-channel video and audio), 24fps support for native frame rate transfer of the source film content to compatible displays, and 7.1-channel audio outputs with full support for Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio. CEC support means that the HDMI cable will also be able to facilitate communication between the Samsung Duo player and a compatible Samsung display.

With the launch of the Duo HD, Samsung stays true to its commitment to develop products that make life simpler through its breadth of innovative technologies. The Duo HD player blends the benefits of each format in a single player, offering access to hi-definition movie titles regardless of the authoring format.

Not only is it important for movies to look good, but also they need to sound good. Samsung's latest BD players complete consumers' HD total home theater experience with advanced HD audio decoding. Beyond standard Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS audio playback, both the BD-P2400 and BD-P1400 work with lossless formats including, dts-HD HR and Dolby TrueHD for a variety of clear, full-bodied sound options. When coupled with both models' HDMI 1.3 connection, consumers can enjoy some of the purest sound available today.

The HDMI 1.3 connection also offers HDMI CEC (Anynet+) technology, allowing consumers to use a single remote control to operate the BD player, TV and other A/V products from Samsung. Additionally, each model is able to up-convert standard DVD discs to full HD 1080p resolution via the HDMI connection, bringing consumers' DVD movie collections into the next generation.

Model Specifications and Comparison


BD-UP5000

BD-P2400

BD-P1400

Video

  • Blu-ray playback at content native HD resolution of 1080p/1080i/720p and 1080p 24Fs / 60Fs
  • HD-DVD playback at 1080p/1080i/720p
  • HQV video selectable up-conversion processing 720p/1080i/1080p
  • · Blu-ray playback at content native HD resolution of 1080p/1080i/720p
  • 1080p 24 Fs / 60 Fs
  • HQV video selectable up-conversion processing 720p/1080i/1080p
  • Blu-ray playback at content native HD resolution of 1080p/1080i/720p
  • 1080p 24 Fs / 60 Fs

Audio

  • Stereo and 7.1-channel audio outputs
  • Coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • Dolby® Digital Plus, dts® HD HR, MP3 audio decoding, Dolby TrueHD
  • Stereo and 7.1-channel audio outputs
  • Coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • Dolby® Digital Plus, dts® HD HR, MP3 audio decoding, Dolby TrueHD
  • Stereo and 5.1-channel audio outputs
  • Coaxial and optical digital audio outputs
  • Dolby® Digital Plus, dts® HD HR, MP3 audio decoding, Dolby TrueHD

Playable Media

  • HD-DVD/BD-ROM/ DVD-ROM, DVD-+/R, DVD-+/RW, CD, CD-R and CD-RW
  • BD-ROM/ DVD-ROM, DVD-+/R, DVD-+/RW, CD, CD-R and CD-RW
  • BD-ROM/ DVD-ROM, DVD-+/R, DVD-+/RW, CD, CD-R and CD-RW

Other Features

  • HDMI 1.3 digital interface (1080p/1080i/720p)
  • MPEG2, VC-1, H.264, HD JPEG decoding
  • 12-bit/216 MhZ video D/A converter; 24-bit/192KHz audio D/A converter
  • HDMI, Component Video, S-video and Composite video outputs
  • HDMI CEC
  • Ethernet port
  • Local Storage
  • Picture-in-picture
  • HDMI 1.3 digital interface (1080p/1080i/720p)
  • MPEG2, VC-1, H.264, HD JPEG decoding
  • 12-bit/216 MhZ video D/A converter; 24-bit/192KHz audio D/A converter
  • HDMI, Component Video, S-Video and Composite video outputs
  • HDMI CEC
  • Ethernet port
  • HDMI 1.3 digital interface (1080p/ 1080i/720p)
  • MPEG2, VC-1, H.264, HD JPEG decoding
  • 12-bit/216 MhZ video D/A converter; 24-bit/192KHz audio D/A converter
  • HDMI, Component Video, S-Video and Composite video outputs
  • HDMI CEC
  • Ethernet port

MSRP

$1,049

$649

$549

Availability

4Q 2007

October 2007

September 2007

* Specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, advanced digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, refrigerators and laundry machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. and is the only manufacturer that produces all four major digital television technologies. Please visit www.samsung.com for more information.

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Recent Forum Posts:

croseiv posts on August 07, 2007 10:39
Looks pretty good to me…just might bite.
BMXTRIX posts on July 29, 2007 12:57
If I wasn't in already, I would wait things out until after the holidays. The only reason to pay any premium at all to get HD DVD is because of Universal Studios movies. Everything else is already available on Blu-ray. Yep, I definitely miss Universal, but not $450+ worth of premium.
ground_wire posts on July 29, 2007 11:16
It will take a combi-player, such as Samsung's, to make me jump into the HD/Blu-Ray format……….provided reviews and measurements are = or > to stand alone units. Now where are the Pioneer, Oppo, etc. combi-players?
Leprkon posts on July 27, 2007 22:39
It even comes with the 7.1 outputs to work with older receivers… this is the machine they should have made first time around.. come Christmas, it might even be affordable !!!
Rock&Roll Ninja posts on July 27, 2007 22:05
Is it really here, can I go to a store and finally buy one? And its only $1000!

Finally, all the parts to the “next gen' puzzle have fallen into place: dual format player, HD cable with DVR, HDMI 1.3 AVRs, and 1080p monitors. (Well more HD cable channels would be nice)

I can finally upgrade my SD system without fear of something ”just around the corner". Prices will fall some, yes, but I can't forsee any radical new technology anytime soon. (4k TVs??)
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