BDP-S1

The Blu-ray camp is moving the hype machine to 11 now that HD-DVD is in stores. The latest is Sony's own BDP-S1 showing up on their website for pre-orders, ready to take the $999.95 that has been burning a hole in your pocket. Of course if you start financing it at $29 a month, you'll have it paid off by the time HVD comes out.

Continue on for the feature list, is all that 1080p, uncompressed multi channel audio goodness worth it to you? Frankly I'm unimpressed, you'd think that for $1000 you could at least get the twin HDMI outs they claim will be on the Playstation 3. And a "blue glass front"? Call me back when it's chrome plated and spinning. "On or about August 15", update your calendars children.

[Via engadget] What does all that dispensable income get you?

  • Blu-ray Disc / DVD Playback2
  • Video Codec Format : MPEG2/MPEG4-AVC/VC-1
  • Full HD 1080p Video Output through HDMI connection1
  • DVD Upscaling to 1080p3
  • Uncompressed Multi Channel Linear PCM Output
  • Dolby® Digital Plus(Dolby® Digital audio stream only), Dolby® TrueHD (Dolby® Digital audio stream only) dts®-HD --- (dts audio stream only) Digital Out and decoding capability
  • Dolby® Digital and dts® 5.1channel Output
  • Multi Channel 192KHz/24bit Audio D/A Converters
  • Rigid Beam Construction
  • Separated Audio Circuit Board
  • Highly Tuned Audio Parts
  • Drive Bracket for stability of drive system
  • Individual Speaker Setting
  • Off Center Insulator Feet
  • BD-Java Interactive Capability5
  • Pop up Menu
  • Quick Set Up
  • FL Off/Dimmer Mode
  • Screen Saver
  • MP3 and JPEG Playback from DVD Media4
  • Parental Control
  • IR In
  • Multi Brand TV Control Remote
  • Sophisticated Box Design with blue glass front

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