Toshiba finally dives into Blu-ray 3D with BDX3100 player, offers up BDX1100 if stereo's not your style

Seems like Toshiba bit off more Blu-ray 3D than it could chew this year -- the Japanese firm's just announced that the new BDX3100KB will be its first set-top stereoscopic player, never mind the BDX3000 it announced at CES. Still, we're willing to forgive and forget if the new machine (replete with DivX and MKV playback, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround, and instant playback of AVCHD footage from connected camcorders) makes it stateside sometime soon -- both it and the relatively boring BDX1100 standard Blu-ray unit are presently slated for a UK release (at unspecified prices) in October of this year. PR after the break.

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Step into the world of 3D – Toshiba launches the BDX3100KB Blu-ray 3D™ player

New model is the first Toshiba Blu-ray player to offer 3D playback
Fully-featured home entertainment – Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D™, DivX and MKV support
Toshiba also expands entry-level range with the new BDX1100KB

London, UK, 2nd September 2010 – Toshiba UK today reinforces its commitment to delivering next-generation home entertainment with the launch of the BDX3100KB – Toshiba‟s first ever Blu-ray player to support Blu-ray 3D™ movie playback.

Further establishing Toshiba‟s commitment to 3D home entertainment, the BDX3100KB joins the REGZA WL 3D LED TV series and the Satellite A665 3D laptop in offering an immersive and three-dimensional experience, allowing users to enjoy 3D playback on a range of Toshiba devices. When connected to a 3D TV, the BDX3100KB enables users to enjoy a whole new kind of home cinema, with greater depth of field and enriched colour production.

Outstanding 3D quality, immersive audio, convenient control

The BDX3100KB provides Full HD 1920x1080p 3D output, creating an outstanding next generation home cinema experience. Blu-ray™ movies are played back at 24 frames per second, preserving their original atmosphere and quality to provide smooth, cinematic playback exactly how the movie director intended.

A 3D-capable HDMI® port allows output of 3D content from Blu-ray 3D™ discs to a 3D capable TV set, allowing users to enjoy a fully immersive home cinema experience. REGZA-LINK (HDMI-CEC) technology via HDMI also enables users to control the BDX3100KB and compatible TV sets with a single remote control for ultimate convenience.

Lifelike pictures are accompanied by equally impressive audio, with the BDX3100KB offering true surround sound. Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD Master Audio | Essential™ provide a cinema like experience, reproducing high-quality uncompressed audio to a maximum of 7.1 channels.

Multi-format support

The BDX3100KB supports a wide selection of formats, including image, video and audio files in MKV, DivX, HD-JPEG and MP3 formats, whilst an integrated USB input situated on the front of the sleek body allows data to be read from compatible USB sticks. To offer instant playback of home movies, the BDX3100KB is also capable of translating AVCHD-compressed footage, offering instant and simple playback of videos shot on personal camcorders.

Users can also take advantage of bonus material available on Blu-ray discs thanks to full support for BD Live™ (Profile 2.0). By using the BDX3100KB‟s remote control, users can navigate movie menus for access to a range of interactive features, including exclusive downloads, additional „making-of footage‟, chats and games.

The new BDX1100KB – high quality Blu-ray performance for all

In addition to premier 3D Blu-ray playback, Toshiba UK today also expands its Blu-ray range with the new BDX1100KB – the perfect model for consumers looking to invest in a Blu-ray player for the first time.

With its full 1920x1080p HD output, the BDX1100KB offers sharp images, style and extreme value – providing the perfect first-step into the world of high definition home movies. The BDX1100KB offers Toshiba‟s build quality, and upscaling technology also breathes new life into existing DVD collections by up-converting standard definition DVD content to 1080p.

The new Toshiba BDX3100KB Blu-ray 3D™ and BDX1100KB will be available in the UK from October 2010.

Support of Blu-ray 3D disc
3D content playback over HDMI®
1080p/24p playback
DivX & MKV playback AVCHD , HD-JPEG, MP3 playback
USB 2.0 support, JPEG, MP3, connection to BD-Live™
BD-Live™ (Profile 2.0)
1080p upscaling
Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD Master Audio | Essential™
Bonus View™
Deep Colour Black
'Crystal Cut' design
Dimension: 430mm x 45mm x 225mm

1080p/24p playback
1080p upscaling
Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD Master Audio | Essential™
Bonus View™
Deep Colour
Smooth, stylish black design
Dimension: 361mm x 50mm x 241mm