Yamaha is looking to woo users who want a convergence experience in their home entertainment system with its BD-A1000 system, which combines Internet video streaming from Netflix, Blockbuster, and YouTube with traditional media such as DVD or Blu-ray. Additionally, users can make user of traditional A/V inputs or use the dual USB ports to play media files off a USB drive as well. The BD-A1000 system has an MSRP of $700. Although the system doesn’t offer other Web content like Google TV systems, it does combine some of the more popular Internet video services with a Blu-ray player for those who want an all-in-one. The press release is after the jump.
Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1000 High Performance, 3D-Ready Blu-ray Disc Player Adds a New Dimension to Home Theater Entertainment
A Complement to Yamaha’s AVENTAGE Receivers, this Sophisticated Unit Offers First Class Video and Audio Playback for Hours of Music and Video Enjoyment
Yamaha Electronics Corporation, the innovator in home theater and digital audio and video reproduction, today introduced the BD-A1000 Blu-ray Disc Player. Offering impressive HD video and audio qualities, the BD-A1000 features content playback from NetFlix, Blockbuster and YouTube Internet video streaming, along with dual USB (front/rear) inputs for a wide-array of audio and video sources.
The BD-A1000 represents Yamaha’s first universal Blu-ray player, and adds a new dimension to home entertainment with a multitude of internet-related, interactive features such as BD-Live and BonusView, which provide secondary video/audio for enhanced commentary and information, as well as features for existing and future entertainment options via USB memory.
Integrating Yamaha’s most advanced technology with stylish design, the BD-A1000 is engineered for maximum operating convenience with the Yamaha AVENTAGE line of AV receivers. By pressing the SCENE BD/DVD button on a current Yamaha AV receiver remote control, users can turn on the power to the receiver and the BD-A1000, and begin disc playback. The BD-A1000 offers full HD Audio decoding, 1080p/24Hz-compatible HDMI and 7.1 multi-channel analog output with four 2-channel DACs. It has Disc and USB multimedia format compatibility for AVCHD, WMV, JPEG (HD), MP3 and WMA. The BD-A1000 also provides full integration with home automation solutions and is also Control4 certified.
“Home theater enthusiasts are demanding versatile content compatibility, and Yamaha offers the most versatile entertainment options,” said Tom Sumner, President, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. “The new Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1000 highly enhances the visual and audio experience and is the ideal match for Yamaha’s AVENTAGE series of AV receivers.”
Additional features include an RC-232C integration control, on-screen display GUI, dual USB ports for video, music and photos playback, and detachable power cable.The Yamaha BD-A1000 carries an MSRP of $699.95.