The DMP-BDT100, Panasonic's latest Blu-ray player, is a smaller and faster unit, designed for a release later this year. How much smaller? According to Panasonic's unnecessarily precise press release the BDT100 is 1-17/32 inches smaller than the BDT350. Apparently that last thirty-second of an inch is the clincher.
Blu-ray recorders, for whatever reason, just never took off in America like they did in Japan. Overseas they're incredibly popular – popular enough to necessitate a significant expansion of the format.
The BX580 doesn't do anything remarkable and new. It doesn't introduce some new feature that revolutionizes the industry and it won't shock you with its functionality. LG's latest Blu-ray player simply does everything you'd expect a Blu-ray player released in 2010 to do.
Usually new product releases are preceded by a flurry of emails from PR folks, or at least a press release or two. The recent release of a trio of new, improves Samsung Blu-ray players was a much quieter affair. The line flushes out Samsung's 3D offerings, which is important if you're one of the main driving forces behind the 3D craze.
The BDP-S1700ES is the latest Blu-ray player in Sony's Elevated Standard (ES) product line. It does everything a mid-level Blu-ray player should do and adds a few nice features that you may not have expected.