Sony recently announced the upcoming release of the PS3 Slim and the discontinuation of the current PS3 models. While the company detailed everything from the chips to the orientation of the hardware, they neglected one major fact for home theater consumers. The PS3 Slim will have the ability to pass Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio in their native bitstream encoding to A/V receivers.
At a conference in Cologne, Germany, Sony has announced some big news for the PS3 lineup. Effective immediately all current models of the PS3 will get a price reduction. The current 80GB PS3 will be lowered to $299, while the 160GB model will be lowered to $399. In addition, the current model will be discontinued to make way for the new PS3 model.
Panasonic announced the inclusion of Amazon's Video on Demand service via their new Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray players. Panasonic owners will get a software update today loaded via the network connection on their Blu-ray players, similar to the inclusion of Amazon's VOD service on Viera-Cast televisions.
Marantz has added the $599 NR 1501 AV receiver to its lineup. Also on the slate are two new Profile 2.0 Blu-Ray players. The NR 1501 features internal decoding of all Blu-Ray sound formats, four HRMI 1.3 inputs and one output, and the ability to transcode analog video to HDMI.
The first Blu-Ray Profile 2.0 player from Onkyo has been announced. The DV-BD507 can play all of the features found on a BD-Live disc. It can internally decode DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio formats and it can handle Deep Color and x.v. color as well.