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.
At CEDIA 2009 in September, we will see the first THX-certified Blu-Ray player from Lexicon: the BD-30. Features include a 5 second loading time, BonusVIEW and BD-Live, support for Blu-Ray, DVD, DVD Audio, SACD, CD and files via USB, and RS232. The tentative price point for the BD-30 Blu-ray player is set at $3,499.
Two Blu-Ray megachangers from Sony will be hitting the market in August. The BDP-CX960 and BDP-CX7000ES both hold up to 400 Blu-Ray discs, and both will use MusicID and VideoID software from Gracenote to organize and browse the collection. They will feature 1080p upscaling technology, Full HD 1080p resolution, support for most major audio formats and support for Blu-Ray Discs as well as DVDs, CDs and MP3s on recordable media.
As we all know, Toshiba was the proponent behind HD DVD. Even after the demise of the format, Toshiba seemingly was reluctant to give up on the format and join the Blu-ray side. They instead switched to producing a new upscaling DVD player, touting it as an equal to the presentation given by Blu-ray. Well now it appears that Toshiba has finally joined the Blu-ray craze.