Harman Kardon is finally entering the U.S. Blu-ray Disc player market with the BDP-1, a full-featured and pricey deck that ships later this month.
The BDP 1 plays both Profile 1.1 (Bonus View) and Profile 2.0 (BD-Live) Blu-ray features, and can handle a wide variety of audio formats. It supports Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats, and can play back users' MP3 and WMA audio files straight from either a CD/DVD/BD disc or USB drive. While it doesn't include RS-232C support, it offers IR remote input and output for system integration with an IR blaster. It also can output digital audio through either optical or coaxial cables.
The new player should hit stores later this month, and will retail for $499.
— Will Greenwald
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