Sony's Blu-Ray Players Go Wireless

Posted Thu Mar 5, 2009 at 10:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

Four new Blu-Ray players will soon be added to Sony’s product offering. Two stand-alone players, the BDP-S360 and BDP-S56, and two home theater systems, the BDV-E300 and BDV-E500W BD come equipped with full HD 1080/60p, BD Live capability, and the ability to decode the latest audio codecs.

The BDP-S360 (SRP $300) and BDP-S560 (SRP $350) both use upscaling technology to convert DVDs to near HD experiences. In addition to the robust audio and video compatibility, these devices each have a USB port, and use Precision Drive Technology to stabilize bent or scratched discs during playback. These players will be released during the summer.

The BDP-S560 is designed to cut down on wires, as it has Wi-Fi network capabilities that allow it to access online content through you home wireless network. It is Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA(R)) capable, allowing it to transfer digital photos to other (DLNA(R)) devices.

The two home theater systems are S-AIR ready, meaning that they can project audio to external speakers. The BDV-E500W (SRP $800) has S-AIR wireless compatibility with its rear speakers, while the BDV-E300 (SRP $800) can use S-AIR with the purchase of external modules.

These systems include a Digital Media Port, which comes equipped with an iPod cradle. They are also compatible with several other media connections, such as a Bluetooth adapter and a PC client device, sold separately. These units will ship this June.

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