The new quick loading and fully featured T 557 Blu-ray player from NAD launches this January.
It seems backwards, but the trend tends to be that higher end consumer electronics manufacturers are the last to integrate new features. The T 557 Blu-ray player from NAD, for example, is their first player to stream video and audio from a home network. It's something other players have been doing for a while, and something the PS3 has been doing for ages.
That's not to say that NAD is behind the times, their newest player includes an impressive feature set. The 557 is of course a BD Live capable player, and offers both Ethernet and WiFi connectivity. It outputs at a 1080p resolution at 24, 50, or 60 Hz. It's got 7.1 channel analog audio outputs as well as both coax and optical digital audio outs. The NAD T 557 also bitstreams all the latest in high definition audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.
Especially tantalizing though is the load time of the 557. NAD states that their new player “loads most Blu-ray discs in just a few seconds.” The NAD T 557 also has an instant open function which quickly ejects the disc.
Though a picture in picture feature isn't unique to the NAD T 557, the ability to play standard definition and high definition video simultaneously is intriguing.
NAD will be showing off their new player at CES next month, but it is available now from authorized dealers at a price of $599.