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Combo Player Details from LG CES Press Confrence

post #1 of 76
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From Engadget at the LG press conference-

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Originally Posted by HorrorScope View Post

Another bullet list:

- Named Super Multi Blu player model BH100
- Cost $1199
- Single tray
- Carried nationwide by many retailers include BB and Circuit City the first week of Feb.
- HDMI 1.2 (not 1.3) output
- automatically detects disc type
- outputs 1080P/24 and 1080P/30. Also 1080I/60
- no network interface
- uses 2 seperate lens systems
- takes about 25 seconds from disc insertion to display
- no interactivity support from either format

They also announced a drive for a PC for the same price.
- no availability date yet
- the drive includes ineractivity support for both formats









Specs from Engadgets Live Bloging of the Event:

Quote:


The BH100 model will be available this quarter, at a suggested retail price of $1,199.

True HD, VC-1 / H.264, DD+/ DTS HD

HDMI Out, Optical / 5.1 channel out
post #2 of 76
With support for the advanced codecs, HDMI AND analogs and ONE drive this is huge.
post #3 of 76
As the questions continue to fire, it looks like HDMI is merely of the 1.2 variety, retail availability will be widespread, and they'll try to pump out as many of these as they can to meet whatever consumer demand there may be.
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post #5 of 76
LG partnered with Broadcom for the chipset.
post #6 of 76
"Because of limited hardware, most everything essential is supported, but not all IHD features."

What?
post #7 of 76
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Originally Posted by max-pain View Post

"Because of limited hardware, most everything essential is supported, but not all IHD features."

What?

WMV, MP4 won't support?
post #8 of 76
Score one for the consumer.
post #9 of 76
Looks like and ethernet port as well.
post #10 of 76
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Originally Posted by 1MaNArmY View Post

Score one for the consumer.

Yeah, isn't all this very cool, guys!? I'm psyched. High-def for the win!

EDIT: Looking at the pictures...hah, isn't it funny that so many of these next-gen players seem to have gone back to sort of an "80's" design aesthetic?! I don't mind though. It's kind of retro-cool - plus makes the players look and feel like they are built like a tank. Stackablity is important in my crowded shelf-space.
post #11 of 76
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Originally Posted by Amiable-Akuma View Post

Yeah, isn't all this very cool, guys!? I'm psyched. High-def for the win!

EDIT: Looking at the pictures...hah, isn't it funny that so many of these next-gen players seem to have gone back to sort of an "80's" design aesthetic?! I don't mind though. It's kind of retro-cool - plus makes the players look and feel like they are built like a tank. Stackablity is important in my crowded shelf-space.

I agree. This is a huge kick-start for hidef movie viewing to start the year. Tosh and LG have taken the leadership.
post #12 of 76
If it sells for $1200, it basicly the same as buying the players seperatly. Although I'd suspect instore/online prices to be around $1000.

Can't wait for the reveiws to see how well it hanndles both formats. And how it works with WBs total HD.
post #13 of 76
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Originally Posted by nharmon91 View Post

$1,199, reads and writes everything but HD DVD, looks like Blu-ray still is first in LG's heart."

IMO that is bad wording. ^


I like this bullet list better and there are some concerns, it's not the perfect player but still a great start and gets the "you can't have both in one unit" monkey off of our back:

- Named Super Multi Blu player model BH100
- Cost $1199
- Single tray
- Carried nationwide by many retailers include BB and Circuit City the first week of Feb.
- HDMI 1.2 (not 1.3) output
- automatically detects disc type
- outputs 1080P/24 and 1080P/30. Also 1080I/60
- no network interface
- uses 2 seperate lens systems
- takes about 25 seconds from disc insertion to display
- no interactivity support from either format

They also announced a drive for a PC for the same price.
- no availability date yet
- the drive includes ineractivity support for both formats
post #14 of 76
Looks like with iHD missing and the HD-DVD-ROM-only on the PC drive, they're favoring the BR side of things.
post #15 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by HorrorScope View Post

IMO that is bad wording. ^


I like this bullet list better and there are some concerns, it's not the perfect player but still a great start and gets the "you can't have both in one unit" monkey off of our back:

- Named Super Multi Blu player model BH100
- Cost $1199
- Single tray
- Carried nationwide by many retailers include BB and Circuit City the first week of Feb.
- HDMI 1.2 (not 1.3) output
- automatically detects disc type
- outputs 1080P/24 and 1080P/30. Also 1080I/60
- no network interface
- uses 2 seperate lens systems
- takes about 25 seconds from disc insertion to display
- no interactivity support from either format

They also announced a drive for a PC for the same price.
- no availability date yet
- the drive includes ineractivity support for both formats


I think you'd probably include in those specs 1080p/60 as well. But 1080p/24 that is another huge piece of news.
post #16 of 76
I just don't get why so many of the next gen players are so ugly. Denon makes some huge DVD players that are still attractive. The Toshiba HD-A1, the Pioneer Bluray player and this LG player all look like betamax boxes, the Sony Bluray player looks like a PC, and the 2nd gen Toshiba's aren't exactly beautiful either. So far I think the HD-XA1 and the Samsung BDP-100 are the cream of the crop aesthetically, and that isn't saying much.
post #17 of 76
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Originally Posted by jadalias View Post

I just don't get why so many of the next gen players are so ugly. Denon makes some huge DVD players that are still attractive. The Toshiba HD-A1, the Pioneer Bluray player and this LG player all look like betamax boxes, the Sony Bluray player looks like a PC, and the 2nd gen Toshiba's aren't exactly beautiful either. So far I think the HD-XA1 and the Samsung BDP-100 are the cream of the crop aesthetically, and that isn't saying much.

its not unlike fashion I believe. They want every possible reason for you to buy a new player in the future.
post #18 of 76
HDMI 1.2 is more than enough for now and the forseeable future. No studios are releasing 10-bit color content. All 8-bit right now.
post #19 of 76
The notion of a universal player is good for me personally and I would think there might be several others in this same boat. I currently have an RPTV setup in my living room with both HD DVD and Blu-ray technologies in action. I am also in the process of building a dedicated home theatre in my basement. The LG player seems to be the perfect fit because I already have a collection of discs in both formats and I want to be able to play them in either room. While I was planning on purchasing two more players (one HD DVD, one BD) for the basement, I might just be able to get away with purchasing only one more instead.
post #20 of 76
To clarify, there is support for iHD. It seems no one is sure yet what iHD isn't functional at the time. The LG demo did feature Batman Begins and they showed the "fancy menu system."
post #21 of 76
It's a Goldstar.
post #22 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by HPforMe View Post

HDMI 1.2 is more than enough for now and the forseeable future. No studios are releasing 10-bit color content. All 8-bit right now.

No studios can release 10bit on HD or BD because the specs don't support it.
post #23 of 76
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Originally Posted by fa8362 View Post

It's a Goldstar.

The most important thin is that it's a start. Let the flood gates open and soon almost all player will be universal.
post #24 of 76
Well, I already returned my PS3 so I will also be returning my A2 aswell...I will be getting this player. Wonder if it upconverts
post #25 of 76
Well I'll be darned, it's true*. I thought that Sony prohibited BR from cohabiting in the same player with HDDVD.

This is a great start but the price prohibits mass market acceptance.

It needs to be $300 - $400 to reach critical mass (so to speak).

* But remember Toshiba's first progressive scan DVD player? A few were sold and then they destroyed remaining units.
post #26 of 76
Great news. Now we just need to convince Warner how braindead their "Total HD" approach really is...
post #27 of 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by HPforMe View Post

HDMI 1.2 is more than enough for now and the forseeable future. No studios are releasing 10-bit color content. All 8-bit right now.

Don't we need 1.3 for proper transmission of the new audio codecs?
post #28 of 76
^ Not if they are decoded in the player.
post #29 of 76
Quote:


Don't we need 1.3 for proper transmission of the new audio codecs?

No.
post #30 of 76
The 25 second wait from disc insertion to display is a little disappointing. That's only marginally faster than the HD-A1.

I definitely want another player(s) for my living room, but I'll wait to see the reviews and pricing before getting too geeked about it. If it makes more sense to get 2 additional standalone players, I'll just go that route instead.
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