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post #1 of 25
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This is a photo I took of what appears to be a new Sony BRD Player. I haven't heard one announced, and it does look pretty similar to the last one, but it's a smaller cabinet.

Sorry for the low quality, but my camera settings were wrong. The back corner of the first gen player is to the left.
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post #2 of 25
Yeah that's definetly not the current one that's out.
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by tdavis21484 View Post

This is a photo I took of what appears to be a new Sony BRD Player. I haven't heard one announced, and it does look pretty similar to the last one, but it's a smaller cabinet.

Sorry for the low quality, but my camera settings were wrong. The back corner of the first gen player is to the left.

I couldn't make out any detail in your photo. Is it possible this is the new upconverting DVD (not Blu-ray) player that I saw a post about somewhere?
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by jack709 View Post

I couldn't make out any detail in your photo. Is it possible this is the new upconverting DVD (not Blu-ray) player that I saw a post about somewhere?

It appears to have the same BD logo on the tray front as the BDP-S1 and it looks to be about an inch less in height.
post #5 of 25
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Originally Posted by WaldorfSalad View Post

It appears to have the same BD logo on the tray front as the BDP-S1 and it looks to be about an inch less in height.

Oh yeah, sorry - it just looked like an oval at first glance, so I didn't pay attention - I was looking for a model numbrer or something.
post #6 of 25
Things would get REALLY interesting if they were to announce a $499 BD player today. Cross my fingers.

Their Keynote is currently updating Live on Engadget
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by jack709 View Post

I couldn't make out any detail in your photo. Is it possible this is the new upconverting DVD (not Blu-ray) player that I saw a post about somewhere?

No, it did have a BR logo on it.
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by veniex View Post

Things would get REALLY interesting if they were to announce a $499 BD player today. Cross my fingers.

Their Keynote is currently updating Live on Engadget

I personally doubt Sony will be the low-price leader in this battle, unless things get desperate. They never have the low price on anything, and position themselves as a value-added company that is "worth the extra money".
post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by veniex View Post

Things would get REALLY interesting if they were to announce a $499 BD player today. [/url]

Good point - this would effectively render obsolete the LG dual-format player before it ever gets shipped!
post #10 of 25
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Good point - this would effectively render obsolete the LG dual-format player before it ever gets shipped!


I sincerely doubt that will happen but if they put out a 1080p24/60 player with advanced codec support at that price point I absolutely agree and I'll be one of the first in line.
post #11 of 25
According to Shane Beuttner's Blog over at UltimateAVmag.com, Sony is showing two prototypes dubbed Sapphire 1 and Sapphire 2. Both are expected to be released in 2007. No further details right now. I guess we'll have to wait for the Sony Line Show in late Feb?

Here's my speculation/comments: Sapphire 2 looks very similar to the current Sony player. I'm betting this is a replacement for the current model out now and will go for $799-999 when its released later this year. The Sapphire 1 looks a bit "cheaper", and I'm betting will go for anywhere from $499-599 later this year.
post #12 of 25
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Good point - this would effectively render obsolete the LG dual-format player before it ever gets shipped!

If you're going by price you can get a PS3+A1 for $1000, less than that LG combo
post #13 of 25
Interesting at their conference today absolutely nothing.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by camaj View Post

If you're going by price you can get a PS3+A1 for $1000, less than that LG combo

That combination is a non-starter for me:

1) Not enough inputs in my system

2) Not enough output options with the PS3 (see #1).

3) No game console will be connected to my projector system - the kids have their own display for gaming, and I've spent a lot of time and effort to keep them completely separate.

However, an A2 (or XA20?) with a $500 BD player ends the discussion.

(The same holds for the XBox)
post #15 of 25
I just bought a Sony BDP-S1 player, so I don't think they would release a second generation model so soon. Btw, that photo looks the same as the BDP-S1, hardly a difference at all.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by P. Anthony View Post

I just bought a Sony BDP-S1 player, so I don't think they would release a second generation model so soon. Btw, that photo looks the same as the BDP-S1, hardly a difference at all.

I know you'd like to validate your own purchase, but, believe it, they were two different players. The one I photographed was noticeably slimmer, but similar in many ways.
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by HPforMe View Post

Interesting at their conference today absolutely nothing.

It's about pacing the announcements for the duration of the CES and waiting for the next guy to make the move.

I think last year's CES, Toshiba made the move early in reducing the player price to US$499. Sadly, that was is for HD-DVD from CEs.

There will be more announcements later on and quite possibly even right after CES.


fuad
post #18 of 25
Bring them on Sony!
post #19 of 25
Here is the link to the new players on engadget. Looks like they are adding deep color space compatibility. Wish they had more details...

http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/s...u-ray-players/
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by P. Anthony View Post

I just bought a Sony BDP-S1 player, so I don't think they would release a second generation model so soon. Btw, that photo looks the same as the BDP-S1, hardly a difference at all.

Why not? Given the length of time the BDP-S1 was in development, and how soon both Samsung and Toshiba have come out with 2nd-generation players (3 different models with Toshiba on the A20 vs. the A2 and XA2), this wouldn't surprise me in the least.

Remember: Sux to be an early adopter.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by heavyharmonies View Post

Why not? Given the length of time the BDP-S1 was in development, and how soon both Samsung and Toshiba have come out with 2nd-generation players (3 different models with Toshiba on the A20 vs. the A2 and XA2), this wouldn't surprise me in the least.

Remember: Sux to be an early adopter.

It may suck to be an early adopter, but the the BDP-S1 is beautifully built. I saw one for the first time a BB a couple days agao and was very impressed with the first gen player.

The worst part about adopting early is not so much the possibly new and better performance, but the price dropping.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by cawgijoe View Post

It may suck to be an early adopter, but the the BDP-S1 is beautifully built. I saw one for the first time a BB a couple days agao and was very impressed with the first gen player.

The worst part about adopting early is not so much the possibly new and better performance, but the price dropping.

I think it's both. First, you pay a lot of money for something that you can sell for only very little just a year later. Second, keeping it is not an attractive option either, because it doesn't have some important features that newer and cheaper products have, so you end up buying a new product without getting much from selling the old one. Also, most likely you didn't get much use out of the old one because of a lack of content, so the few movies you watch on it end up costing you a ridiculous amount of money per movie...

It makes sense to be an early adopter only if you really get a disproportionate amount of pleasure from being among the first to experience a new technology, and a few thousand dollars isn't much of a big deal for you.
post #23 of 25
The BDP-S1 is a beautiful player that feels nice and solid. So is the HD-XA1 on both counts. It'd be nice if the blue panel moved like the Sony JDM/DVR model.

I think the rest of them are either rather plain (Panny, Sammy, Philips, HD-A2/XA2)... or ugly (HD-A1).
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by wrighthenry View Post

Here is the link to the new players on engadget. Looks like they are adding deep color space compatibility. Wish they had more details...

http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/08/s...u-ray-players/

When is Sony supposed to announce the details for these players?

It would be nice to have a ~$500 BD player some time this year to go with my HD-A2. Perhaps the the lower of these will fit the bill.
post #25 of 25
The rep at the Sony booth said the new player are coming in March he didn't know pricing or what the differances between the players.


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