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Toshiba reveals first Blu-ray Disc Player

Toshiba BD

Only a few weeks after announcing its support for the Blu-ray Disc format, Toshiba has revealed its first standalone BD player.

The BDX2000 provides Full HD 1080p digital output, BD-Live support (via Ethernet connection), AVCHD Playback and support for Dolby True HD and DTS-HD audio formats.

The BDX2000 is expected to be available in November. You can read the press release here.

Medion includes Blu-ray in new all-in-one PC

At this year’s IFA, Medion showed off The Touch, an all-in-one device that includes PC, Blu-ray Disc player, TV, audio system and 24-inch multi-touch screen.

Pocket-Lint reports that The Touch (or Medion X9613) contains an Intel CoreTM2 Quad processor Q9000, NVIDIA GeForce GT240M graphics card, a 1TB hard drive capacity and 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, alongside Dolby Home Theater V3-certified sound, a subwoofer, radio remote control, wireless keyboard and a two-megapixel webcam.

Medion Touch

New BD players from LG

LG demonstrated several new BD players at IFA, including the BD390, its first Blu-ray player with advanced DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and integrated Wi-Fi, and the HLB54S, a super slim Blu-ray Soundbar with wireless subwoofer.

The BD390’s Wi-Fi and DLNA technology means that it can access shared media, such as home movies or music, from other connected devices, and its built-in 1GB memory allows easy and smooth running of this personalised BD-Live content. The full press release can be read here.

Meanwhile the HLB54S Soundbar also includes Wi-Fi and DNLA, but also features audio technology developed in conjunction with audio expert Mr Mark Levinson to deliver superior quality sound. The player boasts 430W of sound through the integrated speaker and wireless subwoofer, as well as a dock for iPods or iPhones. The full press release can be read here.

The BD390 should be available later this month, with the HLB54S following in November.

Fujitsu adds Blu-ray to new ESPRIMO mini PC

Blu-ray news from IFA continues with the announcement of Fujitsu’s ESPRIMO Q1500, a new, powerful and exclusively designed mini PC suitable for the living room or office.

The fully-equipped PC stands only five centimetres tall but packs in a Blu-ray Disc reader, 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor, a 320GB Western Digital hard disk and 4GB of DDR2 RAM. It also includes an HDMI output for connecting to a television.

Niels Keunecke, Senior Director PCs & Displays at Fujitsu Technology Solutions, said:

“The Fujitsu ESPRIMO Q1500 is a very attractive mini PC for our customers. It combines state-of-the-art technology with an exclusive design. Thus, the ESPRIMO Q1500 is an excellent choice for lifestyle-oriented users looking for a powerful device processing their multimedia applications. We did not compromise on the environmental sustainability of these products and optimized their energy efficiency. As a consequence, the ESPRIMO Q1500 is one of the most energy-efficient products in our portfolio saving the environment and your money.”

More details on the Q1500 can be found here.

CyberLink releases PowerDirector8

CyberLink has launched the latest edition of its PowerDirector software, promising the “perfect balance between easy consumer-level usability and powerful pro-like technology.”

The PowerDirector 8 package includes the ability to author HD or upscaled SD content to Blu-ray Discs.


The full press release can be read at the CyberLink website, and a copy of the datasheet here.

msm-studios launches CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs

Munich-based msm-studios has announced CopyToGo for Pure Audio BDs, a new service that will allow users to enjoy BD audio on other devices.

The press release states:

In addition to unparalleled audio quality and maximum ease of use Pure Audio Blu-rays can be equipped from now on with “CopyToGo” technology. This means that the user can copy the songs of the Pure Audio Blu-ray from Blu-ray Players (profile 2.0) via network connection directly on  his  computer – all you need is an internet browser. The content on the Blu-ray can be provided in any format. The user therefore can listen to the music apart from using a Blu-ray player, and can even burn a CD or copy on an iPod/MP3 player.

Stefan Bock, managing director of msm-studios, is convinced that this innovation makes Pure Audio Blu-rays even more attractive: “With CopyToGo we provide all possibilities to enjoy music content from Blu-ray in any format. Perfect listening experience of Pure Audio Blu-ray in studio quality at home, MP3 on the road on your iPod/MP3 player, or CD quality in the car. CopyToGo provides always and everywhere the perfect format.”


For more details, visit the msm-studios website.

Samsung partners with YouTube for new BD range


At IFA this morning Samsung announced a partnership with YouTube that will enable users to view content from the video sharing site directly through their BD players.

New players will have the functionality built in, but Samsung will also make it available to existing users through a firmware update.

Tech Radar has the full story.

Sony adds Wi-Fi to new BD player range

BDP-S560 and BDP-S760More news from IFA – Sony has revealed two new Blu-ray Disc players which include Wi-Fi connectivity. The addition of Wi-Fi means that BD-Live features and firmware updates can be accessed more easily, while DNLA functionality means that the devices can receive photos and videos from computers connected to the same network.

Pocket-Lint has the details here.

Philips showcases new BD players at IFA 2009

At its IFA press conference this morning, Philips unveiled a new range of BD players, including a new SoundBar model and several full home theatre systems.

Here are details on the SoundBar from the press release:

For design conscious consumers who demand superior sound and picture, Philips SoundBar with Ambisound is the right choice. The new Philips SoundBar with Ambisound incorporates a complete home theatre system, with integrated high definition Blu-ray Disc playback for sharp images in full HD 1080p and an optional dock for iPod in a single unit. This means you can now enjoy all your entertainment in high definition surround sound and Blu-ray Disc picture quality without having multiple speakers.

And here are details on the top of range Philips HTS7540 full home cinema system:

For consumers with more space, the Philips’ range of home theatre systems offers the best-in-class listening experience combined with high definition Blu-ray Disc playback.

The new Philips Home Theater HTS7540 is a 5.1 system which delivers high definition pictures and surround sound in a stylish design with a high quality aluminium metal finishing.

With its four floor standing pillars, magnetically shielded centre speaker, and the 8” high efficiency subwoofer, the system is truly designed to deliver best-in-class audio quality for all kinds of contents.

The other models in the range come with the same high-quality audio features but smaller set ups.

T3 has posted a round-up of announcements from the Philips press conference here.

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