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Blu-ray 3D player review: Sony BDP-S470

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At IFA this year, 3D was a stand out theme, as the world’s largest home entertainment manufacturers showcased a variety of 3D products, from TVs and projectors to laptops and Blu-ray Disc players.

A 3D Blu-ray player already on the market is Sony’s BDP-S470, which represents great value at just £180. CNet UK has recently reviewed this model, awarding it an impressive 4.5/5.

A slim compact machine, CNet says the BDP-S470 is ‘visually appealing’ but not at the expense of the outputs provided.  The picture quality is also commended, with the reviewer stating that he ‘thoroughly loved the picture this player produced.’

As for its internet connectivity, it is deemed, ‘just right’, providing UK users with access to BBC iPlayer, Demand Five and Love Film through the Bravia Internet Video service.

To read CNet UK’s full review of the Sony BDP-S470, click here.

IFA 2010 round-up: Sharp

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It comes as no surprise that 3D Blu-ray players were appearing left, right and centre at this year’s IFA conference but we wanted to draw your attention to one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet. Sharp’s BD-HP90S is slim, glossy and can stand up straight or lie just as comfortably on its side.

Due on sale in November 2010, the Sharp BD-HP90S produces 3D and 2D Blu-ray pictures, as well as packing in Wi-Fi to grab BD-Live content from the web without any wires.

There’s a USB socket up front too, alongside LED indicators to tell you it’s pumping out pictures in glorious 3D, or in the Aquos “Pure Mode” for enhanced images.

Electric Pig has the full story here

IFA 2010 round-up: Toshiba

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Toshiba made a big splash at this year’s IFA conference in Berlin. Not only did the Japanese electronics giant get on board with both the tablet and the 3D TV revolutions, it also found time to unleash some new cameras, a whole new bunch of TV’s and last but certainly not least, its range of Blu-ray Disc players.

The Toshiba BDX3100KB 3D Blu-ray player will hit Europe in October and will allow anyone with a 3D TV to enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies in full1080p/24fps HD resolution. If you’re not yet equipped for 3D, it has introduced an entry level Blu-ray player in the shape of the Toshiba BDX1100KB. It has the same credentials as its bigger brother, minus the 3D aspect.

Pocket Lint has the full story here.

IFA 2010 round-up: LG

LG IFA booth

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LG showcased a range of exciting 3D devices at IFA this year, from TVs to home cinema entertainment systems, including a prototype 180-inch 3D plasma screen. Below are the Blu-ray related highlights:

 

The world’s first THX 3D certified plasma

The PX990 is the first 3DTV to receive THX 3D certification, the ultimate recognition for cinema-quality presentation. The PX990 boasts active 3D technology and has full HD resolution. It also has the capability to convert 2D content into 3D. This will be available from October in both 50 and 60 inch models.

31-inch 3D OLED TV

Showcased as a prototype at IFA, this TV is wafer thin at just 2.9mm. And, with OLED technology, the TV boasts brilliant colour, with 600hz picture processing and full HD 1080p resolution.

BD players/ Home Cinema Systems

LG also launched two new 3D home cinema systems – the HLX55W and the HX995TZ to complement their first 3D compatible Blu-ray player, the BX580.

For more on all the above, visit the official LG blog.

IFA 2010 in pictures

We’ve been visting the booths at IFA over the last couple of days and wanted to share some images of the biggest and best.

Philips:

Panasonic:

Sony:

IFA 2010 round-up: Panasonic

Panasonic’s press conference and booth revealed a wide array of new 3D technology for the home, including 3D camcorders and a streaming service which will deliver 3D content directly to TVs. The company’s Blu-ray Disc highlights included:
Panasonic’s first 3D Blu-ray players
The DMP-BT100 and DMP-BT300 are Panasonic’s first foray into the world of Blu-ray 3D. Both players support Panasonic’s Viera Cast internet service, which delivers video content from the internet directly onto the TV screen.
Blu-ray recorders and PVRs
Panasonic also unveiled a range of Blu-ray devices that can record televised content from terrestrial or satellite broadcasts onto a hard drive or onto a Blu-ray Disc. The recorders feature twin tuners to allow recording of two channels simulatneously, and come with either 250GB or 500GB hard drives.
Blu-ray home cinema systems
Finally, the company also announced two new 5.1 channel full HD 3D Blu-ray home cinema systems, and a new Blu-ray soundbar. 
For more details on the above, visit Which and Pocket-Lint.

IFA 2010 round-up: Philips

Yesterday Philips held its press conference at IFA 2010, and its Blu-ray players and 3D Cinema LCD HDTVs are set to wow Philips’ fans…
Philips 3D Cinema 21.9 Platinum
Cinema fans everywhere will be jumping for joy at the latest news from Philips, who yesterday announced its 3D Cinema 21.9 display. The LED backlight technology makes for an extremely pleasant viewing experience, and although the set itself is 59-inches, the design is sleek and slimline and would make a welcome addition to your living room.
T3 has the full story.
Philips releases its latest Blu-ray Disc player
Philips also revealed the latest addition to its Blu-ray player range with the introduction of the new BDP-9600 Blu-ray player. This latest addition features NetTV, allowing content from the intenet to be viewed on the big screen. Slashgear has a selection of exclusive pictures that can be found here.
For further information on all Philips news from IFA, visit their dedicated press page.

IFA 2010 round-up: Sony

Yesterday, Sony held its press conference at IFA 2010. Sony CEO, Howard Stringer, made several announcements in his keynote speech, and as expected 3D was the main focus –  with the entire press conference being filmed in 3D. Here’s a lowdown of some of the news: 
Sony showcases prototype 3D Vaio Laptops
The 3D Vaio Laptop prototypes on show at IFA (although not on-sale until at least 2011) boasted fast-response LCD screens displaying up to 240fps which give greater 3D quality. The 3D laptops will have full HD resolution and use the frame-sequential 3D display method to deliver full HD images to each eye via active shutter glasses.
Which has the full story and a video demonstration.
PS3 3D will be available in October
Sony also announced that PS3 will be getting the ability to play 3D Blu-ray discs by the end of October, a little later than the original September timeframe. Although no official date was given, PS3 owners will no doubt be excited by the news. Pocket-Lint has more details.
3D projectors offer the ultimate home cinema experience
Sony announced the VPL-VW90ES , a 3D home projector for the ultimate movie fan. The projectors, which work with Sony’s active glasses technology (found in the Bravia television range) offer Full HD 1080p 3D projection, and handle 2D to 3D conversion. Gizmodo has a closer look. 

IFA 2010 round-up: Samsung

Samsung had plenty to show at IFA this year, including new laptops, notebooks and an iPad rivalling tablet PC called the Galaxy Tab. In terms of Blu-ray related announcements, these are the highlights:

BD-C8900 3D Blu-ray player

The BD-C8900, already the recipient of an EISA Award, is the first 3D Blu-ray player to include a digital video recording function. With a 500GB hard drive on board, the player will allow recording of TV programmes directly or onto a Blu-ray Disc. I4U has more details.

The world’s largest HD 3D LED TV

Samsung also showed off the LED C8000, what it calls the world’s largest HD, LED, 3D television. The perfect complement to the above BD-C9800 3D player, the 65-inch C8000 is Wi-Fi enabled and includes support for the growing Samsung Apps platform. Pocket-Lint has more details.

Blu-ray Disc Association to attend this year’s IFA conference in Berlin

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Next week the annual IFA conference will take place in Berlin. IFA is the world’s leading business event for consumer electronics and home appliances products and this year it will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Attracting industry representatives from all over the world, this trade event serves as a global information and business platform, and as you might expect, Victor Matsuda and Graham Heaton from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will be there. There are no formal announcements planned, but if you have any questions for Victor or Graham let us know.

We’ll also be reporting news from the conference as it happens to keep you up to speed on all the latest Blu-ray and IFA news. For more details on the IFA exhibition, please click here.


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