The BD-A1000 is Yamaha’s first universal Blu-ray player, and adds a new dimension to home entertainment with a few new internet-related, interactive features such as BD-Live and BonusView, which provide secondary video/audio for enhanced commentary and information, as well as features for existing and future entertainment options via USB memory.
The BD-A1000 offers full HD Audio decoding, 1080p/24Hz-compatible HDMI and 7.1 multi-channel analog output with four 2-channel DACs. It has Disc and USB multimedia format compatibility for AVCHD, WMV, JPEG (HD), MP3 and WMA. The BD-A1000 also provides full integration with home automation solutions and is also Control4 certified.
“Home theater enthusiasts are demanding versatile content compatibility, and Yamaha offers the most versatile entertainment options,” said Tom Sumner, President, Yamaha Electronics Corporation. “The new Yamaha AVENTAGE BD-A1000 highly enhances the visual and audio experience and is the ideal match for Yamaha’s AVENTAGE series of AV receivers.”
Additional features include an RC-232C integration control, on-screen display GUI, dual USB ports for video, music and photos playback, and detachable power cable.
Sounds great, right? Well if you’re just dying to watch those cute cat videos on YouTube via Blu-ray player, be prepared to pay $699. That’s what Yamaha is retailing the device for. Orders can be made at Amazon.com which is selling the player for $100 below MSRP, for $599. Unfortunately, they’re already sold out, but you can still back order the BD-A1000.