CES 2006 Profile: Sony (Video)

Sony’s video products category was well represented at CES 2006. Announcements came from the consumer electronics giant about new BRAVIA LCD televisions and their first ever Blu-ray Disc player.

Sony’s new Blu-ray Disc player is the BDP-S1. A flagship product in Sony’s roll out of new gear which supports their next generation Blu-ray Disc optical disc standard, the player is set to be available in early summer. Though not much product information was available, it is known that the player will feature 1080p full HD video output and DVD up-scaling to 1080p.

In Sony’s popular BRAVIA television model line, six new high-definition flat panels were unveiled, ranging in screen size from 46 inches to 26 inches. A new series makes up part of the 2006 line up. The S-series – the 46-inch KDL-46S2000 (available in May for around $4,500), the 40-inch KDL-40S2000 (available in March for around $3,000), the 32-inch KDL-32S2000 (available in March for around $2,000), and the 26-inch KDL-26S2000 (available in March for around $1,500) – features integrated ATSC digital tuners, 1,366 x 768 screen resolution, a one chip digital processor for improved picture quality, a HDMI input, two component inputs and a bottom speaker design which houses two 10-watt, surround sound speakers.

Sony’s other new BRAVIAs are the 40-inch KLV-40U100M (available in March for around $2,800) and the 32-inch KLV-32U100M (available in February for around $1,700) HD monitors. These two models sport features like 1,366 x 768 resolution, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, HDMI and component inputs and two bottom, 10-watt surround sound speakers.