Sony announced three new Blu-ray multimedia devices, the BDP-CX960 and BDP-CX7000ES 400-dics Blu-ray Disc MegaChangers and the BDP-S1000ES Blu-ray player. The latter two models with ES are built to high-quality “Elevated Standard” (ES) standards.
Both BDP-CX960 and BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray MegaChangers feature full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output and the Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology for upscaling standard definition DVDs to 1080p. They can store and play 400 Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and CDs.
The MegaChangers have Ethernet port and a USB port for accessing BD-Live content online or via USB storage devices. The top-of-the-line model BDP-CX7000ES features additional HD Reality Enhancer and Super Bit Mapping technology, an RS232 connection and IR-in. The BDP-CX7000ES will be available in August for $1900 and the BDP-CX960 will come in fall for a much lower $800 price tag.
Along with MegaChangers, Sony brings the BDP-S1000ES, which is also part of the ES line. It also offers full HD 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output, DVD upscaling hrough Sony’s Precision Cinema HD Upscale technology, and built-in WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity for easy BD-Live access. It includes also HD Reality Enhancer, Super Bit Mapping, and Precision Drive HD technology. It costs $700 and will be released in August.
Other than Blu-ray video discs, all these Blu-ray players support DVD+/-Video/R/RW, CD/R/RW, and MP3/JPEG on BD/DVD/CD recordable media as well as AVCHD video. They all support 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding as well as bit-stream output via HDMI. The BDP-CX7000ES also supports Deep Color via HDMI (v1.3).