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Philips’ – Curved TV, 4k Media Player run on Android.

  • Philips 8900 is the first curved TV powered by Android™ featuring acknowledged high-class 4K Ultra HD picture quality
  • Striking appearance through outstanding design with  a contoured ribbon chrome stand
  • Great processing power and AndroidTM operating system combine to deliver the most fluent and responsive Smart TV experience
  • Smart interaction through typing, pointing, voice and gesturing

Amsterdam, September 4th, 2014 – Today, TP Vision presented the first-ever curved Philips TV. The 139cm (55’’) Philips 8900 4k Ultra HD TV is powered by AndroidTM and certified by GoogleTM . This provides easy access to Google Play Store with its wealth of apps, games and content. In addition, massive processing power together with an AndroidTM operating system allows for the most fluent user interface. The curved Philips 8900 features 3-sided Ambilight and will be available during the third quarter in Europe and Russia.

High-class picture quality
The Philips 8900 has 1000 Hz Perfect Motion Rate Ultra and Ultra Resolution to ensure superb motion sharpness. It also features Local Contrast, to further improve the screens’ excellent contrast, and Micro Dimming Pro, a sensor-based technology that dynamically adapts the LED backlight depending on the ambient room light. The latter delivers impressive contrast through deep blacks and bright whites.

Bended ‘ribbon stand’ harmoniously contrasts with curved display 
The Philips 8900 TV has a 139cm (55’’) curved display that stands on a new ‘ribbon stand’. This creates a bold look, which is enhanced by the high-quality polished chrome finish.

3-sided Ambilight for an even more immersive viewing experience
3-sided Ambilight complements the outstanding appearance of the 8900 series. Ambilight is now capable of following really fast moving scenes in action and sports games.

Certified Android UHD TV to enhance the Smart TV experience
All Philips 4K Ultra HD TVs powered by Android™ – including the Philips 8900 – are certified by Google. This means that they have access to all apps, services, and content in the Google Play Store that are suitable for TVs. This app and service offering is provided on top of the existing Philips Smart TV portfolio.

Smart interaction through pointing, typing, voice and gesturing 
Philips 8900’s remote control makes navigating the large screen easy. It lets users choose the way they want to communicate with their Philips TV. The pointer operates like a mouse allowing pointing, clicking, and scrolling through on screen menus. On the remote’s rear is a full keyboard for easy text entry. The remote control also enables users to control the TV via voice commands to facilitate search for content. Last but not least, the integrated camera allows gestures to be detected and they are then translated into pre-defined commands.

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HDMI CAT5/6 Receiver is an HDMI with Bi-Directional IR Extension Kit

The HDMI CAT5/6 Receiver are based on the latest HDMI technology and therefore are capable of fully supporting HDMI V1.3b, Deep Color and DTS-HD or Dolby TrueHD audio.HDCP (high bandwidth digital content protection) is a standard encoded into the video signal to prevent it from being pirated. If a source device is HDCP coded and is connected to a HDMI Extender display or projector without the correct HDCP decoding process, the picture is appear “sparkle” or in some cases, down-scaling to lower (480P) resolutions of the images .The transmission distance between the sending and receiving units can be up to 60m (200ft) under HD resolution (720p or 1080i) or 40m (130ft) under Full HD resolution (1080p).IR Blaster is capable of generating the major three types of : Space encoded, Pulse encoded and RC5 encoded. It supports carrier frequencies from 36kHz up to 40kHz and IR command sets up to 48 bits plus header and tail bit and Infrared 3.5mm socket for plugging in the extension cable of IR blaster .The HDMI CAT5/6 Receiver is an HDMIwith Bi-Directional IR Extension Kit.

Key Features:
  • HDMI 1.3c compliant
  • Extends the transmission distance up to 60m (200ft) from the sources under 1080i or 720p 3D Compatible including the most popular e.g., Frame Packing, Side-by-Side, Top-to-Bottom, etc… HDCP compliant.
  • Supports 1080p up to 50M.
  • HDMI Extender over CAT6 Extender Set.
  • Resolutions supported: PC – VGA to WXGA; HDTV – 480i to 1080p plus 1080p24fps.
  • High Definition Audio supported: Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio plus LPCM.

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XO Platinum 15m HDMI cable support pure digital audio supported by high-definition surround sound formats

The NEW XO range of 15m HDMI cables is the latest addition to the high end series of XO products. XO Platinum 15m HDMI Cable allows you the luxury of seeing and hearing every detail without any compromise. It delivers uncompressed 1080p/120 Hz high definition video with 12-bit deep color, eight channels of 192/24 digital audio for ultimate 7.1 surround sound, and an integrated control channel – all in one cable. It also eliminates digital-to-analog conversion between your video sources and display for the most accurate high definition picture. Our XO Platinum hdmi cables range advanced design and construction exceeds HDMI standards to transfer digital AV signals with optimal power, accuracy and clarity. 24k gold contacts resist corrosion to provide optimum signal transfer. An advanced nitrogen gas injected di-electric with quad layer shielding corrects impedance variances to deliver maximum signal strength as well as improves accuracy while delivering the most enjoyable home theater experience. Additional Colour Spaces, adds support for additional colour models used in digital photography and computer graphics. XO Platinum v1.4 HDMI cable will also support pure digital audio supported by high-definition surround sound formats such as Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD. All our cables meet all RoHS standards and are durable. An evolved nitrogen gasoline injected di-electric with quad layer protective rights impedance variances to ship maximum signal potential in addition to strengthens accuracy while shiping probably the most enjoyable dwelling theater experience. XO Platinum 15m HDMI Cable lets in you the posh of seeing and hearing each element without any compromise.

Specification

  • Length: 15 Metre / 15m HDMI Cable
  • 3D and Ethernet Ready
  • Nitrogen gas-injected dielectric with quad-shielding for maximum signal strength.
  • Delivers Up to 1080p Digital HDTV.
  • Male to Male Connection
  • 24K Gold-plated Connector Plug Contacts
  • Mylar Backed Foil
  • High Speed (Catergory 2)
  • HDMI 1.4 increases its single-link bandwidth from 165MHz (4.95 gigabits per second) to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps) to support the demands of future high definition display devices, such as higher resolutions, Deep Colour and high frame rates

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Flat 9m hdmi cables are also compatible with Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD

Flat 9m hdmi cable is a high quality high speed HDMI compliant flat cable designed for transmitting high-bandwidth, uncompressed video and multi-channel digital audio signals between HDMI compliant devices. Flat hdmi cable high speed cables compatible with 1080p (Full HD) , 3D , Deep Color™, 600 Mhz , and all uncompressed digital video formats. Flat 9m hdmi cables are also compatible with Dolby Digital™ , DTS™, Dolby TrueHD™ , DTS-HD™, and 7.1 surround sound audio formats.  Flat HDMI cables are convenient because they will allow the transfer of digital audio and video in a single cable, permitting a less confusing mess of wires and a cleaner entertainment center.  HDMI Flat cable have included their unique design and material features, that provide unparalleled added value in terms of signal transport quality and fidelity. HDMI cable also features gold-plated HDMI connectors. Available in a handsome gray striped jacket in lengths of 1M, 2M, and 3M and more. Paintable to match any decor. 3D – 3D is the latest rage for both home theater and gaming. A High Speed HDMI Cable is capable of handling the high bandwidth requirements of 3D signals. Flat  HDMI cables are specially designed for HD video/audio signals for home theater applications and professional home theater installations. All of our flat hdmi cables are made for home theater in mind using the highest quality cabling, jacket materials and gold plating for better connectivity, longevity and signal strength. Optimized HDMI Cables support all HDTV formats including 480p, 720p, 1080p and 1080I.

Key Features:
  • Length: 9 Metres / 9m HDMI Cable
  • Speed: High-Speed with Ethernet (Cat 2)
  • 3D Ready
  • Nitrogen gas-injected dielectric with quad-shielding for maximum signal strength.
  • Delivers Up to 4k 2k resolution.
  • 24K Gold-plated Connector Plug Contacts
  • Supports refresh rates of 60Hz, 120Hz and 240Hz
  • Supports resolutions of 1080p/i, 720p and 480p/i
  • Lossless Surround Sound 5.1 and 7.1

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New Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender

Description

Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender over Single Cat5/6 up to 60m with Bi-Directional IR (SENDER/RECEIVER INCLUDED)

The New Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender is an HDMI with Bi-Directional IR Extension Kit. The extenders are designed to handle full 1080p up to 50m (130ft) and 1080i/720p up to (60m) 200ft. The Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender are capable of supporting very high bandwidth and therefore are able to handle all 7 x 3D formats.

The Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender are based on the latest HDMI technology and therefore are capable of fully supporting HDCP 2.0, Deep Colour and DTS-HD or Dolby TrueHD audio. In addition, the Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender are also equipped with bi-directional IR pass-through, which allows users to control the sources from the remote location as well as sending IR signal from a control system to a remote location. Perfect for Control4, RTI, HAI or any other control system users or dealers may use.

The Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender includes two modules: transmitting module and receiving module, where the transmitter module converts HDMI with IR to Cat 5/6 (RJ45) and the receiver module converts it back to HDMI and IR. The receiver module is featured with 8-step equalization control, to allow users to adjust the equalization strength to the received HDMI signals accordingly, and therefore optimize the transmission distance between source and display.

Features

  • Extends the transmission range up to 50m (130ft) at full 1080p or 1920×1200 and 60m (200ft) at 1080i/720p
  • Supports all latest Audio formats such as Dolby True HD, DTS-master
  • 3D Compatible (all 7 formats), including the most popular e.g., Frame Packing, Side-by-Side, Top-to-Bottom etc…
  • 7 x Embedded EDID functions and Learning EDID function available. Learning function allows user to trick the source to think that it connected to the display rather than going though extenders. This advantage can fix a lot of EDID issues which may happened in a complicated installations with different components involved.
  • Supports Bi-Directional IR pass-through up to 60Khz, allows users not only send IR signals from remote location but also to remote location from a control system. Great for Control4 or RTI installers.
  • Supports VESA DDC and Hot-Plug Detect (HPD)
  • HDCP compatible
  • DVI 1.0 compliant, user will need to use DVI/HDMI adapter
  • Supports Deep Colour
  • Allows cascading
  • Wall mounting housing design for easy and robust installation
  • Locking Power connector

Specifications

1. (1080p)  40m (130ft) – CAT5e / 50m (165ft) – CAT6

2. (720p/1080i) 50m (165ft) CAT5e / 60m (200ft) – CAT6

  • Video Bandwidth: 6.75Gbps
  • Audio Support: Up to 8-channel including all latest digital formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master
  • IR: Bi-directional up to 20~60kHz
  • Input TMDS signal: 1.2 volts (peak-to-peak)
  • Input DDC signal: 5 volts (peak-to-peak)
  • HDMI Connector: 19 pin type female connector
  • Power Supply: 5V 2A (Universal 110/240)
  • Power Consumption: 1.5 Watts (max)
  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 2.9” x 3.5” x 1” (75 x 90 x 25mm)
  • Weight: 240g each unit

Package Includes

  • 1x Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender (Transmitting Modules)
  • 1x Cablesson HDelity HDMI 3D Extender ( Receiving Modules)
  • 1x IR blaster
  • 1x IR receiver
  • 2x 5V power supply units
  • 1x User’s manual

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Oppo’s BDP-80 Universal Player — a Simplified BDP-83?

BDP-80
Blu-ray Disc Player w/SACD & DVD-Audio

BDP80

  • Standalone Player & Digital Transport
  • 1080p Full HD, 1080p24 & Source Direct
  • Fast Loading & Response Times
  • SACD & DVD-Audio/Video
  • USB 2.0 for Media Playback
  • 1GB Memory & BD-Live

Overview
The BDP-80 is a full-featured universal Blu-ray Disc™ player that supports BD Profile 2.0 (BD-Live and BonusView), DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), HDCD, CD and other popular media formats such as AVCHD, MKV video files, digital photos and music. Sharing the same decoder and similarly optimized firmware as OPPO’s award-winning BDP-83, the BDP-80 features fast disc load times, quick response to user operations, and robust audio and video controls. In contrast to the BDP-83, which utilizes an onboard VRS by Anchor Bay video processor, the BDP-80 design has been optimized for use as a digital audio/video transport, emphasizing the accuracy of its digital audio/video outputs. At the same time, the BDP-80 is versatile enough to be used as a stand-alone universal Blu-ray player, thanks to its full array of output connections and audio/video decoding capabilities.

For video, the BDP-80 features an HDMI 1.3 port that supports 1080p Full HD, 1080p 24Hz, Deep Color and Source Direct modes. Component video, S-Video and Composite video connections are also available for legacy analog displays. In addition to its faithful reproduction of high-definition pictures on Blu-ray Discs, the player can up-convert DVD from standard definition up to 1080p to maximize DVD picture quality. Its “Source Direct” output mode makes the BDP-80 incredibly well suited as a digital transport to feed into an external video processor, a high-end A/V receiver or display device with built-in video processing. Unique features such as subtitle shift and vertical stretch zoom mode makes the player an ideal source component for home theaters with 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height) displays.

For audio, the BDP-80 supports internal decoding and bitstream output of the latest sound formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio. The BDP-80 also features a configurable 7.1-channel analog output that can be set as 7.1-channel, 5.1-channel, or stereo. When playing SACD, the BDP-80 can output DSD (Direct Stream Digital) over HDMI in its native format or convert it into high-resolution PCM. For compatibility with many legacy A/V receivers and DACs, the BDP-80 also provides an optical and coaxial digital audio output.

The initial setup of the BDP-80 is a breeze with its Easy Setup Wizard and well-written manual. Setup menus on the player can be accessed without interruption to disc playback. The front and back USB 2.0 ports enable easy access to music, photo and video files. The BDP-80 comes standard with 1GB of internal storage built-in so that no additional memory card or flash drive is needed to use BD-Live and BonusView features. Featuring a front panel with brushed metallic appearance and a dimmable display, the BDP-80 fits nicely in any home theater environment, ranging from simple to high-end.

Features
Complete Media Support:
  • Blu-ray Disc – The high definition Blu-ray Disc™ format provides pristine video and audio quality for your home entertainment.
  • BonusVIEW – BD “Profile 1.1″ enables “picture-in-picture” and secondary audio features for viewing director or actor commentary while the main movie is playing.
  • BD-Live™ – BDP-80 supports BD “Profile 2.0″ and contains all necessary hardware – audio/video decoder, Ethernet port, and 1GB of internal storage – for BD-Live.
  • DVD Up-Conversion – The BDP-80 up-converts DVD from standard definition up to 1080p output. The up-converted video maximizes DVD picture quality and bridges the visual gap from your current DVD library to Blu-ray discs.
  • DVD-Audio – The BDP-80 plays DVD-Audio and supports both stereo and multi-channel high resolution audio programs. Users can select whether to play the DVD-Audio or the DVD-Video portion of the disc.
  • SACD – The BDP-80 plays Super Audio CD (SACD) and supports both stereo and multi-channel high resolution audio programs. The BDP-80 can output DSD (Direct Stream Digital) over HDMI in its native format or convert into PCM. (Analog audio output for SACD supports PCM mode only, and is not available when DSD over HDMI is in use.)
  • Additional Media Formats – Additional disc and file formats, such as audio CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD, AVCHD, MKV, and other audio/video/picture files on recorded discs or USB drives can be played back on the BDP-80.
Excellent Video Quality:
  • Full HD 1080p Output – The BDP-80 features user selectable video output resolutions, including 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and up to 1080p 50 or 60Hz.
  • True 24p™ Video – Many Blu-ray Discs are recorded at 24 frames per second, the same frame rate as the original movie’s theatrical release. The BDP-80 can faithfully redeliver the original frames using 1080p 24Hz output (compatible display required) for smoother motion and a flicker-free, film-like home theater experience.
  • Source Direct Mode – For users who wish to use an external video processor, high-end audio/video receiver or display, the BDP-80 offers a ™Source Direct™ mode. The original audio/video content on the discs is sent out with no additional processing or alteration.
  • Multiple Zoom Modes – The BDP-80 supports multiple levels of aspect ratio control and image zooming, including a vertical stretch mode for customers with a 2.35:1 CIH (Constant Image Height) display system.
  • Subtitle Shift – The BDP-80 is able to shift subtitles up or down on the video screen. This feature makes it possible to see all subtitle text when using a 2.35:1 CIH display system.
  • HDMI – HDMI is an all digital interface for the cleanest possible connection. It delivers high-quality digital video and audio through a single cable. The BDP-80 features an HDMI v1.3 output with 30-bit and 36-bit Deep Color support.
High Fidelity Audio:
  • Dolby® TrueHD – Dolby TrueHD delivers lossless studio master quality audio designed specifically for high definition entertainment. The BDP-80 supports bit-stream output of Dolby TrueHD via its HDMI 1.3 output. It can also internally decode Dolby TrueHD into LPCM and output via HDMI or the 7.1ch analog audio output terminals. (Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus audio formats are also supported.)
  • DTS-HD Master Audio™ – DTS-HD Master Audio delivers an auditory experience that matches the lifelike images of high-definition video with up to 7.1 channels that are bit-for-bit identical to the studio master. The BDP-80 supports bit-stream output of DTS-HD Master Audio. It can also internally decode DTS-HD Master Audio and output via HDMI or the 7.1ch analog audio output terminals. (DTS-HD High Resolution Audio and DTS Digital Surround are also supported.)
  • 7.1-Channel Analog Output – Individual analog 7.1-channel surround outputs are ideal to connect to a 7.1-channel or 5.1-channel surround sound system. The BDP-80 delivers an immersive surround experience. For users with a stereo sound system, the 7.1-channel analog output can be configured to down-mix the surround audio into stereo.
  • Digital Optical and Coaxial Outputs – For easy connection to more traditional A/V receivers, the BDP-80 features both optical and coaxial outputs for digital audio.
Ultimate Convenience:
  • Dual USB Ports – Two USB 2.0 high speed ports are provided, one on the front panel and one on the back. Users can enjoy high definition video, high resolution photos and music directly from their USB drives.
  • PAL/NTSC Conversion – The BDP-80 supports NTSC and PAL systems for both disc playback and video output. It can also convert content of one system for output in another. (Subject to DVD and BD region restrictions.)
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Remote Control – The BDP-80 comes with a remote control with glow-in-the-dark buttons. With its ergonomic button layout and clear labeling, operating the Blu-ray Disc player is easy and intuitive.
  • Universal Power Supply – The BDP-80 features a wide-range world power supply that is compatible with the AC power of all regions. No worries about damaging the player due to incorrect power voltage.
  • HDMI CEC – HDMI Consumer Electronics Control simplifies the home theater by allowing a single remote control to operate multiple devices.
Specifications

Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Disc Types* BD-Video, DVD-Video, AVCHD, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, HDCD, Kodak Picture CD
CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD±R DL, BD-R/RE
BD Profile BD-ROM Version 2 Profile 2 (also compatible with Profile 1 Version 1.0 and 1.1)
Internal Storage 1GB (Actual available storage varies due to system usage)
Output Analog Audio: 7.1ch (also supports 5.1ch and stereo modes)
Digital Audio: Coaxial, Optical
HDMI Audio: Stereo, up to 7.1ch high-resolution PCM, up to 5.1ch DSD, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, and DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream output or decoded into LPCM.
Analog Video: Composite, S-Video, Component Video (Y/Pb/Pr, 480i/480p, 720p/1080i available for non-restricted content only)
Digital Video: HDMI with HDCP (NTSC: 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24, PAL 576i/576p/720p/1080i/1080p/1080p24)
Video Characteristics Composite Video Amplitude: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω)
Component Video: Y: 1.0Vp-p (75Ω), Pb/Pr: 0.7Vp-p (75Ω)
Audio Characteristics** Frequency: 20Hz – 20kHz (±0.3dB)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >115dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: < 0.008% (1kHz at 0dBFS, 20kHz LPF)
General Specification Power Supply: ~ 100V – 240V, 50/60Hz AC
Power Consumption: 30W (< 1W Standby)
Dimensions: 430mm x 281mm x 53mm, 16-7/8 x 11 x 2-1/8 inches
Mass: 3.5kg / 7.7 lbs
Operating Temperature 5°C – 35°C
41°F – 95°F
Operating Humidity 15% – 75%
No condensation

* Compatibility with user-encoded contents or user-created discs is on a best-effort basis with no guarantee due to the variation of media, software and techniques used.

**Nominal specification.

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Pioneer BDP-320 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player

320Pioneer’s BDP-320 Pioneer BD-Live Blu-ray Disc Player, featuring 48-bit deep color and 7.1-ch analog outputs, is built for entertainment junkies who seek cinematic-quality performance along with a premium and unique user experience. Pioneer’s players combine supreme features, sophisticated internal construction with a rigid chassis design ensuring the highest quality playback of Blu-ray Disc, DVD and CD entertainment. The BDP-320 is also outfitted with built-in memory to deliver on the promise of BD-Live right out of the box.

Immediate BD-Live Enjoyment
BD-Live is the interactive component of the Blu-ray Disc format that gives home audiences the innovative opportunity to download and enjoy bonus trailers and movie features, participate in online gaming as well as synchronize viewing, chat live and video message with other BD-Live players. Providing immediate enjoyment of these exciting entertainment capabilities, the BDP-320 has one GB of internal on-board memory, eliminating the need for consumers to purchase additional memory for basic operation of BD-Live. An integrated USB port allows connection to flash drives as well as hard drives for additional BD-Live storage. An Ethernet connection port lets owners seamlessly upgrade their player with the latest firmware updates as soon as they are available online.

Premier Picture and Sound Quality
The new the BDP-320 combines a state-of-the-art chip set and video processing solutions with Pioneer’s 1080p True24FPS (frame per second) feature to deliver detailed, natural imagery that is unmatched by other players.
Recognizing that high end home theater is as much about sound presentation as on-screen images, the BDP-320 fully supports new high resolution audio formats, and also provides Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD bitstream output, and 7.1-channel analog output (for compatibility with non HDMI equipped receivers and preamps).

Premium Convenience Features
Pioneer’s BDP-320 provides functional advantages when used in conjunction with Pioneer’s Elite A/V receivers and KURO displays. KURO Link is an exclusive synergy feature that allows users to easily maneuver between connected Pioneer products with just a single remote control. By connecting the BDP-320 to a Pioneer KURO flat panel TV or monitor and a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, KURO LINK lets you operate the entire system’s basic functions such as power on/off and playback through KURO’s remote control. The new KURO Link Video Adjustment System automatically switches to optimal video settings adjusted by unique parameters developed by Pioneer KURO and Blu-ray Disc player engineers. The BDP-320 also delivers significantly reduced power on, disc load, and power off times.

Customizable Viewing Experience
For those updating a home theater system, the Pioneer BDP-320 features sleek, slim form factors and gives consumers the confidence that comes with a heralded 30-year leadership in optical disc innovations. The Pioneer BDP-320 also gives cinephiles a series of picture adjustment features for an optimum customized entertainment experience including:

  • New–KURO Link Auto Picture Adjust:  By connecting the BDP-320 to a Pioneer KURO flat panel TV or monitor and a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, KURO Link lets you operate the entire system’s basic functions such as power on/off and playback through KURO’s remote control. The new KURO LINK Video Adjustment System automatically switches to video settings best suited for the connected KURO.
  • New–Simultaneous Video Outputs: Watch your Blu-ray disc movies while watching the bonus features at the same time (Picture-in-Picture). 
  • 48-Bit Deep Color Support: By improving subtle color gradations, this feature produces an unprecedented level of hues and shades that ensure a vibrant viewing experience
  • Spectacular 1080p Picture Quality: The BDP-320 provides up to 1920x1080p resolution for unrivaled picture quality. And with True 24fps, you can now see your movies as the director intended.
  • x.v.Color: An advanced feature which greatly broadens the color space input to include 1.8 times as many natural colors than standard RGB signals.
  • HDMI Precision Quartz Lock System (PQLS) Jitterless Transmission (2-ch):
    By HDMI connection with a compatible Pioneer A/V receiver, CD music is precisely reproduced with minimum jitter.
  • Picture Control Suite: Users can tweak 13 video adjustments to create a finely tuned image, delivering on the promise of stunning HD picture quality
  • Noise Reduction Circuits: Offering three different adjustments, the enhanced circuitry significantly updates the image quality of lower-quality DVD content
  • Internal Audio Decoders: The BDP-320 features internal decoding of all advanced audio formats including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • BD-Live Compliant (Profile 2.0): Enjoy special disc contents in Picture-in-Picture form, and also download additional content from the internet to the built-in 1GB memory, such as the director’s interview and languages not contained on the disc. Note: BD-Live only available on compatible discs and playable features depend on the disc contents.
  • Triple High-Definition NR: Component Frame NR lowers Gaussian noise without blurring the picture while Block NR minimizes block noise (mosaic-like artifacts) and Mosquito NR reduces the fluttery noise around the edges of objects.
  • Picture Control Suite: 13 different video adjustments (Progressive Motion, PureCinema, YNR, CNR, BNR, MNR, Detail, White Level, Black Level, Black Setup, Gamma Correction, Hue, and Chroma Level)
  • Multi-Format Compatibility: You can play high definition DVD discs recorded by digital video cameras in AVCHD format. You can also play BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, etc. recorded using Blu-ray Disc recorders or DVD recorders as well as CD/CD-R.

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DTS-HD Master Audio

180px-DTS-HD-MA_svgDTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio codec created by Digital Theater System. It was previously known as DTS++. It is an extension of DTS which, when played back on devices which do not support the Master Audio or High Resolution extension, degrades to a “core” track which is lossy. DTS-HD Master Audio is an optional audio format for both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD.

One goal of the DTS-HD Master Audio format was to allow a bit-to-bit representation of the original movie’s studio master soundtrack. To accomplish this, DTS-HD MA supports variable bit rates up to 24.5 Mbit/s on a Blu-ray Disc and up to 18.0 Mbit/s for HD DVD. The format supports a maximum of 192 kHz sampling frequency and 24-bit depth samples in 2 channels stereo mode, and 96 kHz/24bit resolution in multichannel mode with up to 8 channels.

According to DTS-HD White Paper, the DTS-HD Master Audio contains 2 data streams, the original DTS core stream and the additional “residual” stream, which contains the “difference” between the original signal and the lossy compression DTS core stream. The audio signal is split into two paths at the input to the encoder. One path goes to the core encoder for backwards compatibility and is then decoded. The other path compares the original audio to the decoded core signal and generates residuals, which are data over and above what the core contains that is needed to restore the original audio as bit-for-bit identical to the original. The residual data is then encoded by a lossless encoder and packed together with the core. The decoding process is simply the reverse. Notice that DTS-HD lossless audio coding is always variable bit rate.

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Why HDMI? All you need to know before going digital

High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is hailed as the next generation of audiovisual cabling. Simply put, HDMI is an all-digital connector that can carry high definition video and several digital audio channels all on the one cable. HDMI was first officially unveiled in 2003, but it’s only now that we’re starting to see widespread support for the standard. Is it something you should be seeking out?

2. How is it different from my current analog cables?monsterhdmihd

Analog video cables, such as component, composite or S-Video, are currently the main methods used to transfer picture signals in an average home system. Component is the highest quality analog cable as it breaks down the picture signal into three different cables — one each for red, blue and green. When you’ve got analog cabling connecting digital sources (such as an LCD or plasma screen with a DVD), the digital video or sound signals have to be converted into analog to travel through the cable, before being re-converted back into digital at the receiving end. This could lead to some signal degradation and a resulting loss in output quality.

3. What are the advantages of going digital with HDMI?

HDMI can deliver high quality sound or vision without the risk of quality loss due to the conversion or compression of a video or audio signal. HDMI pictures should be smoother and sharper, with a distinct reduction in video noise. Sound should be crisp and taut, without any distortion. And of course, using the single cable HDMI can get rid of a lot of messy cables snaking around your home theatre kit.

Because of its digital nature, HDMI also works well with fixed-pixel displays such as LCD, plasma or DLP screens and projectors. A HDMI cable allows you to exactly match pixel-by pixel the native resolution of the screen with whatever source device you’ve got connected. HDMI systems will also automatically convert a picture into its most appropriate format, such as 16:9 or 4:3.

HDMI has some built-in smarts that allow you to control any device connected via HDMI through the one remote. Since the HDMI connection allows two-way communication between devices, it gives you basic universal remote-like functions which, for example, can tell the components in an HDMI-linked system to turn on when you want to watch a DVD, just with the press of a button.

4. How does DVI fit into the equation? Is it better than HDMI?

You may have heard of digital video interface (DVI), which is another all-digital connector for video. DVI has been around for longer, and can be found in many more televisions and other devices than HDMI. DVI was initially developed as a connector between PCs and monitors, but eventually found its way into the home entertainment world.DVIandHDMIhd

The HDMI standard is actually based on DVI, so picture quality should be identical. Where HDMI has it over DVI is its audio capabilities — DVI can only carry video signals. HDMI cables can also be made longer than DVI — HDMI can go up to 15m in length. And from an aesthetic viewpoint, HDMI connectors are less bulky than DVI ones. HDMI connects like a USB device for PCs, while DVI still has screw pins on its connector. However, this means that HDMI connections are more prone to damage from accidental knocks so more care needs to be taken with them.

5. I’ve got some gear with DVI connectors. Will they work with HDMI?

As HDMI is fully backwards compatible with DVI, so you won’t be making your DVI products obsolete if you buy something with an HDMI connector. For example, HDMI televisions will display video received from existing DVI-equipped products, while a HDMI DVD player will play on a DVI-equipped television. All you’ll need is a HDMI/DVI adaptor. Just be aware that doing this will lose you the added functionality of HDMI, such as automatic screen format conversion and universal remote control.

6. What products support HDMI?

HDMI has been on the market for a while now, and most new DVD players, set-top boxes and TVs feature at least one HDMI port.HDMIinputsonhd

On the display side of the equation, most new screens, projectors and DVD players support the standard. If you’re looking to buy a device like a TV or AV receiver look for the most HDMI ports yu can afford. Three is the minimum you should expect from today’s devices, while DVD players and the like only usually require one output. Also, be aware that an HDMI port currently only sends information in one direction — though there are moves to change this in the future. As a result, it’s not possible to use a HDMI output port on a PC, for example, to display a PS3 signal.

7. Where can I get HDMI cables?

If you own a component with HDMI but don’t have a cable for it, then there are several cable manufacturers who sell HDMI gear. www.ukhdmi.com, for example, sell HDMI cables and HDMI to DVI cables under their Cablesson range of interconnects. www.ukhdmi.com also has a comprehensive selection of HDMI products. HDMI cables and adapters have been developed in a joint partnership with HDMI’s founder, Silicon Image.

8. What do the different versions mean?

While the latest version of HDMI is up to 1.3c, but there are four main versions that most equipment will correspond to — 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. Notice that the versions signify changes to the types of audio they can transmit, as all versions should be able to transmit HD video up to 1080p.

1.0 This is the first version of HDMI and it was ratified in late 2002. It will decode most versions of audio contained in DVD and digital TV signals, including Dolby Digital and DTS.

1.1 This version added DVD-Audio support, which means users with compatible disks and players can listen to 5.1 channel audio streams without the need for six separate audio RCA cables.

1.2/1.2a The main improvement on 1.1 is the addition of Super Audio CD (SACD) support, which means users no longer need to rely on iLink or analog cables to listen to SACDs. The standard also adds support for an as-yet unused Type A PC connector.

1.3/1.3a/1.3b Version 1.3 adds support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio which are used in Blu-ray players. Increasingly, AV receivers are including decoding for these standards on board, while devices the PlayStation 3 will output a decoded signals. The 1.3 standard also increases the available bandwidth by a factor of two to 10Gbps. Though 1.3b and 1.3c exist they don’t add any further functionality over 1.3a, and so are interchangeable.

9.What’s this I hear about Wireless HDMI?

Eventually, every technology goes wireless, and with Wi-Fi and Wireless USB now in play it makes sense that manufacturers have turned their eyes to making HDMI clutter-free too. Only thing is, it doesn’t work yet. Belkin showed off their FlyWire technology behind closed doors at CES 2008, and it hasn’t been heard of since. There is, as yet, no standard for Wireless HDMI, and so it’s not really worth holding out for. Also, Wireless HDMI is not to be confused with WirelessHD — this is a separate technology used by manufacturers such as Sony to send signals from a media box to slim, wall-mounted TVs.

On the display side of the equation, most new screens, projectors and DVD players support the standard. If you’re looking to buy a device like a TV or AV receiver look for the most HDMI ports yu can afford. Three is the minimum you should expect from today’s devices, while DVD players and the like only usually require one output. Also, be aware that an HDMI port currently only sends information in one direction — though there are moves to change this in the future. As a result, it’s not possible to use a HDMI output port on a PC, for example, to display a PS3 signal.

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