Samsung Home Theater-In-a-Box Has Built-in Blu-ray
HT-BD2E also has 1080p upscaling, HDMI-CEC and five satellite speakers.
Samsung is expanding its line of home theater-in-a-box (HTiB) systems that have Blu-ray players with the 5.1-channel HT-BD2E.
The HT-BD2E, which will be BonusView capable, features a single-disc BD 1.0 Blu-ray player, HDMI-CEC, 1080p upscaling for DVDs and 24/60 fps BD playback.
It also has an Ethernet port for firmware updates, an FM tuner and decoders for all surround formats except DTS-HD Master Audio.
The system also plays CDs encoded with MP3, JPEG and WMA files. The HT-BD2E has five satellite speakers and a passive subwoofer and 800 watts RMS power.
“As the Blu-ray market broadens, more people will be interested in home theater systems with built-in Blu-ray,” says Reid Sullivan, Samsung’s marketing VP for digital audio, video and imaging.
The Entertainment Merchants Association supports Sullivan’s claims, saying Blu-ray will outsell DVD in 2012.
Samsung recently launched a Blu-ray resource center in attempt to answer questions for Blu-ray inquisitors of all levels.
Samsung also has two 7.1-channel HTiBs with built-in Blu-ray: the HT-BD2S ($999) and the HD-BD2T ($1,499).
The HT-BD2E is expected to ship in August for $799.
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