Who Knew Philips Made a 4K HDR Blu-ray Player? And Other Goodies from Capitol Sales
Denon’s DN-300Z is a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of audio, Philips makes a 4K HDR Blu-ray player, every dealer should carry doorbell cameras in their vans … and more from distributor Capitol Sales at CEDIA 2016.
Introduced earlier this year, Philips’s HDR-enabled BDP7501 is (naturally) HDMI 2.0- and HDCP 2.2-compliant. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity, Netflix and Youtube support, and playback of local 4K content through an onboard USB connection or over the home network.
The product ($350 retail) features a 4K upscaling engine and supports both DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD for 7.1 surround.
By the way, Philips still makes TVs. Capitol was demonstrating a 6000 series 4K UHD display with HDR support and Google Cast.
Capitol was also showcasing a few useful products from Denon. From the Pro division comes the DN-300Z, which Capitol’s Mike Marko calls the “Swiss Army Knife of Audio.”
Built for commercial applications, Marko says the $399 player makes perfect sense for the home, as it’s ready for “any media someone surprises you with.”
As Denon says, the “poly-media player was born for multitasking in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) world.”
Users can play physical media via an onboard CD player, USB port and SD/SDHC slots. There’s a 3.5mm auxiliary input, an AM/FM tuner with dedicated audio for multiroom use, and Bluetooth for wireless streams.
A long-time champion of Engenius – first in the wireless telephone category and now in wireless networking – Capitol is pushing a new product that combines an IP camera with a wireless access point, ideal for ceiling-mount applications.
“It’s all PoE,” Marko says.
Finally, Capitol was pushing doorbell cameras from Ring, which now offers a completely wire-free camera, the outdoor-rated Stick Up Cam, that can get six to 12 months out of its rechargeable battery. Ring also offers a solar-charging kit for the device.
“A lot of dealers keep these on the truck,” says Marko. “You might not make a lot of money on the product, but it gives you an excuse to look at their [customer’s] network.”
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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