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.

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Did anyone know Philips makes a 4K Blu-ray player? It was demonstrated at CEDIA 2016 by Capitol Sales, one of the more popular distributors in the custom-electronics channel.

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.

Denon Professional DN-300Z

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.

New PoE camera from Engenius includes a wireless access point to expand network coverage.

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.

Keep doorbell cameras on the truck as an excuse to touch the client's network.

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.”

More from Capitol: Luxul networking, Niles Auriel (now with home automation), Denon Heos and Simple Control home automation system.
 

Capitol Sales' Mike Marko and Steve Konsor. (Missing: Fred Harding)