Sony unveils BDP-S1E Blu-ray disc player for European market

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Sony has officially unveiled the BDP-S1E, a Blu-ray player for the home theatre market, claiming to set “new standards in High Definition audiovisual playback of movies”, as well as offering a stylish player with a glass-front finish.

A big selling point is 24p True Cinema – cine cameras actually film at 24 frames per second, but televisions operate at a higher frame rate, so conversion is usually necessary, leaving a 4% discrepancy from the original. According to Sony, when hooked up to a TV with 24p capabilities, the original 24 frames per second are displayed just as the camera first recorded them.

The BDP-S1E also features 1920 x 1080p (progressive) High Definition video for Blu-ray Disc titles, with 1080p video upscaling for your old DVD titles, auto-syncing with other Bravia products, 8 channels of uncompressed linear PCM digital audio output via HDMI as well as Dolby Digital Plus, along with a wide range of formats and discs – BD-ROM, AVC-HD, CD and DVD playback from DVD and recordable DVD, plus MP3 and JPEG playback.

Summer 2007 is the approximate release date, no pricing available as yet.

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Dave Walker
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