UK pricing and availability hasn’t been confirmed for these two new Blu-ray models, but at US$400 and $500 respectively we can probably expect them to be around £400 and £500 each if Sony glance upon XE.com and choose to ignore what they’re told.
The two models, the BDP-S350 and BDP-S550 both contain Ethernet ports enabling BD-Live content to be perused and even downloaded if the user fancies, to a USB device plugged into the USB port. Other similarities include Sony’s picture-in-picture BonusView, and upscaling of DVDs to 1080p.
The only differences appear to be in the audio department, with the S550 having 7.1 channel analogue outputs and supporting DTS-HD and Master audio support, with both supporting Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus as expected. They can both provide 24fps playback and are of course 1080p in resolution.
Of course, Blu-ray fans will know that the PS3 should be able to handle the DTS-HD and Master audio support when a firmware upgrade is offered, it’s only a matter of time.
Keep those blue eyes of yours peeled for the BDP-S350 in Summer, and the BDP-S550 in Autumn.
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