Portable Blu-ray Player Leads New 3D Products from Samsung

Posted by at 11:41 am on August 12, 2010

We thought what Samsung showed off at CES when it came to 3D products would last the whole year. We were wrong! Samsung recently showed off its next round of 3D capable hardware in New York City. The good news is that you can even get many of these items today.

Leading the list of new 3D toys from Samsung is the BD-C8000, which they claim is the first portable Blu-ray player with 3D capability. It has a 10.3-inch screen, that is 2D only; WiFi, 1GB of memory; HDMI 1.4; a 3 hour battery and all of Samsung’s DLNA and widget technology in its netbook style case. The BD-C8000 has a suggested retail price of $499 and is available now.

Samsung’s officially launching the 50-inch PN50C490 we saw last month that does 3D on a flat panel display in 720p for less than $1,000.

Other introductions include three additional stand-alone Blu-ray players and three new Blu-ray home-theater systems.

The BD-C7900 features two HDMI outputs for connection to multiple HD sources and to experience a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.

Samsung noted the two HDMI outputs also allow for support of legacy receivers, so there is no need to upgrade to a new HDMI 1.4 receiver; the user can simply connect his receiver to the HDMI 1.3 output for surround-sound audio. There is also built-in Wi-Fi for connectivity to Samsung Apps and the company’s proprietary AllShare, which allows people to wirelessly sync digital devices so that they can enjoy music, movies and photos directly from their Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)-certified PC, camera and mobile devices to their Samsung TV screen.

Suggested retail is $399; it’s available now.

The BD-C6800 Blu-ray player also includes built-in Wi-Fi and AllShare as well as the ability to playback media files from DLNA-certified devices. Suggested retail is $279; it’s also available now.

The third Blu-ray player in the line-up is the BD-C5900, which has a $229 suggested retail and is available now. Samsung said all three decks deliver “a premium experience with both 2D and 3D content and allow consumers to future-proof their living rooms when they are ready to purchase a 3D HDTV.”

Among Samsung’s Blu-ray home-theater introductions is the HT-C9950W, priced at $1,799 and set for October delivery. With a modern metallic finish, the unit is described as a “perfect complement” to Samsung’s 9000-series LED TV.

The 7.1-channel 3D surround-sound system consists of four floorstanding speakers, two satellite speakers, one center channel unit, an anti-vibration subwoofer, iPod/iPhone dock, two HDMI inputs, and a dongle for wireless Internet connectivity to access new content via Samsung Apps, or use Samsung’s AllShare technology.

The HT-C6900W and HT-C6600 Blu-ray home-theater introductions are designed as home-theater packages “for small spaces,” the company said.

The HT-C6600, priced at $599, features a Blu-ray player with built-in 3D, support for HDMI 1.4, access to Samsung Apps and a Wi-Fi dongle for wireless connectivity.

The Samsung HT-C6900W ($699) offers all the features of the HT-C6600, plus wireless rear speakers, built-in Wi-Fi, and a two-way center-channel speaker for enhanced sound quality, the company said.

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