Panasonic and Sony Bring New Features to Blu-ray

If you patiently search the big-name booths at 2014 CES you’ll find a couple old-fashioned Blu-ray Disc players tucked away—far away—from the gleaming Ultra HD TVs everyone is ogling over. But you really have to hunt. My Day One travels in the cavernous main hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center turned up a couple models, both of which offered new features.

Panasonic’s DMP-BDT360 Smart Network 3D player is equipped with both 2D-to-3D and HD-to-4K upscaling and supports the Miracast streaming platform, which allows photos, music and video stored on a smartphone to be displayed on a TV. Pricing and details on when the player will hit stores were not available.

In the Hi-Res Audio section of Sony’s sprawling booth I had to wander around for a few minutes before I discovered the BDV-N7200W 5.1 Blu-ray Home Cinema System, complete with five stylish speakers and a powered subwoofer. In addition to built-in access to music and video streaming services, the player supports hi-res music playback in a number of formats, including (naturally) Sony’s DSD. Pricing and details on when the player will hit stores were not available.

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