Sony Bows High-End BD Player

The BDP-S2000ES picks up where the vaunted Sony DVD players of the past left off. A massively overbuilt chassis, a hermeticaly shielded transport and all other srots of gooodies. According to the Sony folks on site, the player will decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD High Resolution audio, but not DTS-HD Master Audio. It is also claimed that the player will output TrueHD and DTS-HD in native bitstream form over HDMI 1.3.

This player will be introduced in October at $1,299 and unfortunately, according to Sony's personnel, this player will be BD-ROM Profile 1. Thus it will not support Picture-In-Picture interactivity or BD-Live networking features, which have been announced to start showing up on Blu-ray Discs late this year and early next. More to follow as we can find out.