Yamaha BD-A1000
New $700 machine also plays SACD and DVD-A, offers DLNA streaming and two USB ports

Just announced by Yamaha in the States is the BD-A1000, the company's first universal Blu-ray player.

Selling for $700 as part of the company's upmarket Aventage range, the new machine will play SACD and DVD-A discs as well as Blu-rays, DVD-Video and CDs, and can also act as a DLNA streaming client, playing content both from the internet and a home network.

That will include movie rentals from both Netflix and Blockbuster, while firmware updates will be available to enable YouTube streaming and 3D playback.

It can also play a variety of file formats either from disc or one of its two USB sockets, including AVCHD, WMV, JPEG (HD), MP3 and WMA, and can also run JPEG slideshows with MP3 audio.

Full onboard decoding is provided for all HD audio audio formats, with 7.1-channel analogue output using four stereo DACs, and the 192kHz/24-bit conversion has DSD input support for SACD.

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There's no information yet about European availability or pricing.

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