The BD-A1000 ($699.95) is Yamaha's first 3D-capable Blu-ray player and its first universal disc player, supporting SACD and DVD-Audio playback. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BD-A1000, but here is an overview of its features. The player offers network connectivity for access to BD-Live features and to Yamaha's Web platform, which includes Netflix, Blockbuster OnDemand, and YouTube. You can also stream media content from a connected PC or DLNA-compliant server. The BD-A1000 is compatible with the SCENE function on certain Yamaha receivers, which allows you to automatically power up the receiver and player by pressing the SCENE BD/DVD button on the receiver remote.
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In terms of video connections, the BD-A1000 offers a single HDMI output, as well as component and composite video outputs. This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. The setup menu offers four picture modes, including a custom mode with adjustments for brightness, saturation, hue, contrast, sharpness, and CTI. There are also controls for color adjustment, auto contrast, and noise reduction, as well as lip sync.
Audio outputs include HDMI, coaxial and optical digital, and both 7.1-channel and stereo analog audio outputs. The BD-A1000 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. You can adjust the size, level, and distance for the analog audio outputs. A Pure Direct mode shuts down unneeded video circuitry to achieve higher-quality audio.
As a universal disc player, the BD-A1000 supports a variety of formats: BD, DVD-Video, SACD, DVD-Audio, CD audio, AVCHD, Divx, WMV, WMA, MP3, and JPEG. You can add the player to your home network using the back-panel Ethernet port; this model is not WiFi-ready. The BD-A1000 lacks internal memory to store BD-Live features; dual USB ports (one on the front, one on the back) have been provided for this purpose. These ports also support media playback. The BD-A1000 offers RS-232 and a remote input and output for integration into an advanced control system.
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