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Yamaha BD-A1000 3D Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
4 Stars
Value
4 Stars
Overall
4 Stars

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High Points
• The BD-A1000 supports 3D playback, as well as SACD and DVD-Audio
• It supports BD-Live and BonusView/PIP.
• It has internal decoding and bitstream output of high-resolution audio sources, plus multichannel analog audio outputs.
• You can access Netflix, Blockbuster, YouTube, and content stored on a DLNA media server.
• The back panel has RS-232 and remote input/output.

Low Points
• This model does not include dual HDMI outputs to send separate signals to your 3D TV and A/V receiver.
• The player doesn't support wireless connectivity to your home network, and its Web platform is limited.
• The BD-A1000 doesn't offer 2D-to-3D conversion or any advanced adjustment options for the 3D image.
• The player lacks internal memory to store BD-Live content.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Yamaha BD-A1000 with its competition by reading the reviews for the Cambridge Audio Azur 650BDDenon DBP-1611UD, and OPPO Digital BDP-83SE. Learn more about Blu-ray Players by visiting our Blu-ray Players section.

Conclusion
The Yamaha BD-A1000 sports most of the features we like to see in a step-up Blu-ray player, including 3D capability, SACD/DVD-Audio playback, multichannel analog outputs, RS-232, DLNA streaming, and video-on-demand. That said, for a player with an MSRP of $699.95, it really should include WiFi support and/or dual HDMI outputs. At least its street price is now running under $600, which brings it a little closer to competing models from OPPO Digital and Denon. If you're a Yamaha fan looking for a mate for your Yamaha receiver, the BD-A1000 will deliver the latest trends in Blu-ray, but you can get more for less if you look elsewhere.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Explore Blu-ray movie reviews on HomeTheaterSpot.com.
• Find a 3D HDTV to pair with the BD-A1000.

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