updated 01:00 pm EDT, Wed August 11, 2010
Samsung brings 3D to portable Blu-ray
Samsung brought out 3D in full-force today with a new set of Blu-ray players that include the first portable 3D model. The BD-C8000 can show 3D movies from its drive when attached through HDMI out. It only displays movies in 2D on its 10.3-inch display but has many of the networked components of full-size Samsung TVs, such as DLNA media sharing and Internet widgets.
The device lasts for three hours on a charge and has both the 1GB of internal memory and Wi-Fi needed for BD-Live. It should be shipping now for $500.
The remainder of the players are meant for the living room and are headlined by the BD-C7900: it stands out through dual HDMI outputs that let it attach to a legacy receiver or another second source. It can take 3D and supports extra Internet features such as Blockbuster, Netflix and Pandora. The C6800 has just one HDMI output and more conventional features, and the C5900 is considered the entry level with Wi-Fi only as an option.
Samsung is shipping the full-size Blu-ray players starting at $230 for the C5900 and scales up to $280 and $400 for the C6800 and C7900.
Home theater buyers get a trio of new 3D systems of their own topped by the HT-C9950W. It centers on a unique metallic Blu-ray player with a circular slot-loading drive; the unit can even sit on a pedestal to work at standing height. Samsung mates it with a 7.1-channel surround system that also includes an iPhone/iPod dock and a USB Wi-Fi adapter.
In the mainstream, the C6900W has a 5.1-channel surround system and is targeted more at smaller spaces that can't fit the extra channels. At the entry level, the C6600 is Samsung's core model and has 5.1 channels with many of the same features; it's not clear what its main difference may be.
Both of the entry level models should be available at prices of $600 and $700 respectively, but the C9950W isn't due to arrive until October for $1,800.
BD-C7900 and BD-C6800