updated 06:25 pm EDT, Mon November 1, 2010
BD-A1000 "universal Blu-ray player"
Yamaha has introduced the BD-A1000, a "universal Blu-ray player" that pairs an optical drive with streaming capabilities. The device allows users to play Blu-ray discs, DVDs, SACDs, DVD Audio discs or web-based media such as Netflix, YouTube and Blockbuster. Dual USB ports can also be used to attach an external hard drive or thumb drive.
Full HD Audio decoding is supported, with four two-channel DACs that split the signal into a 7.1-channel analog output. Users can access AVCHD, WMV, JPEG, MP3 and WMA files on attached drives or optical discs.
The BD-A1000 is now available for $700. [via HotHardware]