Panasonic’s president of consumer electronics, Shiro Kitajima, today told the CES throng that the company “is determined to lead in Blu-ray”. And behind him was the hardware to do it: two new hi-def players and a home cinema system to match.
The handsome DMP-B D30 and D50 players both conform to Final Standard Profile 1.1, the latest Blu-ray format packed with goodies such as picture-in-picture and Java interactivity. The SC-BT100 home cinema in a box boasts a Blu-ray player, flip-down iPod dock and the option of 7.1 sound.
All the new kit features SD card slots. In a not unconnected move, Panasonic also unveiled a massive 32GB SD card – enough for five hours’ of HD content.
And in a busy day for the Japanese company, it announced no less than 16 new models of flatscreen TV, which will all be stamped with the Viera brand and have that ubiquitous SD card slot.
Still, they’ve all been overshadowed by news that Panasonic will launch a 150in plasma, which will be six feet high and will be yours for £50,000. Looks like we’ll need to build a new test room.
Panasonic DMP-B D30, D50, SC-BT100
On sale: TBA