Cheaper Blu-ray Players Hit Walmart

Posted by Dave Cowl on May 12, 2008 
Filed Under: Blu-ray, Retailers

Maganovox branded Funai Blu-ray Disc players have hit Walmart shelves.

The units are Profile 1.1 BD Players and sell for $288 – $298.

They support the usual HD output resolutions and feature DVD upscaling.

The units also feature HDMI Ver. 1.3 and support for HD audio codecs – we assume via bitstreaming – the level of support is not clear currently. There is a coaxial digital audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS, but no multichannel analogs or optical digital output.

The unit has a memory card reader on the front that will accept SD and SDHC.

So the cheaper players are here… though this is clearly a low end player.

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3 Responses to “Cheaper Blu-ray Players Hit Walmart”

  1. thomas p vinelli on May 13th, 2008 7:47 am

    you don’t sound real happy about this.
    all i can say is ,its something thats needs to happen.we need low end players people can afford to get into the bd game.
    they maybe a piece of junk,but then again they said that about hd dvd players[some of them].the a2′s and a20′s came down in price but were still good players.
    what if it turns out the funai is a good player,then what!they can’t do any worse then samsung,who have had issues with their bd players.
    my hope is the funai turns out to be a good player
    and force sony,panny and samsung to lower prices.
    we have always had hi-end vcr’s,laserdisc players and dvd players and bd players,why not low end bd players.

  2. Dave Cowl on May 13th, 2008 9:46 am

    It is fair to say that this player doesn’t interest me personally though I agree that it has its place and no doubt it won’t be bottom of the ladder for too long – Chinese made players will get here some time this year I imagine.

    I seem to recall that the Funai player is based on good components so in that sense it is fine – but you get what you pay for in terms of features.

    It will be a good thing to see a range of options, with price tags to match, for sure – and this should at least push other manufacturers to get Bonus View capable players out there.

  3. thomas p vinelli on May 13th, 2008 7:01 pm

    i agree with you and as you say bd now has a range of players at different price points.
    i agree people should be informed about how good the player is and what features they are getting.
    now if the studio’s can do somthing with price on movies we might see a surge with blu-ray,maybe even mass the way i do enjoy your posts on the home page. tom

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