Panasonic Intro’s Portable Blu-ray Player, the DMP-B15
As one of the premiere Blu-ray hardware manufacturer’s and supporters, Panasonic has always maintained a progressive edge through player features and design cues.
Newly announced today is the DMP-B15 — the industry’s first portable Blu-ray Player. As expected — with Panasonic’s exceptional build quality/feature set — the DMP-B15 is no slouch. It comes stacked with an SDHC Slot, HDMI A/V out, and an Ethernet Port. As you might imagine, the HDMI port gives you the ability to output video, but it also features the ability to output “outstanding surround sound.” No confirmation on whether or not the player can decode all of the lossless audio streams — or if it simply grabs the core stream — nor is there any official word on the HDMI spec of the unit, and the possibility of lossless bitstreaming.
Beyond the A/V capabilities/speculation, there is also no info regarding the presence of the Ethernet port, but we’re willing to bet that it will provide owners with BD-Live connectivity.
All in all, this portable player could prove to be a veritable portable option for HD-enthusiasts.
Naturally, we’ll keep you posted on further specification/feature updates.
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