Samsung has unveiled the world’s first wall-mountable Blu-ray player, the BD-P4600. The BD-P4600 combines a bunch of multimedia features in a suave package and rightfully-so winning the 2009 CES “Best of Innovations” Award! I’m sure that by just looking at the player you can already get a grasp of reasoning on why, but fear not, I’ll be sure to give you the details I’ve been given from our Samsung spokesman.
This model plus the BD-P3600 I talked about in my previous post set a new direction in the Blu-ray player category with wireless networking, access to video and music streaming services (Netflix, Pandora) as well as sleek designs! (Nothing new in the design department because for the last few years Samsung has had some of the best designs hands down.)
“Samsung is heralding in a new direction for the Blu-ray industry with the BD-P4600 & BD-P3600,” said Reid Sullivan, Vice President of Audio/Video and Digital Imaging Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “The BD-P4600 makes it easier than ever to bring Blu-ray into the living room with its unique, wall-mountable design,” he commented. The BD-P4600 includes BD-Live and Bonus View support, Full HD 1080p Blu-ray playback with DVD upscaling and total HD soundtrack support. Standard CD playback with support for JPEG photos and DivX videos ensure even more entertainment value with the BD-P4600.
The BD-P4600 can wirelessly connect to the latest Blu-ray features when included 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi dongle is connected to one of the players two USB 2.0 ports or via the traditional wired Ethernet connection. It can also instantly stream more than 12,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix and Pandora music services (subscriptions required) to give you an ever-expanding library of entertainment in your living room without having to the leave the house. With 1GB internal flash memory, both players can access the latest BD-Live and Bonus View features out of the box, leaving the USB 2.0 ports for wireless networking and memory expansion when needed.
Samsung’s BD-P4600 promises Full HD 1080p playback of Blu-ray discs and crisp upconversion of standard DVDs through HDMI 1.3 connection. For a true, Hollywood quality experience, the player can internally decode the latest high-resolution digital multi-channel audio soundtracks. This includes, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD HR / MA. It’s obvious that by the players seen at CES, we are all in store for a treat in 2009/10 in the realm of Blu-ray players!