When Toshiba , once a strong proponent of HD DVD, hinted at ‘keeping their options open’ as far as building a Blu-Ray player was concerned, this was definitely what they had in mind, but we first knew they were seriously contemplating getting it done, when they applied for BDA membership in early August. Now we know, because at the IFA show at Berlin, Toshiba has finally unveiled its first Blu-ray player, the BDX2000!
Let’s have a look at Toshiba’s latest. Nothing revolutionary here, it’s a Blu ray player with the standard specifications of any branded model. Nice and slim, it has a flip down front panel that covers the aesthetics part. As far as features go, the BDX2000 has 1080/24p video playback, is BD-Live and BonusView ready with its Ethernet connection, and decodes DivX HD and AVCHD like a dream. Audio capabilities include Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and HDMI bitstream capability. The machine also sports an SD and SDHC memory card slot conveniently at the front.
Despite being on show at Berlin, Toshiba haven’t decided on a European price as yet, but they seem pretty sure that the BDX2000 will hit stores in the US in November, reasonably priced at $249.99. The end of 2009 or the beginning of 2010 will probably see Toshiba on European shelves as well.