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Sony announces new stand-alone Blu-ray players

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During the CEDIA convention this week, Sony unveiled two new stand-alone Blu-ray players that will be available to the public this fall.

The two players, the BDP-S500 and the BDP-S500ES will both support 1080P/60p and 24p video, all high-resolution audio formats using HDMI 1.3a, and AVCHD support for discs encoded with x.v. Color.

The BDP-S500ES will include all of the same features as the S500, but will also have "dual shield construction" and two separate boards for audio and video, which will allow for better performance as well as better audio quality. The ES model will be the first on the market to qualify for Sony's "Elevated Standards" program.

The BDP-S500 and S500ES will both be available this fall at USD 699 and USD 1299 respectively, adding a mid and high end entry point in addition to the lower priced BDP-300 model which is currently only USD 499.