Yamaha Launches First All-In-One Blu-ray, the BDX-610
A latecomer to the All-In-One Blu-ray system party, Yamaha's first attempt has just gone on sale in the USA and the UK. The BDX-610 was seen during the IFA show back in September and the promised November release date has now been met.
The BDX-610's main unit houses the Blu-ray player along with a 5.1 audio receiver, boasting a total output of 500 watts. This is transfered to a collection of five speakers and a subwoofer, ready to deliver 80 watts each and 100 watts respectively. The design used for the speaker boxes is very traditional, with oblong black enclosures for the individual channels and a big black cube for the subwoofer, however the glossy black finish is sure to look good.
The player/receiver is certainly more compact than a separates system would be, plus it benefits from a very simple rear panel layout. A peak reveals a single HDMI port, a coax or optical audio connection, an Ethernet port and a series of less-than-ideal spring connectors for the speakers. Even those with limited experience in setting up home cinema systems should find it a breeze.
On to the specs. The Blu-ray player supports 3D playback, the receiver happily decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio, it's DLNA certified and there's a USB port on the front panel too.
That's about what you'd expect from a mid-range Blu-ray player these days, so when you add in the surround sound audio and speaker system, provided the price is right the BDX-610 looks tempting. Happily, the price is a good one at around £450 in the UK and $699 in the USA. Interestingly, Yamaha will also sell the Blu-ray/receiver box separately in the near future, so you'll be able to make use of that speaker set you've got hanging around. The UK price for this has yet to be revealed, but The Verge say it'll cost $549 on its own in the USA.