I’m not certain if Blu-Ray is going to replace DVDs entirely, but I think VIZIO is ready with their newest player, the VBR100.
I had a chance to see it at CES 2009, and it is a real beauty. The front has a beautiful ebony front with controls highlighted in blue cobalt light. Of course, the picture was Blu-ray clear, and sound quality was good too.
The VBR100 has a 24-bit/192kHz audio Digital to Analog Converter to ensure pristine audio playback form the latest surround sound formats. It also has built-in audio decoding for uncompressed audio formats like Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and many others.
It has a 108MHz/11-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC), and gives 1080p from Blu-ray discs with selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVDs. As for ports, it as video outputs of HDMI, component, and composite, and audio of 7.1 channel audio, coax, optical digital audio, and analog stereo.
The VBR100 will be available in April for a price of $199.99. That is pretty good for a Blu-ray, as most of them will go at a few hundred dollars. That’s VIZIO for you: a company that gives a high quality product at an affordable price.