Lexicon BD-30 Blu-ray player promises future-proofing via USB

Chris Davies - Aug 5, 2009

Lexicon have announced their BD-30 Blu-ray player, which they describe as being truly “future proof”.  As well as playing Blu-ray, BD-Live, BonusView, DVD, upscaled DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, and CD content, the BD-30 has a USB port which Lexicon suggest will “enable access to future formats”. Now to us, that sounds more like loading media onto a memory key and using the BD-30 as a very shiny mediaplayer, something a whole lot of other decks will do, but we’ll let them have their fun.

There’s 1080p High-Definition, naturally, together with HDMI connectivity, an RS-232 serial port for system integration and 7.1 surround sound.  Lexicon also throw in a LAN port for BD-Live content, plus some IR control ports.

Upscaling is handled courtesy of Anchor Bay’s Video Reference Series (VRS) video processing chips, taking analog and digital sources up to 1080p HD. We’re waiting to hear back from Lexicon as to exactly how much the BD-30 might set you back.

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Press Release:

Lexicon’s Comprehensive New BD-30 Blu-Ray Player Future-Proofs Home Theaters And Media Rooms, Delivers Pristine Playback

The BD-30 Blu-ray disc player supports every major AV format in the market today, including Blu-ray, BD-Live, BonusView, DVD,upconverted DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD, CD and USB;

The BD-30 incorporates Anchor Bay’s award-winning Video Reference Series technology, taking Blu-ray’s already amazingly clear 1080p picture to yet another level of clarity and brilliance.

ELKHART, Indiana — Of major concern to all custom home systems integrators and their customers is the fact that technologies and formats change rapidly. Future-proofing a home theater or media room installation is of paramount importance, and that is precisely what the new Lexicon BD-30 Blu-ray Disc™ Player offers integrators and their clients. Living up to the amazing predecessor, the Lexicon RT-20 Universal Disc Player, the BD-30 supports every major AV format in the market today, including Blu-ray, DVD, upconverted DVD, DVD-Audio, SACD and Compact Disc, as well as popular niche formats such as AVCHD and Kodak® Picture CD™, and recordable formats including CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R and BD-R/RE. In addition, the Lexicon BD-30 is a next-generation Profile 2.0 Blu-ray disc player, which supports both BonusView™, Blu-ray’s picture-in-picture feature, and BD-Live™, the advanced Blu-ray feature that enables users to access content via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player and download a variety of up-to-date content such as refreshed previews and exclusive special features. It is also backwards-compatible with Blu-ray v.1.0 and v.1.1. Furthermore, the BD-30 goes one step beyond physical media formats by incorporating a USB port, which will allow users to access audio and video from any media source compatible with the USB transfer protocol. The Lexicon BD-30 is truly a future-proof piece of technology, allowing custom home systems integrators the ability to reassure their clients that they’ll be able to watch their movies in virtually any format years into the future.

With its exceptional picture and sound quality along with fast disc loading and command response times, the BD-30 delivers an incredible, immersive home theater and multichannel audio experience. The Lexicon BD-30 has even more features that make it the single-solution choice for integrators. For video, the VD-30 incorporates Anchor Bay’s award-winning Video Reference Series™ (VRS™) video processing chips, which convert standard-definition and high-definition analog and digital video sources up to full 1080p, as well as HDMI compatibility. For audiophiles, the Lexicon BD-30 is just as versatile, able to play back CD, SACD, and DVD-Audio discs, offers a Source Direct mode for audio and compatibility with Dolby® TrueHD™, HDCD, DTS-HD®, and can play back up to 7.1 surround audio. Audio output connections include a dedicated stereo output, digital optical outputs and coaxial outputs. Systems integrators will appreciate the fact that the BD-30 also includes an RS-232 port for external control systems.

“The Lexicon BD-30 is at the cutting edge of what a disc media player can be,” said Phil McPhee, Marketing Manager, Harman Performance AV Group. “The inclusion of so many popular media formats as well as a USB connection that will enable access to future formats means that custom home systems integrators can recommend and integrate the BD-30 into their home theater and surround audio installations knowing that it will be working for years to come.”

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