At CEDIA Expo 2009 the British firm Arcam previewed its new FMJ BDP-100 Blu-ray player, while giving the new Solo Movie 2.1 combo DVD/receiver its US trade show debut.
The FMJ BDP-100 (which is projected to sell for around $2100) is said to provide both a very high performance Blu-ray playback platform and to incorporate traditional “Arcam audio section DNA.” To this end, the player will provide an onboard Sigma (formerly Gennum) video processor, offers 7.1-channel plus dedicated 2-channel outputs, reclocks all disc data (to minimize jitter), and incorporated high performance Wolfson DACs.
The slim-line Solo Movie 2.1 universal player/receiver ($2499) is essentially a cross between two highly successful Arcam Solo-series products from the past: the original Solo Music and the more recent Solo Movie 5.1. Like the Solo Music, the Solo Movie 2.1 is targeted toward enthusiasts who prefer to listen to music (and/or movies) through 2-channel (or 2.1-channel) systems. But, like the Solo Movie 5.1, the new 2.1 incorporates a very high quality universal player that can handle DVD-Audio/Video, SACD, and CD disks—not to mention MP3, WAV, JPG and Kodak Photo CD disks. The Solo Movie 2.1 provides two HDMI inputs and upscales DVDs for 720p/1080i output via HDMI.
As has traditionally been the case with Arcam’s Solo models, a big part of the appeal of the Solo Movie 2.1 is its ability to provide high quality audio circuitry and disk playback functions (inspired, in part, by Arcam’s higher-end FMJ-series components), but in an unusually compact and easy-to-use format.
For more information, visit: www.arcam.co.uk.