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Thursday, 27 November 2008 06:47

Wal-mart to sell $128 Blu-ray player

Written by David Stellmack

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Black Friday only for this one from Magnavox

We are now able to confirm that Wal-Mart will be selling the Magnavox NB500MG9 Blu-ray standalone player on Black Friday for US$128. Of course, as was the deal last year on Black Friday with the HD DVD players, quantities will be limited and not every store will have them.

What we do know about the Magnavox NB500MG9 is that it is manufactured by Funai, who is the largest OEM manufacturer for DVD players for the North American market. While the NB500MG9 will play Blu-ray discs, it is a BD Profile 1.1 player, so it does not offer all of the latest generation of features found in the Profile 2.0 players. The NB500MG9 does offer an HDMI output that includes support for version 1.3 of the specification as well is the ability to up convert standard DVDs to 1080p.

The player itself is based on first generation Blu-ray technology and does not offer all of the advanced features that you might want from your Blu-ray player in the future. However, the bottom line is that for $128 plus tax you can step into the Blu-ray revolution and enjoy the ability to spend even more money on higher-priced Blu-ray titles.

With other options out there, you might want to pass and look for a lower-priced Blu-ray player that at least supports Profile 2.0. Still, if you just want to dip your toe into the Blu-ray waters, this will at least get the job done.

Last modified on Thursday, 27 November 2008 09:00

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