Yamaha introduces new slim-line Blu-Ray disc player

Macworld Australia Staff
6 August, 2012
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Press Release

August 2012, Australia - Following on from the critically acclaimed BD‐S671 Blu‐ray player released last year, Yamaha introduces a new slim‐line BD‐S473 Blu‐ray player offering a range of sophisticated features ideally suited to those looking to build a first home theatre system or seeking an uncomplicated, network‐capable Blu‐ray player solution.

When connected to a home network, the DLNA‐certified BD‐S473 is not only capable of streaming audio but can also stream 1080p quality video from a PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS) device. Other notable network features include YouTube viewing directly from the Blu‐ray player as well as BD‐Live and BONUSVIEW interactive features. Available with a forthcoming firmware update, intuitive operation via Yamaha’s AV Controller app transforms an iOS or Android device into a wireless remote control for the BD‐S473 as well as any Yamaha network receiver. To this end, the BD‐S473 is able to utilise the second ethernet port provided by Yamaha’s YWA‐10 wireless adaptor when used in conjunction with a network receiver – enabling a completely wireless home theatre system.

Supporting  HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), the BD‐S473 functions seamlessly with other CEC‐compatible devices in the HDMI chain ensuring total home entertainment integration. Furthermore, HDMI Device Control enables the BD‐S473 to be operated using the AV receiver’s remote control, while Yamaha’s SCENE technology delivers one‐button push operation for the most convenient home theatre experience available. For example, pushing the ‘BD DVD’ button on the receiver’s remote control turns on the AV receiver, television and Blu‐ray player and automatically sets the correct input and DSP mode for watching movies.

The BD‐S473 supports the playback of Blu‐ray 3D as well as all current HD audio formats including FLAC. Multimedia compatibility extends to MKV with H.264, MPEG PS, MPEG TS, MPEG‐4, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV, and AVCHD for video as well as MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, and FLAC for audio. In addition, photos can be viewed via the BD‐S473 with JPEG, GIF and PNG formats supported.

A single HDMI output provides audio and video from the BD‐S473 including HD Audio via bit stream to the AV receiver, and is accompanied by two USB ports located on the front and back of the unit.

The BD‐S473 features a clean, simplified design for user‐friendly enjoyment of the latest blockbuster movies. With complementing width, colour and front display, the BD‐S473 matches aesthetically with any AV receiver model from new ‘73 Series.

The BD‐S473 is available now and has a recommended retail price of $229.

For more information on Yamaha’s integrated home entertainment solutions, visit au.yamaha.com or call 1300 739 411.

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