At a recent press event, Sony Japan unveiled
its new line of Blu-ray Disc recorders. All six models feature support for BD-Live and come equipped with Sony's new CREAS chip, which upscales 8/10-bit TVs to 14-bit through "Super Bit Mapping for Video".
On the low end, you have Sony's new T-Series. The BDZ-T55 and BDZ-T75 feature a built in 320GB hard drive, a digital tuner, 24p True Cinema and, in the case of the later, support for DNLA. The BDZ-T55 and BDZ-T75 will be available on October 10th and are priced at $1,000 and $1,300, respectively.
For the mid-range, Sony has introduced its new L-Series. The BDZ-L55 and BDZ-L95 share the same features as the L-Series, but add an HDV/DV input as well as two USB ports. The BDZ-L95 ups the ante even further with a 500GB hard drive, memory card reader, DLNA and support for “One-touch” and Handycam dubbing. The BDZ-L55 and BDZ-L95 will go on sale on September 29th and are priced at $1,200 and $1550, respectively.
Last but not least, you have Sony's Z-Series. The BDZ-X95 and BDZ-X100 include most of the features found on the T and L-Series as well as larger hard drives, dual tuners, Sony's Cross Media bar GUI and the new Digital Reality Creation - Multi Function version 3 (DRC-MFv3) chip. On top of that, they can transcode and transfer video to the PSP, Walkman and mobile phones. Like the L-Series, the BDZ-X95 and BDZ-X100 will hit stores on September 29th and are priced at $1,800 and $2,500, respectively.