Inputs and Outputs
Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a
high-definition disc format designed to take advantage of today's high
quality HDTVs. The resolution is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data
transfer rate is up to 40 mbps. Blu-ray Discs and players offer several
advantages over the standard DVD format:
- Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true
high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 1080/24p
resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't
provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting
DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean,
detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
- Better sound quality: In addition to the same
multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital
and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD
High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio,
and uncompressed 5.1 channel PCM.
- Greater storage capacity: What makes Blu-ray
Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage
capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25
gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold.
Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours
of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus
high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material
that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Compatibility with your current disc collections:
To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs,
Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for
playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for
playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Blu-ray Profile: The
BD-S2900 has Blu-ray Disc Final Standard Profile (Profile 1 version 1.1), which
supports several features not available on earlier generation players (Note:
Although the word final appears in the name Final Standard Profile, this is not
the last Blu-ray profile to be introduced). Which of these new features is
available varies by disc:
- Picture-In-Picture: This function plays the primary
video and secondary video simultaneously; for example the original movie
might play as the primary video while playing commentary from the film
director on a smaller screen as a secondary video. Both primary and
secondary audio tracks typically play simultaneously.
- Virtual Package: Some BD-video discs copy data to other
media (local storage) and then play the secondary video, secondary audio,
and subtitles (sub contents) simultaneously. These functions are known as
Virtual Packages. Sub contents are automatically recorded to other media
from the disc prior to playing the virtual package. Playback methods vary
depending on BD-discs. This player uses its SD card slot along with an
optional SD-card to copy data from applicable BD-video discs.
1080/24p Output: The
BD-S2900 includes a 1080/24p HDMI output
to faithfully reproduce film images recorded on a Blu-ray disc. When
connected to a 1080/24p display, you can enjoy remarkable video performance
of Blu-ray which brings out the full character of film material.
Deep Color: The HDMI output supports Deep Color, increasing
the number of bits available for transmission, meaning more colors. The BD-S2900
can provide 4,096 shades of each of the three primary colors, for a total of
68.7 billion possible colors. This results in much greater color fidelity,
smooth tonal transitions, and ultra-fine gradations between colors. It also
enables many times more shades of gray, for higher contrast ratio.
Compatible Discs: The Yamaha BD-S2900 supports the following disc formats: BD-Video, BD-R/RE
(recordable Blu-ray), DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW (VR mode supported), DVD-R DL,
DVD-RAM, DVD+R/RW, DVD+R DL, CD, and CD-R/RW.
Note: This unit uses NTSC, so BD or DVD discs you play back
must be recorded in the NTSC system. You cannot play back BD or DVD disc
recorded in other color systems.
SD-Card Slot: The front-panel SD-card
slot supports SD (8MB-2GB/including miniSD and microSD) and SDHC (4-16 GB)
memory cards. An adapter (typically included with the card) is required to play miniSD and microSD cards.
JPEG still photos and AVCHD video can be played from the SD card.
MP3 Playback: The
Yamaha Blu-ray player will play back MP3 audio files written to CD-R
or CD-RW discs. The unit supports MP3 files with a sampling frequency of
44.1 or 48 kHz and a constant bit rate of 32-320 kbps. The player can recognize up to 999
files in 99 folders.
JPEG Playback: The BD-S2900 will also playback JPEG still image files written to CD-R/RW,
DVD-RAM, or BD-RE discs and SD or SDHC memory cards. Resolutions between 34x34
pixels and 5120x3840 pixels are supported. The
player can recognize up to 999 pictures in 99 folders on CD, 3000 pictures in
on DVD-RAM, 9999 pictures in 300 folders on BD-RE, and 3000 pictures in 300
files on SD. Images can be rotated and enlarged. You can also play a slide-show
(with background music if played from an SD card).
AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital
video format used to record high definition or standard definition video, using
an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to
compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high
definition video signal shot on a digital camcorder and recorded on DVD disc or
SD card to be played back on the BD-S2900.
Future Compatibility: As Blu-Ray technology continues to evolve, new disc
types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to
enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in
your player. These firmware updates will likely become available for downloading from the
Digital Audio Formats: The
Blu-ray player's HDMI output is capable of multi-channel bitstream (Dolby
Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby
Digital, and DTS) and multi-channel LPCM output. The optical and coaxial digital
outputs pass either Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream, or 2-channel PCM.
Speaker Management: When using the analog outputs, or digital
outputs (optical, coaxial, and HDMI) set to PCM, the following speaker
management adjustments are available:
- Speaker Configuration: select large, small, or none for
the front, center, surround, surround back (7.1-channel PCM source via
HDMI only), and subwoofer (on or off)
- Speaker Size: speakers set to large receive a full
range signal; speakers set to small are crossed over at 100 Hz
- Channel Level: the volume level for each of the 5.1
analog channel outputs is individually adjustable
- Delay Time: relative to the front speakers, you can optimize the time at which sound is
output from the other speakers according to their distance from your listening
position; center, surround (one adjustment for left and right), and
surround back (one adjustment for left and right)
Dynamic Range Control: You can activate
the Dynamic Range Control (DRC) function to compress the dynamic range of
the output signals when playing back DVD/BD recorded in Dolby Digital, Dolby
Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD.
Picture Adjustment: As well as having Normal, Soft, Fine,
and Cinema presets, you
can individually adjust the following:
- Contrast: adjusts
the difference between the bright and dark parts of the picture; -7
- Brightness: adjusts the brightness of the picture; 0 to +15
adjusts the sharpness of the edges of horizontal lines; -6 to +6
- Color: adjusts the
color shade; -7 to +7
- Gamma: adjusts the brightness of the dark portions
of the screen; 0 to +5
- 3D NR: reduces the
rough noise in the background to improve depth; 0 to +4
- Integrated NR:
smoothes block noise and reduces smudging around contrasting parts of
TV Aspect: Set the TV aspect ratio to match the connected television:
- 16:9: use with a
wide-screen TV; 4:3 video is displayed in the center of the
screen with black bars on the sides
- 16:9 Wide: use with a wide-screen TV; 4:3 video is
stretched to fill the screen
- 4:3 Pan&Scan: use to play back wide screen
video on a 4:3 TV in the Pan&Scan mode with the sides
of the picture cut off
- 4:3 Letter Box: use to play back wide screen video
on a 4:3 TV in the letter box mode
with black strips at the top and bottom
Slow Motion: The unit allows slow motion playback, forward
and backward, at five different speeds. Sound is muted during this function.
HDMI Control: When
connected to a Panasonic TV with the VIERA Link or EZ Sync feature, specific
control commands are delivered via the HDMI cable between the player and TV:
- Automatic Input Switching:
when you begin playback or access the on-screen display, the TV
automatically changes to the correct input
- Power on Link: when
you begin playback or access the on-screen display, the TV automatically
- Power off Link: the
Blu-ray player automatically turns off when the TV is turned off
Resume Playback: This
function allows you to resume playback from the point at which the playback
has been stopped on the disc even if the power to unit is turned off.
Angle: Some BD
and DVD discs contain scenes which have been shot simultaneously
from various angles. This player allows you to select from these
different camera angles.
Screen Saver: The screen saver function starts if there is no
activity at the unit or its remote for more than 10 minutes. The screen saver deactivates when there
is any activity.
Dimmer: The brightness of the front panel display on this unit can
be adjusted between three settings; Bright, Dim, and Auto (front panel
gets dark during playback).
Parental Control: Parental Control
allows you to set a rating limit, preventing your children from viewing
inappropriate material. Playback will stop if the ratings exceed the levels you
set, and it will require your to enter a 4-digit password before the disc will
Inputs and Outputs
HDMI Output: The Yamaha
BD-S2900 features a single HDMI output for
HD video and audio signal transmission. The HDMI output supports 480p, 720p,
1080i, 1080p and 1080p/24 resolutions. Standard definition DVD signals (480p)
are scaled and output at the specified resolution via HDMI.
Component Video Output: The BD-S2900 features one
component video output, capable of 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i output. Standard
definition DVD signals (480p) cannot be scaled to 720p or 1080i and output via
Composite and S-Video Output: The DVD player features one
Composite video and one S-vide output.
Digital Audio Outputs: This unit features one optical and one coaxial
digital output. These can be
connected to an A/V receiver, amplifier, surround decoder, or other component
with a digital input. Depending on the source and setting, the output will be
Dolby Digital, DTS, or 2-channel PCM.
5.1-Channel Audio Outputs:
offers a built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders with 5.1-channel analog
2-Channel Audio Outputs: In addition to the 5.1-channel
analog outputs, the unit features a stereo audio output for
connecting to a TV or receiver. Even when
the source audio is multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc), these jacks will output a downmixed 2-channel signal.
RS-232C Port: This port
connects to the RS-232 port on a compatible external controller, allowing
control of this player using outboard remote systems.
Remote Control In/Out: Two 3.5mm mini-jacks are provided for wired
remote control, allowing you to connect the BD-S2900 to other compatible Yamaha
SD-Card Slot: The
BD-S2900 features a front-panel SD-card
slot that supports SD, SDHC, miniSD and microSD cards. The unit will play
back JPEG and AVCHD files stored on these memory cards. An adapter is
required for miniSD and microSD cards.