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Internet-ready Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi®, 3D ready

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by Kristen Schaub
Toshiba

Blu-ray Disc players — the ultimate picture and sound

Blu-ray players deliver a better picture to your HDTV than any other available source. In fact, Blu-ray's 1080p picture is a perfect match for the 1080p screens found on most current TVs. Blu-ray movies also offer the most precise and realistic surround sound you can get. These players do a terrific job with standard DVDs, too — you'll see a cleaner, clearer picture with every disc in your collection. Many Blu-ray players can connect to the Internet for watching online movies from Netflix® and other video services.

3D video: the new wave in home entertainment
Are you as excited about 3D video as we are? Then you'll want to pick up a 3D-capable Blu-ray player, like the Toshiba BDX3000. When paired with a 3D HDTV and 3D glasses, you can experience the engaging sensation of monsters or spaceships flying at you, and the amazing depth and dimensionality of otherwise everyday scenes. You're guaranteed a vivid, lifelike "Full HD" 1080p image and master-quality surround sound from all your 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, as well as a near-HD picture with DVDs, too.

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Stream movies and music wirelessly from sites like Netflix® and PANDORA®
If you're a fan of online services like Netflix, VUDU™, or PANDORA, you can use the BDX3000 to stream your favorite movies and music via your wireless home network. Imagine selecting a movie on your TV screen and watching it instantly, or listening to new music based on your favorite song or genre. The BDX3000 lets you do all this and more from the comfort of your couch.

Get more from your Blu-ray discs
The BDX3000 also supports the BonusView and BD-Live material found on some Blu-ray movies, for picture-in-picture directors' commentaries, behind-the-scenes footage, online games, movie trailers, and more. Just add a thumb drive or SD memory card to save downloaded material.

Key Features:

  • plays 3D Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs, including MP3, JPEG, and AVCHD files
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows, movies, and music from a number of sources, including Netflix®, VUDU™, PANDORA®, and more (memberships to some services may be required)
  • built-in Wi-Fi® for easy access to your home's wireless network
  • BD-Live Ready — requires at least 1GB memory
  • remote control
Technical Specs:
  • selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS™ and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (up to 7.1 channels — receiver requires HDMI connection)
  • video outputs include composite video, component video, and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo, multichannel, and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for connection to a wired home network
  • USB port for playing music and photos stored on an optional thumb drive
  • SD card slot for storing downloaded BD-Live content and playing music and photos (memory card not included)
  • 16-7/8"W x 2-1/2"H x 9-5/8"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD Master Audio
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix, Blockbuster, vudu
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 90 Days
Labor Warranty 90 Days
Compatibility
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
MP3 Playback Yes
WMA Playback Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.4
Ethernet Ports Yes
Analog Audio Outputs 7.1ch + stereo
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs 1
RS-232C Port None
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • SE-R0378 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 46" Audio/Video cable (RCA composite video and stereo audio jacks on both ends)
  • Owner's manual
  • Quick start guide
  • Quick start guide (Spanish)
  • Product registration card
  • Toshiba contact information

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
SD-Card/USB Functions
Internet/Network Functions

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Toshiba BDX3000 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with these disc types:

  • BD-ROM: pre-recorded Blu-ray Discs
  • BD-RE/BD-R: recordable Blu-ray Discs
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-R: record once DVD
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD
  • CD: pre-recorded CD (including DTS CDs)
  • CD-R: record once CD
  • CD-RW: rewritable CD

Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BDX3000 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.

Copy Protection: Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Blu-ray Disc Overview: 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 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc 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, or 1080p 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 multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Much 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.

Note: 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 periodically. These firmware updates will likely be available for downloading from the Internet.

Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-J): The BD-ROM format supports Java for interactive functions. BD-J offers content providers almost unlimited functionality when creating interactive BD-ROM titles.

Note: In order to enjoy these interactive features, you may need to update your player with the latest firmware.

AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, 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 video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files recorded on BD-RE, BD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, and CD-RW discs, or an SD memory card or USB flash memory drive.

MP3/WMA Playback: The BDX3000 supports MP3 and WMA audio files recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs, or an SD memory card or USB flash memory drive.

Video Features

Video Outputs: The Blu-ray disc player features two high-definition video outputs (HDMI and component video) and one standard-definition video output (composite video).

  • HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The BDX3000's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying digital audio and video in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video only cable.
  • Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. When a DVD is played, the maximum component video output resolution is 480p.
  • Composite Video: The composite output is always live and fixed at 480i. It can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.

3D HD: The BDX3000 3D Blu-ray disc player supports playback of high-definition 3D Blu-ray discs when connected to a 3D-Ready HDTV via a high speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps).

Note: 3D viewing also requires active 3D glasses matched to the TV.

HDMI with DVD Scaling: The HDMI output video resolution can be set to Auto (automatically selects the best resolution the TV will accept), 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p (including 24 Hz when available from Blu-ray). When playing a DVD, the output is scaled from 480p to match the HDMI resolution setting. This scaled DVD signal is only output via HDMI; DVD output via component video remains 480p.

x.v.Color: The BDX3000 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.

Deep Color: Connecting the player and a TV that supports Deep Color via HDMI allows more accurate color reproduction than when connecting it to a TV that does not support Deep Color.

Video Settings: The Toshiba BDX3000 features the following video settings:

  • TV Aspect: choose based on the connected TV
    • 16:9 Wide: stretches a 4:3 source to fill the 16:9 screen
    • 4:3 Pan & Scan: scans a 16:9 source to keep the action in the middle of the 4:3 screen
    • 4:3 Letterbox: shows the full 16:9 picture with bars at the top and bottom of the 4:3 screen
    • 16.9 Pillarbox: displays a 4:3 source in the correct aspect with bars on the sides of the 16:9 screen
  • HDMI Resolution: Auto (automatically selects the best resolution the TV will accept), 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p
  • Film Mode: on/off; HDMI outputs 1080p at 24 frames/second when available from Blu-ray
  • Deep Color: select whether to output Deep Color; on/off

Dimmer: You can set the lighting of the unit's front panel display to Bright, Dim, or off.

Audio Features

Surround Sound Decoders: The BDX3000 has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS surround processors. Multi-channel PCM, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-Master Audio are output through the HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc):

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital processors using the optical or coaxial digital output.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Mater Audio has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and used lossless compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Mater Audio corresponds to a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.

7.1-Channel Audio Outputs: The BDX3000 offers built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders with multi-channel analog outputs (7.1ch).

2-Channel Audio Outputs: In addition to the 7.1-channel analog outputs, the unit features a stereo audio output for connecting to a stereo analog input on a TV or receiver. Even when the source audio is multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc), these jacks output a downmixed 2-channel signal.

Digital Audio Output: There are several options for the digital audio output:

  • PCM Stereo: stereo audio from the HDMI and optical digital outputs
  • Bitstream HD: HD soundtrack (Dolby TrueHD, DTS Master Audio, etc) when connected to a compatible component via HDMI; optical digital remains Bitstream Legacy
  • Bitstream Legacy: standard Dolby Digital or DTS via HDMI and optical digital output
  • Bitstream Mixed: combined soundtrack and PIP audio via HDMI and optical digital output
  • PCM 5.1: up to 5.1 channel PCM via HDMI; optical digital remains 2 channel
  • PCM 7.1: up to 7.1 channel PCM via HDMI; optical digital remains 2 channel

Speaker Settings: The BDX3000 allows you to adjust the following audio settings when using the HDMI port for multi-channel PCM output or the analog audio outputs:

  • Speaker Size: set the front speakers to Large or Small, set the center speaker to Small or Off, set the surround speakers to Large, Small, or Off, and set the surround back speakers to Large, Small, or Off
  • Crossover Point: set the crossover point for the subwoofer; 80 Hz, 100 Hz, 120 Hz, or Off (no subwoofer)

SD-Card/USB Functions

SD Card Slot: The BDX3000 features a front panel SD memory card slot which, when combined with broadband Internet access, allows you to enjoy additional BD-Live content on certain Blue-ray Disc titles (1GB minimum SD card). MP3, WMA, and JPEG files saved on an SD card can also be played. SD cards from 8 MB to 2 GB are compatible (including miniSD and microSD when used with an adapter), as are 4 GB to 8 GB SDHC cards.

USB Port: There is a USB Type-A port on the rear panel. Like an SD card, adding USB flash memory, combined with broadband Internet access, allows you to enjoy additional BD-Live content on certain Blue-ray Disc titles (1GB minimum). MP3, WMA, and JPEG files saved on a USB flash memory device can also be played.

Internet/Network Functions

LAN (100BASE-T) Port: You can connect the player's LAN terminal to your wired router using a network cable (Ethernet cable sold separately) to access bonus features and to update the unit's software using the network.

Wi-Fi: An IEEE 802.11n wireless card is built into the BDX3000 so no Ethernet is needed if you have a wireless network set up; IEEE 802.11a, b, and g are also supported.

Internet Streaming: The BDX3000 can stream audio and video Internet content from several web channels; Netflix (subscription required), Blockbuster On Demand, Vudu, and Pandora (as of September 2010). Broadband Internet access is necessary via the rear panel Ethernet terminal or the optional wireless network adapter.

Note: As of 9/24/10 the internet streaming function is only available in the United States. Internet content may change without notice. Please check Toshiba.com for latest updates.

BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and more from a broadband internet and home network connections (fees may apply).

Note: You must have at least 1GB of memory available, either an SD/SDHC card in the unit's front panel SD card slot or a flash memory drive in the rear panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Bonus View: The Bonus View feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.

 
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