The market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, Samsung has officially announced the launch of its most advanced Blu-ray player to date – Samsung BD-P2500, which features full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) playback, award-winning HQV (Hollywood Quality Video) processing chip, 7.1-Channel analog audio outputs, HDMI 1.3 output with xvYCC Deep Color support as well as 24fps film mode, aiming to deliver a powerful HD audio-visual experience.

According to the company, “Providing a truly immersive HD home theater experience, Samsung’s BD-P2500 is capable of decoding the latest high-resolution digital multichannel audio soundtracks available. Out of the box, the player can output Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and dts as an uncompressed PCM signal, as a bitstream, or via the 7.1 analog outputs for cinematic sound that is comparable with the latest movie theaters. Additionally, dts-HD HR (High Resolution) decoding will become available with a firmware upgrade in the fall. The BD-P2500 will also pass these and dts-HD MA (Master Audio) as a bitstream output to a separate, external surround sound decoder.”

In addition, the Samsung BD-P2500 which is the company’s fifth generation Blu-ray player will allow users to enjoy the latest interactive features available, including BD Live (Profile 2.0) and Bonus View (Profile 1.1).

“The BD-P2500 Blu-ray player represents the very best technology the industry has to offer,” said Reid Sullivan, Vice President of Marketing, Audio/Video & Imaging at Samsung Electronics America. “Consumers will enjoy a truly immersive, Full HD viewing experience that delivers the broad spectrum of high definition sights and sounds that can now be experienced with the combination of Blu-ray and the latest HDTVs.”

The new Samsung BD-P2500 Blu-ray player that comes with an integrated 1GB flash memory, wired Ethernet connection and USB port for memory expansion is expected to be available by October 2008 for about $500.