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Samsung BD-P1400 drops to $299
Blu-ray stand-alone player gets a price drop
While HD DVD continues to offer the lowest price of the hi-definition DVD players, the Blu-ray camp is getting more aggressive with their pricing, with Samsung dropping the price of the BD-P1400 down to US$299 at several retailers.
This is the first time that the stand-alone Blu-ray players have dipped below the $300 price barrier. While a $299 price isn’t as attractive as the sub-$100 prices that the HD camp has been able to pull off, getting a stand-alone player that is priced less than the PlayStation 3 is a major victory at this point for the Blu-ray camp. With the lower price, the Blu-ray camp is hoping to attract enthusiasts that have no interest in purchasing a PS3, which they consider to be solely a video game system.
If you purchase the BD-P1400, make sure that you download and apply the latest firmware update from Samsung, as this will give you full DTS HD Master Audio, as well as Dolby TrueHD. Most retailers are offering promotions that include at least some free movies, but even with the free movies HD DVD continues to be the low-priced leader. Still, the lowering of the price to under $300 does indicate that the Blu-ray camp is committed to bringing prices down to be competitive with HD DVD.