Blu-ray Players

Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

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The Design

Weighing in at close to thirteen pounds the BD-S2900, stabilized with feet, is sturdy and has very good build quality.  The metal chassis makes it feel more solid than cheaper players you find filling shelves of retail stores.  It’s a tad larger than an average DVD player, and has minimal buttons on the front, which makes it look very sleek and attractive.  The BD-S2900’s faceplate, when powered on, lights up in the center with a nice ambient blue glow.  It also features a superb piano black, brushed metal finish.   There is an orange LED display, about four inches wide, that reads out basic commands and time information about the disc that is playing. This is a player that definitely would look very nice in any AV rack.   The drive features a tray mechanism, located on the left side of the player, that has relatively smooth operation as it ejects or closes.

With the cover removed, we can see isolated circuit boards, said to reduce cross-circuit interference, for the video, audio, and power supply sections.  On the back of the unit there is a fan near the power section to help keep things cool.  The BD-S2900 employs the same BD drive used in the Panasonic BD-30, and also uses some other Panasonic circuitry.

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The back panel features a host of analog and digital connections.  The analog connections include Component Video, S-Video, Composite Video, 2 Channel Audio, and 5.1 Audio Direct out.  The digital connections are HDMI 1.3, Coaxial, and Toslink.  The player also has an RS-232C port as well as a remote control port designed to be used with other components that support this feature.  The connections are all of about average quality.

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The remote control is standard fare and is weighted nicely.  The color is silver, and the buttons are spaced well apart.  The remote is not overly cluttered, which at least for me, is a plus.  On the upside, the remote has an easy to remember layout, and buttons can be pressed without accidentally hitting adjacent ones.  On the downside, there is no backlighting: the remote is designed to glow in the dark but the glow effect is far too faint to be effective.   There are buttons for secondary audio and pip which I like because it makes it easy to manipulate the Bonus View features.  One of my complaints is that I couldn’t find an eject disc button.

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