Blu-ray Players

Yamaha BD-S2900 Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

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Conclusions

Yamaha’s BD-S2900 has excellent core video performance giving it superb picture quality during Blu-ray playback. It has speedy load times, the ability to bitstream output the latest sound codecs and implementation of Virtual Package, which is the next best thing to BD-Live.  All of these things make it an attractive unit.  Because the BD-S2900, down converts dts-HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD formats to 5.1 through PCM, this player is best used with a receiver that can decode the HD lossless codecs on its own.  The BD-S2900 is not a player I can recommend as an all in one solution as its standard DVD performance is not up to snuff and it’s also missing attractive features such as playback of SACD, DivX, VCD, or WMA formats.  Strictly for Blu-ray, this is a player with very strong performance, but Yamaha would need to update it to make it more of a complete solution.