Tascam has launched a rugged and reliable, professional-grade Blu-ray player building on the success of its predecessor BD-01U.

The new Tascam BD MP1 incorporates features such as HDCP support and power-on playback as well as protective user control options making it suitable for a wide range of commercial installations, including public, educational and commercial facilities, theatres, amusement and entertainment businesses. 

Also announced is the RC-W100, a wall-mountable programmable remote controller which extends the comfort of any sound reinforcement system where the Tascam MX-8A matrix mixer is at the centre.

The compact, single rack space BD-MP1 saves space by eliminating the need for discrete audio/video playback devices in an installed rack, accepting a broad range of media and file formats via three versatile input slots — disc tray (Blu-ray/DVD/CD), USB flash or SD card. 

In addition to its input options, the BD-MP1 supports all popular media and file formats include Blu-ray (BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE), DVD (DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW), CD (CD-DA, CD-R), Video (MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 AVC, VC-1, AVCHD, WMV), Image (JPEG, GIF, PNG) and Audio (LPCM, MP3, AAC, WMA).

A Power-on Play feature enables content to automatically begin playing immediately on power up, without having to engage the BD-MP1’s Play feature.

With Power-on Play active and Repeat Mode set to ‘On’, content will automatically start, loop and play continuously until system power is turned off.

In installed setups, this means a single power up of the integrated AV system will begin playing and looping content without having to press the Play button.

The BD-MP1’s HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) Auto mode is a unique feature. 

When the AUTO ON feature is engaged, even If the playback content that is connected to the HDCP support device is not copyright protected, encryption remains off, and the content will play seamlessly.

Protected operation from accidental settings changes or non-authorised use is provided via the Panel Lock button on the front panel. IR and tray lock functions prevent accidental or user-error operation or alteration of pre-set controls in commercial installations, helping ensure consistent and reliable performance in any installation. 

A Hide Menu function allows customisation of the display monitor’s boot up process. In this mode, the monitor display screen can be set to display a black screen during start up rather than displaying the manufacturer’s standard factory setup screen and source select menus.

The maker says the result is an elegant and non-distracting visual start-up environment each time the system is turned on.

In addition to remote control operation, all playback functions can be accessed locally from the front panel control buttons. Playback controls can be locked from accidental changes or non-authorised use via a front panel Lock button.

For integrated commercial systems where remote control operation beyond IR is desired, the BD-MP1 offers both RS232C and IP network connectivity. The unit’s RS-232C port enables reliable two-way status feedback and control between devices, while Ethernet connectivity streamlines connectivity for integrated system control and operation.

Connection of display monitors or televisions is via the unit’s back panel HDMI plug-and-play port. 7.1 Surround Sound connectors are provided on the rear panel for immersive playback.

Additionally, professional-grade XLR balanced stereo analogue outputs as well as RCA unbalanced stereo are offered. Coaxial and Digital Audio Out connections round off the BD-MP1’s audio feature-set, accommodating professional-grade digital audio output formats including Dolby, DTS, and others.

Playback of 2 channel linear PCM is also supported.

Both new products will be available through November 2019, with the BD-MP1 having a UK MSRP of £385.00 inc. VAT and the RC-W100 having a UK MSRP of £125.00 inc. VAT.

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