It seems crazy to think that Yamaha has held out until the late weeks of 2011 before unveiling its first Blu-ray home theater package, but that's indeed the situation. The company yesterday introduced the BDX-610, a 5.1 system featuring a networked receiver with integrated 3D Blu-ray player backed by five speakers and a subwoofer that all combine for 500W of throughput.
Yamaha's system is compatible with multiple HD Audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. The company touts the included speakers as being "specifically tuned and balanced" for HD Audio. Internet services include BD Live, Netflix and YouTube. The receiver is also DLNA 1.5 certified for streaming local media.. A frontside USB port allows connection to external devices, with Made for iPod/iPhone branding ensuring the BDX-610 will play nicely with iOS products.
The entire package is shipping now priced at $699.95. Those with existing components have the option of nabbing the standalone BRX-610 3D Blu-ray player/receiver for $549.95. Better late than never, we suppose.