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Samsung expands its 3D Blu-ray player line

Samsung has added three new 3D Blu-ray players to its line, including the BD-C7900, which features dual HDMI outputs.

Samsung BD-C6800 Samsung

Samsung already has a full line of standalone Blu-ray players, but Engadget noticed Monday night that the company has released a new trio of 3D Blu-ray players. Prior to the new roll-out, Samsung only had a single 3D Blu-ray player, the BD-C6900, which scored well in our review, but is pricey, especially with Sony offering 3D-compatible Blu-ray players for as little as $200.

We had a quick chat with a Samsung representative about the new Blu-ray players. The easiest way to understand them is by comparing with the currently available models:

BD-C5900 ($230 list) = BD-C5500 + 3D
BD-C6800 ($280 list) = BD-C6500 + 3D
BD-C7900 ($400 list) = BD-C6900 with dual HDMI outputs

We've done full reviews of the BD-C5500, the BD-C6500, and the BD-C6900, so you can get a nearly complete idea of what these new players will offer. The most interesting model to us out of this trio is the BD-C7900, which may be a nice option for buyers who like the extensive functionality of Samsung Apps, but also want the flexibility of dual HDMI outputs, which make it easier to use the player with an older HDMI-compatible receiver. The only other 3D Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs that we're aware of is the Panasonic DMP-BDT350.

We're also interested to see the street price for these new models, as we're not sure that buyers will be willing to pay much of a premium for the 3D upgrade--especially PS3 owners, who will get a 3D upgrade in September. Even if the price difference is small, it will be hard to convince buyers it's worth it when you need new 3D HDTV and pricey glasses to take advantage of the features, and the fact that there's not much 3D Blu-ray content.