Vizio VBR100 gets you in the Blu for $200

Vizio is branching out into Blu-ray with the VBR100, which offers up 7.1 analog outputs for an appealing price.

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Vizio is best known for its low prices on HDTVs, but the company is branching out into Blu-ray with the new VBR100 player. From the specs, the biggest selling point is the $200 price tag, and we were surprised to see 7.1 analog outputs available too. Here are the details.

Key features of the Vizio VBR100:

Most of the players we've seen here at CES have tried to differentiate themselves with additional content sources, like Netflix streaming or Viera Cast, but there's still a lot of demand for barebones Blu-ray playback.

The 7.1 analog outputs may also be a draw for budget buyers who are planning to keep using their older non-HDMI receivers. We could see these flying of the shelves at Costco if the price starts creeping toward $150.