Yamaha’s new BD-A1040 Blu-Ray Player isn’t your run-of-the-mill blu-ray player. Unlike less expensive blu-ray players you normally find in stores, the BD-A1040 is designed with high-end components that are congruent with Yamaha’s Aventage line of AV receivers.

Yamaha BD-A1040

The aluminum clad 1040 looks more like an AV receiver than a blu-ray player. Under the hood you’ll find a blu-ray player that’s capable of decoding a wide variety of audio formats including MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC, ALAC as well Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio thanks in part to it’s 192kHz/32 bit digital to audio converter (DAC).


For video, the Yamaha BD-A1040 can handle nearly anything you throw at it including Blu-Ray, DVD, 3D Blu-Ray, AVCHD and DivX Plus HD. The 1040 also includes built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and is DLNA compatible. Throw a NAS drive on your network and you can freely stream video to the player. If you want to stream audio or video from your mobile device, you can do that too since the BD-A1040 also includes Miracast.


The one interesting thing about the BD-A1040 is it’s limited number of apps. Currently, Vudu is the only one listed which is a little surprising since cheaper players often include a large number of apps such as Netflix and Hulu. It’s unknown if Yamaha plans on adding more.


The BD-A1040 doesn’t come cheap. It has an MSRP of $449 and is available at retailers now.


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