Optimised for the "home theater enthusiast" the BDP-S2000ES model is the first Blu-ray Disc player in Sony's "Elevated Standard" line.

Featuring full high-definition 1080/60p and 24p True Cinema output it supports 7.1 channel linear PCM and Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, as well as dts-HD High Resolution Audio bitstream output via 1.3 HDMI.

The BDP-S2000ES features dual shield construction, which prevents dust from collecting on the BD drive, and a rigid drive bracket to minimize vibration. The player also sports a rigid beam chassis that reduces internal vibration, improving playback.

Compatible with "most" standard DVDs the BDP-S2000ES will offer 1080p upscaling through HDMI to capable HDTV sets.

The new player supports AVCHD discs encoded with x.v.Color (xvYCC) technology which expands the current data range of video by about 1.8 times, allowing the players to output more natural and vivid colors similar to what the human eye can actually see.

The player also features compatibility with an array of video formats, including BD-R/RE (BDMV mode), DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW (Video Mode), CD, CD-R/RW (CD-DA format), MP3, and JPEG on DVD recordable media.

The unit has optical and coaxial digital audio outputs, along with 5.1 channel decoding capability for backward compatibility with existing A/V receivers.

The new BDP-S2000ES will be available in the States in autumn for about $1300.