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Arcam FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray Disc player

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Review If you’re an Arcam aficionado, there must have been times when you thought the arrival of a Blu-ray Disc player would never come. The brand’s original strategy, to support both HD DVD and BD with a universal player, was shunted off the road when the HD format war came to an abrupt end.

A second, BD-only project met a similar fate when Arcam’s chosen chip supplier proved unable to deliver.

Arcam FMJ BDP100

Years in the making: Arcam's FMJ BDP100 Blu-ray player is here at last

Third time lucky then? It seems so. The wait is finally over with the arrival of the FMJ - Arcam says "Faithful Musical Joy"; I say "Full Metal Jacket" - BDP100.

Unlike the majority of mass-market BD players, the BDP100 is painstakingly built. It’s heavy -6.2kg, no less - and has an extremely rigid chassis. Back panel outputs comprise HDMI; component- and composite-video; stereo analogue audio; and optical and coaxial digital audio.

There’s also an Ethernet port and a single USB connector. The absence of a multi-channel analogue audio output may surprise some.

Arcam FMJ BDP100

Plenty of ports - but no analogue beyond stereo

With an eye on the burgeoning custom install market, Arcam has also included a 12V trigger, remote IR sensor input, RS232 port for system control devices, and a second zone phono stereo output.

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