Southern California Retailer Slashes Blu-ray Player Prices8 May, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
For consumers looking to experience high-definition Blu-ray Disc movies for the first time, Ken Crane's Big Screen Headquarters is offering Blu-ray players priced as much as 70% off their suggested retail value.
The Torrance, Calif.-based consumer electronics retail chain, as part of a clearance sale on store demos of audio and video equipment, is offering the Samsung BD-P1400 and Panasonic DMP-BD30K models for $127 and $147, respectively.
Both Profile 1.1 players offer picture-in-picture capability and originally sold for $399 and $499 each.
The California retailer, which has locations in Buena Park, Encino, Hawthorne, Long Beach, Ontario, Pasadena, Laguna Hills, West Los Angeles and Westminster, is also selling the Sony BDP-S350 with BD Live functionality for $197 ($299) and the Pioneer BDP-51HD for $297, originally priced at $899.
All players on sale are display models, which means they have been taken out of the box but still include the original manufacturer’s warranty.
“All of the models listed in our ad are discontinued,” said Steven Caldero, SVP and COO of Ken Crane’s Home Entertainment.