Earlier this week, Denon Electronics held its annual product introduction showcase, which focused on HDMI v1.3a-enabled AV Receivers and their first Blu-ray Disc players. This was a significant BD introduction as Denon is the first major audio company to offer a next-generation high definition optical disc player. Denon announced the upcoming introduction of two groundbreaking DVD products, the new reference-standard DVD-3800BDCI SRP: $1,999) is the world's first BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1 Blu-ray Disc Player, and the DVD-2500BTC BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1 Blu-ray Disc Transport.
The DVD-3800BDCI features the acclaimed 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset, which provides enhanced video performance with upconversion and IP scaling to 1080p. The pixel-by-pixel and Digital Noise Reduction feature afforded by this technology allows the player to remove image-degrading artifacts, resulting in astoundingly clear, high-resolution image quality. This model also provides users with the highest resolution high-definition video available today via HDMI connection, as well as the ultimate in audio performance, including high-definition audio decoding and DDSC-HD audio output.
Denon's new DVD-3800BDCI BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1 Blu-ray Disc Player also sets new standards in high-performance, interactive DVD playback. In addition to delivering the pinnacle of high-quality audio and video performance, it also includes an SD card reader that offer users a new level of full interactivity with multiple opportunities for content providers to add enhanced content such as movie trailers, games and more.
Denon's new DVD-3800BDCI also utilizes a variety of the most advanced audio technologies, including Advanced AL24 processing, to deliver the ultimate in audio performance. The player offers HD Audio and DDSC-HD, with decoding of Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and is capable of outputting both 7.1-channel analog signals and PCM audio via HDMI output.
DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Transport
The DVD-2500BTCI is a cutting edge Blu-ray Disc Transport that allows owners of advanced A/V receivers to add Blu-ray capability to their system and enjoy high definition video. The DVD-2500BTCI will natively output an HD audio bit-stream to a connected receiver via HDMI. Once this signal is accepted in the receiver, it can then be decoded into its native format including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. Like the DVD-3800BDCI, the DVD-2500BTCI also includes an SD card reader. Unlike the DVD-3800BDCI, it requires a connected audio/video receiver to do the decoding.
In keeping with the guidelines mandated by the Blu-ray Association for BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1 players, both Denon Models DVD-3800BDCI and DVD-2500BTCI incorporate a secondary audio and video decoder. This allows for simultaneous playback of a secondary audio and video track which may be used for interactive audio and commentary and for picture-in-picture capability (respectively). Additional information (subtitles, audio streams, camera angles, trailers, games, etc.) can be downloaded from the Internet via computer and stored on a SD card that either player will accept. This content can be played with the original content of Blu-ray Discs. Both models are slated to ship this fall.