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Denon Shows Off Its First Blu-ray Player, with $1,999 Tag
Denon's DVD-3800BDCI features the industry's first Version 1, Profile 1.1 BD-ROM player.
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Denon’s DVD-3800BDCI Blu-ray player. Photo credit: CNET
July 26, 2007 by Rebecca Day

Product engineers at Denon Electronics have been busy. The company has revamped its audio/video receiver line, launched its first Blu-ray Disc player and introduced new product categories this week in time for the fall selling season.

Denon’s $1,999 Blu-ray Disc player, the DVD-3800BDCI, is the industry’s first Version 1, Profile 1.1 BD-ROM player, which means it can deliver picture-in-picture playback of movies alongside interactive features. The player also packs HDMI 1.3a outputs, enabling it to deliver full uncompressed Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD soundtracks. It also has the 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset.

Although many of the company’s new products incorporate networking capability, the Blu-ray player does not, so interactive programming has to be downloaded via PC to an SD card that slips into a reader on the player.

Denon also unveiled a new top-of-the line A/V receiver. The AVR-5308CI ($5,200) is stamped THX Ultra2 and includes Dolby TrueHD decoding, HDMI scaling to 1080p, HD radio, XM radio compatibility, WiFi, USB inputs and 6 HDMI 1.3a inputs. Also new from Denon this year are a wireless iPod dock ($229) and a high-end XM-Radio-ready tabletop radio with CD player and HD Radio ($699).

Go to www.denon.com for further details.

Photo thanks: CNET

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