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Friday, December 05, 2008
Denon Introduces Flagship Blu-ray, Super Audio CD Player


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The high-end player, which will be available at an SRP of $3,800, combines the proprietary DENON LINK 4th and HDMI transmission technology that allow digital signals from optical discs to be transmitted virtually "jitter-free". In addition, the player features fully-balanced 2-channel transmission for analog signals. The Denon DVD-A1UDCI will be available in February 2009.

The DVD-A1UDCI is also the first Blu-ray player to feature both DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD playback with native digital audio output via the HDMI/DENON LINK or PCM conversion with full bass management. Denon?s first Profile 2.0 Ready (BD Live) Blu-ray DVD player, the DVD-A1UDCI incorporates interactivity features. Shortly after the product ships to the marketplace, BD Live activation firmware will be made available via the Ethernet connection that will provide DVD-A1UDCI owners with a host of networking facilities.



The DVD-A1UDCI features the 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset for the highest resolution high-definition video available today via HDMI connection, with upconversion and IP scaling to 1080p. Thanks to its dual HD video output scalers, the DVD-A1UDCI allows images to be output in HD resolution quality via both the HDMI output and component output ports. The DVD-A1UDCI also includes a Vertical Stretch feature that enhances 16:9 HD displays when playing back titles with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Vertical Stretch eliminates the black bars at the top and bottom of the image without adding distortion, or artifacts, for HD displays, but it?s most beneficial for those users of Cinema Scope screens and projectors with anamorphoric lenses, as the processing is done in the digital domain.

The DVD-A1UDCI features all-new Advanced AL32 Processing, allowing digital upsampling of 16- and 24-bit digital signals to 32-bits. The player offers full on-board HD Audio decoding from Denon?s DDSC-HD branded circuitry, as well as allowing for Bit Stream Bypass to HDMI for Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution and DTS-HD Master Audio digital transmission to an AVR/AVP for decoding.

DENON LINK 4th fully supports all digital audio transmission specifications, including SACD as well as CD and DVD-Audio. The 4th Edition of DENON LINK adds the exclusive Denon Flow Control feature; when using the HDMI interface for A/V output, Denon Flow Control takes over the Master Clock and Jitter control ? a feature that will be especially useful when used with upcoming Denon A/V receivers. DENON LINK is a proprietary, high-quality digital audio transmission technology that utilizes a real-time balanced transmission system to protect the signal from external noise. With the new advanced DENON LINK 4th used in an HDMI connection, as well as for HD audio read from Blu-ray discs, the master clock that operates the D/A converter of the A/V surround amplifier is transmitted to the player, enabling the circuitry to be operated while sharing the same clock, thereby achieving digital audio transmission with virtually no jitter. Denon also plans to make available a DENON LINK 4 upgrade for customers of the AVP-A1HDCI and AVR-5308CI; details to be announced shortly after the launch of the DVD-A1HDCI.

The DVD-A1UDCI?s solid direct mechanical ground construction is engineered to eliminate vibration. The unit?s structure was designd with a low center of gravity for maximum vibration resistance and quiet operaton. It features a dual-layer steel top cover, clamper cover, Zinc diecast mechanism case, as well as newly-developed floating dampers and a thin aluminium diecast tray. The unit?s power transformer, itself a source of vibration, is placed near the ground and immediately above the insulators to allow direct release to the ground and dramatically reduce the propagation of unwanted vibration or noise. Furthermore, the unit?s hybrid construction (using heterogenous materials) with dual-layer top cover and triple-layer bottom cover suppresses vibration and resonance, and specially built B.M.C. side panels in high-specific-gravity and high-density hybrid construction suppress vibration and resonance. Solid cast-iron insulators provide absorption of vibrations and release it to the ground. The unit rests firmly on four sturdy cast iron feet, with a solid bottom and internal "block" type structure. Gold-plated brass 7.1-channel analog outputs ensure reliability and long-lasting connections.



The DVD-A1UDCI features an onboard Ethernet port that allows for Internet connectivity, firmware updates, BD Live interactivity and IP control. Dual, assignable, HDMI outputs are provided with the option of full audio and video output to 2 systems, or dedicate one HDMI for audio, the other for video ? this option promotes a high level of jitter reduction for both signal paths. An SD card slot on the front panel allows for expanded memory for BD Live and Bonus View movie titles, as well as playback options for photos and music files. As with all Denon CI products, third-party control systems can also be managed via the RS-232C port.

The DVD-A1UDCI Universal Audio/Video Player joins Denon?s lineup of Bonus View Profile Blu-ray components, the DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Disc Player (SRP: $599), DVD-3800BDCI Blu-ray Disc Player ($1,999) and the DVD-2500BTCI (SRP: $899) Blu-ray Disc Transport.


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