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Denon shows off 'reference-quality' Blu-ray player for UK

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 26 Oct 2008 18:01 User comments (9)

Denon shows off 'reference-quality' Blu-ray player for UK Denon has announced the upcoming launch of it's DVD-3800BD high-end Blu-ray player, one that promises "reference-standard" playback.
The player, according to Pocketlint,is "the first Blu-ray player to use the 10-bit Silicon Optix sxT2 HQV Realta chipset to provide the player with highest resolution HD video currently offered via an HDMI 1.3a connection with 36-bit deep color support. To ensure high-quality sound reproduction, Denon used a DDSC-HD audio output along with dual 32-bit floating-point Burr Brown DSPs and its AL24 processors and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders."

The player will also have a noise reducing design as well a design set to reduce other signal-degrading interference. The design includes a "drive mechanism with dual-layer top and triple-layer bottom shields, a Suppress Vibration Hybrid loader for smooth disc handling and operation as well as separate video and power circuits."

Also included in the player is an easily accessible SD card slot on the front panel to allow for playback of digital photos.

The new Denon player will cost about 1600 pounds in the UK when it releases in December.

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9 user comments

127.10.2008 0:12

Maybe it isn't necessary but, for the price point and considering all the "design set to reduce other signal-degrading interference" as well as video and audio chipsets in this bad boy why does it only include one HDMI out?

Maybe I am misunderstanding but wouldn't it be better, in regards to interference, to have separate HDMI outputs for the audio and video?

227.10.2008 0:15

Silicon Optix HQV Realta T2, sounds impressive ! does it play SD DVD's too ?

327.10.2008 0:20

Originally posted by iluvendo:
Silicon Optix HQV Realta T2, sounds impressive ! does it play SD DVD's too ?
It should and will probably upvert them to 1080p. However, I did some research and this product is already dead before it got off the ground.

Reason 1: It is only profile 1.1.

Reason 2: Due to reason 1 it doesn't have a Ethernet port, you can update it with an SD card but it is still only profile 1.1.

Here is a blurry picture of the back of the unit.

427.10.2008 8:11

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Denon has announced the upcoming launch of it's DVD-3800BDCI high-end Blu-ray player, one that promises "reference-standard" playback.
Isn't this an old model which was launched early this year? TheDVD38000BDCI is already available from amazon, J&R, Best Buy/Magnolia, Circuit City etc. The owner's thread on avs forums is already 130+ pages long with almost 4,000 posts. The earliest post with an owner's review was way back in March.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1004155&page=131

The firmware has already been updated a few times and now it's version 1.104.

http://usa.denon.com/ProductUpdatesUpgrades.asp

527.10.2008 8:17

I think the reason it only has one HDMI port is because most people looking for the best sound will use the analog outs. This player is probably similar to the new pioneer elite player which has very high quality audio processors, better than those in most receivers. So you are better off letting the player do the processing, and then send the individual channels to your receiver/amps.

627.10.2008 8:44

Originally posted by Toshibot:
Quote:
Denon has announced the upcoming launch of it's DVD-3800BDCI high-end Blu-ray player, one that promises "reference-standard" playback.
Isn't this an old model which was launched early this year? TheDVD38000BDCI is already available from amazon, J&R, Best Buy/Magnolia, Circuit City etc. The owner's thread on avs forums is already 130+ pages long with almost 4,000 posts. The earliest post with an owner's review was way back in March.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1004155&page=131

The firmware has already been updated a few times and now it's version 1.104.

http://usa.denon.com/ProductUpdatesUpgrades.asp


This model was released on March 7 of this year - even before the PS3 became BD-Live capable. It was supposed to come out autumn of 2007 but suffered a few delays.

I've read on some forums that Denon is working on a new model that will include SACD and DVD-A playback (as a concession to the audiophiles) as well as BD Live 2.0. Summer 2009 was the target release so maybe Winter of 2009?

727.10.2008 9:27

Quote:
Quote:
Denon has announced the upcoming launch of it's DVD-3800BDCI high-end Blu-ray player, one that promises "reference-standard" playback.
Isn't this an old model which was launched early this year? TheDVD38000BDCI is already available from amazon, J&R, Best Buy/Magnolia, Circuit City etc. The owner's thread on avs forums is already 130+ pages long with almost 4,000 posts. The earliest post with an owner's review was way back in March.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1004155&page=131

The firmware has already been updated a few times and now it's version 1.104.

http://usa.denon.com/ProductUpdatesUpgrades.asp


Article updated.

831.10.2008 16:40

Originally posted by snardos:
I think the reason it only has one HDMI port is because most people looking for the best sound will use the analog outs. This player is probably similar to the new pioneer elite player which has very high quality audio processors, better than those in most receivers. So you are better off letting the player do the processing, and then send the individual channels to your receiver/amps.
You know this is not the first time I've heard of this. My nephew who has been involved in audio chip design mentioned that I might be better off using the analogue out of the new media mATX I built. Regardless of the extra cabling. My receiver as nice as it sounds has only the capacity to process 48KHz. The Realtek chip can output in 192KHz digital (selectable). It can process the signal itself and output an analogue one with about a 107dB s/n ratio which is pretty reasonable. I've yet to try it.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 31 Oct 2008 @ 16:42

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


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931.10.2008 18:37

BNC RGB you don’t see that many places anymore. Why is the unit sooo big are they compensating for price? I’ve always like Denon for middle of the road gear I hope they aren’t going backwards.

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