Denon DVD-A1UD high-end universal Blu-ray player

Blu-ray, Home audio, Home cinema

denon-dvd-a1udsp.jpgOkay, I’ll have to admit I asked for this a bit. In my last post about Denon Blu-ray players I demanded to know what Denon would describe as ‘high-end’, after their ‘entry-level’ player cost £600.

Well, this is it. It’s the catchily-named DVD-A1UD, and it’ll play back Blu-ray discs, Super Audio CD (SACD), DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and plain old CDs. The DVD-A1UD is the replacement for the Denon’s previous universal DVD player – the DVD-A1XV. Full specs are over the jump.

It costs a massive £3,300. I can safely say that I don’t know anyone who’d splash out £3,300 on a DVD player, but someone must, or they wouldn’t make the damn thing. It’s going to show up across Europe in March 2009, in either a silver or black finish. Who knows, perhaps by then you’ll be rolling around in pots of money. Denon can only hope.


  • Direct Mechanical Ground Construction, embodying concepts for thorough vibration resistance
  • Denon’s original Advanced S.V.H. mechanism, newly developed for low specific gravity, vibration resistance, quiet operation, and high precision.
  • Seven block structure, to thoroughly prevent mutual interference caused by electrical and magnetic factors; 18.9 kg weight

Audio Quality:

  • Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit-HD (DDSC-HD), achieving high-quality sound
  • Denon Link 4th to achieve the world’s first jitter-free transmission
  • of digital audio via HDMI
  • Advanced AL32 Processing Multi Channel, Denon’s proprietary technology that optimizes audio performance, used for the first time in the DVD-A1UD
  • Discrete 192-kHz, 32-bit D/A converters for all channels
  • Multi-channel support from Denon’s proprietary Compressed Audio Restorer function (2 Channel for MP3/WMA, Mutli Channel for Dolby Digital/DTS)
  • A/V Pure Direct (two HDMI output ports)
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6 decoding, in addition to Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Support for SACD, DVD-Audio and HDCD

Video Quality:

  • Denon’s video circuitry for high picture quality, to produce a richer video image from DVD [REALTA, highly acclaimed Silicon Optix video processor]
  • Digital Noise Reduction, effective for both HD content from BD media and SD content from DVD media
  • 1080/24p output, for maximum enhancement of film texture
  • Denon Pixel Image Correction (D.P.I.C.), for more natural curvature correction
  • Dual HD video processing to individually select HD resolutions for HDMI & Component out
  • Vertical Stretch (supporting the CinemaScope aspect ratio for anamorphic lense),
  • a world’s first in a universal player with Blu-ray
  • Source Direct, to output disc content in its original resolution
  • HDMI (ver. 1.3a, supporting Deep Colour, High Bit Rate Audio output), for transmission of high-definition video and audio signals

User Friendliness:

  • Easy-to-read and easy-to-operate G.U.I. (Graphical User Interface)
  • Support “BONUSVIEW” functions
  • “BD-Live” ready
  • Support for HDMI Control (Consumer Electronics Control)
  • Backlight for all remote control unit buttons

Denon UK

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  • Not only is its Blu-ray video performance even smoother and richer than the reference Pioneer BDP-LX91, it upscales DVDs with close-to-HD quality perfection and plays music on CD, SACD and DVD-A with a virtuoso hand capable of embarrassing quite a few.Great post.

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