It's due to go on sale in the US this autumn, and will be available in the UK around November, according to the company's spokesman. He adds that the standard finish for PAL versions will be silver, with black as an option, and that "US prices do not directly translate" - so it probably won't be £1000, then...
The DVD-3800 is said to be the world's first high-definition disc player to use the 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta HQV video processor, and one of the first to incorporate a BD-ROM version 1.1 disc drive.
The player will have high-definition audio decoding, capable of handling Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. It has DDSC-HD audio output, and is capable of outputting 7.1 analogue signals and PCM via HDMI.
Other features include an SD card slot for downloading web content, although there's no Ethernet connection, so users will have to use a PC to transfer web content to SD.