BRISTOL NEWS: Denon high-end Blu-ray player debuts at Bristol Show

Following Toshiba's decision to pull the plug on HD DVD, we're likely to see a rash of new Blu-ray players coming to market.

First up is the Denon DVD-2500BT transport which made its debut at the Bristol Sound and Vision Show last weekend.

Denon used a production-ready US version at Bristol, which uses the company's own Blu-ray transport, developed for this model and the forthcoming DVD-3800BD.

The 2500 outputs a full HD audio and video signal via HDMI 1.3a and can be used with any multichannel amp or receiver with the necessary HDMI inputs and decoding.

Denon demonstrated the transport at Bristol with £10,000 worth of its own electronics (AVP/POA-A1HD processor/power amp), a £20k projectiondesign Aurora projector and a £20K set of B&W speakers.

Technical highliights of the DVD-2500BT include:

  • Blu-ray Profile 1.1-Player
  • Second Audio-and Video decoder, Picture-in-Picture
  • HDMI 1.3a interface for HD-Audio/Video output
  • Compatible with HDMI Deep Colour
  • Rigid Multi Layer Chassis Construction
  • Further improved original Denon S.V.H. transport mechanism
  • Output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Bitstream
  • Native output of 1080p, 24 Hz HD sources
  • High-definition scaler for DVD up to 1.080p (50, 60 Hz)
Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.