NEWS: Denon's first Blu-ray player to go on sale Stateside this autumn

Denon has confirmed its commitment to Blu-ray by unveiling details of its first Blu-ray player, the $2000 DVD-3800 BDCI.

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.

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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.