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Denon Announces Lower Cost Blu-ray Player

Posted September 3, 2008 08:49 AM by Josh Dreuth

DenonDenon Electronics has announced that they will begin shipping a lower-cost Blu-ray Disc player to stores in October. The player, the Denon DVD-1800BD, will be a BonusView (Profile v1.1) player and is expected to retail for $749. A full list of features has yet to be announced, but it was revealed that the player will support only bitstreaming of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks.

Other known features include support for Deep Color HDMI video and on-board Burr-Brown DACs for two channel analog output. No additional information was released at this time.

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  Sep 03, 2008
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So Denon steps up with a lower-priced $750 player and Pioneer is prepping a $1,400 player. No reason at all why Blu-Ray still gets tagged with the tags "snobby" and "elitist".

We need top of the line players, don't get me wrong, but what we need for this holiday season is a lower-end product line, too. And some serious work at lowering the prices of the movies.

I think Christmas 2008 is a major swing-point for Blu. We make our mark now, this year, and people plan for the demise of DVD, or we're relegated to a very cool but niche technology.

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  Sep 03, 2008  

  Sep 03, 2008
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cogh *funai* cough

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  Sep 03, 2008
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I agree with what others have said above. High end players are fantastic, but it seems most all the announcements as of late have been players far out of consideration by John Q. Public. I really want Blu-ray to flourish and that simply isn't going to happen with $750 this and $1400 that. I hope that some company out there is planning a surprise, and I hope the BDA is on top of things.

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  Sep 03, 2008
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Denon's interpretation of "lower cost" is still too expensive in the real world.

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Bobby Henderson
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Bring it on!!!!!

  Sep 03, 2008
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I might consider picking one of these up.
  Sep 03, 2008
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Personally I'm waiting for a Panasonic Blu that offers a built in Hard Drive or a USB PORT to store my Home Theater Logo and trailers and Dancing Candy Boxes and I can play this first then toggle between the Hard Drive to the player for the Movie...

  Sep 03, 2008  
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I see you folks need a little help understanding Blu-Ray and possibly the Denon concept of BD systems. First I will correct our friend sokrman14. The Denon is not a rebadged DVD2500BTCI. Be advised that Denon has even more expensive BD/Universal players coming and very soon too. There are many BD players under the $750 price point as some people have already pointed out and it seems that $399.00 is the current low price and $199.00 is just around the corner. Denon has never been one of the cheap companies for DVD or BD players and I doubt they ever will be. It is advertised as a LOWER cost BD player not the lowest cost BD player. You'll never see a $49 upconvert DVD or BD player from Denon. For sure thay have always been one of the better players in the lower price ranges. As in all new technology, it starts out at higher costs and eventually goes down in time. Possibly some of you can remember a 480i 42" plasma's starting out from Phillips at $15,000.00 USD and they were absolutely terrible. I find that BD players are going to become more available at lower prices very soon now that HD & BD have stopped the war of formats. It really made no sense for any manufacturer to get to heavily involved in the formats until after the format war ended. Just think, 1080P streaming is already here and now we are learning about UHD. The digital world is only a baby and much more is on it's way very soon. It won't be long when you can rent or own 1080P movies direct from the studio's. Just think, you won't need Netflix, Blockbuster, Wal-Mart or Best Buy to get your movies in 1080P. DOn't you think what we really need is more 1080P software and some of the HD-DVD disc's to be reproduced in BluRay? Wouldn't you like to see King Kong on your BD player?

  Sep 03, 2008
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It wasn't meant to be condescending towards Denon, I love their product, it just sounds very similar to the DVD2500BTCI, with the addition of analog 2 channel output. With this model coming out I don't see a reason to get the 2500BTCI, because this is cheaper and will probably just as good considering it is 8 months newer and probably has a lot of the same parts.

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  Sep 04, 2008
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Guys, a little reality check; Denon doesn't make many SD DVD players for under $400. You have to parse this information within the proper context. A more accessible BD player from one of the big players in home theater and installation markets is good, and in no way contradicts the importance of lower cost players (which would not come from Denon anyways).

Sheesh, what whining.
  Sep 04, 2008
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Only because we don't generally spec lower end products in our designs, I had to check but Denon does have SD-DVD players under $400. I agree that better companies like Denon should try to make an even lower cost BD and possibly that will come with time. I believe the DVD-1800BD will fit the bill for many but I also believe that for some it is not a "lower" cost item. We've recently received the Pioneer Elite BDPS05FD's in stock, they are about the same price. After a couple weeks with the Elite piece and if you are in the market at this price point ..the Denon is certainly the better choice. sokrman14, the DVD2500BDCI is a transport only and may not be the right choice for you anyway. There are many high-end BD players coming and they will reach numbers more like the $8K - $10K price points. They will also feed the need for the users that want high-end audio and SACD play back all in Universal player.

  Sep 05, 2008
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I am not at all "complaining" about this player not being the lowest priced player. I understand and appreciate the Denon brand and realize that they will never have a sub $200 BD player because they make a quality product.

However, I do have to agree with Forrestandjen07... I expect more from Denon, what gives with the 1.1?

  Sep 05, 2008
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I am not complaining about it either, it just sounds like they need to discontinue the 2500BTCI and come out with a different model in between the 3800 and 1800. The 2500 and 1800 sound too similar.
  Sep 06, 2008
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I have a PS3 and Bose Lifestyle system that I think is great with my 46'' Plasma. What could an $800-1500 Denon give me that I don't already have? The audio can be that much better. 1080P is 1080P....?

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  Sep 08, 2008
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Well sokrman14, I don't think you fully understand why the DVD2500BTCI lives in the world. "Transport" is the key word for the DVD2500BTCI. If you don't understand why a transport is used than please feel free to contact me and I'll explain. WHO is this PS3/BOSE person? I get a kick out of you. A PS3 is a good blu-ray and it isn't like most Sony's that take a week to load up a disc. Your down side with the Bose system is that you will never hear all that any disc can offer CD, DVD, Blu-ray. Unfortunately Dr. Bose's degree is in marketing and he obviously did a good job and got you to buy one. Bose does save space and for some it works well in life styles as the name indicates. It unfortunately is very limited in frequency responce and it has no advanced audio HD formats to speak of. 1080P is 1080P true but the refresh rate of your panel and the ability to do 24 frame @ 240 hz refresh rate is getting more critical in video playback performance. When making any purchase in any product format sure to do ALL your homework. Remember "For every action there is a re-action". If you're not careful you will be caught in a never ending cycle of craziness. Try to avoid stores with BLUE, RED shirts or named after a flower and if possible in your area find a CEDIA certified dealer. At least if they have CEDIA certification you are more likely to get a truthful sales person. The future is not easy to see and my crystal ball is not all that much better than others but I can see that in the next couple years it's going to get harder for the customer to know the right thing to do. I've been dealing with both Pro and consumer products since 1968 and I am here to see if I can help some people with thru the struggle of trying to do it right.

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