Denon turns Blu-ray up to 1.1

Denon's been squeezing every last pixel out of DVD with its mightily impressive upscalers but the time has come when it must acknowledge that the futu

Denon's been squeezing every last pixel out of DVD with its mightily impressive upscalers but the time has come when it must acknowledge that the future lies with HD.But far from gingerly dipping its toe into the hi-def paddling pool, it's dived straight in at the deep end with the DVD-3800BDCI.Don't be deceived by the DVD moniker, it's a Blu-ray player through and through and also the first to support Blu-ray Profile 1.1, which the Blu-ray overlords have decreed shall be mandatory on all new player releases from this November.Buying its all-black threads from the same store as the old-school DVD-2930CI (pictured), it brings with it all manner of interactive goodies including picture-in-picture playback for director's commentaries and more on-board storage for bookmarks and audio/video clips.Denon's also adding a new 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta decoder to polish its pixels and provide the same slick 1080p DVD upscaling as its current players. Native processing for DolbyTrue HD and DTS Master HD Audio should keep the audio sparkling.We're expecting a British incarnation sometime this autumn, after the US has had first dibs. Lucky sods.Essentials Denon DVD-3800BDCI Price: £TBA ($2000 in US) On sale: TBA (Autumn in US) Contact: Denon Related stories: Denon rocks the monster amps Denon X-Space: surround sound in a bar Gadget of the Day – Denon S-81DAB