Denon stole the show at this year’s UK CEDIA Expo, held at the ExCel centre in London. The Japanese AV specialist unveiled a range of 1080p upgrades for its high-end home cinema products, led by a new iteration of the huge AVC-A1XV receiver (pictured below), the A1XVA. The new model now sports a custom Faroudja chipset able to deliver 1080p from any signal source, plus enhanced HDMI switching, 2 firewire inputs, Denon Link 3 and Ethernet connectivity for streaming music from a networked PC. The AVC-A1XVA is expected to sell for around 4,800 pounds.
It will be joined by a new version of the AVC-A11, the A11XVA (pictured below). This also offers 1080p up-conversion for any source, MultiEQ XT room correction, audio streaming from networked PCs and three HDMI plus one DVI input switching. It will sell for 2,800 pounds. Both receivers join the DVD-A1XVA DVD player which also upscales to 1080p.
The brand says that it will offer an upgrade path for those who have bought the previous versions of both receivers. “It’s not an easy thing to do with products like these,” said Denon’s Roger Batchelor, “but it’s the right thing to do for our customers.”
The UK CEDIA EXPO, making its first appearance at Excel, was given a thumbs up from exhibitors. “It’s a really nice venue,” said industry spokesman Rob Follis.
Other show highlights included:
…demonstrations of Sim2’s new 1080p 12,000 pound HT-3000 DLP projector (pictured above), which combines TI’s newly developed 0,95 inch 1080p single DMD chip with Sim 2’s proprietary ALPHA PATH light engine with 10-bit DSP processing, and the £5000 HT305E, a 720p DarkChip3 alternative
…an impressive range of IP addressable speakers from Polk audio, which allow multi-room audio systems to take on a new level of sophistication, along with a remarkable in-floor subwoofer
…and a comprehensive range of multi-room system control and distribution products dubbed Living Control. By Steve May