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DENON 1080p AV range steals the CEDIA UK EXPO

June 28th, 2006 · 4 Comments

Cedia UK 2006
Denon stole the show at this year’s UK 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.

Denon AVC-A11XVA
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.”
Sim 2 HT3000
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 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

Tags: DLP · Home cinema · Trade

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jon Gardner // Jun 28, 2006 at 8:03 pm

    You say it upscales all sources to 1080p, does this include HDMI inputs?

    I’ve been unable to find any other info on these models in English and the German spec sheet seems to imply that it only upscales analogue sources, like I believe the 4306, although I may well have read it wrong!

  • 2 Jon Gardner // Jun 28, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    Looking at the manual for what I understand is the US equivalent (4806CI) it does seem the upscaling only works for analogue inputs, not HDMI.

  • 3 Administrator // Jun 29, 2006 at 9:08 pm

    Denon confirms that the AVC-A1XVA will scale all sources but not all inputs. HDMI inputs are excempt. The brand says it expects that buyers of the A1XVA will probably partner it with the matching DVD-A1XVA, which has superior scaling via its resident Realta chipset. Most other users will probably route HD via the HDMI connections (either disc player or HD broadcast service) anyway.

  • 4 Jon Gardner // Jun 29, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    I guess I do not understand the difference between “source” and “input” then!

    I also really do not understand their reply. So what do they expect to use the analogue only upscaling on HDMI – if people are using a 1080p upscaling DVD player, any Hi Def DVD will use HDMI or soon be 1080p anyway, current 1080i HD DVD players with mostly film material will almost certainly de-interlace fine on the current top of the line 1080p TVs, they expect HD STB’s to connect using HDMI. It’s a mystery!

    I was hoping this would upscale 1080i from a STB to 1080p but it won’t. You could use component for now but no guarantee of future HD compatibility, especially for PPV movies. Sounds like 1080p upscaling is purely a marketing gimic of no value.

    Probably back to the 4306 for me with an external video processor for 1080i to 1080p on the STB. Probably that would always have been better anyway.

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