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Denon DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Player Reviewed

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DVD1800BD_Front.gifThe DVD-1800BD is Denon's third Blu-ray player. With an MSRP of $599, it's also the least expensive model that Denon offers, behind the $1,999 DVD-3800BDCI flagship model and $899 DVD-2500BTCI digital-only transport. The DVD-1800BD is a Profile 1.1/BonusView player, which means it contains the necessary audio and video decoders to support picture-in-picture playback. However, it does not support BD-Live Web functionality, nor does it use the higher-end Silicon Optix Realta HQV video processor found in the flagship model.

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On the video side, the DVD-1800BD's back panel features HDMI 1.3a, component video, and composite video outputs. For HDMI, the output-resolution options are Auto, 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, and 1080p/24. While many players must be set up to output either 1080p/60 or 1080p/24, the DVD-1800BD offers separate 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 modes, so you can easily switch between the two for comparison. For component video, output-resolution options are 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i. The setup menu does not offer the full complement of video controls you get with DVD-3800BDCI, but it does offer noise reduction and basic picture adjustments like brightness, contrast, color, sharpness, black level, and gamma correction.

For audio, you get HDMI, coaxial digital audio (no optical), and two-channel analog audio outputs. This player lacks the 7.1-channel analog audio outputs and the internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoders found in the flagship DVD-3800BDCI. It will pass the high-resolution formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. It will also pass 7.1-channel PCM audio over HDMI. For those who plan to use the DVD-1800BD as a high-quality CD player, the unit sports Burr-Brown 24-bit/192-kHz digital-to-analog converters and includes a Pure Direct mode that shuts down unneeded video circuitry to achieve higher-quality audio through the analog audio outputs.

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