• Blu-ray movies look outstanding, at both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24.
• Video upconversion of standard definition DVDs was excellent, Fans of legacy formats like DVD will be very pleased.
• The player has onboard high-resolution audio decoding and passes HD audio formats in bitstream form over HDMI.
• It can play picture-in-picture bonus content, such as video commentaries and making-of featurettes.
• The SD card slot allows for easy playback of digital music and photos.
• The DVD-3800 lacks an Ethernet port, so you can't access Web features on Blu-ray discs or update firmware from the Internet directly.
• The beefy chassis gives the player a high-end feel but takes up more space than most newer Blu-ray players.
• Start-up, load, and navigation are a bit sluggish compared with the fastest players we've most recently tested.
Denon's DVD-3800BDCi is priced at a premium, but its video and audio performance are up to the task. Both Blu-ray and DVD movies look excellent. The player offers most of the desirable Blu-ray features, like 1080p/24 playback, PIP ability, and both decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. The only missing link is BD-Live functionality; but, if accessing Web content isn't a huge issue for you, the DVD-38700BDCi delivers in all other respects.