Excerpt: Branded as "the world's first 'universal' Blu-ray Disc player", the DVD-A1UDCI from Denon is the company's flagship digital video and audio player. In this sky's-the-limit price range, Denon smartly aims this product not only at videophiles who demand video perfection from sources like Blu-ray and DVD, but also audiophiles with DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, WMA and MP3 collections.
Excerpt: Home theater enthusiasts can finally stop complaining about needing multiple components for all their disc-based media. That’s because Denon has finally released the DVD-A1UD universal disc player. It’s called universal because, along with playing Blu-ray and up converting DVDs, the device is also compatible with the more obscure forms of disc-based media loved by audiophiles, such as Super Audio CD’s (SACD) and DVD audio.
Summary: The Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal player faces stiff competition from the Oppo BDP-83, and now even more competition from the BDP-83 SE (which I have not used yet). In my daily use, I found the image quality during movies to be the equal of the Oppo, and for it's audio quality, when using the analog outputs, to surpass what the Oppo was capable of, giving me a larger, more seamless soundstage with additional detail that was not present from the Oppo.
Conclusion: Does it get any better than this? Actually, no! Denon’s new top player is the best of the best, providing top-quality video and audio transmission. But that’s not all; the player also offers great build quality, a superb feature set, and a handy video equalizer. The (extremely!) long disc-loading time disappoints slightly, but we’ll admit to being quite taken with the DVD-A1 UD.
Pros: Gorgeous design and top build-quality., Outstanding picture and sound (for both Blu-ray and DVD)., Excellent range of features., Optimum hardware for audio and video optimization.
Cons: Extremely long loading times, as well as delays during navigation., Needs other Denon devices in order to provide its best sound., Not exactly cheap.
Conclusion: The Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray player exemplifies flagship performance and status from a company that continually strives to be the leader in high performance audio gear and transports. It flawlessly plays every disc format currently relevant in the marketplace. The fact that every output is always active on this player gives an end user and/or installer almost endless configuration options on how one could utilize this player.
Pros: Phenomenal picture and sound quality, Superb build quality, Makes for a perfect combo with Denon Separates, High end appeal
Cons: No audio/video streaming support for Netflix, Pandora, Youtube, etc, Very complex to setup, Excessive load times on some Blu-ray discs, Uber expensive
Excerpt: This isn’t the first player we’ve reviewed in the high-end price category. In some respects, we’ve walked away impressed by the high-end players we’ve reviewed, but none of the high-end designs we’ve looked at has earned their pay grade by making our Top Picks list. It’s possible that this tells us more about the less expensive players on the market than the more expensive ones.
Summary: Coming in February, Denon 's newest entry into the high-end home-theater market promises to amaze with both its unbelievable media quality and its earth-shaking price. The Denon DVD-A1UDCI is designed for use with the company's matching preamp and power amplifier ($7,500 each), for an experience that promises to be cinematic and epic -- and north of 15 grand, speakers not included.
Excerpt: Cast your mind back to the cult movie This Is Spinal Tap and the oft-quoted line about the band's Marshall amplifier that 'goes to 11'. It's simply one better, one louder, than everyone else's amps that only go to 10. In review terms and HCC star ratings, the Denon DVD-A1UD goes to 6.
Summary: Besser geht es eigentlich nicht, wenn man einmal von den elend langen Einlesezeiten von Discs absieht. Auch die Tatsache, dass sich der allerbeste Klang nur im Einklang mit teuren Denon-Receivern über den Denon-Link erreichen lässt, kann man als kleinen Wermutstropen sehen. Ansinsten: Bild- und Tonübertragung in Perfektion, hochwertige Verarbeitung, üppige Ausstattung, zahlreiche Bildregler für Tüftler.