Denon has unveiled what they say is the first universal SACD/DVD/Blu-ray player. The DVD-A1UD has a Pure AV Direct, 32-bits/192kHz D/A converter, 7.1-channel analog outputs, an SD/SDHC card slot, and two HDMI 1.3 outputs. The player is compatible with DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby TrueHD audio format and although not BD-Live ready, Denon says there will be firmware in the future for upgrade. Look for a ¥546,000 (~$584.00) price.
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Leave it to Norway to come up with the first Blu-ray audio disc. The TrondheimSolistene Ensemble, which has been together since 1988, has produced a two-fer set titled Divertimenti. The first is a SACD while the second is BD and is compatible with the formats 2.0 LPCM, 5.1 LPCM, 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, 5.1 Dolby True HD, 5.1 Dolby Digital. The 69 minute album was produced on the 2L label and has a price of NOK 101,00 ($20.14.)
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