From interview with Denon employee Jeff Talmadge:
JT: The DVD-A1UDCI is the first Denon BD player from the ground up. And it's the first DVD player to be built in Japan by Denon in, oh man I'm going to say about six years.
Interviewier: So you're not sourcing the transport from anybody else.
JT: No. This is completely built by us, top to bottom. And we had that story in the very beginning of DVD. Like, if you're not part of the DVD moneymakers at the time Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, and those guys you had to source it and OEM. And we did that. We did it through Panasonic until we brought it in house. And we are still the only Japanese audio manufacturer now that has our own DVD, now, Blu-ray department, where we design, build everything.
Now, still, sometimes product that's not built in Japan and that's built in China I mean, obviously, we have a vendor that built it for us. But it's still our design and uses many of our parts that our custom for us.
So, Blu-ray we started last year. We used an OEM partner until we got our team up to speed. This is the first, and, actually, we'll have a couple more this year based on this particular model. But what Japan looked at is a product that is based upon our CX product.