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DVD-Audio News Story:


Denon Abandon DVD-Audio and SACD in ‘Budget’ Players


Denon have announced that they are deliberately dropping DVD-Audio and SACD from their budget and entry-level players in a move that will send shivers down the spines of those trying to promote high-resolution formats.


In a release announcing the £230 DVD-1910 player, Denon’s PR representative Robert Follis today issued the following chilling message: “In a practical move designed to benefit the average user, the 1910 deliberately does not have unnecessary SACD or DVD-A circuitry. These formats are being totally ignored by general consumers and at this price point, their inclusion is a waste of time and money. The cash instead has gone on stunning video and great sound.â€


Note the wording; SACD and DVD-Audio are being “totally ignored by general consumersâ€. Although Denon support both formats in high-end machines, such as the DVD-2910 (£600) and DVD-3910 (£900), regardless of software availability, entry-level, affordable hardware is vital for the survival of both high-resolution formats. If mass-market manufacturers such as Denon abandon DVD-Audio and SACD in their entry-level players – whilst, somewhat ironically supporting every picture CD variant, low-fidelity lossy audio such as MP3 (maybe Denon consider MP3 to be “great soundâ€) and wasting money on an aluminium front panel – the future for high-resolution looks bleak.

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