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Denon Adds 9.3-Channel AVR, 2nd Universal Blu-ray

Mahwah, N.J. – Denon launched its first 9.3-channel
A/V receiver (AVR) and expanded
its selection of universal Blu-ray players to two.

The company also announced shipment of two previously announced
networked iPod docks.

The AVR is the
$2,999-suggested AVR-4810CI, a
9.3-channel model that’s the company’s second AVR
in the company’s 2009 lineup with Audyssey DSX post-processing technology. DSX adds
a pair of soundstage-widening horizontal-plane front channels and a pair of
front-height channels to a traditional 5.1-channel setup.  The AVR
also features Dolby Pro Logic IIz, which delivers front-height channels and is
available in Denon AVRs priced down to $349.

Several years ago, Denon offered a flagship 10-channel AVR without DSX or IIz.

The AVR-4810CI joins
the company’s first DSX-equipped AVR,
the $1,999-suggested 7.1-channel AVR-4310CI,
which was introduced earlier this year. With its nine built-in amplifier
channels, however, the new 4810CI simultaneously drives front-width speakers
and front-height channels without adding outboard amplifiers.

The new AVR also
features HD Radio, DLNA networking to stream music from networked PCs and NAS
devices, Internet radio streaming, and Rhapsody and Napster streaming. These
features are also available in other Denon AVRs. Other 4810CI features include
built-in Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, two AM/FM tuners (one with HD Radio), Vertical
Stretch (2.35:1 CinemaScope) Mode, and Video Control Adjustments Memory by video
input. Anchor Bay Technologies (ABT)
video technology up-scales video to 1080p/24 and converts video from analog to

The new universal Blu-ray player, which plays DVD-Audio and SACD music discs, is the
$1,999-suggested DBP-4010UDCI. It’s due in October to join the existing $4,500 DVD-A1 universal player, released earlier this
year. The new model is a Profile 2.0 player that comes with SD Card slot. It’s said
to be the first custom-oriented Blu-ray player to feature
IP control, Web browser capabilities and remote access. It also features AVCHD
and DivxHD playback.

In updating its networked iPod docks, the company shipped its ASD-51W with Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/ and wired-Ethernet ASD-51N, whose prices were previously announced at
$299 and $249, respectively.

Like their predecessors, the new models connect to Denon AVRs,
enabling the AVR’s remote to
control the docked iPod or iPhone. Also like before, the new models stream Internet
radio stations, but the new models add Rhapsody and Napster streaming. Also new
is Wi-Fi-protected setup, enabling connection to a wireless router without the
user entering a password or SSID, and the ability to stream iPod-stored music
simultaneously to up to five networked Denon devices in a home. IP control for
integration with home-control systems is also new, as is a digital coaxial
stereo output and DLNA 1.5 certification, enabling the docks to reproduce music
streamed from a Wi-Fi-equipped DLNA 1.5 cellphone. Both docks send iPod-stored
music over analog or digital-coaxial audio outputs to an AVR. iPod video goes over an S-Video output.

Both docks are compatible with iPhone.

With the new AVR,
Denon offers four AVRs with PC networking, Internet radio, Rhapsody and Napster
streaming, and HD Radio. All of those features start at $1,499. Dolby Pro Logic
IIz starts at $349 in the Denon AVR