NEW YORK — Denon is adding HDMI 1.4a inputs and outputs and HD audio decoding to all 10 new A/V receivers (AVRs) for the 2010 model year at suggested retails ranging from $249 to $1,999.
With the 10 new AVRs, Denon will be offering its first AVR at prices less than $299 and will reduce its opening price point for HD Radio to $599 from $1,499, for networked AVRs to $999 from $1,499, and Audyssey DSX to $999 from $1,999.
HD audio decoding previously started at $349.
In other A/V developments, Denon:
• Expanded its selection of universal Blu-ray players to four from two, bringing the opening prices of Blu-ray/ DVD-Audio/SACD players down to a suggested $399 and $799. The new $399 DBP-1611UD and new $799 DBP- 2011UDCI will also be the company’s first Blu-ray players to play 3D Blu-ray discs when a firmware upgrade is available in the fall.
• Expanded the network capabilities of its Blu-ray players with the launch of the two universal models. Both are the brand’s first BD players to stream audio, video and photos from a networked PC and to stream video content — not just BD-Live content —- directly from the Internet. The new DLNA 1.5-certified models connect directly to the Internet to stream Netflix movies and You- Tube video.
• Expanded device connectivity to more home-control systems with the announcement that 13 current and new products have been certified to integrate with Control 4’s IP-based homecontrol systems.
• And Denon has upped its warranty to three years on custom-install (CI) series AVRs.
In A/V receivers, HDMI 1.4a repeater inputs and outputs will pass through all 3D formats, including all broadcast 3D formats, mandated in the 1.4a standard. The 1.4a outputs of all AVRs but the new $249 model also support HDMI 1.4’s Audio Return Channel (ARC).
Pro Logic IIz post processing appears in all new AVRs down to a suggested $349, like last year. The technology adds two height channels to a 5.1- or 7.1-channel system. Audyssey DSX, now starting at $999 instead of $1,999, expands to four models, including two carryover CI models. DSX adds two front-height and two left-right wide channels to a 5.1- or 7.1- channel system and appears in the new $999 AVR-991.
Ethernet connectivity to stream PC content and Internet radio starts at $999, down from $1,499. The SKU count remains at four. The networked models also access the free Pandora Internet music service and the Flickr photo-sharing site, joining the Napster and Rhapsody music streaming services available in the previous lineup.