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Denon Unveils DVD With ‘Realta’

Denon will unveil at CES a new flagship universal DVD player that will be among the first products to incorporate Realta advanced video processing technology from Silicon Optix.

Model DVD-5910 (shipping in February at a $3,500 suggested retail) incorporates the Realta/HQV chip, which performs over 1 trillion video-processing operations per second.

Silicon Optix calls the technology HQV, or Hollywood Quality Video. It was developed by an acquired company, Teranex, and is incorporated in Silicon Optix’s Realta chip, which previously has been used in a $60,000 professional product for movie studios, post-production, and broadcast facilities.

The chip performs scaling and detail enhancement, independent pixel-by-pixel processing, to reduce picture noise and “jaggies” without softening the image.

The technology was also said to allow Denon’s DVD player to simultaneously distribute HD over HDMI and DVI outputs while delivering the same program in 480p over the component outputs. This is said to be good for custom-installed distributed-AV systems. Additional scaling is added through DVDO circuitry.

To support multichannel music formats, the player includes independent PCM and DCD, and HDMI 1.1.

The DVD-5910 joins Denon’s existing line of DVD players, including the universal models DVD-3910 and DVD-2910, as well as the high-performance, high-value DVD-1910 and DVD-1710.