Denon's Blu-ray players and transports have wowed the hi-fi world but they've not been the cheapest of products. As usually happens with new technology, though, the prices fall as the technology matures. Denon's latest Blu-ray player - the DBP-1610 - is the company's least expensive player to date.
At just £399.99, the player costs a fraction of the company's previous (award-winning) Blu-ray machines. Despite the price, it's not light on features: 1080P/24fps provides sharp pictures and smooth motion; soundtracks can be output in Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; a slot for SD cards is present; and an ethernet port is provided for downloading updates or accessing BD-LIVE content.
CD playback has been taken seriously: standard phono outputs are provided, fed by high-quality digital-to-analogue converters.
This machine would be the perfect match for the highly rated Denon AVR-1910 AV receiver but, with its simple styling, the player would comfortably sit alongside any modern TV or AV amplifier...so long as it's black! The remote control is also simple and thoughtfully laid out instead of being a daunting array of identical buttons.
At such an attractive price for a Denon Blu-ray player, the DBP-1610 is bound to be popular. Check it out at Hi-Fi Stereo.