Instead of blowing out all the stops with a big mama pajama queen of all Blu-ray players, Denon appears to be playing the Pioneer card by launching the $750 DVD-1800BD player. It's lower in price than its $1,200-and-up predecessors, and only meets the mandatory 1.1 spec (that is, picture-in-picture but no Ethernet) rather than full-blown but optional 2.0. You know, it's probably not a coincidence that Denon is moving this way, since it has to be buying the core player from Pioneer or another major Blu-ray partner, so they're probably all on the same development timeframe. Also, no word from Denon on that "universal" HD DVD/BD player—we're gonna guess that it's a dead dream at this point. Jump for detailed press release of the DVD-1800BD.
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