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The Denon DVD-2500BTCI is a high-end profile 1.1 compliant Blu-ray player (aka Blu-ray disc transport) retailing for $999.

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Pros

Profile 1.1 compliant

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Fast transport speeds and load times

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Fantastic build quality and design

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Outputs lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio

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No source direct video output

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Twice as tall as other Blu-ray players

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No analog outputs, only a single HDMI

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No advanced video processing

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Sub-woofer is output 5dB less than other channels with PCM, requiring tweaking to balance the levels

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The Denon DVD-2500BTCI is a high-end profile 1.1 compliant Blu-ray player (aka Blu-ray disc transport) retailing for $999. It is Denon's first Blu-ray player along with the flagship Denon DVD-3800BDCI ($1999), with the first player's hitting the market in mid-January 2008. It features a single HDMI output (v. 1.3a) and is notably lacking any other video or audio outputs. For audio, the DVD-2500BTCI will output lossless a Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream, but does not support onboard decoding of these formats. It will decode 7.1 PCM audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and the core lossy Dolby Digital and DTS tracks which are output as 5.1 over HDMI. For video, the DVD-2500BTCI will output The DVD-2500BTCI 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 format, but does not feature source-direct output for outputting the native resolution of the Blu-ray disc over the HDMI output for video processing by the a/v receiver or pre, a feature found on other disc transports in its class. Nor does the DVD-2500BTC feature any onboard video processing; see the flagship DVD-3800BDCI for this feature as it has an onboard Silicon Optix Realta HQV video processing chip.

Features
  • single HDMI v. 1.3a output (no analog outputs)
  • profile 1.1 compliant with Picture-in-Picture Bonus View interactivity
  • outputs lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio bitstream
  • audio decoding 7.1 PCM, Dolby Digital Plus, lossy Dolby Digital (5.1) and lossy DTS (5.1)
  • video output formats: 1080p/60, 1080p/24 (no source direct support)
  • no advanced video processor
  • functional as an upscaling DVD player
  • release date: January 2008
  • price: $999
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