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DBP-2012UD: Denon promises top quality from a mid-range player

You might have guessed that when AV supremo Denon launches a ‘mid-range’ product that the price tag may well appear to rather more high-end to we more ordinary mortals.

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And so it is with Denon’s latest baby – the DBP-2012UD Blu-ray player – which comes in at an eye-watering £750. Having said that, you know that with this brand you are getting a high-end product, and as they say, you get what you pay for.

If you’re in their mid-range budget range, and fancy taking a closer look, you’ll be glad to know the new model is based on the more expensive DBP-4010UD and DVD-A1UD from the same manufacturer.

This model is a ‘universal player’ which means that it can play 3D Blu-rays, as well as SACD and DVD-Audio discs, and offers DLNA-certification for accessing your photos, music and video over a home network. It will also offer streaming direct from YouTube (a firmware update is due in the spring to allow this).

Upscaling of standard DVDs comes courtesy of a leading-edge Anchor Bay Technologies VRS (Video Reference Series) video processor, which Denon promises will see DVDs upscaled to a quality never seen before.

The DBP-2012UD will be available from March in a silver or black finish, so you’ve got time to do a bit of saving if it’s on your wish list.