updated 04:15 pm EDT, Mon May 11, 2009
Denon 2009 Lineup
Denon's American branch this afternoon bowed its core lineup for 2009 and headlined it with both Blu-ray players as well as network-aware iPod docks. The DBP-2010CI and DBP-1610CI both bring Blu-ray Profile 2.0 support for Internet-based special features and will play both AVC (H.264) and DivX video in HD. The higher-end 2010CI touts a higher-grade Anchor Bay digital imaging processor and a serial port for home automation. Both ship in July with the 1610CI costing $499 and the 2010CI asking a premium at $699.
The ASD-51N and ASD-51W in turn are companion pieces meant to bring iPod audio across a network; attaching to a home theater receiver, they not only supply music to the local receiver but to as many as five other Denon receivers. The new models can also be automated through IP-based control units, allow WPA encryption (on Wi-Fi) and tune into Internet subscription music services like Napster and Rhapsody. These ship in August, with the 51N using Ethernet-only at a $250 price and the 51W gaining Wi-Fi for $300.
Nine new home theater receivers are joining Denon's line and gain a new on-screen interface for HDMI as well as HDMI 1.3a (including Deep Color) support on all models. Prices will range from $349 to $1,999 and add newer features at the high end, including Ethernet-based media sharing and HD Radio from the $1,499 AVR-990 and AVR-3310CI upwards. The $1,999 AVR-4310CI has these plus Denon Link 4, which lets the HDMI-connected receiver steer clock and anti-jitter functions on newer Denon movie players. Shipments start this month and end in July for some models.
Rounding out the introductions are three in-ear headphone launches, including the AH-C360 ($49), AH-C710 ($149) and AH-NC600 ($199). While quality scales upwards through the line, the NC600 is unique in adding active noise cancellation beyond the passive effect from the earbuds themselves. Denon ships these by July.