ONKYO USA Announces 1st HD Player

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Andrew M, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. Andrew M

    Andrew M Second Unit

    Oct 12, 1998
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    ONKYO Introduces Its First HD DVD Player, Including High-Bit-Rate and Lossless Audio Streaming via HDMI 1.3a

    UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (8/9/07) – ONKYO USA has announced the launch of its first HD-DVD player, the DV-HD805. This player has been introduced to realize the potential of high-definition HD DVD content. It is also one of the first HD DVD players to take advantage of high-bit-rate audio streaming via HDMI version 1.3a. The DV-HD805 will be available in the fall of 2007.

    The DV-HD805 is designed to partner with Onkyo's 2007 A/V receiver line-up. Both the HD DVD player and the A/V receivers feature HDMI version 1.3a connections, making the combination of these components the perfect platform for high-definition 1080p video images. It also nicely complements Onkyo’s A/V receivers by streaming of the new lossless surround sound formats, Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD Master Audio, as well as two "lossy" formats, Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS®-HD High Resolution Audio.

    The Onkyo DV-HD805 has the capability to support different frame rates, including playback at 24 frames per second, which is the native frame rate of the original sources for most HD content. This ensures that the user will be able to experience the playback of films recorded to HD DVD with the smoothest, most stable reproduction possible.

    HDMI version 1.3a allows the DV-HD805 to offer the full potential of high-definition 1080p video (the native resolution of HD DVD discs). Furthermore, HDMI version 1.3a enables Deep Color™ technology to improve color tones and achieve finer color gradation. Also, when connected with the new Onkyo HDMI version 1.3a A/V receivers, the DV-HD805 is capable of high-bit-rate audio streaming output. Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound codecs enable bit-for-bit reproduction of the studio master meaning that this player is capable of the highest clarity and most advanced realism from movie soundtracks. It also has the capability to provide Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio bit stream data.

    HD DVD specifications allow for the inclusion of web-enabled network connectivity to develop new and unique content such as additional materials and bonus features. In addition to downloading content, HD DVD users also have the ability to upload content and interact with providers, to participate in interactive polls for example. Compared to other media formats, HD DVD is advanced in this capacity. The DV-HD805 includes an Ethernet port to allow users access to these capabilities, as well as enable the user to easily download any future firmware updates.

    Recognized as the leading video processing technology in the home theater industry, the DV-HD805's onboard HQV Reon VX video processing chipset provides exceptionally precise video scaling (to 720p, 1080i or 1080p). When used with the standard-definition DVD format, HQV Reon VX enables viewers to enjoy superior video quality at the native resolution of the connected high-definition display. HQV Reon VX processing also eliminates or substantially reduces video noise for improved video reproduction.

    The DV-HD805 will be available in the fall of 2007 at a suggested retail price of $899.

    Onkyo, which takes its name from the Japanese "On" meaning 'sound' and "Kyo" meaning 'harmony,' has been producing precision audio components for over a half-century. The company's philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. Today, Onkyo is at the forefront of the home theater and digital revolutions. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit www.onkyousa.com or call 800-229-1687.
  2. Manus

    Manus Second Unit

    Oct 6, 2002
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    At last a new brand of player ! Specs look like it would be a good upgrade machine for an early adopter perhaps ?

  3. Austan

    Austan Second Unit

    May 25, 2006
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    It's a rebade Toshiba HD-XA2
  4. ReggieW

    ReggieW Screenwriter

    Mar 6, 2001
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    It is not just a rebadge.

    Onkyo will implement its own audio DAC's and will also decode DTS-HD. There will be other differences when the full specs are made available.

    I've also heard that Onkyo will be selling an Integra version of this unit.

    Regardless, I am glad that HD-DVD has another CE manufacturer. Onkyo has a presence in Circuit City and Fry's, so it will be refreshing to see another HD-DVD player from someone other than Toshiba! I am hoping that two or three more CE manufacturers step up to the plate at Cedia.
  5. Kevin C Brown

    Kevin C Brown Producer

    Aug 3, 2000
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    I was hoping for a dual format player from them. Oh well. I can continue to wait.

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