- Jul 19, 2002
Here's the press release from CES:
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., an established innovator in the DVD category, announces the advent of audio/videophile quality DVD entertainment with the introduction of the first 1080i/720p DVD player, the DVD-HD931. Delivering stunning, cinema quality playback of DVDs, the DVD-HD931 uses a completely digital process to deliver a 1080i/720p signal making it ideal for consumers wanting to get the most out of their HD displays. The DVD-HD931 is the first DVD player to feature a DVI output so that it can deliver uncompressed digital video. The model has a host of advanced features such as Samsung's DNIe™ (Digital Natural Image engine) and Faroudja's DCDi™ video processing technology for enhanced video performance and the ultimate DVD experience. It will also be Samsung's first product to support DVD-Audio in the U.S. The DVD-HD931 is a recipient of a CES "Innovations 2003 Design and Engineering Showcase honoree" award, and is on exhibit at Samsung's Booth (# 12016) at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show, January 9th - 12th in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall.
"The DVD-HD931 is the perfect solution for someone who has already invested in a HD Display or is considering making the investment and wants to get the most out of what DVD has to offer," commented JR deSouza, Marketing Manager of Digital Video, Samsung Electronics America. "Samsung has taken a strong position in the DVD category and we plan to maintain that level of commitment with the introduction of innovative new models that meet a broad array of consumer needs. The DVD-HD931 offers unprecedented DVD video and audio enjoyment."
Currently, consumers who have upgraded their home theaters with HDTVs do not have an abundance of high-definition programming available. The DVD-HD931 offers an alternate solution by up-converting a DVD's native resolution (480p) to output high-definition formats (720p/1080i). The most impressive attribute of this up-converting process is that it takes place completely in the digital domain, which eliminates data loss and other artifacts associated with analog convergence. As a result, the process opens up a vast library of quality viewing for consumers who want to watch digitally enhanced movies on their HDTV monitors and enjoy the highest quality video available on the DVD market.
The DVD-HD931 includes Samsung's first-ever digital processing algorithm -- DNIe™ (Digital Natural Image engine) -- for enhanced contrast and white tone, increased detail, and noise reduction. It also features Directional Correlational De-interlacing (DCDi™) technology by Faroudja. DCDi™ eliminates the jagged edges that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive-scan displays for a smooth and natural picture. The DVD-HD931 is also Samsung's first US product to support DVD-Audio.
An elegantly designed gold/brass color chassis with half mirror front panel rounds out this true home theater piece, which will be available in June 2003 for an MSRP of $349.