Blu-ray Players

Denon DVD-1800BD Blu-ray Player - Benchmark

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Design

The unit weighs in at 9 pounds, which puts it in the average weight category for BD players in the $600 price range. This unit did not feel insubstantial by any means, but it also didn’t have that “built like a tank” feel that I like my equipment to have. Aesthetically, the plastic face panel of the 1800BD is only average looking. The drive tray is pushed to the left side of the face and a relatively small display screen occupies the right hand side. In general, I'd say the Denon 1800BD looks a little bland and is not quite as upscale as Denon's 2500BTCI and 3800BDCI models.

The 1800BD's disc tray is made from rather flimsy plastic that had a lot of flex and the mechanism was also fairly noisy, making a low level grinding noise every time I opened and closed the tray. The quality of the tray is a real shame, as the rest of the unit seemed to be very well built.

The back panel of the unit is pretty sparsely populated, though more robust than Denon’s 2500BTCI transport , which only has a single HDMI port on its back panel. For video outputs the 1800BD has composite, component, and HDMI 1.3a outputs. Audio outputs are limited to 2-channel RCA, coaxial digital (for non-HDMI equipped gear), and HDMI 1.3a. As mentioned earlier, there are no 5.1/7.1 analog outputs, so in order to take advantage of the newer lossless audio tracks you must have an HDMI equipped device capable of decoding Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, or LPCM. Denon was kind enough to include a detachable power cord, which has become a bit of a rarity, even in $1000+ A/V gear. Internally, there are Burr-Brown DACS for the two channel audio output and a newer revision of the Panasonic Uniphier all in one chipset solution that handles the processing, scaling, and HDMI-based tasks.

Denon DVD 1800bd Blu-ray Player

The 1800’s remote control was very easy to use, and included separate buttons for commonly used commands like angle, audio, Pure Direct, mode, and display as well as the more often used navigation and menu buttons. I also appreciated the discrete on and off buttons. It makes programming macros infinitely easier if you have a more powerful universal remote. The remote is not backlit but it does have glow-in-the-dark buttons that will provide some usability in the dark, provided that you expose the remote to bright light to “charge” the self-luminous material. The remote is not a universal remote, so there are no facilities to control any device other than the 1800BD. It also appears that the remote is quite a bit larger than it needs to be, as there are almost two inches of “dead space” at the bottom of the remote where there are no buttons. I didn’t have any issues with the range of the supplied remote, and found it to work fairly well even at relatively extreme angles.