Universal Players

Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray Player

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On The Bench

Video Performance

The Denon DVD-A1UDCI was a very solid performer in just about all of our benchmark tests. Measurements were taken at 1080i resolution with our Tektronix Oscilloscope from the component analog video outputs. The DVD-A1UDCI displayed some of the best core performance from a Blu-ray player we've seen thus far. White levels on this player were measured at a perfect 100IRE, luma and chroma channels were in perfect alignment with each other, and the image was displayed in full resolution without any cropped pixels. As you can see from the graph, the frequency response measured from the DVD-A1UDCI has very minimal deviation. These are excellent results and translate to a superlative picture quality.

In our HD section of the benchmark the DVD-A1UDCI had very good results. This player features a HQV Realta chipset solution and therefore can apply diagonal filtering to images as well as HQV's advanced noise reduction techniques making just about every scene razor sharp. In addition, the player was able to display a full HD image without any cropped pixels. The only area where the DVD-A1UDCI fell short was in its 1080i/p conversion. While the player can handle 3:2 cadences, it doesn't convert the 2:2 cadence properly and some artifacting can be observed. The most common type of real world material of this cadence would be in 1080i concert or documentary footage.

Standard DVD Performance

Denon is one of the few companies out there who have been consistently been putting out players with really good standard DVD deinterlacing. Continuing in that tradition, the DVD-A1UDCI has near perfect results in our standard DVD benchmarks. Using HDMI connections the player passed all of our film based tests with ease without any hiccups. Results on our high detail test were excellent, and the player performed equally well with more difficult material such as Gladiator's coliseum flyover scene.

On video based material the DVD-A1UDCI had equally good results. The player is motion adaptive, features diagonal filtering, and was able to recover between film and video. On real world material the player displayed our Natural Splendors material with excellent resolution, however I witnessed some minor difficulties with the player handling a 2:2 moving zone plate in its automatic mode.

The only area where this player had some observed hiccups was when it was connected with component video cables. The player failed our 3:2 Cadence Video Flags test, our CUE 4:2:0 ICP test, and also had erratic performance in its application of diagonal filtering.

On the usability section of our benchmark, the DVD-A1UDCI had slightly average results. Responsiveness was slower than what we would have liked to see and the layer change came in at just over a second.