Designed to partner with Denon’s flagship AVP-A1HDA preamp and POA-A1HD ten-channel power amplifier, the DVD-A1UD is the world’s first universal high-end disc player, according to the company.

Priced at $9,999, it supports Blu-ray, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, HDCD and SACD discs, plus there’s a card slot for playing DivX 6, JPEG, MP3 and WMA files directly from SDHC memory cards.

Onboard decoders for the latest high resolution formats, as well as Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS NEO:6, are provided, and Denon’s Compressed Audio Restorer helps realise the best from compressed two channel MP3/WMA and Dolby Digital/DTS formats.

Sound quality from stereo and mutilchannel soundtracks is enhanced further by the inclusion of Denon’s AL32 processing and 192kHz/32-bit D/A converters on all channels, and video output is advanced through the use of Advanced Silicon Optix Realty processing and Vertical Stretch technology.

Another first for a Blu-ray player, this supports CinemaScope aspect ratio for anamorphic lenses, for movies that are as close to the original film presentation as possible.