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Old 08-10-2007   #1
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Default ONKYO Introduces Its First HD DVD Player

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 a 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.
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WOW, someone other than Toshiba is solely in the HD DVD camp.
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If it's anything like, in terms of performance, price, and ease of use, their 805 receiver I WANT ONE! Onkyo is really raising the bar as of late and I for one am excited to see if they'll continue the trend with their HD DVD player.
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It is not going to be the cheapest HD DVD solution. Actually, quite the opposite, it will be the most expensive. But it just may be worth it if it is super reliable and functions as well as current DVD players (or better hopefully)

I have been a huge proponent of Onkyo equipment for while. I setup a home theater system for my parents a while back and ended up getting them the Onkyo TX-SR674B receiver. It is so awesome that I ended up getting one for myself as well. And my brother is getting the 605 model very soon. One would have never thought you could get so much from a receiver in that price range.
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You know, even though I am not an early adopter, I think this is great. If you have taken the plunge into HD, you now have uniformity within the Onkyo lineup. All things Onkyo can finally work seamlessly together.

As a company, in my early selling days, I always saw Onkyo ahead of the others. Those being the most popular of that time, Technics, Pioneer, Sansui, and JVC receivers. They always seemed to be betterly built, and have a better service repair record then the others. Cleaner looking displays and buttons, and that jet black look.

Just for whatever reason, not as widely known. Its good too see, and others should take a good hard look at what Onkyo is doing.
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im psyched!! i love to hear that a major player in the hometheater industry like onkyo is backing hddvd . i personaly hate bluray and this is just what we need for hddvd.
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