|New High-end Universal DVD-Audio/SACD PLayer From Bel Canto|
|Home Theater News Audio Sources News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Tuesday, 04 November 2003|
Bel Canto Design recently announced the release of its first ever, digital source component, the PLayer. Priced at $8,900 the PLayer is compatible with all current digital formats—DVD, DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), standard CD, and MP3. Paired with the Bel Canto PrePro preamplifier/processor and eVo amplifiers, the PLayer offers the audio and video enthusiast the opportunity to have it all in one source component.
The audio section of the PLayer offers design that isn’t currently found in most combo DVD-Audio/SACD players. The PLayer builds on the DAC technology used in the DAC2. Performance enhancements have been made in several key areas including:
• Proprietary internal CLOCK-LINK function which slaves the transport to low-jitter DAC clocks
• Multiple stages of power supply regulation and isolation for the audio, video, digital and transport functions
• Ultra-high spec components surround the latest generation of multi-bit delta/sigma Audio DACs, insuring true audiophile performance.
The PLayer offers 480p progressive scan video output and incorporates the Faroudja DCDi deinterlacing technology for outstanding color and picture quality. The PLayer offers direct access to control of Faroudja options for component and RGB output, sync on green, H/V sync, audio delay synchronization, adaptive motion control, and animation and film modes. “Users can access all the Faroudja options from the front panel, rather than having to navigate on-screen menus,” says Bel Canto’s John Stronczer. “This is another example of how we’re raising the bar on ease-of-use.”
Bel Canto also offers an optional serial digital interface (SDI) for delivering a direct video stream to projectors and monitors with built-in scalers. Bel Canto says this option, priced at $1,000, offers broadcast-standard video for extremely high-end installations. Other features include RS-232 control, rear IR input connectors, and DVD and CD digital outputs on RCA, BNC, and balanced AES/EBU connectors.