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Denon DVD-A1XVA: Battleship player

Denon's new 'battleship' DVD player is the ridiculously expensive DVD-A1XVA, but £2,800 gets you a fully 1080p capable, THX Ultra certified disc spinner

While the forward march of technology usually results in lower prices for us consumers, it seems that a quiet revolution is starting in the world of DVD players. We seriously thought we would see DVD players given away free inside packets of Corn Flakes soon, but it seems like the latest icon of geek chic is a super-expensive DVD player that will sit right next to your huge 42-inch plasma TV.

The high-end AV fraternity are certainly a demanding bunch, but there's not much they'll find missing on this new Denon DVD-A1XVA. It's been approved by THX with an 'Ultra' badge, which is its highest seal of approval. The best technology in the world doesn't come cheap though -- the A1XVA launches for £2,800 (and no, we haven't accidentally added a zero -- it really is the same as a top-of-the-range Apple Mac Quad G5).

The technology inside the monster player has some impressive heritage though -- the Realta chipset is used by Fox and Warner Brothers to remaster Hollywood movies, as well as upscale standard definition video to 720p, 1080i and the new 1080p format. 1080p was the toast of this year's CES, and the technology is so new that compatible TVs aren't even available yet. Never mind, if you've got £2,800 to blow on the DVD-A1XVA then a quick trip to Harrods for a 1080p TV later in the year shouldn't be too much hassle.

Like Denon's DVD-2910, the DVD-A1XVA is less of a DVD player and more of a universal disc spinner, with support for high-definition audio discs including DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD. Denon describes the new DVD-A1XVA as its battleship DVD player, and if we dare to enter a skirmish with it we'll let you know if it's worth all the fuss. -GC