INTEGRA DHS-8.8 HD-DVD Player

Drongo

Distinguished Member
This was just posted at AVS:

I can't find an official link for this as yet, so until then treat as rumour:

Integra CEDIA Press Release Today
Integra Introduces its First HD DVD Player at 2007 CEDIA Expo

DENVER (9/5/07) -- Integra announced the introduction of the DHS-8.8, the company's first HD DVD player, at the 2007 CEDIA Expo here today. This player has been designed specifically to meet the needs of the custom installer, and to fully exploit the potential of high-definition HD DVD content. It is among the first HD DVD players to enable transfer of high-bit-rate audio content via HDMI version 1.3a.

The DHS-8.8 is designed as an ideal source component for use with Integra's 2007 A/V receiver and preamplifier/processor range, which also include HDMI version 1.3a capabilities. In combination, these components are an ideal platform for high-definition 1080p video images, including Deep Color™ technology for improved color tones and finer color gradation. Additionally, HDMI 1.3a allows streaming of the new lossless surround sound formats, Dolby® TrueHD and DTS®-HD Master Audio, as well as two high-bit-rate "lossy" formats, Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS®-HD High Resolution Audio.

The Integra DHS-8.8 HD-DVD player also features the capability to support playback at different frame rates, including 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.

The DHS-8.8 features onboard HQV Reon VX video processing, currently recognized as the leading video processing technology in the home theater industry. This allows the player to provide precise video scaling to 720p, 1080i or 1080p output from both HD-DVD and standard definition DVD sources, delivering video at the native resolution of the video display device and stantially reducing video noise and distortion. For component video output, the player incorporates an Analog Devices 297 MHz/12-bit NSV video DAC that support 4x oversampling for outstanding reproduction with analog-based displays.

The DHS-8.8 features Wolfson and Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit audio DACs for conversion of audio sources for analog output via the 2-channel or 5.1-channel analog outputs. It also includes a bi-directional RS-232 port for integration with home automation and control systems. Finally, the player includes a rear-panel Ethernet port to make use of the web-based connectivity allowed for in the HD-DVD standard, including access to additional content from movie studios. This feature also provides installers and users with the ability to easily download any future firmware updates.

The DHS-8.8 will carry a suggested retail price of $1099, and will be available in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Integra designs and manufactures premium Home Theater receivers, processors, amplifiers, and DVD players that are specifically designed to meet the needs of custom audio/video systems installers. Systems integration and convergence technology protocols include RS-232, IR and on-board Ethernet for network connectivity and TCP/IP control. Integra has access to vast technical resources, and bears a proud heritage of 60 years of audio engineering excellence. For more information about Integra and its many fine products, visit www.integrahometheater.com or call 800 225-1946.


If true, it's obviously not surprising considering Onkyo's position, but still very welcome...


Edit: Now looks official! :D

http://www.gspr.com/integra/dhs88.html
 
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av-phile

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Good to hear HD DVD is getting more models and brands to choose from. But I suppose this one would be competing with the more expensive models of Toshiba and Meridian.
 

Rasczak

Distinguished Member
Good to hear HD DVD is getting more models and brands to choose from. But I suppose this one would be competing with the more expensive models of Toshiba and Meridian.
Indeed - however it's good to note that HD DVD has now achieved players across the price spectrum:

Budget:
- Venturer HD DVD Player
- Toshiba A2/E1

Mass Market Brands:
- Toshiba A20
- Samsung BDPU5000
- LG BH200

Enthusiast Market:
- Toshiba XA2
- Onkyo
- Integra DHS 8-8

High End:
- Meridian

...a good spread - and it's only going to get better as time goes along :thumbsup:
 

Drongo

Distinguished Member
It seems as if the Toshiba press conference at CEDIA has also mentioned Alpine and Shinco players - although no firm details have been given.

Things are looking good for HD-DVD CE support. :)
 

Moosh

Well-known Member
Arn't alpine doing in car players?

I think so, but I also think of air freshener when I think of the word alpine! :rotfl:

More players (in both senses of the word) in the market leads to more competition which leads to better quality! Can't be a bad thing! :thumbsup:

Cheers
Moosh
 

High_Def DVD

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TarMoo

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It seems as if the Toshiba press conference at CEDIA has also mentioned Alpine and Shinco players - although no firm details have been given.

Things are looking good for HD-DVD CE support. :)
Earlier this year Lite On, Shinco, Alco/Venturer, ED Digital and Onkyo. Meridian were reported to be working on HD DVD players, so we might expect announcements from any of these.
 

emthree

Active Member
This just for information. Integra is a re-badged upscale Onkyo. It is to Onkyo what Lexus is to Toyota. The internals may be similar or same. Furthermore, speculation has it that Onkyo player itself maybe a re-badged XE1.
 
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av-phile

Guest
Indeed - however it's good to note that HD DVD has now achieved players across the price spectrum:

Budget:
- Venturer HD DVD Player
- Toshiba A2/E1

Mass Market Brands:
- Toshiba A20
- Samsung BDPU5000
- LG BH200

Enthusiast Market:
- Toshiba XA2
- Onkyo
- Integra DHS 8-8

High End:
- Meridian

...a good spread - and it's only going to get better as time goes along :thumbsup:

And let's not forget about Toshiba's 3rd generation players.
 

MadScientist

Active Member
I'm not sure that there's any firm evidence of an imminant player from Meridian. And if they are still sticking with Faroudja video processing, I'm not sure it would be the best out there anyway.

MS
 
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Peter Galbavy

Guest
Furthermore, speculation has it that Onkyo player itself maybe a re-badged XE1.

I believe in the CE industry this is known affectionately as "based on a reference design". Cough. :devil:
 

Rasczak

Distinguished Member
I believe in the CE industry this is known affectionately as "based on a reference design". Cough. :devil:
The Onkyo sis not based on the XE1 - that is guaranteed. It is built upon the new Microsoft solution.

I'm not sure that there's any firm evidence of an imminant player from Meridian
Well they've confirmed they are making one - the press release is out and a few articles (such as one that appeared in HCC) reported 'pieces' of the players undergoing preparation during interviews. So whilst we don't know the precise date or features (I would expect it to be dual player TBH) we know it's coming.
 

Nic Rhodes

Distinguished Member
Amazing - still only 5.1 analogue outs.

Currently, the only announced HD DVD player with 7.1 analogue outs is the dual-format Sammy.

Steve W

Steve

I suspect this will be the norm, I know we have discussed this before, but the manufacturers see 7.1 as a new idea with a limited amount of software, and therefore it is supplied on HDMI and not the legacy analogue. In the last 3 or so years I can't remember any film being mastered for 7.1. Prior to that we had the now defunked SDDS system from Sony which was 7.1 but the arrangement of speakers was different to 7.1 in the home (I think it had 5 fronts from memory), so any 7.1 films we have from 'catalogue' are actually incompatible with what we have now. There are a few new 7.1 remasterings appearing, like the new T2, but I think most manufacturers are expecting to supply 5.1 legacy analogue (if at all) and allow 7.1 on HDMI for the 'new stuff' should we see any number, which I doubt. The films even done in 6.1 are 'limited' at best.
 

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