Really pricey considering its sluggish overall performance
The Denon S-5BD is a high-end, very expensive 5.1 channel receiver with an integrated Blu-ray player. The receiver is compatible with 5.1 speaker systems right from the start but can be used with 7.1 systems with the use of preouts for the extra channels.
No 3D playback or YouTube access until firmware update is released
The Denon DBP-1611UD is one of two 3D-ready, universal Blu-ray disc players initially released in Summer 2010, but later updated with 3D firmware in Fall 2010. Both players are universal in that they support Blu-ray, DVD-Audio, SACD, DVD and CD discs.
DBP-1611UD is 3D-ready
With an MSRP of $399, the DBP-1611UD is the least expensive Blu-ray player in Denon's repertoire, yet it offers most of the big-ticket features--including video-on-demand, YouTube, DLNA streaming, and 3D-readiness. If all you're looking for is a Blu-ray player, you can find other models that offer those features for less money. But, if you'd also like a player that can handle your higher-end audio discs, the DBP-1611UD is up to the task.
Netflix and YouTube Streaming
Denon definitely have the class leading Oppo BDP-83 in its sights when designing this player. Although it lacks the Anchor Bay video processing chip that the Oppo has, the DBP-1611UD pushed the envelope further by adding 3D capability and content streaming features at $100 less. So it sits nicely in a price bracket that is considered affordable yet offering future proof features along with Denon's reputation for quality.
If you had asked us the day before the Denon press event is anyone was going to challenge Oppo for Blu-ray recommendation dominance, we'd have said "No way." Boy, would we have been wrong. The new Denon DBP-1611UD might not have all the bells and whistles that the Oppo does, but it does sport a lower price, Netflix streaming, and more than enough functionality for the common user. We think this is going to be a huge hit for Denon and expect them to sell these by the boatload (literally).
USB port allows direct streaming of most of the popular video, image, and music formats
The Denon DBT-1713UD has just about everything you'd want in a Universal Player. It can play just about every 5" disc format on the market (and some that have all but died out). The USB port allows direct streaming of most of the popular video, image, and music formats. DNLA 1.5 certification allows access to networked content and just about all the popular video streaming sources are not only available, but have their own button on the remote.
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