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Pal Progressive Scan DVD Player from Arcam

British manufacturer Arcam have announced the worlds first Macrovision certified Region 2 DVD Player with 625p Progressive Scan capability, though its £999.99 retail price tag will place it in the grasp of home cinema enthusiasts rather than your casual buyer. The press release explains more on what this fine looking player offers...

Arcam DiVA DV88 Plus DVD Player £999.90
World’s first Macrovision certified Region 2 DVD Player with 625p Progressive Scan
• State-of-the-art digital design • 32 bit Audio DSP
• 6 x 10 bit 54MHz video DACs (with 12 bit internal processing)
• Two year guarantee • Available end September in Silver or Black

Up to now, progressive scan DVD players have only been able to deliver progressive scan video output from 525 line US Region 1 DVDs, which is not a lot of use in the UK! The DV88 Plus is the first Macrovision certified DVD player to have been formally recognized by Macrovision as correctly incorporating copy protection for 625p in accordance with Macrovision’s proposed specification. This means that DV88 Plus will dramatically improve picture performance for the rapidly growing ranks of plasma screen and video projector owners, allowing them for the first time to get the best from their Region 2 PAL DVDs. The DV88 Plus delivers:-
  • Stunning filmic picture quality from all DVDs on all types of display
  • Matching audiophile quality sound from DVD-Video discs
  • Superb sound from CD and a major improvement on the already very good DV88
  • Enhanced audio quality and disc navigation with MP3 encoded CD-R/RW discs

At the turn of the millennium, when most DVD players were being cloned out of Far Eastern factories, Arcam designed and built its own player in the UK, using synchronised switch-mode power supplies, independent audio and video clocks, 4 layer boards and many other innovations. The result was the DiVA DV88, which has been acclaimed worldwide as one of the best DVD players on the market, regardless of price. Arcam is one of the few specialists with a full set of DVD manufacturing licences, is the UK market leader in the quality sector and is a major exporter.

With the DV88 Plus Arcam once again breaks the mould. The upgrade of the best-selling DV88 is almost a total rebuild, with every area of performance improved and many new features. The price stays the same, making the DV88 Plus superb value.

DVD-Audio Upgradable

The DV88 Plus can easily be dealer upgraded in the future to support DVD-Audio. As usual, Arcam is developing its own very high quality solution, based around the class leading Zoran Vaddis V processor. In order to extract the best from the new format, the add on DVD-A DAC board uses serious audiophile quality components rather than commodity parts, to deliver the best possible multichannel sound to the listener.

Key Technical Features
  • Zoran Vaddis V SOC (System on Chip) DVD processor, complete with 32 bit 135MHz system microprocessor
  • Improved video processor with built in progressive scan and 32 bit audio DSP
  • New main DSP and audio/video boards using 4 layer circuit boards
  • New high performance DVD drive
  • New DVD Navigator – plays just about all DVDs including many badly mastered ‘awkward’ titles
  • Plays copy protected audio “CDs” which use current key2audio or Cactus Datashield protection systems
  • Plays CD-R/CD-RW discs plus most DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW discs
  • Easier to read On Screen Display with higher resolution, variable width fonts and blending of images
  • New ARCAM splash screen with drive firmware and player software version numbers shown at switch on
  • RC5 remote jack input for multi-room use
  • Supports Arcam remote controls and all learning remotes, including those which cannot learn RC5 toggle bits
  • System software upgradeable via dealer supplied CDR
  • “Plug and Play” hardware upgradeable to support stereo and multi channel DVD-Audio, including MLP decoding, plus internal 6 channel decoding of Dolby Digital and DTS DVD-Video discs
Video Performance
  • Progressive Scan as standard – supports both 525p and 625p outputs, with certified Macrovision copy protection
  • High performance per-pixel motion adaptive progressive scan engine with 2:3 and 2:2 pulldown for film sources
  • Component, RGB, s-video and composite interlaced video outputs
  • SCART output for RGB and composite video
  • 6 x 10 bit 54MHz video DACs (with 12 bit internal processing)
  • NTSC to PAL and PAL to NTSC conversion
  • Very high quality zoom with special x1.25 and x1.5 steps to enable widescreen movies to fill a 4 x 3 TV screen
  • Automatic below black (PLUGE) pass through
  • Smooth fast forward and reverse play
Audio Performance
  • Separate video and audio master clocks improve jitter performance, markedly enhancing sound quality
  • Twin 24 bit 192 kHz Wolfson audio DACs operate in dual differential mode for lowest noise and distortion
  • Direct coupled coaxial digital output with ultra-low jitter levels
  • 24bit 96kHz digital audio output from appropriate DVD-Vs
  • HDCD decoding as standard on analogue outputs from HDCD encoded CDs with gain management in the analogue domain for optimum dynamic range
  • Sophisticated on screen browser for CD and MP3 replay
  • High quality MP3 replay supports wide range of bit rates, variable bit rates, long file names and multiple directories

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