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With DVD playback a requirement of just about every type of AV installation, it is perhaps surprising that system integrators are forced to specify poorly equipped consumer devices through the lack of a suitable, professionally featured alternative.

All that changes with the announcement from HHB of the new UDP-89, a 1U rack-mountable universal DVD/CD player positively bristling with professionally specified features, connectivity and performance, and designed and engineered from the ground up for long-term dependability, excellent playback quality and comprehensive options for remote control.

The UDP-89 delivers the ultimate in digital video quality via its HDCP-compliant HDMI output and superb analogue picture quality courtesy of six 14-bit 165MHz video DACs. Both 480p/576p Standard Definition and 720p and 1080i upscaled High Definition are available from the HDMI and component outputs.

With a sonic performance rivalling that of high-end audiophile players, the UDP-89 is the only DVD player on the market equipped with balanced surround sound outputs, essential not only for high quality movie soundtracks, but also to deliver the full quality of SACD and DVD-Audio formats.

Features include compatibility with DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD and CD, plus popular audio and video file formats, A-B repeat mode, professional cueing functions, RS232 and touchscreen X-Y coordinate control. These, plus a built in preamp (controllable by infrared or RS232 remote) allowing direct connection to an active 5.1 speaker system, equip the UDP89 for a wide range of professional disc playing applications including broadcast facilities, theatres, houses of worship, visitor attractions, boardrooms, leisure venues, home theatre installations and information systems.

A full complement of video outputs (composite, video, HDMI, component and RGB) and audio outputs (balanced and unbalanced stereo and 5.1 surround sound, AES/EBU and S/PDIF digital audio and Dolby® Digital/DTS encoded bitstreams) ensure that the UDP-89 connects seamlessly into any system.

Commenting on the launch of the UDP-89, HHB Managing Director Ian Jones says "Weighing in at 4.3kg, the UDP-89 is an industrial strength DVD/CD player combining the performance, features, build quality and connectivity required in the most demanding professional AV applications."

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