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Developed to fulfill the requirement for a compact, industrial-strength, universal DVD/CD player, HHB's groundbreaking UDP-89 is now shipping.

The production model builds on the already comprehensive launch specification with the addition of a new 'clean screen' feature that will enhance yet further the UDP-89's suitability for use in demanding A/V and broadcast applications, along with a raft of other developments.

The 'clean screen' ensures that the video output remains free of the brand logos that render consumer DVD players unsuitable for professional use. Furthermore, menu commands and transport status appear only in the front panel display, leaving the screen a 'clean' plain grey when no content is being played.

The UDP-89 has been designed from the outset to deliver the ultimate in digital video quality via its HDMI output, along with superb analogue picture quality. Sonic performance rivals that of high-end audiophile players, with the provision of balanced surround sound outputs to maximize the impact of high-quality movie soundtracks, and also to realize the best from SACD and DVD-Audio formats.

Housed in compact 1U rack-mounting chassis and engineered for dependable, long-term use, the UDP-89 plays CD, Video-CD, SACD, DVD-Video, and DVD-Audio discs, and features a built-in preamp with volume control for direct connection to active 5.1 speaker systems, Dolby(tm) Digital and DTS decoding, MPEG audio decoding, professional cueing, A-B repeat function and RS232 and parallel control interfaces.

Alongside the 'clean screen' the production model UDP-89 also adds an uprated power supply giving enhanced audio and video performance, more flexible cue to marker features, and an extension of the auto-pause facility to encompass SACD and DVD.

Commenting on the announcement at NAMM, HHB Managing Director Ian Jones says, "We're delighted that the UDP-89 has now come to market, and confident that we have spent our time well in creating a universal DVD/CD player that A/V professionals can depend upon." The HHB UDP-89 Professional Universal DVD/CD Player is distributed in the USA by Sennheiser.

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