Denon's DVD-1200 delivers high-end picture quality, high-end sound, and impressive playback flexibility. Its selectable component video output lets you choose between progressive or interlaced mode. Progressive scan lets you enjoy a remarkably detailed, filmlike picture with your HDTV-ready TV, thanks in part to Faroudja's superb DCDi™ de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing. Or you can select interlaced output for great performance with a standard TV.

The DVD-1200 is an exceptional audio player as well, fully equipped to wrap you in gorgeous multichannel sound. Built-in Dolby® Digital/DTS® decoding sends 5.1-channel sound to any 5.1-ready receiver (or let your Dolby Digital receiver do the decoding). Multichannel DVD-Audio playback surrounds you with up to 6 channels of high-resolution music.

Denon's decades of experience building top-quality audio components helps explain why the DVD-1200 sounds so good (and the high-precision Burr-Brown D/A converters don't hurt, either!). In addition to standard CDs, you can play several flavors of discs you've burned: audio, MP3, or WMA (Windows Media Audio) CD-Rs and CD-RWs.


  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
  • plays DVD-Audio, CD, audio CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital picture CDs (JPEG)
  • 54MHz/12-bit video DAC
  • selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output (progressive scan requires an HD-compatible TV)
  • Faroudja DCDi de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 2MB buffer for quick layer change
  • Virtual Surround for enhanced 2-speaker sound
  • built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoding with 5.1-channel output
  • digital bass management for 5.1-channel output
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite video, S-video and 480i/480p component video)
  • remote control
  • dual 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown audio D/A converters
  • audio signal-to-noise ratio 115 dB
  • 17-1/8"W x 3"H x 9-13/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
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  • Single DVD/Audio CD player
  • RC-945 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 37" Audio cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors on each end)
  • 37" Video cable (has an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • "Denon Service Network" sheet
  • Addendum sheet

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Video D/A Converter: In order to output a high-quality digital signal with its original purity still preserved, this unit employs a 12-bit, 54-MHz video D/A converter. This design improves the reproducibility of extremely minute details so that the picture viewed on the screen is completely faithful to the original image in both its colors and high resolution.

Audio D/A Converter: This unit has dual 192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown digital-to-analog converters.

Digital Audio Output Capabilities: You can select an LPCM output setting of On or Off. When On is selected and you are playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, the signal is down converted to 48kHz/16-bit before it is passed through the digital outputs. When Off is selected and the unit is playing a non-copy-protected DVD recorded in 96kHz, a 96kHz/24-bit signal passes through the digital outputs. If the DVD is copy-protected, the digital signal is automatically down converted. When multichannel DVD Audio is played, it is downmixed to 2-channel stereo before being passed by the digital outputs.

Note: Multichannel DVD-Audio is passed through the analog outputs only.

Progressive Scan Output With Faroudja's DCDi: This unit has a progressive scan output featuring Faroudja's patented Directional Correlational Deinterlacing (DCDi). This technology applies new motion adaptive deinterlacing that prevents the introduction of motion artifacts and jagged edges from video signals that originated from video cameras (such as with sporting events, live camera feeds and music videos). The result is a sharper, noise-free picture with finer details. Video images are displayed with optimum naturalness and color reproduction with less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than traditional interlaced scanned pictures.

Digital Bass Management: This unit has built-in bass management that allows you to adjust the speaker size, delay time, and channel balance when using the 5.1-channel output.

Multichannel DVD-Audio Playback: DVD-Audio is a multichannel format used for high resolution audio recording. This unit can decode and play DVD-Audio discs with a sampling rate up to 192kHz with a 24-bit word length. 

2 MB Buffer Memory: This unit is equipped with a 2 MB buffer memory to ensure that both picture and sound are played without interruption when the DVD disc shifts from layer 1 to layer 2, or in the rare event of a pickup dropout.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2 or Joliet formats. MP3 files with a compression rate from 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a compression rate from 48-192 kbps are supported. Each disc can have a maximum of 256 tracks and 255 groups.

JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2 or Joliet formats. JPEG files with a resolution between 32 x 32 and 6300 x 5100 are supported. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. The slide show has a fixed interval of 5 seconds. During slide show playback, you can rotate an image 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise. In addition, you have access to the following features: random, program, and repeat playback. Each disc can have a maximum of 256 images and 255 groups.

Virtual Surround: Virtual Surround simulates multichannel surround sound using only two speakers. You can choose one of the following modes: 1 (natural effect), 2 (emphasized effect), or Off.

Picture Zooming: During play, when you press the Zoom button on the remote control, you can enlarge the picture by 2x or 4x. You can then use the cursor buttons to move the enlarged viewing area up, down, to the left, or to the right.

Markers: Up to 10 points on a DVD or CD can be stored in memory and easily recalled. Markers are automatically cleared when the power is turned off or when the tray is opened.

Resume Function: The Resume function allows the player to remember the point where you stopped play. Playback will resume from the point stored in memory. The stopping point is cleared if the unit is turned off, the tray is opened, or the stop button is pressed a second time.

Auto Power-Off: If the unit is in stop mode for approximately 35 minutes, it will automatically switch to standby mode.

Dimmer: You can choose from the following display brightness settings: Bright, Dim, or Auto Dim. In Auto Dim mode, the display dims only during playback.

Black Level Control: This feature allows you to make dark portions of the video brighter.

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