October 15, 2008
More Info On Integra's First Blu-ray Player

By Danny Richelieu

Integra’s first Blu-ray Disc™ player is now available at Integra dealers nationwide. The $600 DBS-6.9 is capable of outputting 1080p24 from its HDMI 1.3 output, and is fully compatible with the Deep Color™ specification. Integra tells me, in fact, that the DBS-6.9 will always output a 12-bit video signal if the connected display can handle it, interpolating the added data regardless of the video bit depth that is encoded on the disc.

The HDMI connection will output the raw bitstream of each of the major audio codecs from Dolby® and DTS®, including lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™. The player does not include a 5.1- or 7.1-channel analog output, though, and will only decode standard Dolby Digital internally for the 2.0-channel analog output. It will not internally decode the more advanced codecs to linear PCM to be output over HDMI, as some players will for compatibility with legacy receivers.

The DBS-6.9 includes a front-panel SD card slot, which is the only internal memory in the
player. It includes functionality for Bonus View™ (Profile 1.1). The player does not come with an SD card installed, but apparently the mere inclusion of an SD card slot fulfills the Blu-ray™ specification’s requirement of 256 megabytes of internal memory to be Profile 1.1 compliant. Because the player cannot decode the more advanced codecs internally, it also means the audio will be limited to Dolby Digital or DTS Digital Surround™ when picture-in-picture content is activated, since the audio from the two video streams must be re-mixed as PCM inside the player. The DBS-6.9 does not have an Internet connection and is not BD-Live™ compatible.

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