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Denon DVD-2910 DVD Player Review

by March 28, 2005
Denon DVD-2910 DVD Player

Denon DVD-2910 DVD Player

  • Product Name: DVD-2910 DVD Player
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: March 28, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 729
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Supported Formats
DVD-Audio/Video, SACD, CD/CD-R/CD-RW, MP3, Windows Media Audio (WMA 9), Video CDs, DVD +/-R/RW (conditional), Decoders for MP3 (128kbps or greater recommended) and WMA-8 (64 ~ 160kbps), JPEG photo file viewer, Kodak Picture and Fujicolor CD, HDCD decoding

Video Features
Powered by the latest DCDi by Faroudja FLI-2310 Decoding Engine - Finest available processing for film, video, graphics or mixed-mode content
Adjustable Chroma Delay and Level, White/Black Levels, CCS On/Off controls
New ESS Vibrato "Chroma Bug Free" MPEG/DVD-Audio Decoder
Dual, discrete, Analog Devices ADV-7310 - 216 MHz, 4:4:4, 12 bit Video D/A Conversion system featuring Noise Shaped Video processing (1 chip each Progressive and Interlace)
8x Oversampling Progressive and 16x Interlace output Wideband relay switched component video outputs
Variable Black Level (Setup): 0 and 7.5 IRE
Passes below-black (PLUGE) on progressive and interlace outputs
2X DVD read speed

Inputs
(1) DVI-D (HDCP) and (1) HDMI Multi-Channel Audio (SiL9300) Compatible, outputs with selectable 480p/720p/1080i output
Component, Composite and "S" video outputs

Audio Features
Burr-Brown 24-bit, 192-kHz DSD-1791 Audio DACs that decode PCM and DSD signals discretely with no cross-conversion of DSD
Full Digital Bass Management for DVD-Audio, featuring Analog Devices Melody 32-bit processor
80Hz crossover with 12dB high and 24dB low pass slopes
Adjustable delay time(0-15ms)and Channel Levels
Sony CXD-2753 Second Generation DSD Decoder Full Digital Bass Management for SACD (80Hz crossover with 6/12dB slopes on all channels)
Adjustable channel levels
Bass Management available for all formats on the HDMI output (except SACD)
4X CD/CD-R/CD-RW read speed; with 8MB drive buffer memory
24/96 compatible digital outputs - optical and coaxial
Remote in/out ports
GloKey remote control
Dimensions: 17.1"w x 4.0"h x 12.5"d
SRP $739

Pros

  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Intuitive easy to navigate GUI
  • Extensive user adjustments and controls
  • Excellent Audio & Video performance
  • Fast Load times, very responsive to user commands
  • Feature packed
  • Progressive and interlaced outputs active simultaneously

Cons

  • Remote control not back lit
  • Fixed 80Hz Crossover
  • Not able to shut off power indicator light on front panel
  • 7.5 IRE Black level setting too low
  • Failed Film Detail test
  • Macro blocking bug

Introduction

Denon surprised many of us hard-core videophiles at this year's CES with their top of the line DVD-5910 DVD player. I was happy and excited when I became aware that I was going to review its little cousin the DVD-2910. This is the mid-priced player in their Universal DVD line up for 2005. Denon has proven they can consistently design and build quality DVD players that meet the performance level demanded by the home theater enthusiast. Will the Denon DVD-2910 prove to be another great player? Read on to find out.
About the author:

RLA Home Theater and Hi-Fi began as a hobby and has expanded into a business. Ray took his love of music and movies and turned it into his personal business to bring movie theater sound and quality into the homes of his customers. Ray brought great knowledge and expertise to us from a custom installer/integrator's perspective.

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