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Denon DVD-3910 DVD Player Review

by February 17, 2005
Denon DVD-3910 DVD player

Denon DVD-3910 DVD player

  • Product Name: DVD-3910 DVD Player
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: February 17, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 1499
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Audio Features
Sony CXD-2753 Second Generation DSD Decoder

Dual, discrete, Analog Devices ADV-7310 - 216 MHz

Built-in Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-Audio and SACD decoders with 5.1 analog outputs

Burr-Brown 24-bit, 192-kHz DSD-1796 Audio DACs that decode PCM and DSD signals discretely with no cross-conversion of DSD

Full Digital Bass Management for DVD-Audio/SACD (optional), featuring dual Analog Devices Melody 100 'HammerHead' processors (DSD signals are converted to PCM)

40/60/80/100/120Hz crossover points with 12dB high and 24dB low pass slopes; Adjustable delay time and Channel Levels

Bass Management available for all formats on the HDMI output

Source Direct Mode for PCM or SACD, bypasses Bass Management Speaker Configuration, but permits Channel Level and Delay Time adjustments (No conversion of DSD signals to PCM)

New AL24 Processing Plus for all 6 Channels

24/96 compatible digital outputs - optical and coaxial

DENON Link for connection to AVR-5803/AVR-3805 (compatible with Second Edition Units)

PCM and DSD Compatible IEEE-1394 Outputs, featuring exclusive DENON Clock Synchronized System (DCSS), a proprietary and defeatable system

SRS TruSurround

Misc Features

Pure Direct Modes to defeat unneeded portions of player for the ultimate in audio performance

3 box, 3 block internal layout to isolate analog, digital and video circuits

RS-232C and Remote in/out ports

Backlit remote control


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
Faroudja FLI-2310 Decoding Engine

Adjustable Chroma Delay and Level

Exclusive Denon Picture Image Correction

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

(1) DVI-D (HDCP) and (1) HDMI Multi-Channel Audio Compatible, outputs with selectable 480p/720p/1080i output

(1) each - Component Video, Composite and "S" outputs

2X DVD read speed; 4X CD/CD-R/CD-RW read speed; with 8MB drive buffer memory

Anamorphic Scaling for 4:3/16:9 Sets

4:3 Squeeze and Zoom Controls, including DVI/HDMI outputs

Dimensions: 17.1"w x 5.4"h x 15.9"d

Weight: 20.5 lbs.

Pros

  • Top of the line video performance
  • Unsurpassed audio performance
  • Very good build quality
  • DVD-Audio and SACD through IEEE 1394 (in DTCP-equipped receivers)
  • Much improved analogue bass management levels

Cons

  • Cannot simultaneously output progressive component output and DVI/HDMI video.
  • No multi-channel analogue output when HDMI is set to multi-channel output (Normal or LPCM)
  • Component output failed HQV Film Detail test

Introduction

Denon surprised us recently when they told us that their new DVD-3910 universal DVD player was essentially the former flagship DVD-5900 player (with a slightly scaled down power supply) and a whole lot more.

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About the author:

Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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