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Denon 2910 - does it really have that many problems?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Loada, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Loada

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    I'm looking at buying the Denon 2910 (to partner a NEC VR5 via DVI) and after searching through the forum looking at 2910 (and general Denon posts), it seems these players attract a lot of negative comments. What I can't determine is whether this is a minority group of unlucky individuals that have malfunctioning players or whether these problems are indicative of the current range of Denon machines as a whole?

    For instance, the macroblocking issues that are discussed - how bad is this problem? Has it been (or will it be) fixed by firmware updates?? The 2910 appears to have been criticised for not being able to play all discs - is this a widespead problem as well???

    It's frustrating because I need a player and my budget (~£400/500) means that the 2910 seems to be the best "on paper". My only other alternative is the Panasonic S97EBS which is a fair bit cheaper and with it's own set of issues.

    I just wondered if any HAPPY :) 2910 owners could step forward or at least some more balanced views of the player so that I can make a reasonably informed purchasing decision.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    I've had a 2910 for about 2 months now and I haven't had a single problem with it. Not even one! I have run over 100 discs on it in that time period with fantastic results across the board.

    This success really surprised me as there were, as you say, many negative comments regarding this player on the forum.

    As it stands, the only 'problem' I've had is that you might get half a second layer change on some discs. Personally I don't consider this a problem at all!
     
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    Other than 1 disc that the player doesn't play - which is probably the disc itself (another forum member can play their copy without problem) then i've not had any problems with my 2910.

    It was my first 'decent' dvd player - as opposed to stuff like the wharfedales and cheap £40 players - and I find the picture much more compelling than i've seen before.

    I've not noticed any Macroblocking that others have reported - though i'm connecting to my plasma via DVI.

    I've also tried out the upscaling on R1 discs and am pleased with the results.
     
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    What is macroblokking?
     
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    I've sent back two 2910s - both suffered from picture and sound breakup on discs that played perfectly in 7 or 8 other (cheaper) players.

    That said, I suspect that these may have been from an early batch which had possibly suffered a shock in transit, or similar - several people do seem to have no problems with them.

    There do seem to be a large number of comments on this forum and others from people who have found that 2910s / 3910s (and their predecessors, the 2900 and 3900) are very fussy about the quality of the discs they will play.

    When it works, the 2910 is a very good player. And given my experience of the 3910 Denon have loaned me, that is even better!
     
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    My 2910 has played every prerecorded disc I've tried except one badly scratched disc.

    I found that I had to slow down the burn speed of my DVD-RWs to get them to play on the 2910 whereas they were read OK by both the DVD drives in my PC.

    I am happy? Yes.

    Do I expect it to play every format of disc and brand I throw at it? No. I'm happy to find a couple of combinations that work at stick to them.
     
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    I've owned denon A1, A11, 2910 and 3910. They all suffer some problems which are quite annoying given the cost. The macroblocking issue is the biggest problem. Many films are unaffected but some are awful. Happy Gilmore, as an example, shows quite ridiculous MB wherehas others show none at all. I have also had issues with hdmi signal loss every hour on the hour. This has only been for a few seconds though. Generally they are great.

    As a rule of thumb, and this is only my opinion, the japanese do video pretty well and with a good transfer the 2910 and the 3910 produce great visual results. However i don't find them particularly musical. The 3910 is fine, the A11 very good but really not in the same ball park as a good cd player. If you want that from a DVD player i would buy an arcam, my old 88+ had the best stereo output of any dvd player i have owned

    my two peneth
     
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    In my opinion the Denon 2910 is musical (I would say that I have just bought one...and wouldn't have if I hadn't had found it musical). The Arcam was not to my taste. Taste really is everything and each to their own. I have to disagree with any sweeping statement that this DVD player is not as good as a decent CD player, only the listener can make that judgement.
     
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    BTW..for the sceptics.. I had the means financially and availability to buy one of the Arcams and didn't. I did actually 'desire' the Arcam DVD players, AV's and CD players Aesthetically and Ideologically... but in the end I could not deny that I really did find the denon more to my 'taste'.
     
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    Had my 2910 for about 2 months now and it's been problem free.

    DVD playback is great - not so sure about music though.
     

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