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denon 3910 0r pioneer dv-868 avi

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by delosen, May 14, 2005.

  1. delosen

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    need some help in choosing my HDMI dvd player.have a pioneer xde plasma but want to upgrade my dvd.which is better? the pioneer is priced at £600 on digital direct but the denon is £800.is it worth the extra £200.looking forward to some replies from anyone who has these players
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  2. Miniholic

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    I looked at both (and Arcam) and went for the Denon, although both are great players and I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed with either. I wanted to prefer the Arcam with it being british, but decided to go for a fully universal player (even though I only have 1 SACD so far :D ). The best advice I can give is to have a look at both if you can.

    If you shop around you can get the Denon for a lot less than £800. I paid £620, but the dealer has since closed down.
     
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    I trialled Pioneer 868, Arcam DV79 and Denon 3910 when I was looking for a mid market DVD player to pair with a PW7 plasma. All were excellent but in the end opted for the Denon 3910.

    Originally I was planning to connect via component and found the 868 (relatively) weak on that regard. The Arcam and Denon were neck and neck - but SACD support sold it for me - had I not had a dedicated CD player I would have the Arcam now. The British made factor almost sold it to me as well ;)

    All that said I am now connected via HDMI (noticeably better than component on my particular setup) and thus maybe the 868 would have been a better choice after all - especially as it plays -VR recordings. Still you live and learn :) The Denon is a solid choice and I can't fault it's video performance via HDMI.
     
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    thanks for the feedback.i think i am going to opt for the pioneer as av-land has a 2 year warranty on it.
     
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    are you using the denon into the pw7?
     
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    Thats a stunning price :thumbsup:

    I have a 868 and am well pleased with it. I have it outputting via HDMI and it really is awesome. Go for it :smashin:
     
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    I also have the 868 and it's a great machine. I would be hard pressed to choose between the Arcam and the 868. The Arcam was just too expensive when I looked at it. Saying that I did pay £800 for my 868 :rolleyes:
     
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    I too have an 868 connected via HDMI to my SIM2.
    It is a superb DVD deck with serious options for tweaking the picture.

    I got mine for £250.00 + my Denon 2900 in exchange, so very pleased until HD arrives!!!

    Pete.
     
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    Continuing the ongoing theme here.... I also have the 868, connected via HDMI to my AE700. The picture quality is no less than stunning, also the audio pickup on it is the best I have heard by a very long way. Until HD comes around I cannot see a need to change this player. I still pick my jaw up off the deck when watching movies.

    Oh and the fact I only paid £465.00 for it was a bonus

    Keith
     
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    I am frequently using both in different locations and I'd be more inclined to recommend the DVD-3910, but only by a small margin. Main reason would be the remote control that in my opinion is easier to comprehend. I'd admit, though, that when doing projection, the light switch on the Pioneer remote makes more sense than Denon's design choice.

    As far as image and sound quality go, they're pretty much a tie. The Denon is easier to switch among resolutions on the digital output, it requires a trip through the menu for the Pioneer and only a twist of the knob on the Denon.
     
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    Good if small point. The remote on my 868 is horribly slow to respond........

    Pete.
     
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    Yes - a progressive signal via HDMI. The digital upscaling doesn't work when using PAL discs (due to the limitations of the PW7's HDMI socket) - but just using the connection for standard resolutions produces stunning results.
     
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    hi
    you didn't notice any cue error with the 868?
     
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    Ofer,

    hopefully someone will correct me if I am wrong. I believe the cue error only appears when using RGB/Scart, I have never had the 868 connected in this fashion however it's something I remember reading whilst I was researching the player.

    I can't say I have seen the error using either component or HDMI.

    Regards
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