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Denon DVD-2900 vs. Arcam DV88+

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by RumJoe, Sep 6, 2004.

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    Which of these do you guys think is better? I am considering either and have noted that the Denon 3910 is out now, but his will make the 2900 cheaper non?

    Also, TechnoSound in Milton Keynes have the DV88+ for 499 which is great. I spoke to them and apparently it is because it is being replaced with a new model. Anyone know anything about this?
     
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    Of course the Denon does SACD which may affect your purchase decision
     
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    The Arcam is to be replaced by the DV89 which fully supports DVD-A. The Denon is the better all rounder, giving good, to very good peformance with DVD, CD, DVD-A & SACD. The Arcam gives great DVD-V and first class CD performance. It's worth trying a cross demo to see which you prefer. I would go for the Denon as it's a great way of getting into the new audio mediums. If thats of no interest, and you just want a great sounding CD player and DVD with a good picture, then plump for the Arcam.
     
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    Slight correction to the above.

    Both the DV88+ and the DV89 have been replaced by the DV78 and DV79 respectivley. The DV78 is supposed to be identical in performance to the DV88+ but is cheaper because of reduced build costs in the newer design. The DV79 has DVD-A as the DV89 but also has a HDMI digital output.

    Either way the DV88+ at £499 is a bargain. :D
     
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    If you dont need DVDA or SACD I would recommend the DV88+ without hesitation. Also look out for the DV89 model which some stores were selling for £600 (used to retail at £1300) which will also brings DVDA to the party.
     
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    " DV88plus is a bargain "

    Whys that then :confused:

    U get Zoran in 30 quid decks + transport noisy and cheap


    Get decent cd player to play cd

    it should be 150 at most.

    Get a Sony !
     
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    Ho Ho Ho, how I laughed :laugh:

    Why would anyone want a Sony :confused:

    Anyway, the CD is a side issue. What is important is that the DV88+ is hard to beat without spending a very large amount of cash. The Zoran decoder is only a very small part of the whole and not where the cost lies. The real cost lies in the design & development of the electronics to output the feed from the decoder into video and sound, such as correctly buffered video outputs. This is where the performance difference lies between the Arcam and the cheap dvd with a Zoran decoder. All manufacturers do this to some extent.

    N.B. the drive in the DV88+ is very quiet and is fitted to several other high end makes of DVD.
     
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    Ive seen both in action running through a Sim2 300 link and theres nothing in it, just depends what features you want and if your concerned about after sales service :)
     
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    Ikki said
    " ... the drive in the DV88+ is very quiet and is fitted to several other high end makes of DVD "

    Didn't say it wasn't any good, just that its cheap + noisy { Arcam have to screen out noisiest examples }

    Its used in almost every Korean cheapie supermarket DVD too

    www.nerd-out.com/darrenk/dvdrom_firmware/dvdrom_firmware.htm

    DVS DSL 710Ac LT Loader

    Cheap Zoran , cheap drive, you pay lot

    Sony have electronics engineers too they ain't potato farmers
    :rotfl:
     

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