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The Hunt is Over (Bliss at last)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Ohboy, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. Ohboy

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    Hi All,

    I picked up the Arcam DV78 on friday afternoon I have been playing with it all week-end, it will take a little longer to fine-tune everything.

    Here is a progress report.

    Build Quality:

    Quite heavy compaired to the Denon 2200.
    Nice quality feel to it, very solid unit, no flexing top panel, unlike the Denon 2200.

    Ergonomics:

    Refined and simlple, very easy on the eye, nice quality feel to the buttons too. Display in green (very informative on DVD and CD/Mpeg3), can be dimmed or turnded off.

    Picture Quality:

    RGB via (Scart) very good, the Blacks are Blacker than Black
    Component very good very smooth

    Progressive scan Pal/NTSC.....Woo Hoo
    Colours *****
    Smoothness *****
    Image Detail...EXceeelent!!!!!!

    I played the Crouching Tiger DVD, good for referencing Black.
    The Blacks were super black and lots of depth and detail.....just black, no Macro blocking or green hue just pure Black!!!

    (There is a scene from inside a dimly lit room, with a window with bars looking outside at sunlight, on the 2900 and 8300 there was flickering white light from the window)......On the DV78 this was deadset steady as a rock

    also in the movie "HEAT" in the scene at the begining, where Val Kilner is buying explosives from the factory, there is a corrugated roof with florescent lighting. (On the dennons there is a lot of flickering from the roof. On the DV78.... 99%% of flickering white light.... gone.

    also in the starting scene where Robert Denero is walking from the station to the hospital, on the denons and marantz this scene looks rather murky and foggy,

    on the DV78 you can actually see that it is a fine cloud of mist comming from a manhole cover in the road.

    There is a vey good sense of depth in most scenes and really smoth motion (very hard to describe)

    Also I have not noticed any layer changes so far.
    Early days yet,,I know..but so far I am really pleeeeeeased

    Sound Quality:

    I have not fine tuned this yet, but so far I am very pleased with 5.1

    CD's. Initial impression is of a very open and detailed soundstage, I reckon it will take a few more days to break in the CD player section of the DV78 in.

    Guess What....The DV78 unlike the Denons......Plays All my DVD-r's and anything I through at it.....

    ARCAM DV78 Mmmm :thumbsup:
     
  2. Neil Fellows

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    Thats a really great report, thanks oboy
     
  3. Ohboy

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    Hi,
    It is now week No. 2 of owning the Arcam DV78 and this unit just gets better and better.
    The details and colours of movies are outstanding. I am running my movies in Progressive mode, I have replayed several of my favourite movies and am astounded at the detail, which wasn'nt in the other DVD players.

    The Arcam also does 625P but I hav'nt viewed anything in 625P as yet.

    The CD player side has now been Run-In, and I am very very happy with its performance. Good sound stage with plenty of depth, really good imaging and excellent timing.
    It also plays HDCD discs.

    I am definately keeping this Beauty :smashin:

    cheers
     
  4. ozdvduser

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    My hunt ended yesterday, got the 2910/2805 combo. Well, all I can say is :D

    The 2805 has put a new perspective into my Audio, and the 2910 over DVI is outstanding Video (the HS10 synced no probs and I've tried 480/576p, 720p and 1080i need to see which is actually better), now to check out the DVD-A & SACD side of things.

    After all these years of c*^p gear it was time to bit the bullet and get some decent stuff - boy am I glad I did. :laugh: :laugh:

    Cheers :hiya: from downunder / Ohboy - Blue Mountains, lovely spot
     
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    Congratulations ozdvduser, sounds like a good combo you have there:smashin:
    As the saying goes "You Get What You Pay For"

    Hope it all goes well...good luck

    cheers
     
  6. Smurfin

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    Glad you like it, but you forgot to mention the crap remote and terrible remote response time :D
     
  7. Matt Horne

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    Who uses the remote ;)

    Still happy with mine (Dv88+) coming upto 4 years !
     
  8. Ohboy

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    The remote is ok by Me,
    most reviews on lots of equipment critisise remotes anyway, The response time is ok too, unless you are hyperactive :laugh:

    suppose one could by a Pronto and solve all remotes problems

    cheers
     
  9. Ikki

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    The remote is no longer an irritation on my DV88+ now that I have a Harmony :thumbsup:
     
  10. Smurfin

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    Telepathy never worked for me:D
     
  11. Paul97

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    Hi OhBoy
    Can you tell me what display you are using and what component cable.

    Cheers
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    ozdvduser, i also have the 2910 and the 2805. the two look great together the quality of build and output is very high and I am chuffed to bits. :)
    just thought i would share... its taken a long time for me to find some kit i cant fault to any large degree.
     
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    Oooh oooh oooh. It plays Divx?

    If so I want one. otherwise its a chocolate teapot.
     
  14. tulloch2003

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    @ Ohboy how do you run this player in and how long please. Just got one myself.

    Regards Tulloch
     
  15. Smurfin

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    Put a disc in and press play? :D
     
  16. tulloch2003

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    :D @ Smurfin. How long for then before if sounds better.

    Regards Tulloch
     
  17. Smurfin

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    I believe there's a real element of psychology and when people state "my CD player sounded better after 100 hours burn in"...well that's rubbish imho. You are talking tiny improvements imho, after 100 hours how can you remember what it sounded like 100 hours ago? You could probably tell with leaps in performance, but I don't believe that happens with burn in.
     
  18. tulloch2003

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    Ok cheers for info thought it needed to be run in. The cd play back sounds sweet on my DV78 anyhow, out of the box.

    Regards Tulloch
     
  19. Ikki

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    'Burn in' - The concept of a period of use where electronic circuits mature giving 'improved performance' is I'm afraid a bit of an old wives tale. The term orignates from the practice of running electronic systems for a period of time from new in the factory because the highest rate of failure of electronic components happens during this period. The practice of burn in reduces the failure rate of electronic systems in the field, but does not change their performance one bit.

    The only things whose performance may change with use are components of a mechanical nature, and of these the most likely is the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker cone assembly usually has a flexible coupling with the body of the speaker. A reduction in stiffness of this component with use may lead to a change in the sound of the speaker. :)
     
  20. tulloch2003

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    @Ikki cheers for that info. So my DV78 will not sound any better now bummer :cool: But it sound sweet now mind, was just hoping for better things to come.

    Regards Tulloch
     

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