Why not get the matching Krell Showcase DVD?
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I ended up buying a Denon DVD-9000. I am using an old Kimber ADGL digital cable I had lying around.
I feel like it is a good match sound wise but I am open to suggestions. How does this player compare to some of the other DVD players sound wise? The sound is the most important part of my home theater.
I don’t think Blu Ray is in my immediate future until all the movies and rental places switch. I need NetFlix, BlockBuster, and MovieShops to have Blu Ray. I do not buy many DVDs compared to my CDs.
To me the sound is more important than the video. I hear about all these low cost DVD players with excellent picture quality but I never hear about how good the sound quality is, so I am reluctant to purchase any of these lower priced DVD players. There may be some which are very good but I don’t know. I can say with the advent of Blu Ray, it probably kept me from looking at a Krell Standard DVD player. I guess there is a fine line with what I will spend and not. I can say the Denon DVD 9000 has very good sound for less than a $1000.00 dollars. I also can say some of the qualities I looked for were a sweet top end and very low deep authoritative bass. I thought at some point I will compare it to my Mark Levinson DAC and transport in my stereo system just so I have a side by side comparison.
I recently bought a new Sony DVP-NS9100ES for $849 to replace a Sony 9000ES, and find the audio quality at least as good on DVD (w/Cary pre/pro and Bryston amp). Video quality using 480i component output is noticeably better, and I've yet to try its HDMI output (waitin' on a cable). I'm very happy with the decision.
For me, the next feature to prompt a major HT component upgrade will not be on the video side; rather, it'll be the widespread presence of discrete 7.1 audio on HD DVD discs. Processor-generated 7.1 is much like "processed" cheese products - often no more enjoyable than the cheese we "cut" and sometimes less so, depending on the context and implementation. The DTS folks just released hardware to support discreet 7.1 for HD DVDs, but how just inclined recording engineers will be to mix soundtracks at that level of complexity and how satisfying an artistic standard results, en masse, from their work are huge uncertainties.
Just my two pennies...
Same question I have! Any advices appreciated!
I was thinking about the Denon DVD-3910 (~$1100 butterflyphoto.com?) but an audio expert todl me about the OPPO DV-970HD player. Now I am totally confused!
The basic questions for the experts are:
Is it worth it to consider the Denon 3910 or other more high prices player?
What is the TRUE DIFFERENCES in qualities and for the most part can we (non-expert, and in my case a newbie) honestly pick them out?
Are we simply pay a lot for brand names and illusion of prestige? :-)
Another one with good review:
Cambridge Audio Azur 540D DVD-Audio/Video Player
You say it is a no-brainer, esp for the $$. What does this mean?
I want to know what the sound is like on a high end system. Do you really get authoritative low bass? I tried a low cost pioneer and the bass was not there. The top end was not as smooth either as say a Denon 9000. How would it compare to a Denon 3910 in terms of sound quality? We need some kind of rating system. If the sound is as good as the Denon then I would buy one. Has anybody compared the sound quality from this unit?