|Denon DVD-2900 Universal Disc Player|
|Home Theater Audio Sources DVD-Audio/SACD Players|
|Written by Jerry Del Colliano|
|Monday, 01 March 2004|
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The DVD 2900 has been on the market for a number of months now and, since it was released, the latest rage in DVD players are ones that have a DVI digital video output. DVD is a digital format, yet Hollywood has forced us to watch it converted from digital to analog and then in many cases back into digital so our DLP, D-ILA, LCD and plasma sets can make their wonderful pictures. If this sounds inefficient to you, then we are in agreement. The Denon DVD 2900 has nearly every feature on the market other than a DVI digital video output.
While connecting the DVD 2900, I wished I had opted for the bigger Denon DVD 5900 and its matching receiver. They have a proprietary digital connection for audio that works between the two components. This means one cable for audio, instead of six. This also means that your DVD-Audio and SACD can avoid an entire level of analog to digital processing, which is a big deal in terms of audio quality. At $999, some compromises had to be made to meet the aggressive price point, but I would have loved to see a Firewire digital output that not only worked with Denon receivers but one that works with other systems.
The Denon DVD 2900 is a kick-ass universal DVD player at its price point. Consumers want it all from their components and the DVD 2900 does its best to deliver at an affordable $999. The video quality is really something to behold and the fact that the player has dedicated processing for DVD-Audio (PCM) as well as processing for SACD (DSD) is truly impressive. The uncluttered front faceplate is easy to use and the remote is loaded with features but not too hard to navigate either.
For those looking for another level of performance from the DVD 2900, there is a company that significantly modifies the unit changing the DACs and digital clocks for audiophile purposes. Their changes to the DVD 2900 more than doubles the price, but that is still fair, considering how good the player is compared to other universal players on the market.
For anyone interested in taking a voyage into high-resolution music and crystal clear video for DVD movies, the Denon DVD 2900 must be considered a specifically fantastic value at its price.