|Denon DVD-3910 Universal Disc Player|
|Home Theater Audio Sources DVD-Audio/SACD Players|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Tuesday, 01 November 2005|
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I’m a freak when it comes to remotes. I have a projection system, so the need to operate a remote in total darkness is not a perk; it’s a necessity for me. The backlighting on the remote falls short of effective, only illuminating simple functions, while leaving items such as HDMI/DVI select completely in the dark. No doubt Denon is banking on the hope that once set up, you’ll discard the 3910’s remote for something more upscale, like Denon’s own Glow Key Remote, as I did.
Also, the 3910 has some of the slowest loading times I’ve ever encountered. On something as simple as a standard Redbook CD, the 3910 takes an inordinate amount of time getting to the music. This leaves even the most patient users twiddling their thumbs.
At $1,499, the Denon 3910 is a substantial investment for any sort of disc player. However, when you consider the fact that you’re essentially getting up to four different players in one, the 3910 is without question a bargain. Many universal players claim to be truly universal, and while they will play most formats out there today, very few demonstrate the panache with both music and movies that the 3910 possesses. Be prepared to tell your old DVD and CD players they are the weakest link, goodbye. With a barrage of features and connection options at your fingertips, the Denon 3910 will keep you in movie and music nirvana for quite some time. With new formats like HD-DVD just around the corner some might be compelled to hold off, but when you factor in the sheer performance the 3910 brings to the table, you might reconsider. I know I did. I think I’ll figure out how to hang onto this one.