Why would you buy a dvd player in 2013 when blu ray and high definition downloads are the way forward?
If you still have a lot of DVD's then your blu ray player (unless it is really expensive) might not be the best way to enjoy them!
After coming from a high end dvd player to a cheaper blu ray player the main difference when using the blu ray to play dvd's was that the sound quality was no where near as good as this older denon. The difference was night and day! The sound quality from this unit is amazing (hooked up over HDMI or digital audio), with both movies and also music (CD's sound 10x better through this than they do on my new blu ray player). This unit also plays the incredible SA-CD (superaudio cd) and DVD-A (audio) formats, which is something that budget blu ray players won't do, so if you care about music you might want to look into this unit rather than a dedicated CD player.
Picture quality is great on this too, it upscales DVD's to 1080p, and although they don't look as good as blu ray, the upscaling chip in this unit is much much better than one from all but the most expensive blu ray players.
So that's why you should still consider this unit today, to play your DVD's in the best possible way, and also as a top class CD player. If you're prepared to spend big bucks you can get the same audio/CD audio quality from a blu ray player but it will cost you a lot more than getting one of these fantastic bargains!
The build quality on the unit is incredible, and the unit looks stunning, especially if paired with the equally eye catching Denon AV receivers
So if you still have a large collection of DVD's, show them off in the best way possible with this fantastic unit from denon
I have had mine for about 8 months now and it has not missed a beat, i use it for at least 3 hours a day every day.
Picture quality is amazing as is sound. Features are very good and more than most people will need.
Even though DVDs are getting on a bit now it still doesnt mean you cant have them looking there best which this player will allow.
There are more connections on the back than you will ever need the fact that it had both optical and coaxial output is good and also a DVI output for those wanting to connect it to a PC type monitor, component is there too which can be very handy with some older tvs.
I find the remote a little cluttered with some buttons being a bit small but you soon get used to it and it is very easy to use.
Overall its a great player that will make the most of your dvds.
This review is actually for the 1930, the newer model. The newest in this range is the 1740 as the 1900 series is discontinued.
In the modern era (the naughties) the call for DVD players is still strong. The question is though, why would you buy a DVD player when in this time of High-Definition, Blu ray players are becoming more and more common, cheaper and present in most shops? Well, there might be a few reasons. Perhaps you have a large DVD collection and don't want to start again with blu ray and aren't jumping on the band wagon. Or maybe you have a blu ray player that isn't so great with DVD play back? Or some other reason. I bought this Denon 1930 a couple of years ago, before Blu Ray took a foot hold and before I ordered my PS3. I have got a reasonably large DVD collection and I wanted something good that could do the old discs justice. Denon have a certain way with these things.
The aptly named Denon DVD 1930 is now discontinued. Like other Denon products it was one in a line of DVD players in its range, it was followed by the 1940 but now seems to be discontinued altogether. Unless you want blu ray playback, the current model is for upscaling DVD play back alone is the 1740. Which as you can see is a couple of models down, but no doubt still a shining example. The Denon range goes up into the 3000 series and then the flagship DVD-A1UD which would set you back the princely sum of £4,500! It looks like it would play EVERYTHING though.
The 1930 is a good example of an upscaling DVD player. When it first arrived along the similarly designed AVR 1907, at my house, I was pleased to see the eye catching design. I must say at this point that I was rather disappointed with the weight of the product. Which might seem like an odd thing to say, but I'd paid nearly £200 and it was very very light. So I felt like that made it seem cheap. But once its in your hi-fi stand that though fades away. The aluminium front seems to ooze quality and even when on standby it looks nice with the red ring around the power button (not, there is no off switch - only the standby button, if you wanted to reduce your carbon footprint, you have to turn it off at the mains).
Once running, I quickly enjoyed the 1930's features. Plugged into my full 1080p tv via an HDMi cable and running to the amp with optical cable, I was able to enjoy the top quality the DVD collection had to offer. The sound quality and picture quality is top notch. The Upscaling feature takes most DVD's and fills in the gaps, making them look full HD. Its worth noting here that the technology cannot make it actual 1080p, as the pixels aren't there due to the compression, so if you ran the same film on Blu ray, side by side, you'd still notice the difference, but its far better than running the DVD on a normal DVD player to an HD tv, you get some of the benefits.
The 1930 plays a wealth of audio/visual treats. Everything from Kodak picture discs to CD's, Mp3s, Super Audio-CD's, WMV's, DIVX's, all the stuff to make audio-visual geeks get excited. For the average joe, all you need to know is, it will make your DVD's look lush, play your music and even display picture discs copied from your PC.
The rear of the box has a number of outputs. SCART, HDMI, Optical, Co-axial. All the things you could need. So that's not a worry. The remote is satisfactory, its another thing that feels a little cheap, but it does a good job and has plenty of buttons without being too confusing.
In these modern times, it might well be worth shelling out for a blu ray player, but Denon's DVD players are still good. Upscaling means its pretty future proof and stands out amongst the rest. It's a very good player and I'd easily use it to play standard DVD's rather than my PS3, which while it's a good Blu Ray machine, isn't as good with DVD's. Another one in the bag for Denon.
High Sound Quality from CD, DVD-V/A and SACD
Pure Direct Mode
Bass Management for DVD-Video/Audio and SACD
Delay Time adjustment for DVD-Video/Audio
High Quality 24-Bit, 192 kHz Audio DACs
HDMI 1.1 Multichannel Digital Audio Output
Perfect Picture Quality
HDMI 1.1 Output with scaler (720p / 1080i / 1080p)
Discrete Video Circuit with 11 bit/216 MHz Video DAC for Progressive
Faroudja Progressive Scan with manual mode selection
DivX 6 Decoding
I've just bought one of these. Oooh it's good. Really good.
It's a dead cool DVD player which is ideal if you have an HD ready telly and want to really enjoy your DVDs to the full. It has Dolby sound so is great if you hook it up to separate speakers, but pretty good if you don't, too.
It comes in silver (well alumininium) or black, and compared to some DVD players it is quite chunky - about the thickness of a video recorder. I don't know why. I forgive it this though, as the picture quality is awesome. Really sharp.
It has 1080 upscaling, which means it is fully HD compatible, and a detachable mains lead, which I couldn't see the point of until More Technically Minded Hubby (MTMH) explained that this is a Good Thing as it allows you to upgrade the cable and get even better quality.
Until buying this, I thought it was only worth paying thirty quid for a DVD player, but now I understand that you get what you pay for and this is worth paying for. MTMH paid £180 for ours, which is a lot more than thirty quid but oooh I am happy.
It is easy to use, and gives you ultra sharp picture quality and great sound. It won What Hifi's 2007 best DVD player under £300 award, which is what made him consider it. They clearly know a thing or two at What Hifi.
Right, now take a deep breath:
* HDMI Interface with Multi Channel Audio(480p/720p/1080i/1080p Scaling). Um, I think this means the picture quality is fab. It might be what makes the sound quality fab though. Not entirely sure.
*it played CDs as well as DVDs, and plays -R and -RW DVDs
* it has 24-bit, 192-kHz High Resolution Audio D/A Converters and 12 bit, 216 MHz High Resolution Video D/A Converters. Sorry but I have no idea at all what they are, but it does says that on the box. * it has Progressive Scan featuring DCDi by Faroudja. This is apparently cool (according to MTMH) and I can confirm that what it does is sort of upgrade iffy quality DVDs and make them appear sharper and not so grainy.
* it also has HDMI/Component (Interlace) Parallel video outputs. No clue what they are either. Sorry.
* 2 MB Buffer Memory. This means it doesn't judder or momentarily pause while the disk has a wee think to itself ever.
You can adjust the picture to get the best for your configuration and individual disk, and it has DivX Ultra. It's really good for viewing photos from too.
The standby mode is a new eco style one which only uses 1W on standby: half as much electricity as previous models apparently.
One thing that is really cool is that if you pause the DVD and then it stops (you know how if they are on pause for too long they close down), when you restart you have the option of restarting from where you last paused, so you don't have to try and find the right bit all over again. That's great.
I am so happy with this machine, I really wish we'd bought one earlier. Well worth it, if you have an HD TV. If you don't have a CD player, I think you could just have one of these wired up to speakers and do without a separate CD player - the quality is better than my CD player actually.
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