- May 19, 2004
In reading posts and reviews on the Denon 1600 (aka the Panny RP82), I was under the impression that picture wise it didn't get much better. So of course I bought one. I was happy with the unit although foggy scenes seemed layered and the skin on close ups smeared while in motion then looked great if the person was relativly still. I recently purchased a 3805 receiver at Good Guys and was able to add their floor model DVD2900 for less than $400 after the package rebate. Thinking I was just adding SACD capability and possibly better audio, I was blown away by the picture difference. Master and Commander looked like a different film. Skin tones in motion stay sharp, fog and smoke have a realistic transparency. I'm wondering, is this because of greater processing power or are the decoders better? Is this considered a minor differance to a reviewer because on a 55" screen, it sure ain't to me. I may have (hope springs eternal) found my final DVD player, at least until the HD models surface.