Denon DVD-910 vs. Mitsubishi DD-8040

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Larry Hayward, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Larry Hayward

    Larry Hayward Auditioning

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    Just purchased a Denon DVD-910 and am satisfied with it except for the zoom feature, which does not allow me to enlarge the picture is small increments to just eliminate letterbox bars on 2:35-1 films. Picture quality is good and have not noticed any jitter issues. Some forum readers have questioned this unit's build quality. Does anyone know anything about the Mitsu DD-8040 and how it compares to the Denon in build and picture quality. Will it zoom in small increments. Also, does it have the ability to memorize a stop point when the power is turned off? Would appreciate any feedback on either of these models. Thanks, Larry
     
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    I actually have both right now and am going to return the 910. The 8040 has zoom + 4:3 aspect ratio control.

    The 8040 picture is actually sharper than the 910.

    The 8040 drive mechanism is a tad louder than the 910's. But it's still not enough to bother me.

    If you mean that it memorizes for a certain disk after you take it out of the machine and put it in later, no.

    As near as I can tell, the 8040 is actually the Denon 1200. Build quality is par for the course for the cheap machines (e.g. light and wimpy).
     
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    I looked at both of those models and they appear to be built by the same Chinese factory. The setup menus look identical except for the 4:3 window-box feature added on the Mitsubishi. But the menus look exactly the same - a dead giveaway of an identical design. The Mitsubishi is smaller lighter case, so some would say thats poorer build quality. The Denon is bigger, black, a little heavier. The Mitsubishi is closer to the Denon DVd-1200 since it has DVD-audio and the 910 doesn't. For the price the Mitsubishi is a bargain ($250) vs the Denon DVD-1200 ($399). However the Mitsubishi has the Faroudja setup with CSS=on which causes flickering at the top and bottom edges of colored rectangles visible on many menu screens. I'm not sure but I heard CSS=off on the Denons, so they may not flicker. I returned the Mitusbishi because its high frequency response wasn't as good as the better models (softer picture) and the color flicker. I got a used Panasonic XP30 on EBAY for the same price and its Faroudja has CSS=off with no flicker and has a perfect flat frequency response for the sharpest picture I've seen from any DVD player.
     
  4. Larry Hayward

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    For the uninitiated me, exactly what is CSS and how does it being on or off affect the picture? I like the Denon 910 except for the fact that it won't do the small zoom - DVD audio is not a big issue for me - and the Denon happens to be black, which matches my other stuff. The Mitsu is only available in silver. I guess I'm trying to justify keeping the Denon and will only swap it if I'm reasonably convinced the Mitsubishi offers a better picture. My budget is maxed out at $300, so I can't go higher. Thanks again, Larry
     
  5. Don_Berg

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    The Denon 910 I believe has the better picture of the two. CSS is some feature of the Faroudja chipset I think its some kind of color filter process but in any case the correct setup is CSS=off to avoid the color flicker artifact. The Mitsubishi clearly is setup with CSS=on. I'm not certain about the Denon DVD-910's CSS setting.
     

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