Denon DVD players VS. Pioneer

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Luke_Lemmings, Sep 15, 2003.

  1. Luke_Lemmings

    Luke_Lemmings Stunt Coordinator

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    Just picked up the Denon DVD-1600.

    I had the choice between the DVD-1600, DVD-1200, and the Pioneer Elite 45A.

    Went with the Denon 1600 because of it's proven superior picture quality and DVD-A quality. I quickly went against the Pioneer since I wanted a player with Faroudja chip and I don't have any SACDs anyways. I've just heard so much positive stuff about the Faroudja chip that I really had my heart set on it.

    Decided against the DVD-1200 due to the fact that it's based on the DVD-900 which had a slurry of problems. Many say the the DVD-1200 is to replace the 1600, but I don't see how that can be when the 1200 shares the same chasis as the 900. Wouldn't logic lead one to believe that the 1200 is simply an upgraded 900 with DVD-A capabilities. I'm not saying the 1200 isn't going to be a good player, but it simply hasn't been proven yet.

    With the prices online the 1600 is at right now you people in the US should be jumping all over them. A sad fact that I live in Canada and most retailers won't ship here, or if they do, the shipping and handling charges are outragous. I ended up paying about $400 US for the player which is a touch more (about $35 US extra)then if I ordered from etronics.com but at least I don't have the hassel of ordering from another country and warrenty work will be much easier since its local.

    I'd like to hear what owners of the new 1200 have to say and how it compares with the 1600. Unfortunately I didn't have the chance to demo them side by side.
     
  2. Luke_Lemmings

    Luke_Lemmings Stunt Coordinator

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    Wow, what an overwhelming response.

    LOL [​IMG]

    Take it easy guys, I can't read so many posts at once,


    LMFAO~~!!!!
     
  3. JeremySt

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    The 1200 is probably not going to be the video equal of the 1600. That will be the job of the new DVD 2200. I think you did right by boing with the 1600. Its PQ is astounding.
     
  4. Don_Berg

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    The Denon DVD-1200 compared to the DVD-1600, the 1200 is a softer image (less high frequency response - down about 3.5db at 5Mhz) and the Faroudja's CSS appears to be turned on because there is flicker at saturated color boundaries - easy to see on color bar test patterns and some menus. The 1600 has CSS turned off, so no color flicker problems and has a higher frequency response resulting in a sharper image. You can compensate somewhat for the 1200 by turning up your TV's shartpness control but this can introduce other artifacts. The DVD-1600 is selling marked down less than the new DVD-1200, so its a better buy right now.
     

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