Universal DVD players

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Andrew Pratt, Jul 20, 2003.

  1. Andrew Pratt

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    What are everyone's thoughts on these new universal DVD-A, DVD-V and SACD players? At the moment I have the Denon 1600 which is one of the best DVD players available and it also does DVD-A. I'm also using it as a CD player since I find its DAC's slightly better then those in my Rotel pre amp but I know that a stand alone CD player would likely best it so I've been looking at what's available for CD players. This is where the universal's come into play. If I want SACD as an option I could either buy something like the Sony 555ES changer whihc my dealer has for a sweet price or look at one of the universal like the Denon 2900. Now here's the kicker...my pre amp will only have one set of multichannel inputs so if I went seperate units I'd have to pick between SACD or DVD-A for 5.1 and leave the other as 2 channel...or do you trade in the Denon 1600 for the 2900 and get a universal player? I'm sure both DVD-A and SACD will sound fantasic on the universal player since even budget model SACD players apparently sound very good but its the redbook performance that worries me...simply put how good a CD player are the universal players? There's only two that I'd be interested in the Denon 2900 and the Yamaha 2300. In both cases their video performance isn't quite as good as my Denon 1600 though they're both pretty close and likely close enough for it not to matter to much but I'm just not sure a seperate SACD player like that 555ES might not sound much better then either universal player...with the only downside there being the juggleing of multichannel inputs (I don't think I'd want to bother with a switcher)

    So what do you think? Has anyone tried the Denon 2900 as a stand alone CD player? Of course if its a decent enough transport the DAC's in my pre amp might be all i need or add a DAC later...
     
  2. Steve_D

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    The only complaint I've seen about the D2900 is the bass management for the analog outputs. There are huge thread on the D2900 in AVSforums.com. SACD, DVD-A, and CD playback are all said to be excellent.
     
  3. Daryl Furkalo

    Daryl Furkalo Second Unit

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    Andrew,

    I have a 555ES and it is very good at redbook CD and SACD. The bass management on SACD is absolutely terrible though, there is a DSD-PCM conversion that is easily noticeable when BM is engaged, and it seriously degrades the sound.
     

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