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Denon's DVD-2800 is a top contender in the best-DVD-player-under-$1000 category. It's the most affordable player we know of to use Silicon Image's advanced PureProgressive™ de-interlacer. Accurately converting interlaced-scan video to progressive-scan requires serious processing horsepower — PureProgressive is capable of processing 6 billion operations per second, and can store 4 fields of video in its SDRAM buffer. Picture quality when viewed on an HDTV-ready TV is simply awesome, with crystal clarity and fluid motion. (You'll also get a great picture if you choose interlaced output for use with a standard TV.)

The rock-solid DVD-2800 is an exceptional audio player as well, capable of playing most anything in your music collection from compressed MP3 files stored on a CD-R all the way up to HDCD®-encoded CDs. When playing a DVD, it delivers goof-proof surround sound by automatically searching out and playing the 5.1-channel soundtrack.

The DVD-2800's main focus is on performance, but Denon included some cool and unusual features, too. With more and more DVDs making use of dual layers, you'll appreciate the quick layer changes afforded by this player's 4MB buffer. And the remote control fits comfortably in your hand, with buttons differentiated by size, shape, and color for easy no-look operation.


  • plays DVD-Video discs, CDs, audio CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs
  • 54MHz/12-bit video D/A converter
  • selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output
    (progressive-scan requires a compatible TV)
  • Silicon Image Sil 503 de-interlacer with PureProgressive circuitry and 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 4MB buffer for quick layer change
  • video black level control
  • HDCD decoding
  • Virtual Surround Sound for enhanced 2-speaker sound
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM (96kHz/24-bit capable)
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite, S-video, and 480i/480p component video)
  • remote control
  • dual 96kHz/24-bit Analog Devices audio D/A converters
  • audio signal-to-noise ratio 115 dB
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-3/16"H x 14-9/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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  • Single DVD/Video CD/Audio CD player
  • RC-546 Wireless remote
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • 4.75' Stereo audio/video RCA patch cord
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • "Denon Service Network" sheet
  • Warranty Registration card

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Inputs and Outputs


This unit can play the following discs:

  • DVD: 5" or 3" single sided, single layer, ("Region 1" or "All Region" DVDs only)
  • DVD: 5" or 3" single sided, double layer, ("Region 1" or "All Region" DVDs only)
  • DVD: 5" or 3" double sided, double layer, ("Region 1" or "All Region" DVDs only)
  • Video CD: 5" or 3"
  • Audio CD: 5" or 3"
  • CD-R: 5" or 3"
  • CD-RW: 5" or 3"
  • CD-R/CD-RW with MP3 Files: 5" or 3"

Frequency Response:

  • DVD (at 48 kHz sampling frequency): 2Hz to 22kHz
  • DVD (at 96 kHz sampling frequency): 2Hz to 44kHz
  • CD: 2Hz to 20kHz

Dynamic Range:

  • DVD: 108dB
  • CD: 100dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.0018%


Progressive Scan Output: The DVD-2800 supports the Progressive scan system, as well as the conventional Interlace scan system. Instead of splitting each video frame into two sequential fields like interlaced scan, progressive scan displays the entire frame in a single sweep. Where a standard DVD player's 480i output displays 30 frames (60 fields) per second, a progressive-scan player's 480p output displays 60 full frames per second. Progressive-scan picture quality is more film-like, with more fine detail and less flicker. Progressive-scan viewing requires an "HDTV-ready" TV. The progressive scan output is carried through the Component Video Output.

PureProgressive Circuit: The DVD-2800 is the first DVD video player to support Silicon Image's Progressive Converter, capable of the highest standard of I/P conversion in the industry. This Progressive Converter is capable of processing 6 billion operations per second, giving reality to the following high performance. Since PureProgressive is also adept at 3:2 pulldown detection, which converts Film recording mode to TV/Video play-back mode, and detecting Video mode signals of DVD-Video and other moving picture formats, PureProgressive is capable of reproducing DVD-Video discs containing both Film mode and Video mode signals, as well as high picture quality Progressive video sources, while avoiding the flickering caused by detection delays. In detecting moving video signals, the conventional Progressive method performs detection in single frame units, while PureProgressive stores 4 fields of video signals in a 64-Mbit SDRAM buffer, enabling the detection of single-pixel units to achieve greater precision in discriminating between moving and still pictures. In 3:2 pulldown processing, which converts 24-fps Film mode into 60-fps TV/Video mode, there are cases in which 3:2 pulldown sync signals are not in sync. The PureProgressive converter thus quickly detects the non-sequential points and performs appropriate corrective measures at high speed to minimize picture flickering.

Highly Rigid Chassis and Hybrid Loader Mechanism: The DVD-2800 incorporates a center mechanism mount that is structurally very stable, and the mechanism's cover ensures that vibration from the drive does not influence signal circuitry. The DVD-2800's rigid chassis is constructed of a 15-mm thick front panel, a 1.6-mm thick drive mechanism, a 1-mm thick top cover, and a 1.2-mm thick main chassis to thoroughly suppress internal and external vibration and preserve signal integrity. The disc loader features a special hybrid construction of molded plastic and metal that further absorbs vibration for completely stable disc playback.

Super Sub Alias Filter: The DVD-2800 uses a Super Sub Alias Filter for the digital filter to optimize picture quality. This filter achieves attenuation characteristics of -3 dB in the ultra-high frequency band when the horizontal image is 6.25 MHz. Even at 8.25 MHz, the apparent outer limit of DVD-Video, the attenuation characteristic secured is above -60 dB, ensuring an ultra-high picture quality with superior horizontal line resolution.

HDCD Decoder: HDCD is a digital recording technology, compatible with the conventional CD format, that significantly reduces distortion during recording to expand the dynamic range and realize high resolution. The HDCD decoder allows the DVD-2800 to play discs that have been recorded in HDCD format and to bring out the superior sonic performance from these discs. Combined with Denon's advanced audio technology, the DVD-2800 masterfully reproduces HDCD's rich dynamic range and beautiful sound quality.

Video D/A Converter: The DVD-2800 uses a 54-MHz, 12-bit video D/A converter to faithfully preserve the delicate low-level signals during D/A conversion, resulting in a superior picture with reduced digital artifacts.

Audio D/A Converter: The DVD-2800 uses a highly accurate multi-bit Sigma Delta D/A converter with superior dynamic range and S/N characteristics. This converter provides plenty of support for the demanding 24-bit, 96-kHz sampling signals of the DVD-Video format. The incorporation of a differential circuit in the output stage and other features of the D/A converter ensure that playback sound is of the highest quality possible. Note: If the DVD is copyright-protected, no digital signal is output unless converted to 48kHz/16-bit. If the DVD is not copyright-protected, a 96kHz/24-bit digital signal is output.

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 format. Although the front panel display will not show file names, the file names can be shown using the on-screen display. During MP3 playback, rapid forward/reverse playback is not available and tracks cannot be played back in programmed order. You can play files in random order, and the DVD-2800 allows you to repeat the current file or the current folder.

Component Video Output: In addition to the composite and S-video outputs, this unit is equipped with a set of component video outputs. When connected to a television with a component video input, the component video output of this unit will provide picture color and detail that is improved relative to video from composite and S-video outputs. The component video output may be set for interlaced or progressive scan operation.

On-Screen Display: The on-screen menu language can be set to English, French, or Spanish. The display works for DVDs, Video CDs and audio CDs, letting you perform numerous functions, including track programming.

V.S.S. (Virtual Surround Sound): The V.S.S. function gives the sound a sense of expansion and allows you to achieve surround effects when only front speakers are used. For discs with surround signals, the V.S.S. function not only gives the sound expansion, it also makes it seem as if sound is coming from the sides, even though there are no speakers there.

Multi-Angle Display: This function allows you to choose the viewing angle of scenes that were shot from a number of different angles. Note: This function is limited to DVDs recorded with multiple camera angles.

Resume Play Memory Function: When the Stop button is pressed, that position is stored in the memory. When the Play button is pressed after pressing the Stop button, playback resumes from the position where the disc was stopped. The resume play memory function is canceled if the disc tray is opened or the Stop button is pressed a second time.

Program Play: Up to 30 tracks on a Video CD or an audio CD can be programmed and played in any order. Note: The Program Play function does not work with DVDs or discs containing MP3 files.

Random Play: When playing a Video CD or an audio CD, you can play the tracks in random order. When playing a disc with MP3 files, you can play the files in random order. Note: The Random Play function does not work with DVDs.

Repeat Play: "A-B Repeat" allows you to select any portion of a title, chapter, or track and play that portion repeatedly. When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current title or the current chapter. When playing a Video CD or an audio CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc.

Scan Search: When playing a DVD, Video CD, or audio CD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions.

Slow Motion: When playing a DVD or Video CD, you may move forward through the program being played in one of two slow motion speeds. When playing a DVD, you may move backward through the program being played in one of two slow motion speeds.

Parental Control: This unit allows you to set playback restrictions for DVDs using Parental Control. Parental Control allows you to restrict playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password. 

Disc Setup:

  • Dialog (DVD only): Allows you to select the default audio language
  • Subtitle (DVD only): Allows you to select the default subtitle language
  • Disc Menus: Allows you to select the default disc menu language

OSD Setup:

  • OSD Language: Allows you to select English, French, or Spanish as the on-screen display language
  • Wall Paper: You can select the background color in stop mode or while playing a CD. You can choose Picture (shows a factory default graphic) or Blue (background color is blue).

Video Setup:

  • TV Aspect (DVD only): Allows you to select 4:3 Letter Box (automatically displays a wide screen DVD as letterboxed on a normal aspect ratio TV), 4:3 Pan Scan (automatically converts a wide screen DVD to Pan and Scan when supported by the DVD, otherwise it is played in letter box format), or 16:9 (used when using a wide-screen TV with a 16:9 ratio).
  • TV Type: Allows you to select Multi, NTSC, or PAL. Select Multi when your TV is compatible with both the NTSC and PAL formats. NTSC signals are output from the video output jacks when discs recorded in NTSC format are played, and PAL signals are output from the video output jacks when discs recorded in PAL format are played.
  • Video Out: You can select Progressive or Interlaced, based on the compatibility of your TV

Audio Setup:

  • Digital Out: Allows you to select Normal, PCM, or Off. When Normal is selected, the unit outputs a digital signal when discs encoded with Dolby Digital or DTS are played. When PCM is selected, the unit outputs a digital signal when a DVD recorded in linear PCM is played. When Off is selected, no signal is passed though the digital outputs.
  • LPCM Select (96kHz/48kHz): Allows you to select Off or On. When Off is selected, only linear PCM audio signals recorded at 48kHz/16-bits are output from the digital output terminals. When playing DVDs containing 48kHz/20- or 24-bit or 96kHz linear PCM audio signals, nothing is output from the digital output terminals. For DVDs without copyright protection, the audio signals are output in the format in which they were recorded. When On is selected and you are playing a DVD containing 48kHz/20- or 24-bit or 96kHz linear PCM audio signals, the signals are converted into 48kHz/16-bit signals and output from the digital output terminals.

Other Setup:

  • Compression: Allows you to select On or Off. Select the On setting to achieve powerful sound even when the volume is low. This setting is suited for watching DVDs late at night with the volume low. (This setting is only valid for DVDs recorded in Dolby Digital.)

Inputs and Outputs

Rear Panel:

  • Audio Out: Gold-plated stereo RCA jacks
  • Video Out: Gold-plated RCA composite video jack
  • S-Video Out: Gold-plated S-video jack
  • Component Video Out: Gold-plated component video jacks (3 RCA jacks labeled Y, PB/CB, and PR/CR)
  • Coaxial Digital Out: Standard gold-plated coaxial digital jack
  • Optical Digital Out: Standard Toslink digital output with a plastic cover

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