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Denon DVD-3930CI

DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio Player with 1080p video upconversion

Item # 033DV3930C

Denon's rock-solid DVD-3930CI produces a vivid picture that's faithful in every detail.

Denon's rock-solid DVD-3930CI produces a vivid picture that's faithful in every detail.

Item # 033DV3930C

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About the Denon DVD-3930CI

Denon's rock-solid DVD-3930CI produces a vivid picture that's faithful in every detail. It sports extremely advanced video and audio processing, including the professional-grade Realta™ HQV chip from Silicon Optix — formerly available from Denon only in their top-of-the-line DVD-5910CI. This powerful chip reduces noise on a pixel-by-pixel basis and upconverts standard DVD signals to 1080p resolution for an unforgettable movie experience with compatible HDTVs. Regardless of whether the original source was film or video, you'll enjoy a remarkably crisp and colorful picture, free from blurriness, "jaggies," and other digital artifacts.

Denon's rock-solid DVD-3930CI produces a vivid picture that's faithful in every detail. It sports extremely advanced video and audio processing, including the professional-grade Realta™ HQV chip from Silicon Optix — formerly available from Denon only in their top-of-the-line DVD-5910CI. This powerful chip reduces noise on a pixel-by-pixel basis and upconverts standard DVD signals to 1080p resolution for an unforgettable movie experience with compatible HDTVs. Regardless of whether the original source was film or video, you'll enjoy a remarkably crisp and colorful picture, free from blurriness, "jaggies," and other digital artifacts.

Audio adjustments include lip sync correction to compensate for not-quite-perfect soundtrack timing. Digital bass management for SACD and DVD-Audio allows you to send just the right frequencies to your main speakers and subwoofer, so you'll get the best-sounding high-resolution music from your specific speaker system. Use the DVD player's high-quality Burr-Brown audio digital-to-analog converters for rich, detailed sound from any receiver with multichannel inputs, or send the audio signal to a compatible Denon receiver via the Denon Link digital connection to enjoy unprecedented audio purity. Advanced AL24 processing helps bring out the detail in stereo sources such as CDs.

This player's meticulous design houses its audio and video circuit boards in their own dedicated blocks to minimize any possibility of interference. And the rugged chassis squelches vibration to further ensure pristine standards of signal purity.

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Product highlights:

  • digital video upconversion
  • selectable 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
  • selectable progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • Silicon Optix Realta HQV 10-bit video processor
  • Noise Shaped Video™ reduces noise in the video signal
  • 8MB buffer for quick layer change
  • PC-compatible format scaling (VGA, XGA, WXGA, SXGA)
  • digital bass management (selectable low-pass crossover)
  • SRS Virtual Surround
  • Advanced AL24 sound processing
  • HDCD decoding
  • lip sync correction
  • 3-block, 3-layer design
  • Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding with 5.1 analog audio output
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • Denon Link digital output passes Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-Audio, and SACD signals to compatible Denon receivers
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite and S-video)
  • 2 sets of 480i/480p component video outputs (1 RCA, 1 BNC)
  • RS-232C port for third party controllers
  • detachable power cord
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and DivX® (version 6.0) discs
  • plays SACD, DVD-Audio, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital picture CD (JPEG), Kodak Picture CD, and Fujifilm Fujicolor CD
  • remote control
  • dual, discrete 216MHz/14-bit video DACs
  • dual Burr-Brown PCM-1796 192kHz/24-bit audio DACs
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-1/2"H x 17-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
  • MFR # DVD-3930CI

What's in the box:

  • Black DVD-Audio/Video/SACD/MP3/CD player
  • Wireless remote control (RC-1038)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 79" AC power cord
  • 5' Stereo RCA audio/Composite video patch cord
  • 5' Denon Link cord
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
  • Warranty Sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Multi-Format Player: The Denon DVD-3930CI is a "universal" player, which offers playback of both ultra high-resolution multi-channel audio formats: DVD-Audio and SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc). Both formats, with their wide frequency responses, capture subtle details that make music sound richer and more real.

Disc Compatibility: This unit can play the following types of discs: DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Video CD, Audio CD, and Super Audio CD (SACD). In addition, this unit is compatible with CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW discs, as well as MP3, WMA, and JPEG files recorded on CD-R, CD-RW or CD-ROM discs. This unit can also play DVD+R and DVD+RW discs as well as Picture CD, Fujicolor CD, and DivX compatible discs.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1 format (128 kbps and faster recommended). Windows Media Audio (WMA9) is also supported using a compression rate from 64-160 kbps.

JPEG Playback:  JPEG files stored on CD-Rs and CD-RWs can be played as a slide show and enjoyed on your TV using the DVD-3930CI. Kodak picture CDs and Fujicolor CDs are also supported. During slide show playback, you can rotate an image 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise, flip an image vertically or horizontally, or zoom in on an image. In addition, you can play the pictures in random order.

Note: JPEG files recorded on a Macintosh computer cannot be played.

Dual Discrete Video Circuit: The DVD-3930CI uses dual 14-bit 216 MHz video D/A converters to ensure highly accurate playback of delicate, low-level video signals and give you a vivid picture that is faithful in every detail. One D/A converter is used to process Progressive signals and one is used for Interlaced signals to eliminate mutual interference between the two types of signals.

I/P Converter from Silicon Optix Inc: The DVD-3930CI uses a 10-bit I/P converter called REALTA. This 10-bit processing offers high conversion performance and improves motion detection capability. Regularity in pixel-level patterns are rapidly and accurately detected not only in the 3:2 patterns of film sources but in other patterns as well during I/P (Interlaced/Progressive) conversion.

1080p Video Scaler: The same 10-bit video converter known as REALTA is also used as a video scaler and is capable of 720p, 1080i or 1080p output for HDMI. This scaler can also output PC resolution - VGA/XGA/WXGA/SXGA signals.

HDMI: The unit's HDMI jack passes both digital video and audio using a single cable. HDMI Version 1.1 is compatible with copy protected DVDs with HDCP and CPPM (Content Protection for Pre-recorded Media/used in DVD-Audio), which was not the case with version 1.0. You can select the type of video signal output by the HDMI jack: 480i/576i, 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

Denon Pixel Image Correction (DPIC): Also built on a 10-bit platform, DPIC's pixel by pixel correction compares nine different pixels of adjacent video data for each pixel correction. Luminance and chroma signals are also processed to suppress ringing noise and other artifacts.

Noise Shaped Video (NSV): The NSV feature works in the digital domain to reduce noise in the video signal frequency band, improving video signal to noise ratio and enhancing video signal linearity.

Multi-Directional Diagonal Filter (MDDF): MDDF detects and corrects at a pixel-level the directionality of lines, avoiding the "jaggies" often seen in supposedly straight diagonal lines.

Audio Processing: This unit uses 24-bit, 192 kHz audio D/A converters that are well protected from noise caused by fluctuations in current from the power supply. It has built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders along with a 5.1-channel analog output.

Advanced AL24 Processing for All Channels: Denon has further developed its proprietary AL24 Processing, an analog waveform reproduction technology, to support the 192 kHz sampling frequency of DVD-Audio. This new technology, AL24 Processing Plus, thoroughly suppresses quantization noise associated with D/A conversion of LPCM signals to reproduce the low-level signals with optimum clarity that will bring out all the delicate nuances of the music.

Pure Direct Mode: The DVD-3930CI includes two Pure Direct modes that further improve sound quality. For example, during analog audio output, Pure Direct can turn off digital signal outputs, video signal outputs, and the front panel display, which can easily influence the sound quality of the analog audio signals. You can define which operations are to be turned off and store those preferences in memory.

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-3930CI 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-3930CI masterfully reproduces HDCD's rich dynamic range and beautiful sound quality.

SACD: Unlike PCM based technology (CD/MiniDisc/DVD/Audio DVD, etc.), Super Audio CD is based on Direct Stream Digital (DSD) encoding, which does not require decimation and interpolation filters. DSD is much simpler and enables a 1-bit signal to be recorded directly. DSD encodes music at 2,822,400 samples per second (64 times that of standard CD) allowing you to hear sound with incredible detail and clarity. DSD combines the advantages of digital recording with the best characteristics of analog sound. The DVD-3930CI unit will play 2-channel and multi-channel Super Audio CDs. During SACD playback, the optical digital and coaxial outputs do not operate. The Digital Link 3rd output or analog outputs must be used to listen to SACDs.

Multi-channel DVD-Audio Playback: DVD-Audio is a multi-channel format used for high resolution audio recording. This unit can decode and play DVD-Audio discs with a sampling rate up to 192 kHz with a 24-bit word length.

Vibration-Resistant Design: Since the high-density data recorded on DVD must be read with absolute accuracy, vibrations from outside or from internal sources, such as the power supply, will adversely affect sound and picture quality. A variety of designs has been incorporated in the DVD-3930CI to suppress these unwanted vibrations. The DVD mechanism section in the main chassis has been divided in a two-box construction to further protect it from vibrations. Furthermore, the unit is shielded from internal and external interference via a 3-box chassis design.

CI (Custom Integration): Custom Integration is Denon's certification to custom installers that models marked with the "CI" stamp have advanced connectivity and control features often required for custom home integration and theater applications using premium control systems. The following are examples of the control features.

  • RS232C serial command control
  • Remote in/out IR command control
  • Discrete Power on/off command
  • 480i output capable for HDMI

Bass Management: To tailor the output of the 5.1-channel jacks to the bass handling capabilities and configuration of your speaker system, left and right front, center, left surround and right surround speakers can be set to "Large", "Small" or "Off". The subwoofer can be set to "On" or "Off". The speaker distances can be set between 1 and 60 feet in 1-foot steps. The low-pass crossover can be set at 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz or 120Hz with a high-pass slope of 12dB/octave and a low-pass slope of 24dB/octave. You can also adjust the output level for each speaker between 0 and 10dB in 1dB steps. Note: The Speaker Setting and Speaker Distance settings are turned off when you select the "Source Direct" option.

Virtual Surround: This feature lets you enjoy a surround effect with only 2 speakers. This function is only available when using DVDs recorded in Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG, LPCM with 2 or more channels.

Bass Enhancer: This feature sets the subwoofer output for when playing 2-channel or other sources without LFE signals.

Dynamic Range Compression: Select this feature to achieve a powerful sound even when the volume is low.

Audio Synchronization: You can adjust the audio delay with respect to the picture. You can set the delay from 0 to 200 milliseconds in units of 10 milliseconds.

TV Aspect Ratio: You set the TV Aspect Ratio output according to the screen of your connected TV. You can choose from 4:3 Pan and Scan, 4:3 Letterbox or Wide 16:9.

NTSC/PAL Compatible: The TV Type can be set to NTSC, PAL or Multi. The Multi setting automatically switches the output to NTSC or PAL depending upon the type of disc loaded.

Squeeze Mode: In this mode the picture is displayed in the center of the 16:9 TV screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, regardless of the original image size.

Keystone Correction: Keystone distortion occurs when the connected projector or screen is at an angle. The DVD player allows you to correct the angle horizontally (-40 to +40) and vertically (-30 to +30).

Picture Quality Adjustments: The DVD-3930CI allows you to select a Standard picture quality setting (default settings) or customize the settings and save them in one of five image quality memories (M1-M5). Custom settings include adjustments for contrast, brightness, sharpness (mid and high), hue, CCS, white level, chroma level, DNR, MPEG NR, gamma, setup level, horizontal position, and vertical position.

8 MB Buffer Memory: This unit is equipped with an 8 MB buffer memory to ensure that both picture and sound are played without interruption when the DVD disc shifts from layer 1 to layer 2, or in the rare event of a pickup dropout.

Resume Function: The Resume function allows the player to remember the point where you stopped play. Playback will resume from the point stored in memory. The stopping point is cleared if the tray is opened or the stop button is pressed a second time.

Markers: Up to 8 points on a DVD-Video disc can be stored in memory and easily recalled. Markers are automatically cleared when the power is turned off or when the tray is opened.

Multiple Angles: The angle can be switched when playing DVDs containing multiple angels.

Zoom: You Zoom in on a picture during play or pause mode. You can zoom in 1x, 2x, or 3x.

Dimmer: The display can be adjusted to one of three brightness levels, or the display can be turned off.

Auto Power-Off: If the unit is in stop mode for approximately 30 minutes, it will automatically switch to standby mode.

Ratings (Parental Control): This unit allows you to set playback restrictions for DVDs using the Ratings feature. You can select a parental control rating level from 0 (lock all) to 8 (No Limit), which is protected by a 4-digit password.

Remote Control: The DVD player comes with a full-featured wireless IR remote control (RC-1038) to operate DVD player only.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

5.1-Channel Audio Outputs: The DVD-3930CI offers multi-channel analog output for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD playback.

2-Channel Audio Outputs: In addition to the 5.1-channel analog outputs, the unit features a stereo audio output for connecting to a stereo analog input on a TV or receiver. Even when the source audio is multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, DVD-Audio, SACD), these jacks will output a downmixed 2-channel signal.

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The unit's HDMI simplifies A/V connections by carrying uncompressed SD or HD digital video and up to 8 channels of digital audio all in one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be connected to an HDCP-compliant device. The output resolution can be set to match the capability of the monitor or projector. The HDMI connection is compatible with DVD-Video and DVD-Audio, but not SACD. The video signal format can be set to 480i/576i, 480p/576p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

Denon Link: The DVD-3930CI has an RJ-45 Denon Link 3rd Edition output. Through the Denon Link, the DVD player can transfer 6-channel 96kHz/24-bit or two channel stereo 192kHz/24-bit DVD-Audio signals, as well as 2-channel and multi-channel SACD signals, digitally to a receiver. Because the signal transfer is balanced and the voltage is lower than coaxial or unbalanced cables, the Denon Link is far less susceptible to radiated noise, which helps to ensure the highest level of signal transfer. Denon Link 3rd Edition uses a different signal from Denon Link S.E. (Second Edition). Because of this, the Denon Link 3rd Edition signals are only compatible with A/V receivers that are Denon Link 3rd compatible. In the Digital Interface Setup, you can select the type of signal output through the Denon Link jack: 3rd, 2nd, or Off. If the unit is set to 2nd Edition signals, there will be no output from an SACD.

Digital Audio Outputs: This unit features two digital audio outputs, one optical and one coaxial connection. These can be connected to an A/V receiver, amplifier, surround decoder (Dolby Digital, DTS), or other component.

Component Video Output: The DVD-3930CI features two component video outputs, capable of passing a progressive scan signal or an interlaced video signal. Note: One set of component video outputs are BNC connector-type.

Composite and S-Video Output: The DVD player features one Composite video and one S-vide output.

Room To Room In/Out: Two 3.5mm mini-jacks are provided for wired remote control, allowing you to connect the DVD-3910 to compatible Denon components.

RS-232: There is a bi-directional RS-232 port which is designated for future system expansion.

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