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Denon DVD-3800

DVD/CD/DVD-Audio player with progressive scan

Item # 033DVD3800

Denon's dedicated engineers really worked overtime developing the DVD-3800.

Denon's dedicated engineers really worked overtime developing the DVD-3800.

Discontinued item

Item # 033DVD3800

About the Denon DVD-3800

Denon's dedicated engineers really worked overtime developing the DVD-3800. It combines a 108MHz/12-bit video DAC with Silicon Image's Sil 504 de-interlacer, featuring PureProgressive™ circuitry — considered by many experts to be the most advanced de-interlacer available. Progressive-scan picture quality is richly detailed and dimensional — truly breathtaking when viewed on an HDTV or HDTV-ready TV. If you're using a standard TV, you'll see interlaced-scan video that's extra sharp and clean because the DVD-3800 uses a separate high-speed 54MHz/10-bit DAC to process interlaced signals, instead of the typical 27MHz/10-bit DAC.

Denon's dedicated engineers really worked overtime developing the DVD-3800. It combines a 108MHz/12-bit video DAC with Silicon Image's Sil 504 de-interlacer, featuring PureProgressive™ circuitry — considered by many experts to be the most advanced de-interlacer available. Progressive-scan picture quality is richly detailed and dimensional — truly breathtaking when viewed on an HDTV or HDTV-ready TV. If you're using a standard TV, you'll see interlaced-scan video that's extra sharp and clean because the DVD-3800 uses a separate high-speed 54MHz/10-bit DAC to process interlaced signals, instead of the typical 27MHz/10-bit DAC.

The DVD-3800 also treats your ears to audiophile-quality stereo and multichannel sound. The combination of an ultra-precise Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit audio DAC and Denon's acclaimed AL 24 Plus Processing delivers jaw-dropping detail and lifelike energy and ambience. A DVD-Audio decoder lets you experience a new dimension in wraparound music enjoyment. And built-in Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding means you can enjoy wraparound DVD sound by connecting this player either to a 5.1-ready receiver, or one with built-in decoding. Full digital bass management ensures optimum multichannel playback for DVD-Audio, Dolby Digital, and DTS.

Audio and video processing power is important, but Denon also focused on improving the chassis' mechanical integrity and vibration resistance. They also used specially chosen high-quality parts in the audio signal path. This is a DVD player designed from the ground up to satisfy serious audiophiles and serious videophiles — it's one of the best all-around players under $2000!

Details:

  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
  • plays DVD-Audio, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CD-R & CD-RW
  • 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter for progressive scan,
    plus separate 54MHz/10-bit video DAC for interlaced scan
  • selectable interlaced/progressive-scan component video output
    (progressive-scan requires an HD-compatible TV)
  • Silicon Image Sil 504 de-interlacer with PureProgressive circuitry
    and 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 4MB buffer for quick layer change
  • Virtual Surround mode for enhanced 2-speaker sound
  • HDCD® decoding
  • built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoder with 5.1-channel output
  • full digital bass management for multichannel output
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM (96kHz/24-bit capable)
  • 2 sets of A/V outputs (2 composite, 2 S-video, and 1 480i/480p component video)
  • RS-232C port (for 3rd-party system controls only)
  • remote control
  • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown audio D/A converter
  • audio signal-to-noise ratio 118 dB
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-3/16"H x 14-9/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs
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What's in the box:

  • 1 DVD-Audio/DVD-Video/CD player
  • One RC-553 wireless remote
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • One 7' AC power cord
  • One 57" stereo audio/video RCA patch cord
  • Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • Denon Service Network sheet
  • Warranty sheet
  • Warranty registration card
  • Correction sheet
MFR #DVD-3800

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Compatibility/Specifications

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)
  • DVD-Audio: 5" or 3"
  • DVD-R: 5" or 3"
  • DVD-RW: 5" or 3"
  • 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"
  • CD-R/CD-RW with JPEG Still Photo's: 5" or 3"
  • Picture CD's: Kodak format only

Frequency Response:

  • DVD (at 48 kHz sampling frequency): 2Hz to 22kHz
  • DVD (at 96 kHz sampling frequency): 2Hz to 44kHz
  • DVD (at 192 kHz sampling frequency): 2Hz to 88kHz
  • CD: 2Hz to 20kHz

Dynamic Range:

  • DVD: 108dB
  • CD: 100dB

Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.0018%

Features

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

Digital Bass Management: This feature allows you to preset speaker configurations and delay times when playing multi-channel Dolby Digital, LPCM, or DVD-Audio/MLP sources. The crossover point is fixed at 80Hz with 12dB high and 24dB low-pass filter slopes.

AL 24 Plus Processing: The DVD-3800 uses the newly developed AL (Alpha) 24 Plus Processing to support DVD-Audio's 24-bit, 192kHz wide dynamic range format. This analog waveform reproduction technology results in increased musical reproduction and accuracy. There is an AL 24 Plus indicator on the unit's front panel that lights when the audio signal of a disc is being processed digitally with the AL 24 Plus Processor.

Progressive Scan Output: The DVD-3800 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-3800 supports 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.

4MB Buffer Memory: The DVD-3800 uses a 4MB digital buffer memory to reduce or eliminate layer change pauses or pickup dropouts.

Pure Direct Mode: This DVD player includes two Pure Direct modes, which allow you to turn off particular signal outputs, as well as the front panel display.  The highest quality sound quality is achieved as using this feature results in a direct signal path for the analog audio signal.

Highly Rigid Chassis and Hybrid Loader Mechanism: The DVD-3800 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-3800'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-3800 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.  In the DVD-3800, the Super Sub Alias Filter is applied to the chroma signal as well as the luminance signal, improving color reproduction.

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-3800 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-3800 masterfully reproduces HDCD's rich dynamic range and beautiful sound quality.

Video D/A Converter: The DVD-3800 uses a 108-MHz, 12-bit video D/A converter to ensure highly accurate playback of delicate, low-level video signals, resulting in a superior picture that is more vivid and faithful in every detail. Higher quality picture reproduction of this DVD player is a direct result of a filtering system with flexible shutout characteristics, which is used for the analog filter in the latter stage. The DVD-3800 uses two separate video D/A converters to process Progressive and Interlaced signals. This eliminates mutual interference between the Progressive and Interlaced signals.

Audio D/A Converter: This unit uses a 192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown digital-to-analog converter, which allows it to produce a dynamic 2-channel playback of a DVD-Audio disc recorded at the highest resolution with a frequency response of 2Hz-88kHz. This unit also has Burr Brown 96kHz/24-bit D/A converters that will allow it to produce multi-channel playback of DVD-Audio discs or DVD-Video discs recorded with 96kHz/24-bit audio with a frequency response of 2Hz-44kHz. Note: If a DVD recorded with a 192kHz or 96kHz sampling frequency is copyright-protected, no digital signal is output unless converted to 48kHz/16-bit. If a DVD recorded with a 192kHz or 96kHz sampling frequency is not copyright-protected, a 192kHz or 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-3800 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.

RS-232C Port: Connects to the RS-232 port on a compatible external controller, like that of an AMX or Crestron control system, allowing you to control the operation of this player from the external controller.

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
  • Video Mode: Allows you to optimize the display for DVD discs with film and/or video content
  • Black Level Control: Allows you to select the black level of the picture; you can select Lighter (normally used when the TV is connected through the composite or S-video output) or Darker (normally used when the TV is connected through the Component Video output)
  • Squeeze Mode: This feature provides options to play 4:3 images on a wide-screen (16:9) television
  • Progressive Mode: Allows you to select the film source and video source detection method recorded on the DVD

Audio Setup:

  • Audio Channel: Allows you to select Multi-Channel or 2 Channel output to match the number and type of speakers you're using.
  • 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.
  • PCM Down Conversion: you can select No or Yes. When Yes is selected and you are playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, the signal is down converted to 48kHz/16-bit before it is passed though the digital output. When No is selected and the unit is playing a non-copyright protected DVD, a 96kHz/24-bit signal passes through the digital output. If the DVD is copyright protected, no digital signal is output.
  • 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.
  • Bass Enhancer: Allows you to choose whether or not to output audio signals from the subwoofer when playing two-channel audio signals.

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.)
  • Auto-Power Mode: allows you to choose whether or not the unit turns off automatically after 30 minutes in the Stop mode
  • Player Mode: allows you to decide how the pictures contained in some DVD-Audio discs are shown. When Off is selected, no pictures are displayed. When On is selected, pictures on DVD-Audio discs are played in a similar fashion to DVD-Video discs
  • Slide Show: Allows you to set the time interval for switching to the next still picture when player slide shows of still pictures (in JPEG format).
  • Captions: Use this option to select whether or not to display the closed captions recorded on DVD's.

Inputs and Outputs

Rear Panel:

  • Audio Out: Gold-plated stereo RCA jacks
  • Video Out: Two Gold-plated RCA composite video jacks
  • S-Video Out: Two Gold-plated S-video jacks
  • Component Video Out: Gold-plated component video jacks (3 RCA jacks labeled Y, PB/CB, and PR/CR)
  • 5.1 Channel Audio Out: 6 RCA jacks for Front Left, Front Right, Center, Surround Left, Surround Right, and Subwoofer
  • Coaxial Digital Out: Standard gold-plated coaxial digital jack
  • Optical Digital Out: Standard Toslink digital output with a plastic cover
  • RS-232C Port: Standard RS-232 port
  • Remote In/Out Terminals: 2 mini-jacks for use with compatible Denon components
  • AC IN: AC power cord input

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