Video: Denon 1610 and 2010 Blu-ray Players
Julie Govan is the Brand Manager at Crutchfield, and has been writing about consumer electronics since 1999. Her areas of expertise include home theater, surround sound, digital cameras, and HDTV. In her spare time, she also writes book reviews and fiction. She earned a B.A. in English from Davidson College, and went on to receive a master's degree in English literature from the University of Virginia.
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Julie: Hi, I'm Julie.
Malcolm: And I'm Malcolm.
Julie: And we're here today in the Crutchfield studio with Denon's 1610 and 2010 Blu-ray Disc™ players. Now this is the 2010 right here, and there's a lot we could say about both of these players. So instead of covering all of that, we're just going to get into what makes them different.
Malcolm: That's right. Denon has a great reputation for superior picture and sound quality. The 1610 offers high quality circuitry and construction, which helps to minimize the interference between both the video and the audio circuitry. This really helps to deliver much cleaner picture and sound.
Julie: That's right. And another thing that does a lot for picture clarity is digital noise reduction. A lot of us have an existing library of DVDs that we're going to want to play back and upconvert for our HDTV. And digital noise reduction makes sure that that picture is a lot cleaner and clearer.
Malcolm: The 1610 also offers something that's very unique to Blu-ray — this is a set of customizable image settings which allows for up to five presets.
Julie: I really like this, because with the 1610 you can update contrast, color, brightness settings and hold on to that. And then when it's time to play a DVD or a Blu-ray disc you're getting the best possible picture on your TV without having to go in and separately tweak the TV settings — really nice.
Malcolm: Now one more really important feature to point out about the 1610 is that it's a great choice for music lovers. It offers high-quality digital-to-analog converters as well as a Pure Direct Mode which allows this unit to focus solely on audio reproduction.
Julie: So Denon's 2010 takes all that dedication to high quality audio and video that we saw in the 1610 and it really turns it way up. You get this really rock solid rigid chassis to start with, plus they've completely separated the audio and the video circuitry inside so you get the cleanest possible signal.
Malcolm: That's right. And while the 1610 has an upconversion processor for standard DVD, the 2010 steps that up, using a model by Anchor Bay which is touted as one of the very best upconverters on the market. This will take your entire standard DVD collection and make it look as good as it possibly can on your HDTV.
Julie: Another thing about the 2010 is that it has built-in decoding for some of the high-end audio formats associated with Blu-ray Disc like Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio. These surround sound formats sound great so it's nice to have the decoding built-in. You also get a 7.1-channel analog output on the back, and that makes it even easier for you to hear those formats.
Malcolm: That's right. This is a very nice feature to see. This means that even if you have an older receiver, maybe one without HDMI, you can still take full advantage of the new high definition audio formats to complement your high-definition video. To find out more, please go to crutchfield.com/DenonBluray.
Julie: Or you can always call one of our advisors, like Malcolm, at 1-800-555-9408.