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Denon DVD-1930CI

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

10 Reviews

Item # 033DV1930C

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Sporting a solid chassis and aluminum front panel, Denon's well-built DVD-1930CI delivers the kind of video and audio performance that home theater buffs love. This DVD player uses advanced processing to remove the imperfections that can appear when film-based images are converted to digital video. The resulting picture is smoother, more natural-looking, and more filmlike. It can also upconvert regular DVDs to better match the resolutions of HDTVs. The '1930CI can even output video signals at 1080p — the highest TV resolution currently available. Many of today's HDTVs can display 1080p images, and we'll see many more in the future.

Sporting a solid chassis and aluminum front panel, Denon's well-built DVD-1930CI delivers the kind of video and audio performance that home theater buffs love. This DVD player uses advanced processing to remove the imperfections that can appear when film-based images are converted to digital video. The resulting picture is smoother, more natural-looking, and more filmlike. It can also upconvert regular DVDs to better match the resolutions of HDTVs. The '1930CI can even output video signals at 1080p — the highest TV resolution currently available. Many of today's HDTVs can display 1080p images, and we'll see many more in the future.

Music fans won't be left out in the cold — this versatile DVD player allows you to enjoy the warm, full sound of SACD and DVD-Audio discs. With Denon's digital bass management system, you can tailor the sound from these high-res audio sources to fit your system and speaker configuration. High-quality digital-to-analog converters from Burr-Brown will give you the best sound from all of your music, including regular CDs and those loaded with MP3 and WMA files.

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Product Highlights:

  • digital video upconversion
  • selectable 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)
  • Faroudja DCDi™ de-interlacer with 3-2 pulldown processing
  • digital bass management (fixed 80Hz low-pass crossover)
  • 2MB buffer for quick layer change
  • Virtual Surround Sound for enhanced 2-speaker sound
  • Dolby® Digital and DTS® decoding with 5.1 analog audio output
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite, S-video, 480i/480p component video)
  • RS-232C port for third party controllers
  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW
  • 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
  • 108MHz/12-bit video DAC for interlaced video
  • 216MHz/11-bit video DAC for progressive video
  • dual Burr-Brown PCM-1738 192kHz/24-bit audio DACs
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/16"H x 13-7/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

What's in the Box:

  • Black DVD-Audio/DVD-Video/SACD/Audio CD player
  • RC-1017 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 37" Audio cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors on each end)
  • 37" Video cable (has an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet

Denon DVD-1930CI Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(10 Reviews)

Great DVD player

Scott from Milwaukee, WI on 4/14/2007

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I have used the 1930CI for a couple of weeks now and have found it to be an exclellent product. I bought it mainly for the 1080p upconvert and it ability to play SACD/DVD-audio. The setup was fairly easy. The only minor complaints I have about it are a seemingly flimsy disc drawer and it seems loud when accessing tracks.<BR><BR>Another note - this is the 3rd scratch &amp; dent item I have purchased from Crutchfield in the last 6 months. All items basically looked like they had been just opened and retaped. All bags/packaging inside the box were all still sealed and everything was in excellent condition. These are a great value and Crutchfield is an excellent source for audio/video products.




Thomas from Brunswick, ME on 4/10/2007

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Electronics are constantly changing, so I am constantly changing my electronics. I purchased a Sony DVP-NS90V about 6 months ago because of the up conversion to 720p. Then wouldn&#8217;t you know it, they came out with one that up converts to 1080p. I had to have one and based on the quality and reputation of Denon it was easy to make a choice. I received it about a month ago and hooked it up right away to my Samsung 56&#8221; 1080p rear projection television. I have the sound going thru an Onkyo TX-SR703 receiver and all equipment is plugged into a Panamax M5100-EX home theater power conditioner (highly recommended for protection). The Denon 1930CI performs great except for one thing. It will not play all recorded disks. I record all my original movies onto recordable DVD&#8217;s, with kids around it&#8217;s a good way to keep your originals in good shape. Depending on which program you use to record them some disks work recorded with one program, but not with another(disks play but the screen will freeze up like when a disk is dirty). I troubleshot all these utilizing my Sony DVD player and Crutchfield tech support. Unfortunately I didn&#8217;t want to re-record all the movies, so I had to return it. Again Crutchfield tech support and customer service is the best out there. I picked out a different DVD player (Yamaha) and they sent it out right away and told me I didn&#8217;t have to send the other one back until the new one arrived. I would not deal with another company when it comes to electronics.



Great Buy

JPW from Arlington, VA on 4/1/2007

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My old DVD player went on the blink, so it was time to pick up a new one. I did a great deal of research and decided I would wait to make the leap to Blu-Ray (which I think will win the current format war). I've been trying to step up to more sophisticated equipment lately and I have to say, this player (also my first Denon purchase)was a great choice. <BR><BR>I'll be the first to admit, I was wary of the &quot;upconversion&quot; feature of this player. Since I bought my plasma (Panasonic TH-42PX60U), I've become an HD junkie. The upconverting puts it almost on par with pure HD. Blu-Ray will be nice, but in the meantime - this player does a terrific job. I think the upconversion function only works via HDMI, so keep that in mind if you're considering the purchase.<BR><BR>I agree with a former post, the tray is a little flimsy.



Upconverting DVD player

DJMixalot from Texas on 1/11/2007

I bought a Pioneer Elite DV-46AV DVD player. I played a few DVDs and let me tell you, most of them looked amazing! They were clear, crisp, and had a good saturation of colors. The only exception would be any older DVDs, where they did a poor/quick job in converting the video. Any CG movie (Final Fantasy, Finding Nemo, Cars, Dinosaur, Robots, Ice Age, etc.) looks fantastic (even sharper than regular movies)!<BR><BR>Im into lots of animation. If you have newer DVD releases of Disney favorites, youll love the detail, beauty, and colors.<BR><BR>The Pioneer setup menus and remote were designed well (well placed buttons which glow in the dark). The Denons was mediocre.<BR><BR>Unfortunately, I did have some problems with this player. Sometimes, when I would play a DVD, it would split the picture in half (top half of the picture would appear on the bottom half and vice-versa). Other times, it would display a thin green line on the left side/edge of the TV. This would be resolved by simply powering off and back on. So I returned it to Best Buy.<BR><BR>I decided to try the Denon DVD-1930CI. <BR><BR>The Pioneers setup menus and remote were designed much better than the Denon.<BR><BR>The features were almost the same on both players.<BR><BR>The one thing that differentiated the Denon from the Pioneer Elite was that the Denon could upconvert standard DVDs to 1080P. The Pioneer only upconverted to 1080i.<BR><BR>The Denon has a Pure Direct mode which makes listening to audio (CD, DVD-Audio &amp; Super Audio) sound good. <BR><BR>I noticed how Denons disc tray feels flimsy.<BR><BR>Ultimately, the Denon has great sound &amp; video, which is the most important requirement!



Great Denon for the price

Paul from Richmond, VA on 1/6/2007

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I purchased this player along with a Samsung LN-S4096D 1080p LCD TV and couldn't be happier. The upconversion is the first I have seen that truly works well, Faroudja is THE name in chipsets to have folks.<BR>I am using a HDMI cable to direct-connect the player to my Samsung TV- I haven't tried the component video mode yet.<BR>The 1930CI can't do miracles- if a movie has a lot of grain in it, it will still have grain in it. For example, the newest HD-mastered version of &quot;The Great Escape&quot; looks very grainy on the intro titles (unrestored), but once the actual movie starts, colors and black level are awesome (movies have 4x the resolution of DVDs) and the Denon excels at eliminating or minimizing artifacts and noise in the picture.<BR>The remote is pretty intuitive, although it would fit smaller hands better IMO as I have trouble using my thumb to reach the often-used arrow buttons while holding the remote.<BR>My only negative comment on the Denon 1930CI is that once in a while the player gets rather loud when accessing a DVD. This varies in length and there doesn't seem to be any pattern as to why it does this occasionally. It isn't noticeable once the sound is playing. It is only a minor quirk in what I consider a superb DVD player for the money.



This is the best!

tlkelloggs from Rotterdam, NY on 1/5/2007

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Why wait for the HD/Blu-ray war to end. If you purchase this Denon DVD-1930CI with video upconversion you will save yourself a lot of money and you will not be disappointed! It is totally amazing! I purchased this for my husband for Christmas after a long conversation with Crutchfield sales associates going through the difference with all the DVD upconversion and HD players and they told me I would be happy with this play. How right they were! The picture quality and sound is out of this world! Add this to the Sony television Crutchfield sold me in November, and why would anyone ever want to go to the movies when there is a much better quality picture and sound at home. Once again, when I received this I picked up the phone and called Crutchfields Tech support and within minutes Adam helped me set it up with our surround sound and direct TV. Why would anyone buy from any where else when you have the highest quality and service you could possibly get with Crutchfield! Again, I'm an extremely satisfied customer, Crutchfield your the best!!



This Is THE Player For Those Waiting On Blu-Ray/HD-DVD To Sort Out.

Jason from Southwest Michigan on 12/21/2006

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The Denon 1930CI is the best option available for those who own 1080P displays but wish to wait a while on Blu-Ray and HD-DVD to come down in price and work out the kinks. For $350 you get a player with 1080P upconvert capability. There are only a few out there that offer this feature and the Denon outperforms them all. The 1080P upconvert signal looks nothing short of stunning on my Samsung 61&quot; 1080P DLP. Regular DVDs Ive owned for years have NEVER looked this good. If you can get your hands on a DVD copy of the now out of print &quot;The Lion King&quot;, give that one a try. Its truly a reference quality title to show off your 1080P display unit.<BR><BR>Where this unit really separates itself from the pack though is in sound reproduction. A big factor in my purchase decision was that this player is compatible with SACDs and DVD-Audio discs. The 1930CI shines brightly in these formats but that was very much expected. Its when you drop in a standard music CD you know well that youre in for something special. I cannot stress enough that I am hearing things Ive never heard before on titles Ive listened to thousands of times. There is a depth and range to the music that wasnt there before. Add to this the pure direct mode which cuts out display signals on the player that may dilute sound quality and youve got something special.<BR><BR>Sure this player is twice the price of your average 1080i unpconverter. But it offers a truly superior picture at 1080P upconversion, great SACD and DVD-Audio performance and truly superior CD audio reproduction. Denon has done it again. This machine is a worthy addition to their already impressive stable.



video upconversion unbelievable

Nathan from Florida on 12/6/2006

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DVDs upconverted to 1080p look unbelievable on my Sharp LCD TV. My wife and I continually remark on details in movies we've seen many times that we missed when watching in standard definition. I have found the picture to be detailed, sharp and vivid through HDMI. Hard to imagine that such a picture is available at this price. CDs sound great when played with this unit, the sound much fuller than on my old JVC DVD player.<BR><BR>While the unit felt light out of the box, build quality is evident in every way and the unit is attractive. I like that it has the essential functions on the unit face, as so many components these days make you use the remote for every little thing. I/O in the back of the unit is clearly labeled and logically spaced to increase ease of hook-up.<BR><BR>Overall, I am extremely pleased with the look and performance of this unit.



A keeper

Walt from Okinawa, Japan on 11/26/2006

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It got here quick. Doubled boxed. My favorite feature is the pure direct button. You can actually select the dimmer switch feature in the on screen menu. I paired it up with a Denon. The PMA-2000 IV R, which also has a pure direct feature. The sound quality is excellent. The picture quality is awsome! THX Crutchfield



Great bang for the buck!

Bud from Pennsauken, NJ on 10/27/2006

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I bought the Denon 1930CI (25 October 2006) after reading some very positive reviews of other Denon models and by performing extensive research on other manufacturers. This product is simple to use, however, the manual leaves much to be desired. I used the HDMI output to a 50" Zenith Plasma and it works well with it. For my own curiosity however, I'm going to switch from the HDMI cable to component video. I've read some other DVD player reviews that indicated that composite was sharper than the HDMI. We'll see.<BR><BR>The setup default values may not be compatible with your TV or AV receiver and the DVD player may not output the 5.1 bitstream, so make sure you check your TV and AVR settings.<BR><BR>It took my quite a few tries to enable my Denon AV Receiver (4 years old) to actually indicate that it was receiving the DTS signal (HDMI Audio setup)on the DVD's. It was all in the set up. I only had the opportunity to listen to a few CD's since I've had the unit. The audio playback was awesome. Construction quality is very good. This player simply cannot be beat, for the price. <BR><BR>Also, I mentioned that I received the DVD player on 25 October 2006. What I failed to mention is that I ordered it on 24 October 2006. Crutchfield service experience was unbelievable. <BR>




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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Overview: The Denon DVD-1930CI is a single-disc, progressive scan, universal DVD player that will play DVD-Audio and SACD.

Multi-Format Player: The Denon DVD-1930 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. According to the manufacturer, this unit can also play DVD+R and DVD+RW discs, although compatibility with these discs is not mentioned in the manual.

Automatic Detection of Discs: This player automatically detect if a loaded disc is a DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, Audio CD, Super Audio CD, MP3, JPEG, or WMA.

Dual Discrete Video Circuit: The DVD-1930 uses a 12-bit 108 MHz video D/A converter for interlaced video and a 11-bit 216 MHz D/A converter for progressive video 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.

Digital Video Upconversion (Video Scaler): This unit features a built-in high quality video scaler that is capable of outputting video signals in a variety of HD formats. You may set the unit to output 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via the HDMI connector.

Component Video Progressive Scan Output With Faroudja's DCDi: The component video output can be set to provide progressive or interlaced signals. When set for progressive output, the DVD player provides 480p signals featuring Faroudja's patented Directional Correlational Deinterlacing (DCDi). This technology applies new motion adaptive deinterlacing that prevents the introduction of motion artifacts and jagged edges from video signals that originated from video cameras (such as with sporting events, live camera feeds and music videos). The result is a sharper, noise-free picture with finer details. Video images are displayed with optimum naturalness and color reproduction with less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than traditional interlaced scanned pictures.

Audio D/A Converter: This unit has dual 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters.

Digital Audio Output Capabilities: You can select an LPCM output setting of On or Off. When On is selected and you are playing a DVD recorded in 96kHz, the signal is down converted to 48kHz/16-bit before it is passed through the digital outputs. When Off is selected and the unit is playing a non-copy-protected DVD recorded in 96kHz, a 96kHz/24-bit signal passes through the digital outputs. If the DVD is copy-protected, the digital signal is automatically down converted.

Speaker Configuration: 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 "None." The subwoofer can be set to "Yes" or "None." The speaker distances can be set between 1 and 60 feet in 1-foot steps. You can also adjust the output level for each speaker between -12dB and 0dB in 1dB steps.

Bass Enhancer: Set this function to "On" for sound output on the bass-woofer channel when a 2-channel audio source is played back. This function is effective only for the 5.1ch Audio Out jacks.

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.

2 MB Buffer Memory: This unit is equipped with a 2 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.

Pure Direct Mode: The Pure Direct mode turns off the analog video signals, HDMI signal, and front panel display, resulting in improves sound quality.

DRC (Dynamic Range Control): The DRC function compresses the range of sound volume. This feature is available only on the discs that are recorded in the Dolby Digital format.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3/WMA files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2 or Joliet formats. MP3 files with a compression rate from 32-320 kbps and WMA files with a compression rate from 48-192 kbps are supported. Each disc can have a maximum of 255 folders and 999 files.

JPEG Disc Playback: This unit will play JPEG files recorded onto CD-ROM, CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 level 1/level 2 or Joliet formats. JPEG files with a resolution between 32 x 32 and 6300 x 5100 are supported. All JPEG files on a disc can be played back in a slide show. The slide show interval can be set to 5 or 10 seconds. During slide show playback, you can rotate an image 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise. Each disc can have a maximum of 255 folders and 999 images.

Kodak and Fuji Picture CD Compatible: This DVD player has been tested and certified by Kodak and Fuji to ensure that an enjoyable viewing experience is provided when viewing your picture CDs.

Various Playback Modes: The player features the following playback modes.

  • Still Mode: pause mode
  • Fast Forward/Reverse: DVD speeds (2X, 8X, 20X, 50X and 100X), CD speeds (2X, 8X, and 16X)
  • Slow Motion: DVD speeds (1/16X, 1/8X, and 1/2X)
  • Step by Step: advance through the DVD frame by frame

Search Modes: The player features the following search functions.

  • Chapter Search: search by entering the desired Chapter number
  • Title Search: search by entering the desired Title number
  • Group Search: search groups within an MP3.WMA audio file recorded on your disc
  • Page Search: search for a desired page from your still images
  • Track Search: select a track on your CD by entering the desired track number
  • Time Search: search by entering the desired disc time point on the disc

Repeat Mode: The player offers the following repeat functions.

  • Chapter Repeat: replays an entire chapter
  • Title Repeat: replays an entire title within a chapter
  • Track Repeat: replays a single track
  • Disc Repeat: replays an entire disc (DVD-Video excluded)
  • A-B Repeat: replays playback of a part between two points on a disc
  • Group/Folder Repeat: replays a group or folder within an MP3/WMA file recorded on your disc

Random Playback: This player can shuffle the playback order of tracks in a random order.

Program Playback: You can program the playback order of tracks in a desired order.

Dialog Speed: You can playback in a slightly faster or slower speed while keep the sound quality as in the normal playback. Dialog speed is available on discs recorded in the Dolby Digital format.

Virtual Surround: Virtual Surround simulates multi-channel surround sound using only two speakers. You can choose one of the following modes: 1 (natural effect), 2 (emphasized effect), or Off.

Picture Zooming: During play, when you press the Zoom button on the remote control, you can enlarge the picture by 2x or 4x. You can then use the cursor buttons to move the enlarged viewing area up, down, to the left, or to the right.

Camera Angle: You can change the camera angle of certain DVD discs that contain scenes which have been shot simultaneously from various angles.

Markers: Up to 10 points on a DVD or CD can be stored in memory and easily recalled. Markers are automatically cleared when the power is turned off or when the tray is opened.

Resume Function: The Resume function allows the player to remember the point where you stopped play as long as the unit is on. 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.

Parental Lock: You can set the parental control level to limit playback of discs which may not be suitable for children.

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

Dimmer: You can choose from the following display brightness settings: Bright, Dimmer, or Auto. In Auto mode, the display dims only during playback.

Black Level Control: This feature allows you to make dark portions of the video brighter.

Picture Control: Picture Control adjusts brightness, contrast, color, gamma corrections and Sharpness of the specific display. You can adjust these levels from -6 to +6 in 1.0 intervals. The default setting is 0 for all picture controls.

Screen Saver: The screen saver program starts if there is not activity at the player or its remote for more than 5 minutes. The brightness of the display is darkened by 75%. The program is deactivated when there is any activity.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

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 480p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p.

Note: On the front panel, you can select one of following outputs for the HDMI: 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p.

5.1-Channel Audio Outputs: The DVD-1930 offers multi-channel analog output for DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD playback.

Room To Room In/Out: Two 3.5mm mini-jacks are provided for wired remote control, allowing you to connect the DVD-1930 to compatible Denon components.

Digital Out: The DVD player is equipped with one coaxial and one optical digital output to feed into your Dolby Digital Receiver.

Analog Out: The DVD player features one pair of stereo RCA outputs for connection to your television or analog receiver.

Video Out: This player is equipped with one set of component video outputs for your HD-Ready TV. It also has one S-video and one composite video output.

RS-232C: The RS-232C port is a terminal for future system expansion.




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