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Denon DVD-2910

Universal DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio player
with HDMI™ and DVI output (Black)

11 Reviews

Item # 033DV2910B

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Our take on the Denon DVD-2910

Let Denon take your home theater to the next level. By combining HDMI and DVI technology with high-resolution audio capability in a single player, Denon has created a future-ready home entertainment machine.

Let Denon take your home theater to the next level. By combining HDMI and DVI technology with high-resolution audio capability in a single player, Denon has created a future-ready home entertainment machine.

The DVD-2910 uses advanced video processing and upconversion to create sharp 720p or 1080i DVD images that look great on your HDTV. The player's DVI output can send these images to any TV with a digital input. Using the HDMI output, you'll enjoy the added convenience of streaming upconverted video and digital audio signals together on one cable. The versatile '2910 will deliver unforgettable images and sound to any HD-compatible television having one of these inputs.

Faithfully preserving even the most delicate, low-level audio signals, this Denon is a music lover's player of choice. The DVD-2910 makes any digital music format sound fantastic. Multichannel music listeners will especially appreciate the digital bass management functions that enable you to tailor your sound to a wide variety of systems, from full-size speaker setups to compact cubes.

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Product Highlights:

  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, and Video CD
  • plays SACD, DVD-Audio, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, MP3 and WMA CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • HDMI interface with multichannel audio & DVI digital video output with HDCP copy protection (selectable 480p, 720p, 1080i output)
  • dual, discrete Analog Devices ADV-7310 216MHz/12-bit video DACs (one for progressive-scan and one for interlaced video)
  • Faroudja DCDi progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs (via the component video output)
  • Pure Direct mode
  • digital bass management (fixed 100Hz low-pass crossover)
  • 8MB video buffer for quick layer change
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby® Digital/DTS®/PCM (96kHz/24-bit capable)
  • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DSD-1791 audio DACs
  • HDCD® decoding
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 4-1/16"H x 13-7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts and labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

This DVD player offers it all for a bargain. DVD Audio, SACD, DVI, HDMI. You can't find many other DVD players to offer these options. The few that do cost much more than the 2910.

John, Timonium, MD

What's in the Box:

  • Black single DVD/Audio CD player
  • RC-985 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 56" Audio/Video cable (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • 67" AC power cord
  • Operating Instructions (English/Spanish/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet
  • Instruction manual note

Denon DVD-2910 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

One Word Amazing

Levike from Cathedral City, CA on 4/20/2008

Hey there, I purchased this player actually the 955S but its the same DVD player and all I can say is WOW. I got it for my bedroom and its more then enough for movies, sacd, dvd-audio and cd's. Its an amazing product and Denon is high end audio/video If you want a great DVD player this is the one.



great player with some silly quirks

mike from east haven,ct. on 3/1/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

this player has great sound and a very high build quality-no cheap plastic front panel, but a beautiful brushed titanium color aluminum front. minuses? after struggling with trying to set it up for the better part of a week, i discovered that some menu prompts can only be accessed with the disc removed[?}! yes, you read that right- you cannot watch the video and listen to the audio while making some adjustments "on the fly." there is no mention of this in the manual. If you have, as i do a collection of SACD's and DVD-A's , you will be well rewarded after proper setup. outstanding sound and very good, [although not among the best] video. recommended.



Denon DVD-2910

Philip from Ludlow, VT on 5/30/2006

This unit is a genuine pleasure! When I bought it, I thought I had goofed by not going up to the 3910 to get the Denon "Link". But once I got my Denon 3806 receiver properly set-up, and then played samples of each type of music I like (jazz, rock, classical, blues) with it, and of course movies, I was very pleased! <BR>The unit is simple to set up and use (a life saver considering Denon's horrid manual). Sound reproduction with movies is so clear and natural, I can't imagine needing more. <BR>The only fault I find with it, and with Denon, is their terrible instruction maunals. English is clearly not the first language of the author of their manuals. They are confusing and poorly organized. Errors in grammer and in sentance structure make their manuals very hard to follow. They do, however, provide excellent tech support, once you find it. To do that, I had to call their main office number, and they provided me with the number for tech support.<BR>All in all, I am thrilled with the sound produced by the 2910. Thank you Crutchfield for your help and guidance.



Mixed feelings

Lee from Shreveport, LA on 3/19/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ill probably keep it because Im tired of hunting for the perfect universal player. Its a good unit, just not worth the hefty price. Heres a list of problems that even cheaper players dont have:<BR><BR>VERY slow when loading both DVDs and CDs.<BR><BR>No CDText for standard CDs.<BR><BR>No list of total track numbers.<BR><BR>Cant hit pause, then "next track" or "previous track" to cue up CD tracks - annoying when making compilations or comparing with 2nd player.<BR><BR>Cant "rewind" from beginning of track into end of previous track - annoying for same reason.<BR><BR>Remote not backlit (though main video buttons glow a bit).<BR><BR>No DVD disc memory once ejected.<BR><BR>For $700 these shouldnt be issues! My player from 88 had features above that existed then. My DVD player from 99 had the last one.<BR><BR>My ears are pretty good and I can barely hear a difference between standard CDs and HDCDs or SACDs. It sounds no better than my Sony CDP-CE575 changer. I compared both with analog only. I compared the Denon switching the receiver between analog/digital. If someone else switched, I doubt I could detect any differences.<BR><BR>Despite complaints, its a good unit. I think its the ONLY one that can play all audio discs, including HDCD, though HDCD seems not to matter now. If it had been my first, Id never know what I was missing.<BR><BR>Build qualitys great; front panel layouts nice; informative display has nice resolution; onscreen displays not bad; very quick layer switch and (fairly) quiet transport.<BR><BR>If price or my irritation list arent problems, buy it for its good qualities. I cant help wondering if I should have bought an irritating player at half the price.



Denon 2910 DVD Player

Gil from Hayward, California on 2/15/2006

I bought this product after reading some very +ve reviews. This product is very simple to use, however, the manual (like all denon manuals) is really bad. I only used the HDMI output as I have Denon 3806 receiver that mated very well with it. You really have to be careful in the setup menu. The default values may not be compatible with your TV (hence no picture) and the DVD player may not output the 5.1 bit streams. Check the TV setting for the proper setting. I used the Digital Essentials to tweak the setup menus. I really liked the Gamma curve tweak and it worked well. Be sure that after setting 2910 you should go back and recheck the TV settings. It should not change but you never know. The audio playback was awesome. This player does not give the digial output for the SACD (needs Denon link) so you only choice (default) is analog. The construction quality is very good and the separate power supplies & circuit boards for the video & audio is a sheer delight. Although the price is a bit high but it is well worth the money.



The best DVD player I've ever used...

Edward from Albany, NY on 1/11/2006

I've owned my DVD-2910 for close to a year now, and I'm still impressed with the quality and performance of this component. The build quality is superb (the drive door alone is built like a tank), the video output error free (whether you're using the component out or one of the player's two digital outputs), and the analog audio performance is excellent (I no longer feel the need to own a dedicated CD player for music-- it's THAT good).<BR><BR>The only problems I've had with the player have involved its HDMI output-- on occasion, it seemed to lose video sync with my Sony Grand Wega Television. I recently installed new firmware on the player, however, and I haven't noticed the problem since. It should be understood that HDMI is a new I/O standard. As such, manufacturers have their work cut out for them in making sure Brand X's DVD player "talks" with Brand Y's television.<BR><BR>With the new high definition video disc formats on the horizon, I'm pretty confident that this will be the last DVD player I'll ever need.<BR><BR>PROS<BR>-Great build quality<BR>-Plethora of video outputs (HDMI and DVI)<BR>-Video processing is some of the best I've ever seen<BR>-Audio performance is great<BR>-Lots of setup options... a tweaker's delight!<BR><BR>CONS<BR>-HDMI doesn't function properly with all displays<BR>-User interface could be prettier<BR>-Manual could be a bit more enlightening<BR>-No RS232 connection for serial remotes<BR>-No FireWire or DenonLink for hi def audio discs<BR>-No lip sync adjustment<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>



Awesome Video and Sound

Roy from Goochland, VA on 5/26/2005

This player simply cannot be beat at anywhere near the price. I dare you to compare it to Onkyo, Pioneer, and Marantz models costing far more. Heck, compare it to Denon's own 3910, all else being equal, and I dare you to tell the difference (I have before using very high end equipment at my local dealer and could not). <BR><BR>One great feature that needs to be highlighed is the addition of both DVI and HDMI outputs. DVI has been out longer, so more TV's support it and it is a more mature technology. There are many HDMI display devices that are not proper implementations of the connection standard. <BR><BR>Onto the audio (my favorite), music never sounded so good, and I'm still dealing with mass-market sub\sat speakers and a receiver. The difference in sound from my old Toshiba player is phenomenal. Obviously, I'm letting the awesome DAC's in the Denon do all the decoding, and my Yamaha receiver is simply acting as an analog pass-through and amplifier. <BR><BR>Finally, a firmware update now exists for the player that upgrades the HDMI connection to version 1.1, meaning you can pass DVD-Audio digitally and at full resolution (the other digital connections do not allow any sampling rate above 48 kHz). I know I'll be using this when I buy a high-end audio receiver\processor with HDMI, perhaps even the Denon AVR-5805!!



Outstanding player but HDCP could create some troubles

Valeriy from Atlanta, GA on 3/22/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This player is like another work of art from Denon. Well designed, convenient to use, sound is excellent, video is outstanding. And all one needs to fully appreciate it are a high-quality 5.1 amplifier and a good set of speakers. Yes, *no* receiver is necessary to enjoy all supported formats including SACD, DVD-Audio and DVD-Video (although one could certainly use one if wanted). <BR><BR>That was the biggest advantage for me - its build-in Dolby 5.1 and DTS decoders that are of very high quality. I use them instead of the ones in my 3-year-old Onkyo receiver that simply serves as a 5.1 amplifier now. <BR><BR>Yes, sound quality is very good. No surprises here though. <BR><BR>Video quality is on the same level as the sound. My first impression was as if I went to the movies. The colors were well-balanced, very good levels of black and while, *no* video artifacts whatsoever, and unbelievable level of details even with the component output. I watched Star Wars Episode I and I could not believe that the video could be that good. No jagging lines, smooth surfaces, and very good frame rate even during the complex scenes containing a lot of action (as if I watched a live performance).<BR><BR>One practical consideration though. I have DLP XGA projector with DVI input. My projector does *not* support HDCP but the Denon does. No, the marriage did not work here. I had to switch to the component video instead. Not good but I am not buying another projector just because they finally decided to mandate HDCP almost everywhere - as if consumers were the ones who would pirate DVDs. Keep in mind this issue though if you have TV/projector with DVI that was manufactured 2-3 years ago.<BR>




Lamont from California on 3/3/2005

This player is great. I wanted to make use of the DVI input on my TV so I purchased the samsung 841. I just wasnt impressed and I didnt see what the big deal was. My SACDs didnt do much for me either. I gave up on samsung and decided to go with the Denon 2910. I am officially a Denon fan now. I purchased the Denon 2805 receiver to match this DVD player and I'm still in amazement. My SACDs and movies sound great.I hear things I never heard before and the sound is so clean and crisp. I nearly gave up on the whole DVI and SACD technology but this unit proves that you get what you pay for. My DVDs come in so crystal clear I could just cry. I only have two SACDs, but after hearing them on this new unit I see what the big deal is and will definately be buying more. You're only going to get what you pay for. If you buy a $100 DVD player thats the quality your going to receive. I feel the $700 price tag on this unit is worth every penny. The samsung unit which is $179 just did not impress me with picture or sound. My Denon 2910 DVD player and 2805 receiver will keep me happy for a long time. The upgrade game for me is finally over.



What's Not To Like

John from Timonium, MD on 2/12/2005

This DVD player offers it all for a bargain. DVD Audio, SACD, DVI, HDMI. You can't find many other DVD players to offer these options. The few that do cost much more than the 2910.



Simply the best DVD player money can buy

Joseph from Oxford, Michigan on 2/9/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The Denon2910 universal player is absolutely the best DVD player I have ever used. Granted it plays SACD and DVD-audio but that is just icing on the cake.<BR><BR>The unit is extremely easy to use and the output signals are very crisp and clear. Matching this player to my new Samsung LTN406W TFT-LCD HDTV was a perfect choice.<BR><BR>Since I have a "very good audio system", I use the 2910 for my "new music" discs that I get in SACD.<BR><BR>If you pay the big bucks for the new HDTV big screens, then it is a very wise decision to get a player that will drive the fullest capabilities of your new HDTV.




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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Multi-Format Player: The Denon DVD-2910 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.

Dual Discrete Video Circuit: The DVD-2910 uses dual 12-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.

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.

Pure Direct Mode: The DVD-2910 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-2910 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-2910 masterfully reproduces HDCD's rich dynamic range and beautiful sound quality.

High-End Digital Outputs: This unit can be connected to another compatible component using a single cable for high quality digital images and sound with little transfer loss:

  • HDMI: This terminal can transfer digital video and digital audio signals from DVD-Video and DVD-Audio signals.
  • DVI-D: Digital video signals can be transferred to display components that are supported by HDCP for content protection. The DVD-2910 supports the 24-pin DVI-D cable, but not the 29-pin connector.

Black Level: When the HDMI or DVI-D outputs are used, you can set the black level to Normal (within a range of 16 to 235) or Enhanced (within a range of 0 to 246).

DCDi By Faroudja: The DVD-2910's Progressive Scan technology is powered by the latest DCDi by Faroudja FLI-2310 decoding engine for the finest processing of film, video, graphics, or mixed-mode content.

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.

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.

Picture Quality Adjustments: The DVD-2910 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, chroma delay, DNR, gamma, setup level, horizontal position, and vertical position.

Digital Audio Output Capabilities:When playing copyright-protected linear PCM or packed PCM DVDs, no digital signals are output for sources exceeding 48kHz/16-bits. When making digital connections to a receiver that is not compatible with 96kHz/88kHz signals, you can set the unit to output the signal as 44.1kHz or 48kHz LPCM.

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 "Yes" or "No". 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 0 and 10dB in 1dB steps.

Note: The Speaker Setting and Speaker Distance settings are turned off when you select the "Source Direct" option.

SRS TruSurround: The multi-channel sound normally achieved with five speakers is recreated using only two front stereo speakers. This results in a sound with a nearly natural sense of movement that seems to surround the head, without the strong directivity characteristic of multi-speaker system. TruSurround only works for DVD-Video and Video CDs.

Video Scaler: This unit features a built-in high quality video scaler that is capable of outputting video signals in a variety of customizable HD formats. You can select in the Video Setup menu to output the image from the HDMI and DVI-D connectors as 480p/576p, 720p, or 1080i.

MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will play MP3 and WMA files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 Level 1 format. It is recommended that MP3s be recorded with bit rates of 128 kbps or higher, and WMA files at bit rates of 64 to 160 kbps. The player can recognize up to 600 files. This unit is not compatible with ID3 tags.

JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still image files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 Level 1 format. This unit can recognize baseline JPEG files of less than 30MB. JPEG files can be displayed one at a time, or in a slideshow fashion.

Resume Play Function: This function allows you to resume DVD playback at the point where it left off the last time you stopped playback. The resume function is cleared by pressing the stop button twice, opening the disc drawer, adjusting the Parental Lock function, or removing power from the unit. This feature only works with discs that have elapsed time information.

Slow Motion Speeds: When playing a DVD-Video disc, you may move forward or backward through the program in one of four slow-motion speeds (1/8x, 1/6x, 1/4x and 1/2x). When playing a Video CD, you may move forward only through the program in one of four slow-motion speeds. No sound is output during slow-motion play.

Scanning Speeds: There are seven fast forward and reverse speeds for DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs (2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 16x, 32x, and 64x) and four for SACD, Video CD, and CD (2x, 4x, 6x, and 8x).

Program Playback: You can create a playlist of tracks from DVD-Audio, Video CD, SACD, and Audio CD of up to 20 steps. The playlist is deleted when the unit is turned off or the disc is ejected.

Bookmarks: You can bookmark up to 5 scenes you want to see again so you can start playback from the marked position whenever you want. The marks are cleared when the disc is ejected or the unit is turned off.

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.

Display Dimming: The unit's display can be adjusted in 4 steps from All Off to Always On.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

5.1-Channel Audio Outputs: The DVD-2910 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.

DVI-D Output: The DVD-2910 has a 24-pin DVI-D jack for connecting a compatible TV or monitor. Using the DVI setup menu, you can choose to output the signal as 1080i, 720p, or 480p. A separate audio connection must be made because the DVI-D connection does not pass audio signals.

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 or 1080i.

Note on DVI-D and HDMI: On the front panel, you can select one of following outputs: "HDMI Y Cb Cr", "HDMI RGB", "DVI", or "HDMI/DVI Off". Once you have chosen the output, you can then select the video signal format: 480p/576p, 720p or 1080i.

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-2910 features a component video outputs, capable of passing a progressive scan signal or an interlaced video signal.

Composite/S-Video: For connecting to TVs with only composite or S-Video inputs, this unit provides one composite video and one S-Video output jack.

Room To Room In/Out: Two 3.5mm mini-jacks are provided for wired remote control, allowing you to connect the DVD-2910 to compatible Denon components.

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