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Denon DVD-2900

Universal DVD/CD/SACD/DVD-Audio player (Black)

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Our take on the Denon DVD-2900

The buzz surrounding Denon's DVD-2900 began with its introduction at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show ... and it's still going strong! State-of-the-art picture quality, plus the ability to play both SACD and DVD-Audio discs in addition to CDs, makes this the "universal" player for audiophiles and videophiles.

The buzz surrounding Denon's DVD-2900 began with its introduction at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show ... and it's still going strong! State-of-the-art picture quality, plus the ability to play both SACD and DVD-Audio discs in addition to CDs, makes this the "universal" player for audiophiles and videophiles.

The DVD-2900's progressive-scan mode uses one of the most advanced de-interlacing systems we know of — Silicon Image's PureProgressive™ circuitry. Capable of processing an astonishing 6 billion operations per second, PureProgressive delivers DVD images with pixel-perfect clarity and fluid motion.

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-2900 uses a separate high-speed 54MHz/10-bit DAC to process interlaced signals, instead of the typical 27MHz/10-bit DAC.

There's nothing lightweight about the DVD-2900 — its rigid, vibration-resistant chassis tips the scales at nearly 18 pounds. Inside, audio circuits are physically separated from video circuits, for amazingly noise-free picture and sound. Two "Pure Direct" modes let you switch off the video circuits, digital output, and fluorescent display for ultimate sonic purity.

The number of "universal" players — those that can play DVDs, CDs, SACDs, and DVD-Audio discs — is growing, but Denon's DVD-2900 is already considered a classic. It not only plays high-resolution SACD and DVD-Audio discs (both stereo and multichannel), it makes the most of them. Unlike some previous universal models, it has a dedicated decoder for SACD to really show off this format (already an audiophile favorite). As a bonus, your regular CD collection will sound better, too.

Another big plus for the '2900 is digital bass management. Most A/V receivers apply bass management to multichannel digital signals like Dolby® Digital and DTS®, but not to the high-res multichannel analog signals of SACD and DVD-Audio. So, the DVD-2900 intelligently applies bass management while the signal is still in digital form, before converting it to analog and passing it on to the receiver. Result? Optimally balanced multichannel music when used with a wider variety of speakers, including sub/satellite systems.

With the DVD-2900, Denon has really smacked one out of the ballpark!

Read an in-depth review of Denon's DVD-2900 at CrutchfieldAdvisor.com

Product Highlights:

  • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
  • plays SACD, DVD-Audio, CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CD-R & CD-RW
  • plays digital photo CDs (JPEG)
  • 108MHz/12-bit video D/A converter for progressive scan, plus separate 54MHz/10-bit video dac for interlaced scan
  • selectable interlaced/progressive-scan mode for smoother video with HD-compatible TVs
  • Silicon Image Sil 504 de-interlacer with Pure Progressive circuitry and 3-2 pulldown processing
  • 8MB buffer for quick layer change
  • TruSurround for enhanced 2-speaker sound
  • built-in Dolby Digital/DTS decoder with 5.1-channel output
  • digital bass management for multichannel output
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs for Dolby Digital/DTS/PCM (96kHz/24-bit capable)
  • 1 set of A/V outputs (composite, S-video, and 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 14-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

What's in the Box:

  • Black single-disc DVD/Audio CD player
  • Black RC-934 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.25' AC power cord
  • 57" Audio/video cord (has left and right RCA audio connectors and an RCA composite video connector on each end)
  • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
  • Warranty sheet
  • "Denon Service Network" sheet
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Features

Multi-Format Player: The DVD-2900 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.

Thorough Vibration-resistant Design: A variety of designs have been incorporated in the DVD-2900 to suppress unwanted vibrations. A heavyweight chassis and low center of gravity make for a low vibration design. The pickup mechanism is positioned at the center to reduce the effects of external vibrations. The DVD mechanism section in the main chassis has been divided in a two box construction to further protect it from vibrations.

Advanced Loading Mechanism: The newly-developed loading mechanism uses a guide and tray painted with protein material that is highly resistant to vibrations in order to prevent unwanted vibrations to the tray.

Video D/A Converter: The DVD-2900 uses a 12-bit, 108-MHz video D/A converter to ensure highly accurate playback of delicate, low-level video signals, giving you a vivid picture that is faithful in every detail. Oversampling of 4x is used for both Progressive and Interlaced video signals, allowing more detailed D/A conversion. Higher quality picture reproduction is also possible thanks to a filter with flexible shutout characteristics that is used for the analog filter in the latter stage. Furthermore, the DVD-2900 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: The DVD-2900 uses a Burr-Brown 24-bit, 192-kHz audio D/A converter that is well protected from noise caused by fluctuations in current from the power supply. This high performance D/A converter allows not only input of the 24-bit/192 kHz data of DVD-Audio discs, it also includes an analog pure FIR filter for ideal DSD playback of Super Audio CDs. Furthermore, the same DAC is used unsparingly for the surround, center and LFE channels to provide optimum sound quality during multi-channel playback as well.

Noise Shaped Video (NSV): The NSV feature works in the digital domain to reduce noise in the video signal frequency band in order to enhance video signal linearity.

Super Sub Alias Filter: The S/N ratio can be improved when unwanted signals of higher than 6.75 MHz following D/A conversion are cut. The DVD-2900 uses a Super Sub Alias Filter that produces flat characteristics, ensuring that adverse influences do not affect video signals inside the essential frequency band, and folding noise is eliminated. In the DVD-2900, the Super Sub Alias Filter is applied to the chroma signal as well as the luminance signal, improving color reproduction.

PureProgressive Circuit: The DVD-2900's interlace-to-progressive converter is the new SiI 504 Converter with PureProgressive circuitry from Silicon Image. The SiI 504 features faster moving picture detection and improved film/video mode recognition capability. PureProgressive is capable of reproducing DVD-Video discs containing both Film and Video material, as well as high picture quality progressive video sources, while avoiding the flickering caused by detection delays of these different formats.

Component Video Output: In addition to the composite video output and the S-video output, 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 superior to video from composite and S-video outputs. The component outputs can be set to pass either progressive or interlaced video.

Pure Direct Mode: The DVD-2900 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.

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.

Digital Bass Management: When playing DVD-Video, DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD sources, it is possible to adjust speaker configurations. The crossover point is fixed at 80Hz with 12dB high-pass and 24dB low-pass filter slopes.

Picture and Fujicolor Playback: JPEG files stored on Kodak picture CDs, Fujicolor CDs, CD-Rs and CD-RWs can be played as a slide show and enjoyed on the DVD-2900.

MP3 Playback: This unit will play MP3 files recorded onto CD-R and CD-RW discs using the ISO 9660 format. Each disc can have a maximum of 600 files. The DVD-2900 is not compatible with the following: packet write software, ID3-Tags, play lists, or MP3 PRO.

SRS TruSurround: Using this feature, the multi-channel sound normally achieved with five speakers is recreated using only the two front stereo speakers.

Markers: Up to 5 points on a DVD 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 Play Memory Function: When the Stop button is pressed during DVD-Video playback, 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 20 tracks on a Video CD, audio CD, Super Audio CD, or DVD-Audio disc can be programmed and played in any order. 

Note: The Program Play function does not work with DVD-Video discs or discs containing MP3 files.

Random Play: When playing a Video CD, audio CD or Super 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. When playing a DVD-Audio disc, random playback is performed within the selected group.

Note: The Random Play function does not work with DVD-Video discs.

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-Video disc, you can repeat the current title or the current chapter. When playing a DVD-Audio disc, you can repeat the current track or the current group. When playing a Video CD, audio CD or Super Audio CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc. When playing a disc with MP3 files, you can repeat the current files or the current folder.

Scan Search: When playing an audio CD or Super Audio CD, there are four fast-play speeds in both directions. When playing a DVD-Video disc, DVD-Audio disc, or Video CD, there are seven fast-play speeds in both directions.

Slow Motion: When playing a DVD-Video disc or Video CD, you have access to four slow-motion speeds in both directions.

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.

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

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

Inputs and Outputs Notes

RS-232C Port: This 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.

Room to Room In/Out: Two mini-jacks are provided, allowing you to connect the DVD-2900 to compatible Denon components.

Manual Correction Note

DVD+R/+RW Compatibility: Per Denon, this unit is DVD+R and DVD+RW compatible. The manual incorrectly states this unit is not compatible with DVD+R and +RW discs.

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