I got this machine early this year at a very reasonable €495 brandnew.
I run it with a Denon AVR1611 and Wilson Watt Puppy DIY speakers (so 2.0 for the moment) and LG 32"LCD.
Not only the picture quality is really good, the sound (this really surprised me with cd playback) is decent too. Something I didn't expect with this receiver.
For me the bottom line:
Very rich and relaxing picture quality (also with DVD).
Build like a tank.
The Marantz is a futureproof high quality product,the Sony is a cheap alternative, the Denon is only good at one thing.
So if you're on a budget I'd say go for the Sony, if you want futureproof high quality go with the Marantz, half the money buys you a DVD2500BT and it's picture quality is still amazing, no 3D, youtube etc. It just spins discs.
Denon DVD-2500BT Denon AVR-2808 Arcam Muso & Logo 5.1 speaker package Panasonic TX-P50VT20 Overall absorbing. You'll forget all about PQ, AQ and just get immersed in the movie. I'm not bothered about gimmicks just want sublime BD disc spinner that I can see the next 10 years out with. I demoed it against a Pany dmp-bd80 and Sony bdp-760 better AQ, PQ and build quality. The AV shop I bought it from demoed them on a Kuro plasma. Here the Denon had a clear edge but then they went and put all three on a top spec JVC projector in a home cinema set-up. On the projector/screen there was very noticeable difference between the three. It's not that the other were bad but the Denon was clearly a level above. I've not had any issue with discs as the shop I bought if from upgraded it to latest firmware available at 12/2009. TLC Broadcast in Elstree top retailer.
Does anyone know what happened to this machine?
There does not seem to have been an updated version from Denon.
How would it rate against today's new generation of blu ray players, such as the Sony BDP - S780 or the Marantz UD7006?
It's listed on Denon's website as a discontinued product, although there may be one or two still knocking around at dealers.
Is it still a worthwhile buy (if discounted) or are the new players that far ahead today?
Will not play bd laden discs without freezing.However,when it does work capable of blistering picture and audio performance.
This ,sadly does not redeem it in its failure to produce the goods it was made to do,which is to play bd discs consistently.
Denon customer support non-existent:so in effect left with very expensive doorstop.For this reason I rate it at 2 stars.
Denon(UK At least) for its sins deserves to go the way of Woolworths
I bought one of these last year, along with a Denon AVR-1910 and I have to say I think it is staggering quality.
Even months later, I LOVE the picture quality and can't really imagine it getting better.
I do agree that it takes time to load a Blu-Ray - but good things come to those that wait.
I've had no problems at all with it freezing on an type of disc I have played.
To make it even better, I got the DVD-2500BT and AVR-1910 for only £850!
Then is it only a matter of price!
Excellent, much better picture & sound than my Pioneer 51X. Just wish it was faster to load up, then I have not met one that is fast yet!
I recently purchased this and am very happy with it indeed. This is a major upgrade from my Panasonic DMP-BD35 (a fantastic machine!)for me.
I have compared the Denon to the Sony BDP-S760 and the Pioneer BDP-LX52 and in terms of picture and sound quality, it is superior to them both (IMO).
I did not like one bit - horrible.
I think you either like denon products or you don't.
these are obviously serious problems and i feel for you guys!
However, I love my 2500, it is simpy an amazing piece of kit that is capable of stunning results.
well worth its cost now - so jump in and enjoy!
denon indeed i contacted denon with my problem never got any sort of a reply my money goes to sony in future
It was rated as number 9 with LG BD-300 as number 1 in a test by the Danish consumer organization in January 2009.
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