DVD Players

Denon DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player - Benchmark



The Design

The DVD-2500BTCI’s superior construction sets it apart from many other, lesser Blu-ray players.

Getting a look at the internals, we can see a cooling solution implemented as well as a view of Denon’s Precision Drive Mechanism, newly designed for Denon’s Blu-ray line.  Most notably the drive is enclosed with a top and bottom steel shield keeping the disc environment protected from dust and magnetic influences.

Denon’s Jeff Talmadge also told me that the drive tray is coated with a special protein to help eliminate vibration.
In addition, this player has no analog section and that gives it a simpler design, free from costly DAC components.  The DVD-2500BTCI’s intuitive layout eliminates interference between circuits by separating them from each other by placing the video and power sections of the unit on their own isolated circuit boards.  Furthermore, this player also uses steel plates on both the top and bottom of the chassis to not only further eliminate interference but also to suppress vibration.

Denon DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player Inside Chassis











Denon is known for exceptional build quality and as you can see this player continues with that trend.  Getting a look at it from an external point of view, the 2500BTCI is a taller and heavier player than most.  At 20.3 lb its rugged chassis is also supported with feet to stabilize the unit.

Denon DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player Front

Moving to the front, the attractive brushed metal face plate looks very sleek.  It includes basic playback controls as well as an SD card slot that can play the MP3, WMA, JPEG and DIVX formats.  This player also features a rather large display, which I found to be very attractive and legible even from several feet away.  Its brightness can be adjusted via the settings in the menu and can be turned off completely by using the Pure Direct button located on both the remote control and the front panel.

Denon DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player Rear Panel

On the back panel, we see the single HDMI connection as well as a RS-232C control and an input to control other Denon devices from a single remote control.  As you can see, there is no Ethernet port on this unit, so this player will not support BD-Live and any firmware upgrades offered from Denon are performed by downloading an update from the Denon website and then burning it onto a CD-R.  The processing chip that the 2500BTCI employs is the Panasonic UniPhier solution.  This is the same decoder chip that’s been used on Panasonic’s BD-30 Blu-ray player.  The Panasonic UniPhier chipset also known as the Pro2P is an all-in-one solution that offers the ability to decode dual simultaneous HD signals.  This enables the 2500BTCI to output picture-in-picture content as well as output dual audio streams which makes it a Blu-ray 1.1 profile compliant player.

Denon DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Player Remote Control

The remote control is really well-organized and the buttons used most frequently are spaced apart and are easy to press singularly.  I liked the remote because of its straightforward operation. My main gripe with it is that it doesn’t have a backlight.