Denon DVD-2900 Universal DVD Player - Supplement to the Benchmark Review January, 2004 Kris Deering
Denon has always been synonymous with offering the very latest and best high end features out there. They have always been on the forefront of design and incorporation, and were one of the first to offer high end progressive DVD players, pure digital high resolution audio connections, and the newest cutting edge surround sound formats. Now they have ventured into the universal player market with the DVD-2900. What is interesting though is their rather late start in this market.
Several manufacturers have been offering universal players for some time now, including Pioneer, Yamaha, and Marantz. The problem though has been the lack of features with some of these players, especially in their audio setup.
Pioneer is probably the standout, as they have a digital interconnect
solution for their receivers that allows use of a Pioneer DVD player
outputting digital SACD and DVD-A signals. Denon has this as well on their flagship
player, the DVD-9000, but it does not offer SACD playback.
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The remote is the same as Marantz’s new universal player. It is a medium sized remote with decent tactile feel. Unfortunately it doesn’t light up, but it does have some keys that glow in the dark. Navigating the remote isn't difficult, but there are a lot of keys that all feel the same and would be hard to access in a dark room.
- Kris Deering -