Originally Posted by Luismanra
"PURE DIRECT" does not mean "Analog Bypass". I have an older Marantz receiver (18Ex) and you can hear it in the pure direct mode while using a digital connection.
Correct. The Pure Direct Feature does not necessarily means analog bypass.
In Denon players and receivers the Pure Direct works as follows:
If the input signal is analog, all digital circuitry is turned off. Even the front panel is turned off. But digital input signals remain digital until conversion just before the volume control and the propietary ALPHA 24 Processing (AL24) kicks in.
Originally Posted by VladP
Nobody is saying that 3930 is the best CD player at any price. However, it may be as good as a stand alone CD player at the same price range. The whole thing started from the statement that a universal player is always worse for redbook CD than a CD player at the same price range. From what I have read in many professional reviews (and from my own experience), this may simply not be true. Many mid to high-level universal players have been reported to be as good at redbook CD as stand alone CD players at the same price. Certainly more expensive CD players may be better then 3930. However, I still think that SACD on 3930 is better than CD on more expensive CD players. Certainly there are better SACD players but that is beyond the point here.
By the way, I don't own 3930 and your remark about defending products would also apply to people who own and defend CD players and trash universal players.
Well, I don't own the DVD 3930 but the DVD 3910, and I previously owned the DVD 2900 that I sold to my brother when I got the 3910.
I also own three CD players: A modified Rotel RCD 1072, The Arcam FMJ CD33 and the H/K 8385FL CD changer.
I've done some comparisons with all these players and my personal experience is that the Rotel or the Arcam sound "better" than the Denon 3910 or the 2900 playing CDs. Furthermore, some friends that have also listened to my gear have dared to declare the Rotel and the Arcam sound better than the 3910 even when a SACD is used.
But all these players sound "better" than the H/K 8385.
I've noticed that the apparent advantage of the dedicated CD players is related to the output level. For instance, the H/K has a nominal voltage output equal to 1.2 volts. The Rotel and Denon 3910's voltage output is 2.0 volts and the Arcam's is 2.3 volts.
This means that if anyone is trying to do a fair comparison between different players, level matching is absolutely mandatory. Otherwise the comparisons are not valid at all.
BTW, I've used my Odissey Candela tube preamp and my Rotel RB-1080 stereo amplifier in all my recent comparisons.