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Some quick observations:
The 2900 will treat PCM as PCM and DSD as DSD all the way through. This was a design priority as we know what was being done in the marketplace and did not want to follow that path.
My engineers have told me the Sony DSD Decoder does NOT due time delay, which is why we are not offering it on the 2900. I am not saying this is definitive, only what I was told.
To my knowledge, Sony/Philips have not agreed on a digital out for SACD. It was never put into the specifications. This is why we are working with Sony on our Link, no new news to report at this time. Also the 1394 on some other companies gear is not univerisal as someone mentioned, and the 4C granted a lisence similiar to the DENON Link at the moment.
Now about the competition, how do I put this..."At its price point, we believe we have the finest performer for all formats."
The 9000 most likely will not be offered an upgrade to SACD, as it would mean basically rebuilding the unit - it does not have DSD decoder as well as a digital frontend to differentiate PCM and DSD. Sorry.
Regarding the Mits MPEG decoder, my engineers got Mits to correct the Bug in their chipset, this is the explanation for a delay in the launch of the product. I went to Japan in December to evaluate the unit and low and behold the Bug was as bad as the 47Ai we were comparing it to! Of course it was unexceptable, so they got it fixed! Now before anyone asks how could it even have happened in the first place, the 2900 head designer was there for SACD integration, with limited background in video - different group than from 3800 and 9000. However now that the dust has settled,my hat is of to them! I have a working production unit at home and it looks and sound great - of course I could be slightly biased.
Director, Product Development & Systems Integration
DENON Electronics (USA), LLC