1) 'It seems that the 2900 has the same video processing chip that the 3800 has. There have been some shootouts done with the 3800 vs the 2300, with the 2300 coming out the overall winner".
2) "This unit, like the 3800 has the SI504 chip. Why do some Denon models implement this chip set, as opposed to other models that use Faroudja FLI2200 chip sets? Any advantage of one technology over the other?
4) "Here's the BIG question - Given the numerous firmware problems chronicled in this forum with the 3800, what should convince me that the 2900 will not have similar issues? I remember how interested folks were when the 3800 first came. That enthusiasm quickly faded when the problems started showing up. This is WAAAY too much money to spend on a product that is not 100% solid from the start, not months later"
I was wondering exactly the same things. I say what is the point of making a DVD player that sells for more than $700 that can't better the DVD playback of an under $300 Panasonic player, DVD-A/SACD or no, if the video isn't the shiznay, we ain't gonna buy, and I bet few others will.
I'm rooting for this Denon to beat the Yamaha 2300, so I'll keep my fingers crossed until I hear what Stacey and the Secrets crew have to say.
Jeff, please don't feel that we're getting heavy with you. The 2900 seems like it may be what people want, a chroma bug free, sharp as an RP82, SACD/DVD-A DVD player under $1000, so the answers to these questions are important.
I have happily owned many Denon products (still have the MD-1000) but I too must say that the gold lettering on black design is SOOOOOO.... TIRED. PLEASE, get them to look at other designs and take a hint, a makeover is long overdue. Don't be nostalgic for that knockoff of a Nakamichi look. If I remember correctly, when Denon's first products hit the stores they were in an elegant matte gray case, which looked a lot classier to my eyes. Many of us have silver components, and it would be wonderful to have a choice. Even a hundred dollars extra would be worth it for maintaining style consistency to me.