Originally Posted by WindowsForLife
I recently bought this denon (2930-ci) for a few hundred thinking it would provide the best possible picture quality - it does not.
Do you know if this denon has the reon or realta chip? am i wasting my time and will my ps3 always produce a better picture than this denon?
As has been said, the 2930 has the Reon chip, which is currently in a lot of the bluray players. So I would guess that the 2930 is about as good at SD video as many of the current BR players out there. But I haven't actually compared them.
3-4 years ago, while waiting on my 3930 to arrive, my dealer loaned me a 2930. I took it home and it looked great. In fact, I nearly called the dealer and told them to cancel the 3930. But I procrastinated, as usual.
When the 3930 showed up, I compared the two. The 3930 is dramatically better, which is saying something since the 2930 is very good. The 3930 has the Realta chip - the Reon is a cost-reduced, lower-PQ version of this chip.
I have since compared it to my LG Bluray player and PS3. On SD-DVD, the 3930 PQ is IMHO much
better than both, although the other two are quite good.
Of course, it sucks on BR...
I have also compared the 3930 with a DVD to the LG with BR. I used a Superbit version of 5th element vs a remastered BR of the same. While the Superbit looked really great, the BR had tons more detail, much sharper, and better color.
My conclusion? Get a BR player, and rather than spend money on a really good DVD player, replace any DVD that doesn't look good enough to you (with a BR version.) Here, "good enough" is a cost vs quality issue. But I've concluded for myself that if I care about quality, SD-DVD is never going to be as good as a well-mastered BR.