I hope that this is the appropriate thread for this inquiry.
I currently own a Denon DVD-3930CI. I've had it since April 2011. I've always wanted the device because of it's build quality and outstanding performance with DVD upscaling, reference level SACD/DVD-A and redbook CD playback ability. It is by far my favorite device in my ensemble. By the way, it came with an extra NIB laser assembly just in case I experienced any issues with the on board part. Not bad for $372.00 shipped. Thank goodness, I haven't had to use it the extra part (knock on wood
). Overall, it hasn't disappointed at all. As a matter of fact, it's exceeded expectations.
I also own a Sony BDP-S5000ES that I purchased last year from the AV Science Store for $350.00 (Deal of the Decade) and it's just strictly for blu-ray playback and it too is a finely built device. Because of the laser issues that are prevalent in the 3930CI, I am considering the Denon DBP-4010UDCI to replace the 3930CI. Other than the HQV Realta vs. the ABT video processing, the blu-ray playback capability and the cleaner and more modern look of the 4010, they seem to be the same player.
Here's my quandary.... My 3930CI is working flawlessly. Everything functions perfectly. It's used primarily for redbook CD playback, with the occasional SACD/DVD-A play or DVD movie I don't have in my blu-ray collection.
The Sony BDP-S5000ES has also exceeded expectations. I find no fault with that player at all. The sometimes slow load times are not an issue to me. The blu-ray performance (video and audio) and the refine operation of the device is very impressive. May I again emphasize the impeccable build quality of this device? It's top shelf. Again, no complaints.
So, should I purchase the 4010 (by the way, the price is insanely low
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with full warranty) and sell the 3930CI to avoid what seems like the inevitable, failure of the laser assembly.!?!
The 4010 would provide me with an all in one solution, giving me similar if not the same audio playback quality as the 3930, but given the performance of the Sony there seems to be no reason to replace the Sony because I have to believe that the 4010 offers no advantage when it comes to BD playback. Is that a foolish assumption
Given my setup (open link under my signature), would purchasing the 4010 be a lateral move or an upgrade. And let me be clear, 3D is of no interest to me at this point and time. So the Oppo BDP-95 has to bring something else to the table.