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post #2881 of 3619
Well leds do fail from time to time, its not bizzare , but they never come on with firmware updates.If they don't light , it's either them or the driving circuit.
post #2882 of 3619
Just received my Denon DVD-A1UDCI.

I actually got 2 of these units at the same time, so if I decide to use the 2nd in another system. Will keep the 2nd unit boxed until I may use it.

Wow - compared to my Oppo83 SE, this unit is so well built.
And that CD tray moves like butter!

I know I will enjoy playing with this one for a long time.....
post #2883 of 3619
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Originally Posted by GoFRO View Post

Just received my Denon DVD-A1UDCI.

I actually got 2 of these units at the same time, so if I decide to use the 2nd in another system. Will keep the 2nd unit boxed until I may use it.

Wow - compared to my Oppo83 SE, this unit is so well built.
And that CD tray moves like butter!

I know I will enjoy playing with this one for a long time.....

Congrats! I'm sure you will love it.
post #2884 of 3619
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Originally Posted by GoFRO View Post

Just received my Denon DVD-A1UDCI.

I actually got 2 of these units at the same time, so if I decide to use the 2nd in another system. Will keep the 2nd unit boxed until I may use it.....

Your warranty started the day it was paid for and it would be a pity if you found, some time down the road, that there was a problem with the unit. I suggest you unbox it now and use it for a few days.
post #2885 of 3619
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Originally Posted by GoFRO View Post

Just received my Denon DVD-A1UDCI.

I actually got 2 of these units at the same time, so if I decide to use the 2nd in another system. Will keep the 2nd unit boxed until I may use it.

Wow - compared to my Oppo83 SE, this unit is so well built.
And that CD tray moves like butter!

I know I will enjoy playing with this one for a long time.....



Congrats on your new players , enjoy them , as much as you can.
I sujjest open the second one too , and check it out , along with the first, also install any firmware updates , that the players might not have.
It's the safest way to go.
Enjoy.DENON.
post #2886 of 3619
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Originally Posted by jomark911 View Post

Well leds do fail from time to time, its not bizzare , but they never come on with firmware updates.If they don't light , it's either them or the driving circuit.

The other, more probable (to me), failure mode is the firmware. LEDs are very reliable but it would be very easy to have a bug in the firmware that "forgets" to turn on the LED. I'd wager that if I open the unit and tested the LED it would be fine.

Regardless, it doesn't affect the real performance of the player so I'll live with it.

- Joe
post #2887 of 3619
Well no, if it was a bug we would all face it.Don't you think?
post #2888 of 3619
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Originally Posted by jomark911 View Post

Well no, if it was a bug we would all face it.Don't you think?

Not necessarily. Given the range and complexity of configurations, inputs and output, there could easily be a setup case that only a few of us are using that is "fooling" the firmware. (I first noticed the 2nd LED fail when I was switching monitor outputs in order to get the third LED to come on.)

I would be more apt to believe a bad LED if the other people with the problem had one of the other two LEDs fail. I guarantee they all come from the same reel in manufacturing. Maybe if I get some time this summer I'll dig into it a bit deeper.

- Joe
post #2889 of 3619
I have sent my DVD-A1UD to the Denon Service Centre to fix the problem with the second blue LED not coming on. Will post the diagnosis.

Totally separate matter- I downloaded this morning the most recent fw update and it installed just fine. However, I got a nasty surprise when I found out that the update reset the player to the default (Code 3) DVD setting (it was multi-code before). I think this is the first time this has happened to me through very many successful firmware updates. So please be mindful should you install the most recent fw update.

Just as well that the Denon Service reps came to pick up the A1UD this morning- they now have two things to fix in one go!
post #2890 of 3619
Have any of you owners had a chance to compare this machine to the Marantz flagship?

Do any of you have any regrets at having purchased the Denon. I'll be replacing my 5910 soon (Finally!!) and would apprediate any thoughts.

I've been following this thread from the beginning, so it is exciting to know I'll be upgrading soon.

Also looking at the Ayre.
post #2891 of 3619
I went to the Denon web site to get any new firmware updates on my new A1.
When I put in my serial # it said either invalid serial # or no firmware available.
My unit states it was made in Jan 2010.
Does that mean my unit's firmware is up to date?
Thanks!
post #2892 of 3619
I think there is a fw update, we have installed it , well, most of us.
post #2893 of 3619
Anyone have any idea what this most recent update addresses?
post #2894 of 3619
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Originally Posted by Rod#S View Post

Anyone have any idea what this most recent update addresses?

Per the Denon Japan website (Live Search translation)

"2010/06/03

(1) Has been improved in certain Blu-ray disc analog audio output.
(2) Has been improved in certain Blu-ray disc BD-J behavior.
(3) When you connect a TV DENON LINK 4th behavior has been improved.

Products that require this update, end of the serial number is only of the following products.

DVD-A1UD (SP: Premium silver): 60228-
DVD-A1UD (K black): 10129-: "
post #2895 of 3619
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Originally Posted by StephenBishop View Post

Per the Denon Japan website (Live Search translation)

"2010/06/03

(1) Has been improved in certain Blu-ray disc analog audio output.
(2) Has been improved in certain Blu-ray disc BD-J behavior.
(3) When you connect a TV DENON LINK 4th behavior has been improved.

Products that require this update, end of the serial number is only of the following products.

DVD-A1UD (SP: Premium silver): 60228-
DVD-A1UD (K black): 10129-: "

Thanks for the info.
post #2896 of 3619
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Originally Posted by moonhawk View Post

Have any of you owners had a chance to compare this machine to the Marantz flagship?

Do any of you have any regrets at having purchased the Denon. I'll be replacing my 5910 soon (Finally!!) and would apprediate any thoughts.

I've been following this thread from the beginning, so it is exciting to know I'll be upgrading soon.

Also looking at the Ayre.

Anyone have any info on this unit vs the Marantz?

TYIA
post #2897 of 3619
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Originally Posted by moonhawk View Post

Anyone have any info on this unit vs the Marantz?

TYIA

I remember one person, from reading on these forums, that chose the Marantz universal bd player over the A1, as I recall from what I remember reading, they compared very closely. I can only say that I am very happy with the performance I am getting with the A1 paired up with my Classe SSP-800 Pre/Pro. The only comparisons though for me was my Integra Universal player and my previous Denon bd player the 3800.
post #2898 of 3619
Thanks for the reply, MT.

From the Marantz thread, I've learned that it has a couple extra audio boards, hence a perceived advantage for the analog. As you know, I am going through a Halo P7, so any improvements in analog audio will be key to me.

However, the additional boards in the Marantz add some height, and I don't think it will fit my rack unless I build another one.

Also looking at the new Ayre universal, but that would involve buying a different pre-pro if I want multichannel movies, which of course I do. So the Denon may be my only choice for now.
post #2899 of 3619
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Originally Posted by moonhawk View Post

Thanks for the reply, MT.

From the Marantz thread, I've learned that it has a couple extra audio boards, hence a perceived advantage for the analog. As you know, I am going through a Halo P7, so any improvements in analog audio will be key to me.

However, the additional boards in the Marantz add some height, and I don't think it will fit my rack unless I build another one.

Also looking at the new Ayre universal, but that would involve buying a different pre-pro if I want multichannel movies, which of course I do. So the Denon may be my only choice for now.

One of the best things for me with the A1 is how good 2-channel music sounds. I use the balanced xlr outs to my Classe SSP-800 pre/pro and am not using the SSP-800 dacs, just am using it as a pre-amp. I loved how the P7 sounded as a 2-channel pre-amp with the A1 so my biggest concern with getting the SSP-800 was that it would be atleast as good a 2-channel pre-amp as the P7.
post #2900 of 3619
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Originally Posted by mt14942 View Post

One of the best things for me with the A1 is how good 2-channel music sounds. I use the balanced xlr outs to my Classe SSP-800 pre/pro and am not using the SSP-800 dacs, just am using it as a pre-amp. I loved how the P7 sounded as a 2-channel pre-amp with the A1 so my biggest concern with getting the SSP-800 was that it would be atleast as good a 2-channel pre-amp as the P7.

So does it?
post #2901 of 3619
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Originally Posted by moonhawk View Post

So does it?

Yes the Classe SSP-800 is as good as the Halo P7 as a 2-channel pre-amp I use the digital of the SSP-800 (SSP-800 dacs) for bluray, dvd, m/c dvd-audio and satellite. I use the analogs (A1 dacs) for all 2-channel music and also for m/c sacd.
post #2902 of 3619
So, why is the Advanced AL32 blue LED not on when I play a red book CD? I thought it will be activated automatically? Is there a way to turn it on? Or, is there a problem with my player? Thanks
post #2903 of 3619
Warning - installing the latest firmware update re-sets the A1UD to its original DVD region coding, and the remote handset hack to make it multi-region again no longer works. Or at least this is the case with UK models...
post #2904 of 3619
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Originally Posted by Prof999 View Post

Warning - installing the latest firmware update re-sets the A1UD to its original DVD region coding, and the remote handset hack to make it multi-region again no longer works. Or at least this is the case with UK models...

I think you can say EU models.

Hope a fix comes quick, as of today my player is Region 2 on DVD, and about 98% of my DVD's are Region 1. (Due to the PAL speedup problem)

A very expensive "brick" anyone?

Deck
post #2905 of 3619
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Originally Posted by mt14942 View Post

I remember one person, from reading on these forums, that chose the Marantz universal bd player over the A1, as I recall from what I remember reading, they compared very closely. I can only say that I am very happy with the performance I am getting with the A1 paired up with my Classe SSP-800 Pre/Pro. The only comparisons though for me was my Integra Universal player and my previous Denon bd player the 3800.

How does the A1 compare to the 3800 for audio through the analog outs? (i have 3800 and am considering upgrade). thanks
post #2906 of 3619
Hello guys , has anyone tryed the terminator 2 skynet edition on the a1?
I own this blu ray and found out that the 3rd led goes on in the begining of the disc and when the actual movie starts it goes out.The stream is dts hd ma 6,1.It's the only disc that this thing hapens.Has anyone experienced the same thing?
Normal conection for dl4 from a1ud to avp .
post #2907 of 3619
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Originally Posted by banjofan View Post

How does the A1 compare to the 3800 for audio through the analog outs? (i have 3800 and am considering upgrade). thanks

I've had both, and prefer the A1UD, unsurprisingly. The biggest difference is that the A1 is more neutral. The 3800 is rather dark and rich, and ultimately a bit muddled, but still punches above its weight for an AV player. The A1 sounds leaner, more precise, and has better resolution at the extremes, and is very refined. You need a good system to unearth its talents, otherwise it comes across as rather a shrinking violet, while other players are rather more bombastic. Its a big step-up in price, but I don't think the value is there. If you want to improve audio playback, I'd recommend keeping the 3800 and getting a stereo player.

Nick
post #2908 of 3619
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Originally Posted by banjofan View Post

How does the A1 compare to the 3800 for audio through the analog outs? (i have 3800 and am considering upgrade). thanks

I agree with welwynnick to a point. the A1 for me sounds better especially for 2-channel music. It also was a considerable upgrade as dvd-a and sacd player over my previous Integra 10.5 universal player. If you don't need a player that can also play m/c dvd-a and sacd I'm pretty sure there are better sounding 2-channel players. I myself am very happy with what I'm hearing paired up with my Classe SSP-800 pre/pro. Even though the Classe has exceptional dacs in its own right, I prefer the sound of 2-channel when using the balanced analog xlr's and just using the Classe as a pre-amp. That says something for A1. I'm not sure how much the AL32 or the balanced xlr's or the AKM4399 32-bit dacs (I read somewhere that these are the same used in the Esoteric universal players) plays into this. I also have an Arcam CD192 dedicated cd player that doesn't come close to the sound of the A1 IMO.
post #2909 of 3619
Sadly, i can confirm that EU version of the A1UD is no longer region-free for dvd after the last firmware update. The old procedure seems not working anymore.

Anyone?
post #2910 of 3619
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Originally Posted by welwynnick View Post

I've had both, and prefer the A1UD, unsurprisingly. The biggest difference is that the A1 is more neutral. The 3800 is rather dark and rich, and ultimately a bit muddled, but still punches above its weight for an AV player. The A1 sounds leaner, more precise, and has better resolution at the extremes, and is very refined. You need a good system to unearth its talents, otherwise it comes across as rather a shrinking violet, while other players are rather more bombastic. Its a big step-up in price, but I don't think the value is there. If you want to improve audio playback, I'd recommend keeping the 3800 and getting a stereo player.

Nick

thanks for the info...i would want the sacd/dvd-a option, but double the 3800 price is quite a premium to pay (and since i'm fine with the bluray audio/video on the 3800 the very occasional sacd and improvement in (rather frequent) cd playback are what i would seek...your point about the a1 not being enough incremental value in those particular areas to justify the large premium is exactly why i've been so hesitant to upgrade)...
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