Originally Posted by WestCoastD
Yes, the product sheet/brochure confirms my curiousity about audiophile design of this unit:http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/ep...s/BDP-09FD.pdf
This player is serious! Discrete, separate, torroidial power-supplies for audio and video. aluminum and metal construction/bracing.
Now I'm very curious how good 2ch (CD) playback is. Did also notice this unit only has 5.1ch OUT's, and no additional discrete 2ch OUT's. I assume CD playback outputs to FRONT channels of 5.1ch OUT's?
This may replace my DVD-3800BDCI. We'll see.........
The DVD-3800BDCI with its dual-differential Burr-Brown PCM1796 is actually a slightly better design than the Pioneers choice of Wolfson DACs as the Burr-Browns have better SNR...so don't be too hasty to make that decision. Also, the Denon, from the circuit I saw, has separate power supplies too. In fact the Denon is also a very serious bit of kit...see some inside pics here:-http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-r...-3800-a-3.html
In the UK, there are a few who have been disappointed with the analogue outputs of the Pioneer with comments such as harsh, too much treble. THey seem to prefer to the Denon. On the other hand, some find the Denon too smooth. So clearly there is room for personal taste here, rather than just better.
Also, a few prefer the Denon for BD playback, but the Pioneer for DVD playback...so once again, this is not clear cut.