Originally Posted by hifisponge
I called Denon USA and they confirmed that the face of the 2012 is plastic, which is surprising given the $200 premium of this player over the last gen 2010 player that did have a metal face. This just isn't the build quality I would expect from a player at this price.
You can also see in this close-up shot of the 2012, that the face is smooth rather than brushed as it would be if it were metal
really hard to tell from that image, it seems to be "cosmetically" enhanced (PhotoShop, etc.,...). The front-plate texture is hi-lited to provide a clean, uniform, complexion, it could be aluminum or plastic.
Originally Posted by michdys
I think this whole Denon DBP-2011/2012 is nothing but a farce, not worthy of a company like Denon (or at least what Denon used to be...)
Since they are using nearly 1 year old technology and components, they should have DECREASED the price of this DBP-2011 clone !
I've been long time mad because all of this (the 2011 was going to be my first blu-ray player after having the Denon DVD-3910 for over 6 years ! So imagine my impatience
), but now I say: thank you Denon ! Last week I bought the Oppo 95EU for merely €150 more, a truly impressive player with which I honnestly don't think the 2012 will be able to compete. Build (no plastic face
), picture, sound, specs, support, firmware updates...
Pity, because I was happy with my DVD-3910 (apart from some quibbles that is), but I am afraid that I am done with Denon...
Denon has dissapointed me a few times, but I still love their products (at least their players and AVR's). They really do know how to design very good-sounding (universal) players.
I own, both, the DVD-3930CI and DVD-3800BDCI universal DVD and BD players. Both perform very well respectively, exceptional video and sound quality all the way around. Beautifully designed inside-out. However upon purchasing both products, after maybe two months use, I experienced failures (mostly laser failures, freezing/skipping while playing music disc's, etc.,...). I had to return both units to factory, Denon was real good about repair/handling costs. Both have oeprated very well since (although my DVD-3930CI has been back to factory for laser failure two additional times @$350.00 a-pop).
I believe a lot of these recent product failures and delays are related to modern-day China-based production logistics. Producing quantities of these items get very complex.
Originally Posted by hifisponge
I double checked with Denon about the construction of the 2012, and this time I was told that it will have a metal face. Hard to know the truth until someone gets one of them in hand. Metal or plastic?
I wanna bet this unit will have metal face at that price (I hope). I think this player will be good as advertised. Denon will come around............
Seems this new player is unique, it has "morphed" from it's initial product development reality (as the DBP-2011UDCI) to it's current soon-to-be-released reality (as the DBP-2012UDCI). I think this is partly due to the fact that this model, more than ever, is a complete "product-sharing" development between Denon and Marantz (UD7006). Both share (as far as I understand) complete similiar design and functionality. Only uniqueness are their front-panels. As far as I know this [complete] product-sharing reality has been aparent only recently (maybe the last year or so specific model releases of particular AVR and player models).
I'm a new owner of a Marantz AV7005 processor, it's a great performer for the price ($1500.00 retail). The front panel has an aluminum face with plastic "ear" piece's on each side providing that current Marantz industrial design style. While it does look good I thought this was cheesy, but can care-less at this point. It seems the UD7006 model will most-likely "partner" with the AV7005 (and a few other Marantz AVR models) once it is released.
I noticed Crutchfield has now listed the UD7006 release for June 3, 2011http://www.crutchfield.com/s_642UD70...d7006&skipvs=T
I was waiting for the Marantz UD7006 release, however I purchased an Oppo BDP-95 universal player and Sony SCD-XA5400ES dedicated CD/SACD player instead (both for a total cost of $2100.00)