Well, I just received a Denon DVD-1910 from Crutchfield yesterday to possibly replace my Bravo D1. Unlike some others, I have not had any real problems with my Bravo until very recently... the power supply failed after about 20 months of daily use. I sent in the power supply board to V Inc. for repair and will get the Bravo up and running again soon.
OK, on to the Denon. I should start out by mentioning I have a Samsung HLN467W DLP and have been viewing DVD's upscaled to 720p with the Bravo the entire time I've owned it. Before that, I had the 43" Samsung DLP, so I have lots of viewing time in with the Bravo. So, I hook up the Denon 1910 with no problems. It is very lightweight, but appears to be a little bit better built than the Bravo D1. Loading a DVD into the Denon is quieter than the Bravo, too. I started with the superbit Fifth Element and Monsters Inc.
First of all, I notice the blacks are noticeably washed out due to the Denon being defaulted to a black level setting that has to be shut off. After that, I used the THX Optimizer on the Monsters Inc. DVD to adjust my Samsung DLP a bit. I think the Denon has a little more luma output than the Bravo. On playback, The Fifth Element looked fine, but Monsters Inc. had lots of macroblocking in the shadows... way more than my Bravo. I noticed this right away. Even my wife, who is no videophile, noticed the problem. I have to say that the clarity and detail of the Denon 720p DVI output is not any better than the Bravo D1, IMHO. Don't get me wrong, the picture is impressive... just not any better (plus definitely has macroblocking issues with certain types of source material).
Annoyingly, 4:3 material is stretched with the Denon. So, classic movies and childrens DVD's that are 4:3 do not play in the correct aspect ratio using the DVI output with the Samsung DLP. You can switch to component 480p to overcome this, of course... but it is a pain in the butt and defeats the purpose of having a DVI enabled scaling DVD player. The Samsung DLP does not have a way to correct for this on the DVI input, either.
So, I was hoping the Denon was going to be great... but like the Zenith 318, it is a disappointment that it won't work for my particular setup. I'll be returning the Denon to Crutchfield for a refund.