|So will this replace your 318 for primary movie viewing?
Hard to say at the moment. I have been doing some comparisons using the same disc in both players and the jury is still out on this. The Denon definitely does some things better than the Zenith (as one should expect), but the Zenith also does some things the Denon can't do.
Right now, there is no question the Zenith will remain an important "player" in my system. I have quite a few discs from outside Region 1 and now some of those are PAL format. Obviously the Zenith will be used for those. For 4:3 material, the Denon gets those. Probably for most R1 16:9 transfers, I'll be using the Denon for its better color and depth of image. The Denon also appears to handle mediocre transfers/compression better.
|I almost wonder if this is worth the money vs. the 2900, especially when you talk about boggling stupidity like the aspect ratio controls.
I was actually thinking the same thing myself as I was evaluating the 3910. In terms of absolute picture quality, the nod goes to the 3910 and I'm certain audio quality is superior in the newer player. However, the real-world price difference right now may not justify these incremental improvements for many people.