Originally Posted by BillP
Based on posts (I have not compared them myself), the Denon is better for PQ and the Marantz for audio. That being said, we're not talking major differences.
What posts were those? I gave my impressions, and CKL reviewed the 9600 and provided a link to avbuzz.com. Neither of us said the 3910 was better for PQ. I've been scrounging around for any other impressions...lemme know what you found.
I had both machines inhouse for 30 days and the PQ is absolutely no comparison whatsoever on my Runco 930 CRt, coming in HDMi-VGA. The ABT scaling capability (DVDO), able to go 10 bit if the display is capable, in the DV9600 combined with the fine Pioneer-based deinterlacer makes this machine second only to the 5910 in PQ, IMHO (and CKL agrees). It's also one of those nice 480i-over-HDMI machines that would make it a nice transport for a scaler (but then again its own scaler is very very good). As afar as sound quality, the 9600's analog section is first-rate and beats the 3910 heartily. However, the Denon has more flexibility (DenonLink3) and the 3910 build quality is slightly better, IMO. I liked the 3910's ease of use.
The legitimate dealer street price of the 9600 is some 60% higher than the same for the 3910 however, so all this ain't free. I bought the 9600.....so take all what I said as buyer justification if you want. The 3910 PQ was very good, as good as I'd ever seen under $3k...until I saw the 9600.