well....I thought I was about to upgrade, but no dice!
just got back from SoundAdvice (tweeter) and spent an hour or so with my friend who is the sale manager. I noticed he had a 3910 on the "discontinued" rack for sale, and he had a 3930 in one of the showrooms, connected to the Krell HS 7.1 processor, and amp, and some martin Logans. The display was a 60" pioneer plasma.
so for sh!ts and giggles I mentioned that I've been thinking of trying to upgrade my 3910 to the 3930, and he said he would give me the 3930 at his employee discount price If I wanted too!
...... so it was ON! I asked if we could hookup the 3910 as well, just to compare apples and apples, and thus, we took the 3910 to the room and the games begun!Video:
obviously they were not calibrated, as I would in my home, but I double checked to make sure basic the basic menu settings were set properly (DNR, IRE, YCbCr on HDMI, and 1080i since the 3910 has only 1080i output, and the display is not capable of 1080p). In a nutshell
, the 3930 did better than the 3910.....colors were more accurate, and noise levels were less. The faces details for example, looked more natural and with slight better detail to them. Additionally, there was a slight hint of Macroblocking on the 3910, and in the same scene it was not apparent on the 3930. Overall though, they were fairly close with the 3930 having an overall 10% improvement I would guestimate (color reproduction, black level, noise/detail level, etc).Audio:
we spent several minutes disconnecting the 5.1 analog wires from one to the other (I think this is were he started to get annoyed with me I think...eheheh
), and connected it to the Krell 7.1 processor. Having the 3910 at home and loving the audio quality, I was expecting some improvement on the 3930.
Again, in a nutshell
, the audio 3930 was actually worst than the 3910
. I double checked all the settings on the audio menus on both, to make sure the speaker settings, distances, and bass management stuff was properly setup and changed accordingly. On track after track, from Jeff Lorber's Flipside, to Pink Floyd, to Classical, the 3910 had better soundstaging, and much more pronounced detail. Again, overall I would say the 3910 had a 10% increase in audio compared to the newer 3930.
So at the end of the day, if I were to sell my 3910 on audiogon, for say $700, and were to get the 3930 at the discounted rate ($350 off msrp), I would be spending $400-$500 to get 10% improvement in video and 10% degredation in audio.
seeing as am more than happy with the video performance of the 3910, and I certainly do NOT want to lower my audio SQ, I decided not to take the offer and decided to stick with my current player. That money could go to getting a better blu-ray/HD-DVD player in the near future.
anyways, both great units.....I'm glad I went thru this exercise, as it relieved any uncertainties in my mind.