Originally posted by DrJRapp
Just aboout ANYTHING is a worthwhile upgrade from a D1.
I completely disagree with that, I have done head to head comparisons with the Samsung HD841 and Denon DVD-1910 via component and dvi, neither was any improvement. Both had serious black macroblocking, esp the 1910 it was nasty on all the sci fi material and there are dozens of posts about it. I returned it for a 2910. The HD841 was not as good overall and had a softer image.
I just brought a Denon dvd-2910 home to try to see if its an upgrade. I use DVI primarily for my ouput. I won't be able to test it until I get to connect it up to my plasma.
I posted a list of dvd players to the experts in the recent Secrets Benchmarks DVD thread on here, and the 2910(it was the highest end of the choices) the only one anyone though was an upgrade fo DVI use.
Part of the problem I having in finding a replacement is the V1 besides having virutally zero EE and no macroblocking is the ability to go in and set both the display's frequency and map pixel per pixel your displays EXACT resolution in the D1's second custom menu for display properties/mapping. Its like getting features of a really expensive scaler in some ways. You are able to map your D1 or D2 to match your displays resolution and frequency, that makes one hell of a difference when you view the dvd's. It keeps additional conversions and therefore data loss taking place as the image goes though into the display.
The only knock I ever saw against the D1 were some mechanical reliability issues, which were pretty much fixed in the D2. However to be fair, I never had the issues other D1 owners had. For the 199$ pricepoint, and being released a year ago or more it really was a great value. I use it to drive a Pioneer 503 plasma, with the 503's native hertz horizontal and vertical, and the exact pixel properties of the 503 set in the D1's display properties menu.
The only issue I had other than firmware updates were the occaisional freezing up of a dvd when inserted to play. A power recycle fixed it. Several people have replaced the loader with region free drives and now have region free players.
From doing extensive research this past three weeks, the D1 is proving very difficult to upgrade. I am guessing among the offerings you can buy at this moment, the 2910 is probably the least you can go to step up next.
The panny is coming, it might be, no way to know yet. I am surprised no has even seen that thing yet.