Other than the fact that the Denon is a 5 disc changer, these two units seem to be very similar to me with very similar specs. Can anyone out there tell me why there is such a difference in price? Am I missing something?
The Denon 4800 has a 4 meg buffer for layer changes and startup. The buffer also ensures against audio drop-outs; this can happen with the RP-91. It has Burr Brown DACs for better audio. It has a dampenend transport tray for smoother spin and less vibration. It is built like a tank.
One other point, this Denon is one of the few players that offers some base management of the DVD-A bitstream.
The big question is.....can we mod it for SDI?? Is the video quality comparable to the RP-91??
Michael, I have not noticed any dropout yet. But I have only had the unit 1 day. Where did you notice the drop outs? Audio wise it is on the level of my 3700, but better and the DVD-A is great! Need a few more titles!
My sense is that it only happens in progressive mode. And then only with non-anamorphic discs in 4:3 transfer mode with zoom engaged. I hope I am right that I will not see any problems while in interlaced mode. I'll let the forum know if I do.
Thanks Michael for the info. To date I have had no problem, but I do not use zoom as my Toshiba 56H80 does not lock into fullmode. Plus I only own ~ 40 DVD's This hobby is addicting. bought 10 in the last 6 weeks and 3 DVD-A since Tuesday
Hope everyone had a great turkey day!
Someone had posted that the 4800 is a rebadged pana -71. It is not. It is the 3700 with the new Burr-Brown 196K DAC's, the progressive stage, pana MPEG decoder, pana transport and Denon moded genisis deinterlacer. What denon did to the deinterlacer is probaly nothing, but maketing dudes will say they waved their magic wand to inprove the process. The front of the unit is the exact same as the 3700. I have a 3700.
Actually Denon seems to be made by Panasonic. Menus look exactly like Panasonic players. Panasonic was going to have a progressive changer of their own but it was canceled suddenly just about the time Denon came out. They said that they had a shortage of components.
I talked at lenght to my dealer and others I know that handle Denon. We all feel it is the 3700 upgraded. With the upgraded DAC's (192k) and 12bit/54mhz Progressive added. Outside and case are identical to my 3700, which is interlaced. I opened the case and a lot of chips say Denon on them and I say 2 panasonic. Was not brave enough to remove the main board completely for inspection on a machine that I have had for a short time. This showed up not long after the 2800 started having problems. JMO
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