Denon DVD-1940 DVD-player

We are going to get acquainted with the "middle" - the DVD-1940 player. Naturally, the question naturally arises: how does it differ from the more affordable DVD-1740? The functional difference comes down to support for DVD-Audio and SACD, as well as a DTS decoder, which the younger model does not have, respectively, the DVD-1940 has specific attributes of multi-channel formats - Bass Management, Time Alignment. The design differences, according to the comparison table, come down to a more advanced Faroudja DCDi FLI-2301 deinterlacer, a video DAC with twice the frequency (216 MHz), 16x oversampling in the digital video path (against 8x for the younger model), and more perfect sound DACs - the DVD-1740 has a stereo converter based on Burr-Brown PCM1782 chips, and the DVD-1940 has an eight-channel Burr-Brown DSD1608 converter. Naturally, the more expensive model has multi-channel analog audio outputs, which the DVD-1740 has to do without. Finally (and we see this already without a table), it has a slightly different remote control, and the front panel is not made of plastic, but of metal that is pleasant to the touch and eye. The dimensions are completely the same, but the mass of the current device is more - as much as 300 g.

The set of video and audio interfaces is completely standard - everything is in place and nothing more.

HDMI output resolution up to 1080p. Switched from the menu or the button on the front panel. HD video is not available on component outputs. The transcoder has a MULTI position and is switched by a button on the front panel, which also controls the brightness of the FL display.

The proprietary graphical user interface (GUI) is adapted for inexperienced users - hints are given on the left side of which buttons to press. Access to the advanced settings of the image parameters is opened by the MODE button on the remote control.

I spent a lot of time until I ran all the "problem" discs through the player, and all in vain - it was not possible to catch him on something. The only side note is that the response of the device to keystrokes in the DVD-1940 is slightly slower than in the DVD-2930.

The picture quality is impeccable: PLUGE is confidently viewed on the test charts, both with analog and digital connections, color reproduction is accurate, clarity is not lower than that of the older DVD-2930 model, and there is no more noise - smooth surfaces delight with smoothness and cleanliness.

It would be strange if there was no difference in sound between the DVD-1940 and the DVD-2930 reference source, or if it were too significant. Of course, there is, although the nature of the two devices, of course, is the same. The older one has a slightly higher resolution, mainly at high. He plays a little "richer". The younger one tends towards subtle simplification, and his scene is slightly less distinct. But on simpler acoustic systems, the difference will hardly be noticeable.

Denon DVD-1940 DVD-player photo