Arcam DV27 DVD Players

5/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $2599.00


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Arcam FMJ DV27 DVD Player


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rudolfs a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for smth with outstanding musical capabilities (stereo only) and decent picture, I guess I reached the goal. CD playback is excellent, DVD sound is more than adquate. Of course my Panasonic A160 DVD was not a benchmark, but CD playback IMHO is better than Marantz CD72Mk2 -- I would prefer Marantz with some material still but DV27 is way more detailed and precise AND musical. RGB/SCART shows some funny rainbow arifacts but then composite video is immaculate (sony 29in CRT), will be able to comment on progressive once I have my plasma (I consider non-HD 42in as I have loads of DVDs and no intention to watch any broadcasted material), need to upgrade the software still.
System:
Innovative-Audio Ultrapath poweramps (solid state),
custom made Lowther Fidelios (DX2),
Marantz AV500 preamp
Marantz CD72Mk2
Sony 29in CRT
Pioneer tape deck, Fisher FM tuner, Creek DAC (could sell), LG VCR, Dali Trio boxes (could sell).
Loc. Brussels, Belgium

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Liquidation stock



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bullshead a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I had the opportunity to test-drive a number of DVD players before I stopped looking once I'd experienced this one.
It is quite simply brilliant both on DVD and CD. NB partnered with a Denon AVR3803 (an awesome combination) there is really little to choose when it comes to decoding discs in the player or the amp.
Purists go on about DVD players being rubbish at playing 'proper' music. Not here. Playing 2-channel stereo through the Denon AVR3803 (on its PureDirect setting - which kills off all the video circuitry) is an 'ear-opener', where you get to hear nuances that you didn't hear before on lesser kit. Try Simon & Garfunkel, Tales from New York, 1999, and the hairs on the back of your neck will go up.
In DVD mode, connected via component to a plasma it's fabulous. For a audio-visual treat, try the Eagles, Hell Freezes Over (select DTS). The sound is top notch and Don Henley's acne has never looked so good!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gasgeek a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the DV27A.

A good friend of mine owns an Audio-Video store, so I have access to play with, and audition more equipment than most people. I had a chance to buy a Marantz DV12-S1 DVD/DVD-A player at a great price when they were discontinued. I was really planning on getting a universal DVD-A/SACD model at that time, but couldn't pass up the 12-S1. (see my review). I promised a life long friend that I would sell him the DV12-S1 when his system was ready, then buy something like the Marantz DV-8400. The time came and I had to sell the 12-S1 to my friend as promised. I missed it immediately.

My buddy talked me in to buying an Arcam DV27A, instead of the Marantz 8400 that I was thinking of getting. From the minute I put the DV27A into my system I knew it was special.

The Marantz had the best DVD sound I had ever heard in a DVD player up to that time, and the picture was great. To my amazement, the Arcam just took it up a couple of notches.

I'm still amazed everytime I put in a DVD by how good the picture and sound quality is. It just looks and sounds right. Every subtle sound nuance is right where it should be. The picture looks as close to film as any machine I have seen, and as I said, I play with a lot of equipment. It supposedly has the chroma bug, but I don't see it nor does it detract from anything I've watched.

Animation like "The Lion King," is just breath taking on the Arcam. Panoramic shots in movies such as "Legends of the Fall" are incredible. There is awesome detail in every scene of the standard bit "Fifth Element". I have a large concert video collection, and the sound of the individual instruments and their presentations just knocks out everyone that listens to it. Diana Krall's "Live in Paris" is a you are there experience. Both the DD and dts versions are excellent. The different stick and brush stroke techniques used by Jeff Hamilton on the cymbals are subtle, but with the DV27A, you hear every different sound he is creating.

CD playback is the best I have ever heard on a DVD player. The 24/192 Wolfson DACs are awesome. I have an EAD 8000PRO pre/pro, and in comparison between the Burr Brown PCM1732 24-bit, 96 kHz DACs in the EAD (using the DV27A as a transport) and the Arcam, there is a difference, but it's hard to say one is better than the other. The Arcam is a more forward in the midrange which gives it a more presence. The EAD is a little more laid back and smoother. At first my wife preferred the Arcam dacs, but after switching between the two, and a lot of critical listening, she decided they were both very good, but they are different. I still personally prefer my PS Audio Lambda II transport and EAD dac combo for CD, but the Arcam is right in there quality wise. If I could only have one player to do both DVD and CD, this would be the one. You'd be hard pressed to find a better all around player. The CD quality is as good as any single box stand alone player I've heard under $4,000.

DVD Audio is outstanding. The bass management system is a big improvement over the Marantz DV12-S1 (which had none). While the 27A is a great DVD-A player, I personally haven't gotten into DVD-A at this time.

The biggest negative drawback for me has to do with the limitations of my display. My first generation Pioneer Elite PRO510HD, locks into full mode when it sees a progressive signal. This is fine with anamorphic, 16x9 software, but can present a problem with 4x3 material, such as most concert DVDs. The positive side of this is if I use the S video out for these videos, the picture is as good as any I've seen using S video. An internal scalable feature would have been nice, but won't be an issue if you have a newer model HD display.

The price is a little high, and there are some great players out there for a lot less money, but for someone looking for a machine that will really bring out the best in their other high end HT gear, and they don't "want or need" SACD. This is the one.

For reference my supporting gear consists of:
EAD 8000Pro pre/pro
Air Tight ATM-1 tube amp - mains
Aragon 8008BB SS amp - center channel
Aragon 8002 SS amp - surrounds
Meadowlark Audio Shearwater Hot Rod mains
Meadowlark Petral Center channel
NHT VS-2a surrounds
Velodyne FR1800RII sub.
Pioneer Elite PRO510HD RPTV
PS Audio Lambda II CD transport

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $2900.00

Purchased At:   Definition Audio-Vid



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jedgar a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I cannot praise the DV27 enough. I wasin the process of upgrading my system for 2-channel but with an eye on playing dvds and eventually converting to surround sound and was persuaded to try the DV27. Initially sceptical about the potential for compromising 2 channel sound (the 'here and now' rather than the potential of DVD-A), I was quickly converted.
Yes, there are better CD players out there but the price to pay for that gain is significant. I had to listen to a Mark Levinson before I felt there was a noticeable difference.
Mine is now connected up to a ROTEL RC1090 and RB1090 with Kef Reference 203 speakers (essential power in a room measuring 40 x 30 feet). At the price this is an outstanding cd player that also plays DVDs. What more could one want?

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Al-Andalus, kuwait



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Archi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Cette platine Arcam FMJ DV 27 est exceptionnelle !!!
Tant d'un point de vue sonore que l'image délivrée.
Je possède cette platine depuis plus d'un an et ne le regrette nullement. La scène sonore dégagée, cette dynamique et cette précision d'analyse m'étonnera toujours.

Je possède également une platine Arcam ALPHA 8, et comment dire l' FMJ joue vraiment dans une autre cour, elle excelle même, fini les préjugés des lecteurs DVD qui ne savent pas lire un CD ! C'est vraiment comme si on enlevait un voile par rapport à l'ALPHA 8... une transparence et une façon de faire passer l'émotion qui fait vraiment plaisir, enfin une platine DVD audiophile. On peut donc à partir d'une seule platine se faire plaisir tant en Stéréo qu'en Home Cinéma. Et c'est le bonheur total, cette platine reste encore dans des sommes abordables, et permet enfin de réconcilier les 2 mondes.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002




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