Denon DVD-1920 DVD Players

4.17/5 (6 Reviews) MSRP : $349.00


Product Description

  • Digital bass management
  • Plays digital picture CD
  • Progressive-scan mode for smoother video
  • 2MB buffer for quick layer change


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by grtgrfx a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I bought this because I have an HDMI-capable HDTV and I wanted to see DVDs as clearly as they coule be played, and my old Toshiba 2200 DVD player was starting to play freeze a lot. This player is one of the new upconverting models, so you can send a 720P or 1080i signal to your TV rfom the 480P DVD. I also wanted a player with SACD analog outs because my receiver has no digital inputs and I needed 5.1 wiring to play movies. I could also, if everything worked, retire my Sony CD player to another room.

I bought this player from Amazon from an authorized dealer as a b-stock item (factory refurb) and saved almost $100). Out of the box it had a remote control problem which I couldn't resolve until I had it taken in for warranty repair (see below). Once it was fixed, it worked well. Setup is a bit cumbersome because the manual is hard to decipher and the OSD is not very intuitive. So I bumbled through it without directions and finally got most of the functions to work.

I now play DVDs upsampled to 720P, which look very clear, and SACDs as well as standard CDs. The 1920 is very musical, sounding at least as good as my old Sony CD player connected to an outboard SoundStream DAC, if not better. My old DAC has 18-bit Burr-Brown converters and the Denon has better 24-bit Burr-Brown DACs. The video processor is Faroudja's DCDi Progressive, which works fine with my Vizio LCD flat-panel. I also played computer-burned VCDs, which looked colorful, if not as sharp as a DVD, and action was a bit choppy, but that was probably the encoding from the downloads. The player ran CDRs equally well as CDs, with good musicality, warmth and a clean reproduction. Has circuit pass-through which kills the video processing when playing CDs; I didn't notice a difference with this feature active.

What it DOESN'T do is reproduce stereo SACDs with any low-end audio. If you have a subwoofer to augment a small speaker array, SACD playback in this player will disappoint, because you must use analog 5.1 outputs to get the SACD signal to your amp, and 2-channel SACDs have no .1 (bass) information to feed to the sub. So while SACDs sound demonstrably more detailed, they are also bass-free.

Documentation is cluttered and written in poor English. Everything's shoved together and details are lacking. There's no good troubleshooting information to speak of. If you can't figure something out, your best bet is to talk to the dealer's sales staff who, thankfully, are usually knowledgeable about the product.

This player has some flaws but does what it says it will, and the video and audio are indeed better than you'd get with cheaper components.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $289.00

Purchased At:   Dakmart.com



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

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Yeah, I know, a month or less is hardly time enough to get to know a machine, but I've got nothing but time - at least til the doctors figure out how to untrap this nerve that keeps my right hand from functioning and let me go back to work. So I finally invested in some quality. No disrespect to my replaced Sony DVP-NC80V, which actually can play every DVD-A I've handed it, but because I just didn't trust the long-term prospects for all that plastic, it wasn't a high-end product, and, dammit, I wanted to really hear my music! I'd sold enough stuff on eBay to afford it, so I did my homework, took out my machine-killing HDAD of Alan Parsons' "The Eye in the Sky", and auditioned a few better, single-play machines, as we had both realized here just how infrequently we actually used the carousel function (like once) except in the bedroom, so that one gets to stay. Now, in our main room, playing through the Sony DA777ES receiver and B&W 600s3 fronts, CC3 center, and a/d/s L200 rears, is a Denon DVD-1920, and where the heck have they been hiding this
thing??? This sounds worlds better than my old Sony CD75ES for redbook CDs...I mean WAY better, with incredible detail, warmth, all that stuff. You know. With SACDs it is yet another dimension. And with DVD-A and DTS, well, I've always been pretty much a stereo guy - like, that's how most of the engineers intended
it to be heard, right? Even Parsons! Yep,
although he worked a lot with Quad before
it died, the HDADs of his three most notorious works are all DVD-As that only play in stereo! ("On Air" is an exception and it makes sense). So anyway, for a very reasonable price I've got here something that feels and look solid (at least until you pick it up, as it only weighs 8 lbs., so as one wag said, "don't carry it around." It's a nice fit, depth-wise, compared to the Sony, which was 5" deeper to accomodate the stupid carousel (which was bound to break eventually), and I can SEE THE DISPLAY on this one! Brilliant! And of course the video is impeccable. No need to go into detail here: it is as good as my eyes can stand. If my WIFE notices the difference then we can all be certain
it is INCREDIBLY good. Sonically it is astounding. The Sony played all the same discs - but not with this kind of depth, neutrality and detail! Holy guacamole! If your budget allows for it and you're not so lazy you can't get up and change a disc every 45-60 minutes, then this is a no brainer. UNbelievable!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $345.00

Purchased At:   Tweeter



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

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I started out with the Samsung upconverting DVD player (model?) that's had great reviews and was completely unimpressed. The Denon has been awesome. The picture quality was heads and tails better than the Samsung or any other PS DVD I've compared. It's pretty basic but allows you to tweak most everything someone at my level would want. VERY impressed with it, especially in the price range I was in. I figured I'd go for a bargain now and wait for the Hi Def to come out at a decent price in a year or two.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by milton10 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Purchased this unit when my Cambridge Audio DVD-300 bit the dust. Originally I purchased the Denon DVD-1720 and was stunned at the video that the unit put out. However, the audio of the DVD-1720 was a bit on the hard side and was a bit weak in bass. I took the unit back to Sound Advice and traded it for the DVD-1920. I am very pleased with the exchange. Audio in movies, SACD's and DVD-Audio is stunning. IT stomped on my Cambridge Audio unit in both picture AND sound quality. DVD-Audio and SACD's have a incredible smooth and detail sound. Bass response is solid, smooth and warm (for some reason most of the DVD players I have tried are bass shy in audio only applications). Overall, the quality of this unit reminds me of much higher priced units like the Denon 2900. This unit transformed my main home audio system into a solid main listening system as well. I am very happy with the purchase.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $320.00

Purchased At:   Sound Advice



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex123 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This is a good player - reasons I bought this payer: 1) price; 2) universal payer – plays nearly everything; 3) Faroudja & Burr Brown chips; 4) HDMI up conversion; 5) Can pass DVD-Audio thru the HDMI connection

Actually the last feature I can’t use until I replace my old Marantz SR5400 receiver so I can’t say how well it will work or even if I would use it considering it won’t pass SACD.

This player has excellent picture quality – colors are crisp, clear, very detailed with smooth motion. Up conversion to 720p or 1080i with the HDMI output is flawless – sitting at my usual spot I can’t see much of a difference between this player and an HD broadcast of the same movie. Sitting half way – 6 feet or closer from my 52in DLP I can see the difference though picture quality is still excellent.

I can’t complain about the sound quality either, nor can I compare it to anything else this being the first DVD-A / SACD player I own. To my ears I don’t know how it could get any better than this. For good CD recordings the sound is natural and very detailed. For the few DVD-A and SACDs I have, the sound is just perfect - neutral, natural, very detailed. (my system: energy speakers all around and a very music friendly velodyne SPL1200R).

On the downside – not a great remote but buttons are easy to find. Build quality is good but I do see plastic inside looking in from the disk tray – for the price I can’t complain about this. I also hear some disk spinning noise when close to the player – not consistent seems to happen when the disk is first loaded, goes away when playing.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $340.00

Purchased At:   Local HiFi store




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