Denon is one of my personal favorites. The company has a philosophy of keeping clutter out at all times, and delivering the goods the way we like it: pristine and top-notch. This reputation precedes them, and their products seem to get better with each new iteration. And rightfully so, as the competition in the DVD player and AV receiver market is not a child’s playground.
We received the latest from their DVD player realm, called the DVD 1740, which is a direct upgrade from the older 1730. This new product has been in our market for a very short period of time. It’s never too late to learn, as they say, and right now it was time for Tech2 to learn how good the player actually is, or perhaps discover something that the cynics could brood about.
Design & Features
The left corner of the front panel has the ubiquitous on/off switch while a broad LED display panel is placed bang center. The tray too is on a central axis placed perfectly above the display panel, while the right area of the front panel is occupied by medium-sized round buttons. The edges are slightly smoothened and curved, adding to the aesthetics.
At the back, the connection panel is simple and straightforward, with an HDMI output (this is a new addition from the last model) and the regular component and composite stuff. Digital audio-outs are present in the form of an optical and coaxial out.
Inside the spacious rig are present 24 bit/192 KHz Burr Brown DACs for audio and an equally powerful 12 bit/ 108 MHz chip for video. The unit supports up to 1080p scaling, so we could marry it to any of the full-HD TVs lying in the lab from previous reviews...
The unit plays most media, but not SACD and DVD-A, which is a small issue considering that the competition at this price point doesn't support these. But DivX, WMA, MP3, JPEG are all there. I particularly liked the menu system, which was simple and uncluttered. A set of options called Quick Setup are a godsend for impatient folk like me.
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