Hi all, I'm hoping someone can comment on the DAC's (and output stages) in these units and how they compare.
I'm purely looking at audio performance of course.
Edited by thathertz - 12/19/10 at 7:07am
Ok, I wanted the Denon 2930 primarily for redbook audio but with the added bonus of getting a great dvd player.
I got one second hand at the limit I wanted to pay. Ok, so then I have the 2930 which has fantastic reviews...I couldn't
be happier...it sounds great. BUT.........the 3930 has better DAC's, a better power supply and a much improved
output stage (if I'm to believe the comments 'out there'). Hmmmm...so I'm now looking at the 3930 and wondering
how much better it would be...I'm also wondering if it beats the sound of the Dacmagic I used to own. Only one way
to find out.....I buy both. So I have the 3930 connected up to my Singlepower MPX3 and it sounds very very good.
The Dacmagic is sitting next to it, unused for now and in vertical guise since the gargantuan 3930 takes up nearly a
quarter of my desk space.
Current plan: sell the 2930 which is a very desirable unit. Then let the battle commence between the DacMagic and
the 3930 for the redbook crown bearing in mind the 3930 is also (supposedly) close to the pinnacle of dvd players - it has
another trick up it's sleeve. The lesser of the two will go onto Ebay I guess.
I hope that makes sense!
Just in case this is my last post for a while, enjoy the holidays all and have a great Christmas!!
Just for reference: the Denon 3930 is the clear winner against the DacMagic which sounds a little congested with a more
restricted soundtstage. Still very good but not as good as the 3930. I believe the Denon uses two pcm-1796 DACs in
dual differential mode while the DacMagic uses WM8740 (again dual differential mode). Not sure as yet about the output
stages but the 3930 is the clear winner without getting into fine details. Just shows what can be achieved with a modest
budget. The 3930 cost just over £200 (Used/Ebay) and it was very recently amongst the finest upscaling DVD players you
could buy. I feel I have a true bargain here since the list price was around £1000.
I just hope my desk can cope with the weight of the Denon unit. It's built like it's made for warfare. Seriously