"Worth the Price - Debatable"4.5 starson by Greg7557
Pros: Excellent Upconversion to 1080 P, Great Audio
Cons: The high price.
Summary: I purchased the Denon 2930CI because I have approximately 250 DVD's - I stopped counting a long time ago. And, honestly, I did not want to rebuild my selection of movies to some HD format (e.g., Blu-ray or HD DVD). When I purchased the Denon 2930Ci, the PS3 did not have the ability to up convert DVD's, but now it does. Had I to do it over again, I am not sure that I would purchase the 2930CI. After downloading the firmware update that enabled the PS3 to up convert DVD’s, I initially thought the PS3 did a better job than the Denon, but after tweaking the Denon video adjustments and waiting a couple of months and watching more than a few movies to render a decision, I've concluded that the Denon is notably the better of the two when it comes to up converting DVD's.
On my Sony 60 inch 1080P SXRD TV, the up converted DVD's look nearly as good as the Blu-ray movies, and I suspect that a good DVD film transfer when up converted could out perform a poor Blu-ray transfer. Now, I have not seen the Oppo HD players, but the reviews on them are generally very favorable, and they are much cheaper than the Denon. With that said, I strongly encourage that you employ some means to objectively compare your buying options.
I am a loyal Denon customer; I have a Denon 5805 AVR, a Denon 2200; and a Denon 380 CD player. Their products have always performed very well, with one exception, and they were extremely accommodating when it came to correcting the problem that I was experiencing. The best way that I can sum up this review is to say that I do not plan to replace even my favorite movies with Blu-ray because the 2930CI is providing performance that is close enough to the "real thing." One last note, if you are thinking that the superior audio of the Blu-ray can be a decisive factor between an up converted DVD and a true HD format, you better have an AVR that takes a HDMI 1.3 input, or you will be stuck with the standard audio output via the optical link.