Wi-Fi, wireless networking, YouTube, obscure format support, yada yada yada… sometimes all you want your Blu-ray player to do is play Blu-ray discs and do it well. That’s the approach taken by videophile favourite Denon, whose DBP-2010 lacks bells and whistles but aims to deliver solid hi-def performance for a much more reasonable price than the company’s £4k reference machines. Find out if it achieves this in our full Denon DBP-2010 review.
The Denon DBP-2010’s beautiful, robust build quality gives some justification to the hefty price tag, and with its moody black finish the Denon means business. The front panel sports an SD card slot to add memory for BD Live – at this price built-in storage should have been a shoo-in.
The slot can, however, also be used to play MP3, WMA, JPEG and AVCHD files. It’s also good to see that the DBP-2010 supports DivX HD, although only from discs. It’s also BD Live-enabled and sucks up web content through its Ethernet port.
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There are some illustrious electronics buzzing away inside the box – Anchor Bay’s VRS processor handles DVD upscaling and noise reduction, while the analogue outputs benefit from an Analog Devices chip. On the audio side high-spec Burr Brown DACs turn those noughts and ones into a thing of musical beauty, while its HD audio decoding capabilities are equally excellent, whether you deploy the 7.1-channel outputs or HDMI port.
But it’s with HDMI-piped pictures that we’re most impressed. With a decent 1080p transfer, the DBP-2010’s images boast that chop-smacking sharpness you look for from Blu-ray, accompanied by satisfying cinematic depth and mesmerising colour vibrancy.
The DBP-2010 also finesses fine textures with ease and delivers dark scenes with insightful clarity. And like any good videophile deck, you can tweak the picture to perfection using a series of built-in adjustments.
Not every aspect of the deck is as impressive though. It loads tricky discs at a snail’s pace and is sluggish to eject or scan through discs. Couple this with the fact that you get loads more features from players costing half as much and the DBP-2010 seems wildly overpriced. But if performance and build quality are all that matters then you might consider it £600 well spent.