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Primare DVDi10 2.1-Channel DVD Receiver review

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Primare DVDi10 2.1-Channel DVD Receiver
  • Primare DVDi10 2.1-Channel DVD Receiver
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  • Primare DVDi10 2.1-Channel DVD Receiver

Summary

Our Score:

8

Primare built up a reputation during the 1990s as a manufacturer of high-class hi-fi components, but as it moved into the new millennium it became one of several hi-fi brands to start muscling in on the burgeoning DVD market. I was lucky enough to test the company's second DVD player, the V10, back in 2001 and even in those relatively early days of the format it was clear that the Swedish company knew how to craft a damn fine DVD deck.

Fast forward eight years and those skilled Scandinavians are still turning out beautifully built, performance-led players, the latest of which is the DVDi10. But this is no ordinary DVD deck - it's billed as a 'single box solution' for video and audio, and as such boasts an integrated 2.1-channel amplifier, DAB/FM/AM radio tuners and iPod control.

The DVDi10 makes its high-end origins blatantly clear from the moment you yank it out of the box. It's styled with that sultry, minimal design ethos that only equipment over a certain price can pull off, giving it an esoteric air that enthusiasts will gobble up.

A hands-on investigation also reveals the DVDi10 boasts brawny build quality, with all-over metallic bodywork, a thick front panel and three isolation feet on the bottom. The fascia is finished in brushed black but the unit is also available in Titanium if that floats your boat. Either way, the DVDi10 is a classy piece of kit.

Alongside the disc tray is an informative but small display panel illuminated in green, and on top is a row of bullet-like buttons governing volume, up/down, play/stop and standby. They're not labelled but a row of icons lights up in the panel above them when the unit is activated. Also found on the front panel is a 3.5mm minijack that doubles as a headphones output and an input for MP3 players.

The integrated amp means there are many more connections on the back than your average DVD player. On the video tip, you'll find HDMI, component, S-video, composite outputs, as well as a SCART socket - remember those? Audio needs are well-served too, with three sets of analogue stereo inputs, two sets of outputs, a subwoofer pre-out plus optical and coaxial digital audio outputs.

Keithe6e

May 14, 2009, 10:19 pm

Crikey!, @£1500 wound't you just get a decent BD player and a shack load of BD Discs that don't need upscaling in the first place. Your value score seems way out!!, yes it makes old tech DVD look better, but come on.

Chris

May 14, 2009, 11:55 pm

@Keith, I was about to say the same thing. I may sound like a luddite to the audio/videophile types, but surely even the most impressive DVD players are passé by now?

Matthew Bunton

May 15, 2009, 12:37 am

What you said Keith actually makes a lot of sense however I suppose if someone has amassed a large collection of DVDs over the years then it might be worth it to them.





Otherwise I have to admit I fail to see the point especially at that price.

purephase

May 15, 2009, 2:03 am

To those who say this is expensive. I think this should be compared more to a high end audio product than a dvd player. The rrp for an arcam solo music (not the inferior mini, but the full width zversion) is £1,250. If this box can match that for audio and play upscaled dvd then it's a winner. I suspect though that it may suffer from the same as the arcam 5.1 dvd, also £1,500 which loses a lot of it's musical ability for the visual benefits.

ilovethemonkeyhead

May 15, 2009, 2:30 am

only 2.1 channels?

Chris

May 15, 2009, 4:32 pm

@purephase: Believe it or not, I'm not bashing the price per se. There will always be high-end kit aimed at the well-heeled that mere mortals can only drool over. I always enjoy reading articles like this, call it 'aspirational' perhaps. It just seems that if you spend £1500 on a DVD player, any DVD player, you're investing in outdated technology, which doesn't strike me as a sensible purchasing choice in anyone's book.





@Matthew: True, but I reckon that if someone's got the cash to spend £1500 on a DVD player (or even a Blu-Ray player) they probably have the means to purchase a sizeable Blu-Ray collection.

Chocoa

May 16, 2009, 12:32 am

That has to be one of the ugliest pieces of hardware I've seen in a long time. Why three (unstable) feet. - Looks like something from Trotter's Trading Company!

The Voice of Reason

May 18, 2009, 10:49 pm

I suspect the DVDi10 is intended for those with a large CD and DVD collection and a TV to match who haven’t made the jump to full-on Hi Fi or mega-channel home theatre (probably for space or aesthetic reasons) but can appreciate quality all the same.

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