Primare DVDi10 2.1-Channel DVD Receiver - Primare DVDi10

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

Elsewhere you'll find an iPod connection, which enables you to control your portable player using the unit's remote and send metadata to the front panel display, but you'll need an optional cable to hook it up. It's joined by RS232 and IR ports for custom installation use, radio aerial inputs (F-type screw and springclip) and sturdy binding posts for the left/right speakers.

It lacks digital audio inputs and a USB port wouldn't have gone amiss at this price, but the Primare does feature an analogue-to-digital converter which makes connected analogue sources available from the digital outputs, should you want to pass them onto an external recorder or amp.

The DVDi10 certainly isn't cheap but after glancing at the specs you begin to understand why. The star of the show is the Genesis FLI2300 video processor, which handles video upscaling duties (up to 1080p), and it's joined by an Analogue Devices ADV7320 video DAC. Then there's the 2.1-channel amplifier system, powered by an improved version of the modular Class D technology used by the CDi10, the CD/receiver combi on which this unit is based. Not only does this kick out 2 x 75W of audio power, it also saves space internally and generates a low amount of heat.

It's also worth noting that the DVDi10 plays MP3 and JPEG from CD or DVD but not DivX, while DAB radio fans will also be interested to hear that the DVDi10 offers 10 presets and 196kHz/24-bit conversion, resulting in superb sound quality.

But in operation the DVDi10 is something of an oddity and its quirks take a while to get used to. The remote, for example, is sprinkled with illogicality - the play button is separated from the other playback controls and doubles up as pause with no indication on the remote itself that this is the case. Neither is it made clear that the Stop button acts as open/close when you hold it down. There's also no Mute button and the banks of small, homogenous buttons towards the bottom with abbreviated labels don't help you find things in a hurry. That said, it's well built and attractive - perfect coffee table fodder.

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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