Those hoping to integrate this deck into a custom installation will welcome the RS232C and remote control in/out jacks, and if BD Live’s your thing the Ethernet port will be your best friend. But those of us with wireless Internet routers (which is quite a lot these days) will have to stick with the wired connection we’re afraid, as Denon hasn’t yet ventured into the brave new world of Wi-Fi connectivity.
Nor has it bothered to fit the DBP-2010 with the 1GB of memory needed to store BD Live downloads, which means you’ll need to keep an SD or SDHC card inserted with at least that capacity. On the flipside, when you’re not downloading new commentaries and trailers you can use this slot to play back movies, music and photos – the deck accepts MP3, WMA, JPEG, hi-def AVCHD and most pleasingly of all, DivX HD.
The internal specs also make for good reading. For DVD upscaling, noise reduction and multi-cadence IP detection duties you get Anchor Bay’s VRS processing, alongside an Analog Devices ADV7340 digital-to-analogue video encoder, which features six 12-bit Noise Shaped Video DACs. On the audio front you get 192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs and an independent circuit design to reduce the threat of electronic interference.
Everything about this player, from the manual and remote to the onscreen menus, socket layout and spec, is virtually identical to the Marantz BD7004 player we tested recently, and as we pointed out in that review it’s an inevitable symptom of the two brands’ shared parent company, but you’d have thought they’d want to give them a little more individuality.
Like the Marantz, day-to-day operation is easy enough, but a few niggles rain on the parade. You can’t access the setup menu without stopping the movie first, and because most discs won’t let you resume from where you left off, serial tweakers might find this frustrating. Certain functions like disc scanning are a bit slow off the mark after you press the button on the remote.
Onscreen menu design is attractive and logical – once again you can choose between Custom and Quick menus, depending on how much depth you want to go into. A separate banner appears discreetly at the top of the screen when you hit the Mode key, providing access to the picture adjustments (Contrast, Colour, Gamma Correction, Brightness, Sharpness) and a perfunctory virtual surround mode.
We’ve no major grievances with the remote, apart from the playback keys which are a bit too low and force you to readjust your hand every time you move to and from the menu controls. But as we said, nothing worth getting worked up about, and the rest of the keys are helpfully arranged and easily recognisable. Although similar to the Marantz BD7004’s zapper, this one lacks the extra buttons for controlling other Denon kit.