This review is a one-pager because it's part of our new method of dealing with upgraded products which don't involve complete re-designs. And the DVL-919E combi-player qualifies because it because it is essentially a DVL-909 with newer DACs and detail changes.
My primary reason for loving the '909 is a need to access both DVDs
So maybe the DVL-919E is the way to go?
Its solid aluminium fascia is finished in the same Marantz-y gold colour, the comprehensive remote is the same, and - most importantly - the price stays at £899.99. Standard again are both-sides-play for laser disc, twin pick-up design individually dedicated for DVD and CD/LD (which, if you remember, is why Pioneer's combi-player doesn't compromise on CD playback), 10 bit video DAC, 96Khz-48Khz down-converter providing PCM digital output from 96kHz music DVDs, independent CD/LD loading trays and fluorescent display dimmer and on/off.
Like the '909, the '919 will never face an A/V receiver or processor it can't access. The back contains two SCART connectors, one S-video output, one component video output (phono socket), the necessary AC-3 RF output for laser discs, a coaxial digital output each for PCM and AC3/MPEG/DTS/PCM, an optical digital output for AC3/MPEG/DTS/PCM and a pair L/R Analogue audio outputs. The Pioneer also features a socket to provide system remote operation in an all-Pioneer set-up.
Read more about the DVL-919E's performance on Page 2.