For sale is my beloved Arcam DV-135 DVD/CD/SACD. I purchased this unit about two years ago from the original owner, a fellow audiogoner. I was looking for a (relatively) inexpensive, high-quality 2-channel CD/SACD player that could also do a decent job with DVDs. The former was my primary objective, though. Boy did I get a bit more than I bargained for. Not only is the 2-channel audio playback from this player very transparent (and revealing), video quality is the best that my system has ever seen. By far. I've been thoroughly impressed with this player. As far as I know, it has always been kept in a smoke, child, and pet-free environment. Conservatively rated an 8. I can't find a mark on it, though. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to send me a note. On the price, no sense in playing games. This is the absolute best I can do. I need to end up with $400 even after all fees (paypal +3%) and shipping. On shipping, I did not receive this player in the original box. This unit will be shipped, though, in a double-layer box and will be very well packed. I've shipped several high-end components in this fashion and have never had a problem. Again, any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Thanks for looking, and have a great day!
From the Arcam website:
True high performance universal player
Latest generation Zoran Vaddis 888s core processing engine
DVD-Video, VCD, DiVX, CD audio plus stereo DVD-Audio & SACD
Stunning motion adaptive progressive scan
HDMI digital video/audio output
Zoran video scaling to 720p, 768p & 1080i
On-board video setup wizard for display calibration
Audiophile sound quality for movies and music
Arcam is recognized as one of the few specialist manufacturers to design and manufacture its own DVD players and has produced ultra high performance players since 2000. The new DiVA DV135 is the company’s latest affordable DVD player and produces a picture and sound quality that will delight all who Witness it. From thoroughbred roots it shares many of its components with the company’s DiVA DV137 and FMJ DV139 players.
Using the Zoran Vaddis 888s core processor and Arcam’s broadcast quality circuitry, the picture from the DV135 is class leading. Zoran’s motion adaptive de-interlacing techniques mean pictures are pure, clean and startlingly detailed. The internal video scaling engine allows the DV135 to supply high resolution pictures direct to the screen using its HDMI output. In many cases this means bypassing the low cost and inferior performance scaling chips fitted to most of today’s digital video displays. The DV135’s resolution options even include 768p for direct input to any of the popular 1366 x 768 pixel displays that choose to implement this format.
As you would expect from a company with a 30-year heritage, audio performance from the DV135 is stunning. Ultra high precision clocks, Wolfson 8740 DACs and low noise toroidial transformer based power supplies ensure CD playback will delight movie and music lovers alike. DVD-Audio and SACD discs also benefit from the DV135’s world-class audio design delivering stunning music from all discs.
For DVDs, extended buffer memory means no pause during the layer change of dual layer discs. “CUE” or “Chroma Upsampling Error” (a video processing artifact often found on DVD players) is completely absent from the DV135 ensuring a clean, crisp and film-like picture that leaves its competition standing.
A stylish remote handset is included (the CR515) and, for more complex control systems, a full duplex RS232 interface is fitted. A full suite of RC5 remote control codes gives discrete control of toggle commands such as on / off.
The DV135 was designed and manufactured in the UK and was manuafcatured in black or silver.
Zoran Vaddis 888s processor with built-in “per pixel” motion adaptive progressive scan engine
Zoran video scaling (supporting 720p, 1080i, 768p to HDMI out)
Internal video setup wizard for calibrating display to DVD player (Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness & Colour)
RGB SCART and component video outputs – latter supports both 525p and 625p video
HDMI video output, supporting the following formats: 480p, 576p, 720p, 768p, 1080i
Dedicated 768p output for 768 line screens with appropriate HDMI input
Zero Chroma Upsampling Error (CUE)
NTSC to PAL and PAL to NTSC conversion
High quality zoom function with 1.25 and 1.5 settings to fill ‘wrong aspect ratio’ screens
6 x 11 bit 216 MHz Analog Devices video DACs – permitting simultaneous output of interlaced component (or RGB), S-video and composite video
RGB, component and composite properly buffered 75 ohms video outputs, capable of driving long cables without distortion
Supports DVD-Video, VCD, SVCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW discs plus CD, SACD (2 ch. only), DVD-Audio (2 ch./multi-channel mixed down to 2 ch.) MP3, WMA, DiVX, Photo CD and JPEGs
Dolby Digital, CD, MP3 & WMA audio plus DVD-Audio and SACD playback in 2 ch.
32-bit Zoran audio DSP for optimum fidelity
Top of the line 24-bit 192kHz Wolfson WM8740 DACs
Global audio delay manager, 0-150ms, for perfect lip sync with digital processors / displays
Ultra-low jitter audio clock circuitry
State of the art CD replay from a DVD player, including HDCD decoding
Quick and easy SACD/CD hybrid layer change for fast comparisons
Replays MP3 and WMA files from recordable CDs and DVDs with dedicated on-screen browser
Coaxial, optical and HDMI digital audio outputs support 2-channel PCM up to 24-bit / 96kHz
Dual laser DVD drive reads CD-R/RW discs and most copy protected audio CDs
(HDMI V1.0 2ch 24bit 96kHz PCM), plus DTS and Dolby Digital streams
Custom Install Features:
Full duplex RS232 control
RC5 remote input jack
Full suite of discrete IR RC5 codes, including separate on / off etc
Extended internal buffer memory means no DVD layer change delays
4-layer fibreglass main circuit board for best audio and video performance
Low noise Arcam-designed mixed mode power supply (linear for audio switched for digital & video)
Over specified toroidal mains transformer
Arcam “Mask of Silence” EMC dampening technology
Sturdy all metal cabinet construction from heavy gauge steel and aluminium
Front panel Navigation Button simplifies disc navigation when not using remote control
New stylish remote control, type CR515
Size 430mm wide, 340mm deep, 85mm high
Weight 8Kg (18 lbs)