DV139 (Discontinued)

DVD Player

The DV139 is Arcam’s best ever universal disk player. In addition to an amazing upscaled ‘Near-HD’ picture from standard DVD, the new player delivers such an increase in CD and SACD sound quality, that the DV139 is equivalent to a high-end CD player. Even audiophiles can now have one machine for all their discs without compromising audio quality.


As one of the first specialist companies in the world to produce high performance DVD players, Arcam enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence in this field. In a world of uncertainty and high definition format wars, Arcam introduces its best ever DVD player, the DV139.

With such uncertainty in the future of high definition formats, it is all too easy to forget why people invest in audio and video system for the home. For some it’s the love of music and for others the thrill of a great movie. The DV139 has been designed as a master of both disciplines. Put simply, it is the player to deliver the very best in home entertainment now, and for many years to come.

Some of the most cutting edge DVD technology in the world has been utilised in the DV139. Its core processor, the Zoran Vaddis 888s, is designed to obtain the very best quality from all the popular disc types including DVD-Video, CD, DVD-Audio and SACD. Its internal video processors are from Anchor Bay Technology. For de-interlacing the DV139 uses the ABT102 with class leading bad edit detection and “any format” cadence processing. For remarkable video scaling the ABT1010 is used. This IC is revered as possibly the best scaling engine available and offers outputs at up to 1080p resolution.

To ensure an equally breathtaking audio performance, Wolfson audio DACs provide accurate digital to analogue conversion 24-bit 192kHz, whilst ultra low jitter clocking ensures a solid and accurate sound field. Twin toroidal mains transformers mean delicate audio signals enjoy a completely separate power supply from their digital and video counterparts. The tri-laminate Acousteel chassis mechanically separates the electronic circuits from internal or air borne vibration.

Designed for movie and music enthusiasts, the DV139’s specification will delight the most ardent of audiophiles and videophiles. In addition, its full suite of Infra Red (IR) and RS 232 control options makes it the perfect choice for high performance custom installations.

Technical spec


  • Zoran Vaddis 888S processor with built-in per pixel motion adaptive progressive scan engine
  • ABT1010 Advanced 10bit video scaler (supporting 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 768p to HDMI out)
  • ABT102 Broadcast quality de-interlacer
  • 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: 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 768p, 1080i, 1080p
  • Dedicated 768p output for 768 line screens with appropriate HDMI input
  • No 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
  • "Always On" composite video output for multi-room applications
  • 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, MP3, WMA, DiVX, Photo CD and JPEGs

Digital Audio

  • Dolby Digital, DTS, CD, plus stereo and multi-channel DVD-Audio and SACD playback
  • 32-bit Zoran audio DSP for optimum fidelity
  • Top of the line 24-bit 192kHz Wolfson WM8740 DACs for all 6 audio channels
  • Global audio delay manager, 0-150ms, for perfect lip sync with digital processors / displays
  • Comprehensive bass management supported for all audio formats, including variable crossover frequencies from 50-150Hz in 10Hz steps, plus loudspeaker delay and level setting
  • 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 CD, with dedicated on-screen browser
  • Coaxial, optical and HDMI digital audio outputs support 2-channel PCM up to 24-bit / 96kHz (HDMI V1.1 up to 6ch 24bit 192kHz PCM), plus DTS and Dolby Digital streams
  • Dual laser DVD drive reads CD-R/RW discs and most copy protected audio CDs

Custom Install features

  • Full duplex RS232 control
  • RC5 remote input jack
  • Full suite of discrete IR RC5 codes, including separate on / off etc
  • "Always On" stereo audio down-mix outputs available for audio distribution
  • "Always On" composite and RGB SCART video always available for video distribution


  • 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 spec 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 CR100
  • Size 433mm wide, 355mm deep, 87mm high
  • Weight 5.1Kg

In my opinion one of the best DVD players you'll find anywhere on the planet

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