Denon 900,1600 or Pioneer 45

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  1. Brad Newton

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    Do any of these units have the chroma bug? What about zoom like the JVC units? I am going to purchase a receiver & dvd player, and would prefer they were the same make. I presently have a 4:3 tv, and a JVC dvd player. With that player I am able to zoom the picture on widescreen dvd's to fill out the screen, so I want a replacement dvd player that will do the same.
     
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    The Pioneer 45A (if that is what you mean) has no zoom mode, does ahve the chroma bug (but it is invisible to most owners) and has piss poor bass management.

    On the plus side it has great in-player letterboxing (important because you have a 4:3 TV).

    That said, I have one, and with an ICBM, I am pretty happy with it.

    BGL
     
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    Is the bass management problem only a problem for DVD audio & SACD or does it have an effect on dvd's as well? I will be using the dvd player for mostly movies.
     
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    For Dolby Digital and DTS, it appears to work correctly if you have all speakers set to small with a Sub. I think that combo is also OK with SACD and DVD-A, but would not swear to it. As I said, I bought an ICBM and do not use the BM in the player.

    Any other combinations and formats are a crap shoot, as we are finding things out daily that are not done correctly in the 45A.

    There is also the issue of the sub/LFE channel being about 10 dB lower than the other channels. You may or may not be able to compensate for this with your receiver. If you can, you may find that you have a mismatch between the sub level required when using the player versus the level you need when using the internal decoder on your receiver.

    If you want to know the details about that, search for "Low LFE".

    Regards,

    BGL
     
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    I should get my Denon 1600 this week and I'll reply back. Out of those the Denon 1600 seems like an easy choice from the things that I've read. Then again I feel this way because I researched and purchased one. Hopefully I'll feel the same way after I get it and test it out. [​IMG]
     
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    If I remember correctly, the 45A received pretty good reviews in Sound & Vision, and another magazine for its picture quality, which is the most important to me. If the chroma bug is noticable, is it noticable in both progressive & interlaced. With an older 4:3 tv, I am only able to view in interlaced fashion.
     
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