Panasonic RP-56 Progressive is out!

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  1. David Susilo

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    Yessss! The Panasonic RP-56 progressive scan DVD player is officially out (and have seen it personally on display, but not demo-ed). The Canadian price is $420 including taxes (about US$ 250 before taxes).
    It seems to have the 3:2 pull-down conversion and anamorphic 'upconversion'. At least according to the salesperson.
    Anybody can verify this?
     
  2. KeithH

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    I saw the 'RP56 at a Circuit City in Delaware on Sunday for $250 USD. It looks like a nice player, but I didn't thoroughly examine it. Everyone has been talking about the 'RP61 and 'RP91, but I've heard little about the 'RP56. Of course, the 'RP61 and 'RP91 offer DVD-Audio, which is a nice step-up.
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  3. David Susilo

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    I have demo-ed DVD-A, I like it, but none of the available CDs are to my liking, so doubling the price to get the RP-91 is a moot point.
    On Panasonic.com website, the footnote on the progressive capability is kinda strange. It states that progressive mode only works on 24fps movies. WTF?
     
  4. John Morris

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    the RP-56 looks almost like a rebirth of the RV-80?
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  5. David Susilo

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    pardon my ignorance... what's an RV-80?
     
  6. John Morris

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    David: Actually I misspoke when I compared the RV80 to the new RP56. The RV80 is a discontinued Panasonic DVD player which used 54/12 video but was NOT progressive. It was/is the ultimate unit to use with an external line doubler/scaler.
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  7. David Susilo

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    thanks for the clarification.
    anybody else with the definite info of the 56?
    bump!
     
  8. John Morris

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    David: here is a link to info on the Panasonic site: RP56 What is strange is that the first page of this info lists the unit as using 54/10 video processing and the second page says it uses 27/10 processing????
    Hello Tom J! Are you around here anywhere???
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    I received one from OneCall over a week ago, but it sits unopened in my family room. It's a retirement gift for my brother. He'll get it on Saturday. He has a 52" 4:3 Panasonic HD-ready RPTV set, but no DVD player ... until now. I thought this would be a good fit for his new TV.
    I have the RP91, since I have a widescreen RPTV.
     
  10. David Susilo

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    and as I mentioned previously, the phrase
    "Progressive scanning can be seen only with 24-frame-rate film source material."
    also bugs me. So if I'm using 30fps material (or non-flagged 24fps material), the image won't be progressive?
     
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    I'm wondering the same thing John Morris is: does it really have the 54mhz video DAC's. Also, any info on whether it has both optical and Coax digital out, or only optical like the lower end RV-31? My curent DVD player (Panasonic A110) is connected via coax, I'd prefer to reuse that cable instead of having to snake another into the jungle back there!
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  12. Will

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    The RP-56 is an older model.
    It came out quite a while before the RP-91.
     
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  14. David Susilo

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    I thought the RP-56 is new. I guess I'm wrong.
    So... Anybody used their RP-56 yet?
     
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    The RP56 is new, having just become available at the end of July. I purchased one from Onecall, but haven't had a chance to work with it very much yet. I don't have a 16x9 TV, so I can't answer any questions in that department. I can confirm that it has only optical out, not coax.
     
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  17. David Susilo

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    bump bump! [​IMG]
     
  18. David Susilo

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    bump bump bump!
    anybody else?
     
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    The DVD-RP56 is in fact a new model. It does have a 54MHz/10-bit D/A converter. The reason for only one connection (coax) on the lower end models is simple. Every, switch, knob, or input carries a cost. When hitting a certain price point sacrifices must be made. The first thing to be considered would naturally be a redundant connection. Both would be great but if it effects the cost you can live with one is the thought process behind it.
     
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