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Best Panny DVD for under $400?


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   RichB

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Posted March 10 2003 - 10:17 AM

I've got about $400 to spend on a new DVD player. I've liked the old panasonic player I used to have, so I think I'll stick with them. But I'm a little overwhelmed by all the available models, so could someone steer me towards the best of the bunch? I don't need progressive scan, but I understand that just about every player is anyway. This will be coupled with a Denon 3803 receiver and my Sony KV-32XBR250 TV. Here are just some of the models I've come across. Can anyone make some suggestions?

Panasonic DVD-RP91
Panasonic DVD A120
Panasonic DVD RV32S
Panasonic DVD RV32K
Panasonic DVD RV30
Panasonic DVD RV31K
Panasonic DVD RV20
Panasonic DVD A115
Panasonic DVD XP50
Panasonic DVD XP30
Panasonic DVD RP62K
Panasonic DVD RV31S
Panasonic DVD CV52
Panasonic DVDCV35 DVD/Video CD/CD 5-Stack Changer
Panasonic DVD RV65
Panasonic DVD CV51
Panasonic CP67 Super Slim Progressive Scan DVD-Video Changer w/ Panasonic DVD RP56
Panasonic DVD CV50
Panasonic DVD CV40
Panasonic DVD CP67K
Panasonic DVD C220
Panasonic DVD CP67S
Panasonic DVD RP62S
Panasonic DVD A320
Panasonic DVD CP72S
Panasonic DVD RA60
Panasonic DVD RV30S
Panasonic DVD K510
Panasonic DVD A160

#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Robin Smith

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Posted March 10 2003 - 11:14 AM

The RP91 is an awesome choice if you can get it for under $400, I thought it was closer to $600. The RP82 would be my second choice.

I just checked out the specs on the XP50 and I don't understand, the site lists its retail as $130 MORE than the RP82, yet its features are poorer: no 4:4:4 signal processing, no MPEG DNR, etc. It does have "super slimline with mirror finish" oooh!

I'd be interested in what others have to say. The new libe of Pannys comes out the end of April, so you may want to hold off and see what happens then.

Good luck


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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Donnie Eldridge

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Posted March 10 2003 - 01:47 PM

You can the RP91 for $378 new at onecall. Forget about the RP82 its been discontinued and is hard to come by. The new line of Panny's won't have any high-end models, so right now the 91 us a great deal.
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   David Giesbrecht

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Posted May 20 2003 - 03:00 PM

What is 4:4:4 signal processing?

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Jim A. Banville

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Posted May 20 2003 - 04:46 PM

According to the hometheaterhifi.com shootout, the XP30 passed many more of their tests than the RP91 did, although I could be reading it wrong.
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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   ManW_TheUncool

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Posted May 21 2003 - 07:23 AM

If you're only using it for interlaced video, then the RP91 should be great. If you need progressive scan, then the other players in the RP/CP and XP series are better, except they don't offer aspect ratio scaling.

Personally, I would avoid the new Panny's unless the cost savings is a priority. With very limited use, I found the interlaced output of the S35 to be suspect, but I'm not sure if it's more the fault of my RPTV's deinterlacer.

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Posted May 21 2003 - 08:34 AM

I agree with the comments about the interlaced output of the new Pannys (S35, S55, F65, F85). If you're not concerned about progressive scan, the RP-91 is probably your best bet of the currently available Pannys, which really only includes the models mentioned here and a few places where you can still get the XP-30 or 50.
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