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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Arthur Legardo

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Posted November 25 2003 - 07:38 AM

I want to give my folks a new DVD player for Christmas since their current one, a Panasonic A120, has difficulty reading/playing movies on DVD+R media. I would like something inxexpensive, but with good PQ, it doesn't even have to have a progressive scan output, just component video as well output DTS/DD.

Of course, I could just give them my Panasonic RP91 and get something to replace that...:b

#2 of 13 OFFLINE   Heath_E

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Posted November 25 2003 - 12:47 PM

I just picked up a JVC XV-N40BK for my inlaws for Christmas based on many good reviews I've read here. JVC is currently offering a $20.00 rebate, which means this player can be found for less than $70.00, after rebate. The great thing about this player is that it can handle a ton of formats, and do it well according to many here; DVD, CD, CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, mp3, JPEG. Oh by the way, it outputs DD/DTS, has component outs, and is progressive scan also. PS, it doesn't have the chroma problem either.

#3 of 13 OFFLINE   James R. Geib

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Posted November 25 2003 - 01:24 PM

If you're willing to invest around $180, the Pioneer DV-563A is a no-brainer. It is relatively inexpensive, but for what if offers, it is the best value out there.

Progressive scan, SACD, DVD-Audio, and most other recordable formats are supported.

Recent reviews were very positive, and as an owner, I highly recommend it.

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#4 of 13 OFFLINE   SherriK

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Posted November 26 2003 - 01:18 AM

Check out the JVC XV-N55SL. I am giving my
Toshiba to my parents and buying this one.
It has everything you want now and maybe
later for $85.74 after rebate. And it has
great reviews.

#5 of 13 OFFLINE   Kwang Suh

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Posted November 26 2003 - 04:05 AM

Sorry, but IMHO, the JVCs suck. The picture is extremely soft, with lots of posterization. Also, they have a problem with pans (they stutter).

I'd get either a Sony or a Pioneer, or even a Toshiba. Mind you, the Toshiba is a bit noisy.

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Arthur Legardo

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Posted November 26 2003 - 06:59 AM

How about the latest Panasonic players? Eventhough they aren't part of the DVD+R camp my two Panasonic players can play DVD+R discs. How about the Sony players?

#7 of 13 OFFLINE   Kwang Suh

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Posted November 26 2003 - 08:20 AM

Well, the newest Panny are supposed to have the chroma bug, so I'd steer clear of them.

The latest Sonys seem fine for regular interlaced play (I checked them out yesterday).

#8 of 13 OFFLINE   Lisa Menin

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Posted November 26 2003 - 08:20 AM

I have had a JVC N40BK for about a month and really like it. Good picture quality, easy to use, plays all of my dvds. Hard to beat for the money.

#9 of 13 OFFLINE   Don_Berg

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Posted November 26 2003 - 09:15 AM

The new Sony, Panasonic, and Toshibas all have the chroma bug. The JVC's do not. The JVC N40BK and N50BK are the best bargain in the under $100 area right now. They play all formats (DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW, VCD/SVCD on CDR/RW, all MP3/WMA/JPG) and load fast <5sec.

#10 of 13 OFFLINE   Kwang Suh

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Posted November 26 2003 - 10:05 AM

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The new Sony, Panasonic, and Toshibas all have the chroma bug. The JVC's do not. The JVC N40BK and N50BK are the best bargain in the under $100 area right now. They play all formats (DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW, VCD/SVCD on CDR/RW, all MP3/WMA/JPG) and load fast <5sec.
The JVCs are garbage (IMHO). Easily the worst picture I've seen in ages.

The new Sonys (325/725) do not have CUE. Not sure about the new Toshiba yet (SD430).

#11 of 13 OFFLINE   Geoff L

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Posted November 28 2003 - 05:19 AM

A number of reports of the pan problem with the JVC-50 & 55, (stutters as the camera pans), but at the same time my JVC-50 and others, do not seem to have this apparent problem.

As far a picture quaility, mine has a fantastic picture and absolutly NO stutter problem, this on a 50" screen. Also, highly picture tweakable, mega feature laiden, loads as fast as a rocket, and as mentioned, plays just about everything.

We also have the JVC-XV-NP1 progressive player with the digital meda card reader slots, and this player has no problems either. Picture is just "slightly" softer than our XV-N50BK. Just as feature laiden and picture tweakable as the 50.

IMO the 50 and 55 are excellent value players at well under a 100.00 ~{if you get a good one apparently}~. I don't know if these reported probems are just spoty bad units or what!
But certainly NOT every JVC-50 or 55 player is wacked out

Both our supposed junk JVC players have worked flawlessly since purchased aprox 3-1/2 months ago.

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#12 of 13 OFFLINE   Galen Morgan

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Posted December 20 2003 - 01:19 PM

well crap...i got on here and read all these wonderful thingks about hte jvc 50bk and now i hear it sux

im getting it for xmas so im not sure what to do..i guess ill try it and see
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#13 of 13 OFFLINE   Bill Will

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Posted December 20 2003 - 02:43 PM

Right now www.ecost.com has the JVC 44 on "Bargain Countdown" for the next 40 hours or so for $59.00 after a $20.00 rebate. They also have free shipping on it. For $60.00 you can't go wrong with the JVC. Just my 2 cents.