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What's the best progressive scan player for under $100


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#1 of 6 Mark E J

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Posted September 23 2005 - 03:01 AM

I just got a new HDTV and wanted to know what progressive scan player will give me the best picture quality for under $100?

Also does upconversion really give you that much improvement over Progressive scan?

#2 of 6 John Garcia

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Posted September 23 2005 - 04:15 AM

Under $100, there isn't going to be a big difference. I like Panasonic at the $100 point, and Sony should be OK too. You can pick up the F87 5 disc changer for about $120 or less.
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#3 of 6 Arthur S

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Posted September 23 2005 - 09:20 AM

I have to disagree with John. When Secrets tested a bunch of DVD players a while back, the $60 Toshiba SD-3960 was top rated. Other testers have also found Toshiba to deliver a better progressive scan image than most others. The current Toshiba SD-3980 is about $54 at Best Buy.

The best upconverting players run around $200. I would let that go for now.

#4 of 6 Ralph B

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Posted September 23 2005 - 09:40 AM

true upscale players are not a eye poping wow difference over a decent progressive scan player but I have owned a few and my Sony 975 blows my Zenith DVB-318 (both upscaled) away when it comes to detail. the Sony 975 also has the best 480p I have seen at the price and even better than my old panny XP50 which was considered a really nice 480p machine.

the sony is def the best I have owned yet!

#5 of 6 John Garcia

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Posted September 23 2005 - 09:43 AM

Hmmmm I never looked at secrets for <$100 players. I really only ever looked at the top 10 or so players, because I didn't really care about anything below that, and the XP30 and 1600 aren't really around anymore. I'll have to check that out. I owned the F87 though, and it had excellent PQ in both progressive and interlaced; the only problem was the long layer change (I guess I got spoiled by the 2200 and 2900).
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System Two: Marantz PM7200, Pioneer FS52s, Panasonic BD79
(stolen) : Marantz SR-8300, GR Research A/V-2s, Sony SCD-222ES SACD, Panasonic BD-65, PS3 60G (250G)

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#6 of 6 James Phung

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Posted September 27 2005 - 04:03 PM

There are 2 versions of the toshiba 3960. The one reviewed by secrets was discontinued and replaced with one with the same name and look but different chipset.