Advice on replacing my primary DVD player, please

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  1. Ed Faver

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    Well, the day is drawing near when my Panny RP56 is going to have to be removed from the rack and I am considering my next purchase. My 43" Hitachi Ultravision HD set does not have HDMI or DVI ports, so it appears that Blu ray or HD DVD are not an option. I am about 3 years away from replacing my monitor, so I need something to bridge the gap. I'd like to stay under $500. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
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    I may be new to this form, But I would give a SOLID recommendation to a really good Sony. The DVP-NS55P Under $70.00. I have one that replaced a Denon and I think the Sony is far better then my high priced Denon.
     
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    What's wrong with the Panasonic? What features are you looking for...better video? Multi channel music? Better CD playback? etc...
     
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    So I'm imported eh! [​IMG]
     
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    Ed,

    The Toshiba HD-DVD player on the market now outputs 1080i via component video and reports are that the RCA and most other HD-DVD models scheduled for release this summer will also. The Toshiba also upcoverts standard DVDs to 1080i via component video and from reports so far, does it very well.
     
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    IS THAT THE $500 OR THE $1000 ONe? I was thinking about that, because I was going to buy the Denon 1920 that upconverts. But I do have an HD set, so thinking for the extra $150 I could get the cheaper HD-DVD...
     
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    That's the $500 HD-A1.
     
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    That is absolutely false according to the manual and all user reports I have read. The HD-A1 does not upconvert protected standard DVD's over component, only HDMI. That means the overwhelming majority of commercially sold DVD's can not be upconverted over component. I know it is weird since true HD DVD's can be upscaled over component as long as there is no ICT flag preventing it. I won't say it is logical, just true.

    Chris
     
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    Andrew-

    THe problem with the Panny occurred after the machine has been playing for more than 2 hours. While a disc is playing, I get a subtle (at the start) flashing across the top 6 inches of the screen, extending the full width of the monitor. When I switch back to input from the cable box or DVR or VCR, the flashing stops. I switched in another DVD player and had no flashing. So, I concluded it's time to ask for advise on replacing the player...
     
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    Yep, my mistake. The guy I heard that from was referring to his own DVD-R disks.

    The HD-A1 acts just like a standard definition up-converting player.
     

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