Any Recommendations on 5 DVD Changers

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  1. NickFoley

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    Im thinking about getting one, but am only willing to spend $250 or less on it. I'd like to see your opinions on them.
     
  2. mike_snazzy

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    The best out there is the panasonic DVD-cp72. You can get it for $199 from jandr.com and I think there is a rebate. Has faroudja chip in it.
     
  3. Tim Hoover

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    Yup, Panny CP-72. Great video processing (thanks to the Sage/Faroudja DVDi chipset), wonderful variety of media compatibility (including DVD-Audio), and solid operation. The only downside is the lack of a coax digital output...
     
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    Nick, I agree that the Panasonic 'CP72 is probably your best bet now. It offers DVD-Audio as well as progressive-scan output without the chroma bug. If you don't need progressive-scan output, you might still be able to track down a Sony DVP-NC650V interlaced changer for under $200 at Best Buy or Circuit City. The 'NC650V is a solid changer and offers SACD playback. It has a coaxial digital output.
     
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    Nick, one more thing. The 'CP72 comes in silver or black. I have seen the silver version at a number of Circuit City stores. You should be able to get the black version by mail if you can't find it at a brick-and-mortar store. I know that Crutchfield has both the black and silver versions.
     
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    Nick,

    I have the sony unit that keith mentioned dvp-nc650v. it's a great unit. i am very pleased with it's performance and it has 5.1 outputs, optical, coaxial, s-video, as well as the usual analog outputs.

    Russ
     
  7. NickFoley

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    Thanks for the help. I'll take a look at the Panasonic & Sony models mentioned. [​IMG]
     
  8. JohnnyG

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    There's also the Panasonic CP67. Similar to the CP72, but without DVD-Audio and a few other relatively minor features.
     
  9. ManW_TheUncool

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    Hi, all. I'm in the market for a new changer also.

    A couple questions about the CP72:

    1. How is its general operating speed, eg. menu navigation, switching discs, etc.? I have an older Toshiba that really sucks in this department. It pretty much defeats the purpose of having a changer.

    2. I see that it has a 4x3 Zoom mode. Is this good for zooming non-16x9 DVDs so the letterboxed image fills the width of a 16x9 TV? Does this work well for progressive scan output, especially compared to the zoom on the Panny widescreen TVs? I intend to mate it w/ a Panny 53wx42.

    3. How is the slow motion capability both forward and reverse?

    4. How is the CD sound quality?

    Thanks!

    _Man_
     
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    Menu nav speed is about average. It does pretty well except for info-packed menus, like the Star Wars Ep. II supplements. Disk changing is also average, but the player has a rather long disc read time.

    Can't answer any info about the 4x3 zoom, as my TV is a 4x3 model.

    Slow motion (and FF and reverse in general) are superb. Very quick and precise.

    Sound quality is pretty good - if a tad on the bright side.
     
  11. Bob Brehm

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    Does the CP-72 have random play among the 5 discs? I haven't been able to find out anywhere. If not, what similar changer does?
     
  12. Tim Hoover

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    Bob, although I haven't confirmed it, it looks like the CP-72 WILL support random play among multiple discs. The manual makes a point of stating that "DVD-video and empty trays will be skipped." I'll have a go at this later today...
     
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    I have one other question. How well does it handle layer changes?

    Thanks.

    _Man_
     
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    I notice the layer changes, but they're brief.
     
  17. Bob Brehm

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    Regarding random play on the Panasonic DVD-CP72:
    From page 17, DVD-CP72 Operating Instructions

    "When Sequential Mode is on
    You can play all discs (except DVD-Video) in random order."
    [This means to me that discs are played in random order, but after disc is selected, all tracks are then played sequentially.]

    "When Sequential Mode is off
    You can play all the items on a disc in the play position in random order."
    [This seems to mean that only tracks on the selected disc are then played randomly.]

    Are you sure it will jump to another track on another disc after playing each track in random play? Is sequential mode off then? How long does it take between tracks?

    We like variety in our music, do not enjoy listening to one entire CD at a time.
     
  18. Gary Thomas

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    The Panny does do true random play, but it is a little tricky. I've loaded 5 DVD-A's & set it up for random...but, DVD-A's don't behave like SACD's or CD's. Within the mix of music you may get a picture from a photo gallery or a chapter of an interview. I haven't spent the time to select specific "music only" tracks to random play....if you can even do that!

    The Panny stacks up well to the half-dozen dvd players I've owned, including the Denon 1600, Toshiba 4700, Pioneer, Sony, etc. I even auditioned the Pioneer 47ai. While I felt the Denon & Pioneer exceeded the picture quality on super critical material, for $200 you can't go wrong with the Panasonic.

    I just wish it had the look of a serious component!
     
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