Best DVD player under $500

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  1. Jason Garver

    Jason Garver Stunt Coordinator

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    I am looking to get a new dvd player. I am currently left with only my Sony Playstation 2 for DVD playback at the moment, and I find it less than optimal. Im sure that most any unit out there will give me better results than the PS2. What I was wondering though is $500 enough to get a better than average unit. I've read good things about the Pioneer DVC-563, but this a pretty inexpensive unit. I would like something that will last me for a while.

    Right now I only have a Sony 32" trinitron, but I plan on upgrading to something in the neighborhood of 55" once I finish moving.

    One more thing, Im really only interested in DVD viewing. I would like the movies to sound good, but I dont need DVD-A or SACD playback

    Thanks,
    Jason
     
  2. John S

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    I recently compared the PS/2 to a $30 DVD player, and the PS/2 was much better....


    Probably doesn't help you at all, but the DVD isn't that bad in the game console just some more info in it is all.
     
  3. Jason Garver

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    Anybody?
     
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    For top picture quality you have to get a model with a Faroudja de-interlacer. These include the Mitsubishi DD-8040 and the Denon DVD-910 - price is $250-300.
     
  5. Jason Garver

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    Thanks, the Mitsubishi looks like a very nice unit.
     
  6. Also another one which is mentioned real high is the Panasonic RP-82 (does not have chroma bug either) and these go for around $350 on ebay. It also has DVD-Audio
     
  7. Don_Berg

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    Yes the old Panasonic RP82,XP30,XP50 models have Faroudja and are great but they were discontinued over a year ago. I only listed current available in retail store models with Faroudja de-interlacer.
     
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    The Phillips 963A is supposed to be a good player. It's a univeral player. $499
     
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    Does the NAD T562 have the Faroudja de-interlacer? And if not, how does the NAD DVD pictures compare to Faroudja-based players?

    I looked on their website, but there was no mention of it in the specs.
     
  11. Dave*WB

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    "The Phillips 963A is supposed to be a good player. It's a univeral player. $499"

    I got mine from J&R Electronics for $350. I have been real happy with it. It does SACD as well, but not DVD-Audio.
     
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    If you looking for something even less expensive in the $100 range, the Sigma 8500 chip, although not as good as Faroudja, isn't bad for it's price. The Lite-On LVD 2002 and 2001 use that chip and produce probably the nicest picture quality in that price range, plus it's region free, macrovision free, and plays divx.
     

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