denon 1600 or panny rp 91?

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  1. Travis

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    I am buying a new dvd player tomorrow and am struggling between the 2. It is going to be used for 95% dvd watching. All of the dvd's I have, watch, are for widescreen. My tv is a 46" hitachi. I am obviously looking for the one with the best pq and sq. I can pick up the denon for 315 or the panny for 300 but I can only get it in silver which sucks but I'll live with it if it is that much better of a deal/player. If it is impossible to tell the difference I will go with the denon as it is local and the panny I'll have to order.
     
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    If you are only going to watch widescreen anamorphic DVDs, I would get the DVD1600. FWIW, I have both of them.
     
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    I prefer the RP-91 for most film based DVDs(they are very close though), but the Denon is markedly better with video based material. If you have alot of non-anamorpic discs, then I would get the Panny for it's scaling feature.

    I have had both as well, as I mentioned in your other thread.

    It's a tough call--good luck.

    DJ
     
  4. Travis

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    David, Thanks for your additional reply. Sorry for the noob questions. I do have some 4x3 format dvd's but as mentioned most are widescreen. Are anamorphic dvd's different from normal widescreen dvd's. I have some that are widescreen that still have the bars on the top and bottom. This is annoying to me. I bought a widescreen to get rid of them. Would the panny fix this problem as well or is it just the nature of the beast with films shot with wider than 1:78? material?
     
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    One other thing that I just remembered reading somewhere was that the denon had an icon pop up on screen every time there was a different angle available? Is this right or was it a different dvd player?
     
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    Films with 2.35:1 aspect ratio will always have some black bars on even a 16:9 display, thats normal. You don't want to zoom in on them and lose part of the picture! For older non-anamorphic widescreen DVDs they are really a 4:3 frame with the widescreen movie letterboxed with bigger black bars than the anamorphic type. If your TV has a display mode for letterboxed material which cuts off the top and bottom black portion of 4:3 frame, then use that with non-anamorphic DVDs, the DVD-1600 is fine with that option. The RP91 can zoom in as well but its not really needed if your widescreen HDTV can do it instead.
     
  7. Travis

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    Thanks for the input guys. I just broke down and picked up a dvd 1600 for 316 new from my local vanns. Not a bad deal to me even though he grossed me on the monster cables optical out (40.00). LOL
     
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    Take the cable back and get an AR one for 1/2 the price.
     
  9. Travis

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    I should, but I am a fan of monster cables. Always had good luck with them. If it were 30 or 40 diff I would take it back but for an extra 20 I'll stick with it.
     
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    You are going to need 3 stereo cables to run from the 5.1 output on the Denon to the 5.1 input on your receiver if you want to play some DVD-A's.

    I highly recommend it--there are some great DVD-A discs out there.

    DJ
     

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