DVD-A changer around $300?

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  1. AaronD

    AaronD Stunt Coordinator

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    My dealer gave me a nice trade in on my sony DVD changer, and now I'm looking for a new DVD unit. I'd like to have DVD-A, and I'd also like to have a carousel changer.
    Is there anything out there in the ~$300 range? If a changer can't be had what about single disc? Progressive scan is completely optional, but I'd like something without the chroma bug (or at least very faint).
    I've looked at a mitsubishi single disc player for $300, but I can't remember the model. Also, I find the Panny RA60k to be attractive.
    I plan on getting a SCD-222ES in the near future so I plan to keep redbook & SACD on that.
    Thanks again guys,
    Aaron
     
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    Aaron, the only budget DVD-Audio changer available at present is a JVC seven-disc carousel (yes, it is a seven-disc carousel). It is available in black or gold and is a progressive-scan model. See www.crutchfield.com for more information. OneCall and J&R Music World could be cheaper than Crutchfield. I've seen this changer at Best Buy, and I feel the carousel mechanism is quite flimsy. Just my opinion.
    As for single-disc players in your budget, take a look at the Panasonic DVD-RA60. It an interlaced player and is now available for $200 from Crutchfield and J&R. It is available in black or silver. Also, the Toshiba SD-4700 and '5700 are available in your price range. Both are progressive-scan, and the '5700 has an HDCD decoding chip. The '4700 is black, and the '5700 is silver.
     
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    Thanks KeithH... I've seen those JVC changers at stores and I agree the mechanism looks flimsy. I think I'd like to stay away from those.
    Does anyone know if the panny RA60 has the chroma bug bad?
    Thanks,
    Aaron
     
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    Aaron, no problem. As for the Panasonic 'RA60, I'd be surprised if it shows the chroma bug at all. I know the 'RP56 and 'RP91 don't show it.
     
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    OK, what if I bumped my budget up to $500? Anything in that market?
    -Aaron
     
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    Aaron, aside from the aforementioned JVC unit, I believe the only other DVD-Audio changers available are the Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700 five-disc carousel changer, Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400+3 megachanger, and Denon DVM-4800 five-disc carousel changer. The two carousels sell for around $1200, while the megachanger sells for $1500.
     
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    I have the RA60. Either my TV doesn't show it (likely since its nothing special), I don't notice it, or the RA60 doesn't have the bug. Now while I don't quite trust myself to give you the answer, I do know that I like its picture quality alot, and Panasonic has a history of minimal (if any) signs of the chroma bug.
     
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    Thanks guys, after hooking up my older single disc DVD player for the interim I've noticed how bad the picture is on it. So, a new DVD player will probably be my next purchase.
    Since there is so little actually out there, I might brave the JVC. It seems that peopler either love it or hate it. I haven't necessarily found anything bad about it performance, just questions on the reliability of the changer mechanism.
    The RA60 is very attractive too, although I'd really like to have a changer and save the big money for an Sony ES SACD player.
    Thanks!
    Aaron
     
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    Aaron, I hope the JVC changer works out for you should you go that route. Unless you need a DVD changer, I would look at other DVD-Audio players besides the JVC changer. Consider all your options. You will be getting a quality CD changer should you get the Sony SCD-C222ES ($525-600) or 'C555ES ($800) SACD player. So, you could use one of those as a CD changer and a single-disc DVD-Audio player (Panasonic 'RA60 or Toshiba '4700 or '5700) for movies and DVD-Audio. I think you would be better off that way in the long run.
     

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