Going from a Panasonic RP-91 to a Denon 1600 for free Any thoughts?

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  1. HankM

    HankM Second Unit

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    I have a Panny RP-91 feeding a Mitsubishi 46805 which has been ISF calibrated. My father owns a Denon 1600 feedinga Sony Trinitron 32" TV that is approx 8 yrs old. He is willing to trade players with me. Will I see a big difference with the Denon? I'm using Better Cables Silver Serpent component cables. I have heard great things about the DCDi chip. Thank you.
     
  2. Don_Berg

    Don_Berg Supporting Actor

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    If your set can support a progressive (480p) input the Denon DVD-1600 would be better for you. Certainly the DVD-1600 is being wasted on that old Sony analog set since it can only input an interlaced signal. The RP-91 is great for interlaced mode, but poor for progressive mode since it is an inferior de-interlacer compared to the top-rated Faroudja DCDi de-interlacer in the DVD-1600.
     
  3. David Judah

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    There will be some DVDs that will look better with the Denon, primarily ones shot on video(where the DCDi kicks in), but for most film based DVDs the RP-91 will be better overall, IMO.

    I've had both in my system and after comparing the two, I sent the Denon back. I probably won't replace it until one of the major Japanese manufacturers produce an upconverting player similiar to the LiteOn.

    DJ
     
  4. Kevin Korom

    Kevin Korom Stunt Coordinator

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    I agree, I've had both & prefer the RP91. The only area the 1600 beats it is the deinterlacing, IME.
     
  5. BeatCrazy

    BeatCrazy Stunt Coordinator

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    I have both.

    It boils down to this IMO:

    Do you watch a lot of video-based material, i.e. concert DVDs, TV shows on DVD or similar? Get the DVD1600.

    Do you watch a lot of 4:3 material or older released DVDs that are non-anamorphic widescreen? Keep the Panny for it's 4:3->16:9 scaling.

    Picture seems similar to me on standard anamorphic film-based material. I probably couldn't pick them apart on 90% of material.
     
  6. HankM

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    I never mentioned in my original post above that my Mits TV locks into full mode when displaying 480p. Looks like I should keep the Panny.
     

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