Is the RP91 the best under 1k?

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  1. AndyHangartner

    AndyHangartner Stunt Coordinator

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    I see a lot of comparisons to the rp91. Is this the player to have? If so then why not just buy it? What are the other viable options and what makes the rp91 so special? I have one and use the progressive mode on my HDTV, but the difference in the picture with or without progressive on is not noticeable. Also the layer change stinks. What's a better player? Picture quality (no BUG) and better at layer change?
    Inquiring minds..............you know the drill.
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  2. KeithH

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    Andy, this subject has been discussed quite a bit lately. Other models to consider are the Denon DVD-1600 and Kenwood Sovereign DV-5700. Neither show the chroma bug and both play DVD-Audio discs. The '1600 is a single-disc player that sells for around $500, and the '5700 is a carousel changer that goes for around $800. See www.crutchfield.com for more on these players. Also, a search here should yield some useful information.
     
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    I own an RP-91 and I'm not going to replace it, but if I had to right now, I would get the Kenwood.

    DJ
     
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    the Rp91 doesn't have the chroma bug, does it?
    the only thing i don't like about mine is the relatively slow layer change...otehr than that i love the rp91.

    in what ways is the Kenwood a better player?
     
  5. Andy_S

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    The RP-91 does not have the Chroma Bug. Also, it does a great job at scaling non-anamorphic DVD's.
     
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    You may also want to check out the Denon DVD-3800. It apparently has nearly all the features you would want (except SACD and a multichannel digital output) and should be available at right around $1k. It has digital bass management on DVD-A, no chroma bug, zoom functions, and excellent deinterlacing.
     
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    Anyone have a Pioneer DV-47A? I've been looking into this one, and it looks very good on paper. 12-bit video, SACD and DVD-A capability, progressive scan, dedicated analog stereo. I've seen it online for about $850.

    Can anyone make a comparison of this unit to, say, the Rotel 1080, the RP-91, or the Denon 3800?
     
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    And if you are looking for 5 disc capability, the Denon DVM-4800 could be on your list. I don't think the list price is
     
  10. Jeremy Hegna

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    Others have mentioned the Denon players, the 1600 and 3800.

    I'm not sure about the 16, but the 38 uses a buffering system for the layer changes...which you are looking to remedy. They are lightning quick, to the extent that they are nearly unnoticable.


    Jeremy
     
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    Also if you are looking for a 5 disk changer, no chroma bug, Faroudja deinterlacing, DVD-audio, and a 12 bit video DAC, the Yamaha DVD-CX1 can be had for less than $1000.


    Andrew B.
     
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    Dzung said the following about the Denon DVD-3800:

     
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    Ok, I am a litle confused please clear this up for me.

     
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    Keith, thanks for clarifying the chroma issue with the Denon- you're absolutely correct. There are a number of reasons why I believe the firmware upgrade is valid, however. First, DenonJeff admits that the 2800 and 2800mk2 can not be corrected so this sounds to me that is not just some sort of band-aid solution. Second, the Philips Q50 was able to correct its chroma bug with a firmware upgrade (see the Secrets Shootout II) so this is not unprecedented. Third, DenonJeff states that Stacey Spears from Secrets (one of the people who wrote the original article on the chroma bug) already has a corrected version and provided input regarding the changes. If DenonJeff had been spouting misinformation, Mr. Spears would have corrected him by now.

    John-Miles, the RP-91 does not play SACDs. You took David's quote a little out of context. The "It" in that quote refers to the Pioneer DV-47A. Redbook is the standard format for CDs.
     
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    Dzung, so the pioneer 47a plays both?

    hmm i will have to read up on this, i did not know there were any players that did dvd-a and sacd
     
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    Yes, the Pioneer DV-47A is one of the few so-called "universal" players out there. Marantz will also be releasing one soon.
     
  17. KeithH

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    Dzung, no problem. I have heard the explanations in favor of the firmware upgrade for the Denon '3800 and '9000, and they certaily seem valid. Hopefully the firmware upgrade works! We'll have to wait and see when more people have it in their hands. The trick will be to get one with the upgrade out of the box.
     
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    KeithH and Dzung-
    Check out this thread. It is indeed good news for people with an interest in Denon DVD players.
     
  20. KeithH

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    Michael, I saw and participated in that thread. Thanks anyway. [​IMG]
     

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