Kenwood Sovereign DVD Player

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  1. Ron Reda

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    I just got the new Crutchfield catalog and it makes a mention about the new Kenwood Sovereign DVD players having the Faroudja chip for de-interlacing. I thought I remembered seeing something that said that these chips are really good performers and are void of "the bug." Is this true? I understand they're pretty new, but has anyone heard anything about these new models?
    Here's the one I was looking at:
    http://www.crutchfield.com/cgi-bin/S...13DV5700&o=&a=
     
  2. Jim Brown

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    Based on what I've read at www.avsforum.com, none of the Kenwood Sovereign DVD players suffer from the chroma bug.
    ---Jim
     
  3. Ron Reda

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    Thanks Jim!
    By the way, you were one helluva running back back in the day! (I bet you've NEVER heard that before, right?!)
     
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    Ron,
    The new Kenwood Sovereign players (the 5900M and 5700) both use Matsushita (panasonic) mpeg2 decoders, and thus are chroma bug free. The Faroudja chip is pretty much comparable to the Si503 in deinterlacing film-sourced material, while it takes video-sourced deinterlacing to another level with Faroudja's famous DCDi processing.
    Note, Phillips is also soon releasing a new player with the Farouidja chip as well - called the Q50. The Q50 will retail about $500.00 in the U.S.
     
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    Oh, yes, I've heard that one. [​IMG]
    Actually, since my first name is actually James, I've heard quite a few other ones as well. Hey, but at least I feel good. [​IMG]
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    I LOVE the 5900M 400 disc machine. I just wish it didn't list for $1,500.
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    Q50 is released i believe already.
     
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    I have a friend in the U.S. (I'm in Canada) who sells and installs VERY HIGH END equipment (Meridian, Krell and the like) and he says that he will probably take on the Kenwood line, if only to be able to sell the Kenwood DVD players with the Faroudja processing.
    He says the Sage/Faroudja processing puts out a phenomenal picture.
    His customers include those in the $250,000 to $1,000,000 Home Theater price range.
    That should give you an idea how good the Kenwood Sovereign DVD players are.
    ... Greg
    [Edited last by GregoriusM on August 30, 2001 at 12:25 AM]
     
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    Hi, this is probably a dumb question but, do you have to have an HDTV-capable TV to take advantage of this Faroujda processing? I have a 16x9 TV, but it's not HDTV capable (so progressive scan isn't an improvement for me). Will I get a better picture with these players?
     
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    David,
    Yes, as with any progressive-scan device, including DVD players, you'll need to have at least a 480P input capability. Typically this is found on "HDTV-ready" sets.
     
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    Thanks for the info, Jim.
     
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    David P.,
    Yes, you would need an "HDTV ready" TV to use the new Kenwoods in their progressive output mode. However, the two new Kenwoods probably will provide outstanding non-progressive output as well.
    Some people are perhaps forgetting that these new Kenwoods include a 2nd Sage/Faroudja proprietary chip in addition to their great Sage/Faroudja deinterlacer chip (for progressive output). These players also include the Sage/Faroudja FLI2220 video enhancer chip that will probably improve interlaced output also (Unless they have it shut off for interlaced playback.). Many players are now using only the Sage/Faroudja deinterlacer chip (FLI2200), but so far only 3 have annouced use of both chips. Krell had their first ever DVD player one out in August (mortgage your house to buy), and Kenwood has their's out this month. I believe Theater Vision (almost mortgage your house to buy) also announced an "option card" for a new player that includes both Sage/Faroudja chips.
    The 2nd Sage/Faroudja FLI2220 video enhancer chip seems to be including some of the great patented Faroudja technology as is included in the expensive standalone Faroudja video processor boxes.
    Bottom line is - I would consider the new Kenwoods for either progressive use or non-progressive use.
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    I have never heard if a 16x9 TV that wasn't HD ready. Is there such a thing?
    Russ
     
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    16x9 sets have been around longer than HD. I don't know of any current generation sets that aren't HD ready, but there were some up until a few years ago. 16x9 sets are also much more common outside of the US and I'm sure there must still be some sets being made overseas that aren't HD ready.
     

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