Marantz DV-6200 vs VC-5200 .... and DV-8300

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  1. Al Roeth

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    Hi,

    Well, I've already got a Marantz VC-5200 5-Disc DVD player, and although the picture is fine, it's really slow disc-handling is annoying. That and the fact that I'm also potentially interested in a slightly finer CD player, and SACD/DVD-A.... have got me looking around.

    On the DVD front, I have been reading that the VC-5200 and DV-6200 are essentially the same unit on the inside. And the DV-6200 gets great reviews. However, based on the literature for the DV-6200, Marantz makes it sound as if it's audio section at least is of a little higher quality than the 5200?? Is that the only difference? Is that accurate?

    So, can anyone confirm what the differences are(or aren't), other than being a single versus multi-disc player, between the DV-6200 and VC-5200?? Has anyone compared their DVD performance side-by-side?

    If it turns out that the DVD section and consequent video-quality is exactly the same, I may just keep my VC-5200, and get an SA-8260 for CD/SACD playback. Or if the DV-6200 is a significantly better quality DVD player(or otherwise) than the VC-5200, I may get rid of the 5200 changer, get a 6200, and then again get the SA-8260 for higher-end CD/SACD playback.

    Another option of course, although pricey, is to get the new all-in-one DV-8300. Obviously I would get the benefits of DVD, DVD-A, and a top-notch CD/SACD player(although not as good as the 8260 I've been told)... but I wonder how well it's DVD video output compares with the DV-6200? Anyone?

    As the DV-8300 is built upon the Pioneer DV-47 multi-player DVD section, basically if you've compared the DVD performance of that player with a 6200 you might have an opinion =)

    So basically, I have a VC-5200, trying to figure out if the DV-6200 has any better DVD or CD Audio quality, or if they are essentially the same. And am considering a VC-5200 or DV-6200 in combo with an SA-8260 for high-quality CD/SACD.... or if the performance is "close enough".... would the DV-8300 all-in-one be a good solution?? When it's all said and done, the cost is about the same.

    Bottom line, I'm wondering if my 5200 is just a 6200 with a carousel or if the 6200 sounds and looks a bit better.

    Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks in advance =)
    al
     
  2. ChrisAG

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    The 6200 is progressive scan, not sure if the 5200 is.
     
  3. Al Roeth

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    Yes, the VC-5200 is progressive, as is the DV-6200 [​IMG]
    I already have the VC-5200.... and generally like it, although its mechanism is soooo slow and lethargic.
    If one checks out the specifications, and other reviews, the guts of the VC-5200 and DV-6200 are supposed to be same... except for a "premium audio section" on the 6200(and of course that the 5200 is a 5-disc carousel). So, beyond the audio section being potentially somewhat better(or is it a lot better??), it would seem reasonable that DVD video playback on the 5200 and 6200 should be exactly the same in quality?? That's the primary question I'm wondering about. Do they produce DVD output equally well, as I hear great things about the DV-6200.
    And similarly, I'm wondering if the DVD playback on the DV-8300, which has the chroma bug from the Panasonic 47 multi-player it's built upon, is any better than the 5200/6200. If the 8300 doesn't have significantly better DVD playback, or especially if it's worse... I'll stick with the 5200 or 6200 and just get a stand-alone CD/SACD box.
    Those are my questions [​IMG]
    thx!
    al
     

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