Need consultation on DVD player purchase

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  1. Todd K

    Todd K Second Unit

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    Greetings fellow HTFers:

    I would like to buy a DVD player for my parents for Christmas. This player will only get moderate use, but it needs to last into the HDTV era. Therefore, I have decided that progressive scan is probably the way to go.

    My price range is up to the lower middle $100s, and I have eyed these models, to name a few:

    http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...S725P&Dept=hav

    http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...S425P&Dept=hav

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...Model=DVD-S35K

    http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp...Model=DVD-F65K

    However, I have concerns about durability and build quality. I have seen mention that Panasonic has started making theirs on the cheap, and while I have a Sony and am satisfied with it, I am concerned with things like chroma bugs and black levels (plus I'm not even sure what the difference is between the 425 and 725).

    Progressive scan is also a concern, since I have no idea about any of the chips, Faroudja, or otherwise. Should I even be concerned with this? This player's performance will be watched with only moderately critical eyes, but not very nitpicky.

    If anyone has any comments or suggestions, I'd like to discuss them. I'm open to one-discers and five-discers. For example, a fiver would be nice, but if there's a single disc player that really floats everyone's boat, I wouldn't hesitate to get it.

    Thanks for your attention and consideration,
    Todd K.
     
  2. Don_Berg

    Don_Berg Supporting Actor

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    Panasonic's quality is in question now, their new models also have lots of artifacts - avoid them. I've found the JVC models are very reliable and a bargain price with a $20 rebate offer now - check them out.
     
  3. BobG

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    I own the Sony DVP-NS725P and I've had no problems on any DVDs. This months Consumer Reports has a DVD Player buyers guide if you need more help.
     
  4. Todd K

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    Thanks kindly, fellas. I think I've written off the Panasonics now. I was just interested in the Panasonics because they offered Progressive Scan on the five disc for cheaper than the sony.

    Bob, are you using the progressive scan feature on the 725? There are mixed reports on its performance.

    I'm now also considering the NC665B, which is a 5 discer and can be had for just a few bucks more with some haggling:

    http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...P%2fB&Dept=hav

    Is this the 5 disc version of the 725, or do they employ different technologies?

    Todd

    p.s. and what's with Sony trimming down to only one analog audio output? they just don't make them like they used to.
     
  5. BobG

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    Todd, I'm not using the progressive scan feature so I can't comment on that.
     
  6. Bill Will

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    For what it's worth this is what Consumer Reports had to say

    All but 5 of the progressive-scan playes improved upon the usual excellent picture quality when used with HDTV. Those that din't show the improvement:

    Mitsubishi DD-6040 single disc
    Sony DVP-NS725P single disc
    Sony DVP-NC665P 5 disc
    Samsung DVD-P230 single disc
    Samsung DVD-C631P
     
  7. Todd K

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    Oh brother...

    Thanks for that tidbit, Bill. I am actually thinking of holding off until next year, because this purchase is giving me too much of a headache. I think the quality of player I want to invest in for my parents is just not available in my price range. Hopefully by next year, prices will have come down and things will stabilize a bit more. It's not only progressive scan I'm worried about, but other things like chroma bug and the like. I just want to have piece of mind when I make a major purchase like this, and I don't think I'll get it.

    Todd
     

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