Need some help with HDMI Purchase

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  1. Tom Scholfield

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    Hi everyone,
    I am going to be purchasing a widescreen HDTV with HDMI input in the next few days. I would like to purchase a dvd player with HDMI or DVI output. I can only find three DVD players with these outputs that are around 200 dollars. Samsung and V cary dvi out models and Toshiba has a player with HDMI out. I heard there is a problem with the Toshiba player. My question is, should I just wait until more players come out or should I get one of these three. does anyone have experience with any of these players? Anyway, please help.
     
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    I have the problematic Toshiba SD5960 HDMI player. I'm finding it a bit balky with the controls, not very responsive to either the remote or the front panel buttons, and it only weighs 3.5lbs - giving it a very flimsy feel. I haven't received my long HDMI cable yet, so I can't comment on the performace through that connection, but on component out to a Sony HS3 front projecter, it seems to be doing fine. It did stutter a bit a couple of times, but hasn't actually refused to play anything yet. I'm hearing rumors of a recall to Toshiba, but that is unconfirmed.

    If I had a good DVDP with component out, I would wait until more HDMI or DVI players hit the market later this year. I'm stuck, though, with a $35 Mintek that I bought a year ago to tide me over until I upgraded. Now that I have the projecter, I'm going to stick it out with the Toshiba, and hope for a replacement under recall down the road.

    I just think it's bizarre that there are all these display options that accept HDMI or DVI, but hardly any sources to go with them.
     
  3. Tom Scholfield

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    I know it is so strange. I am so excited about having an HDMI input, but I only have like three options for dvd players. It is pretty disapointing.
     
  4. David Judah

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    If you can wait, Panasonic is releasing the DVDS-97S(there is a thread about it in this Forum). There is no release date, but I've heard anywhere from June to September.

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    If you are buying a HDTV with HDMI input, I am assuming you are looking for a DVD player which can output 1080i thru DVI/HDMI. If I am reading the Panasonic DVD S97 writeups right, it is outputing the 6 channel DVD-A thru the HDMI output, it does not say it can upconvert to 1080i to be outputed thru HDMI.
     
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    It will upconvert to 720/1080 through HDMI. Its unknown if it will upconvert >480 via comp.

    6-ch DVD-A will be analog out only. Digital audio will be passed via HDMI (which is just DVI + audio).
     
  7. David Judah

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    Actually, I don't think we can know for sure until it is released, but so far indications are that it will upconvert to 1080i & 720p and transmit DVD-A through the HDMI connection.

    I know this press release is from January during CES, so obviously features can change, but here is a quote from a report of Panasonic's booth:
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    Note that the mention of six-channel DVD-A support is because the DVD-D47 only supports 2 channel DVD-A(for what reason I can't fathom).

    I'm guessing here, but I think the delay of the SA-XR70 and the DVDS-97S are because they are having problems integrating the HDMI interface. Again, this is my theory, not something I've heard, because both were already supposed to be released by now.

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  8. Tom Scholfield

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    But nobody knows when the panasonic is going to be released right? Right now all I have is a non progressive scan player, should I purchase an inexpensive progressive scan while I wait for the Panasonic or should I go with the Samsung with DVI output?
     

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