New Panasonic F87 dvd player: dvd-audio, HDCD and........Pro-Logic II??

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by LanceJ, Mar 18, 2004.

  1. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    As one of the HTF's dvd-audio fan boys [​IMG] I feel it is my duty to make y'all aware of this new player coming out soon. See it here at Crutchfield.

    FYI: In case anyone is wondering, according to a Highfidelityreview.com article concerning this year's CES show, Panasonic has no intention of building sacd capability into any of their players.

    Anyhoo.............

    Maybe it's not a giant sonic revelation, but the HDCD decoder is still nice to have (check the fine print on your CDs and/or their labels: for example, several 311 CDs are encoded with this system).

    But I don't understand the addition of the DPLII feature--is this something to be implemented (i.e. encoded) onto CDs or older stereo-only soundtrack dvd movies in the future?

    AND HALLELUJAH......they replaced the previous microscopic fluorescent display with a normal-sized one & equipped it with a number pad for individual track selection for CD playback, one of my pet peeves concerning dvd players (I hate using the remote for every single stinkin' function [​IMG] ).

    Due on March 31.

    LJ
     
  2. John Kotches

    John Kotches Cinematographer

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    LJ:

    DPL-II can be applied to stereo audio discs to output derived surround information. In addition, it can be applied to DD2.0 movie soundtracks to extract Dolby Surround information.

    So it is a somewhat useful feature, although I think I'd rather let the receiver do the job myself.

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  3. Rodrigo Mansill

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    HDCD in Panny? That's really new. I even think it's almost a dead technology because the recent aparition of DVD-A and SACD. But it's a really a good point to add that kind of support.... does any other new Panny model has it too?
     
  4. HienD

    HienD Stunt Coordinator

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    HDCD is really popular in asia so the inclusion of it is no surprise. Too bad they couldn't release a sacd/dvd-a player.
     
  5. David Judah

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    It can be encoded specifically, in addition to the things John mentioned. Info. on the encoder is here(specs)and here (overview).

    DJ
     
  6. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    I just learned this player has no optical digital output--bad news for all those people that own "old" receivers with no coaxial digital inputs (like my own Technics SA-DA8 from 2001).

    Any ideas on why Panasonic did this?

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    LJ
     
  7. John Kotches

    John Kotches Cinematographer

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    Nope, no idea whatsoever other than saving a few $$$.

    They do make optical to coaxial convertors, I've seen them for about $50, I think Audio Authority is one company that makes them.

    Cheers,
     
  8. Adil M

    Adil M Supporting Actor

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    I concur it's saving a few bucks, and making a few by pushing the fact that you can always use the HDMI connection in conjunction w/ their new Panasonic Digital Receivers for all formats.
     

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