Opinion Needed on These Choices

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Tim L, May 30, 2003.

  1. Tim L

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    I think I have narrowed it down (somewhat) to these DVD players- I was hoping I could get some input on these models (good or bad) by people who own them or have had some experience with them- thanks
    VIDEO and SACD: DVPNS999ES / DVPNS755V / DVD2900

    VIDEO / DVDA: DVDXP50 / DVD1600
     
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    I went with the Marantz DV8400 for DVDA/SACD and going with the Bravo D1 for DVI->DLP. I heard the Marantz video is still very good but is rumored to have (I'm not sure if its confirmed) CUE. I also heard that the 3900 will be more on par with the 8400's audio section. As far as BM, there's a huge thread at AVS regarding the 2900's BM and -10db LFE output and calibrating it accordingly.

    Hope this confuses you even more...[​IMG]

    -sonny
     
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    Tim,

    The Denon 2900 does both DVD-A and SACD, not just SACD.

    Are you saying you intend to go w/ a 2-player combo assuming that gives you best results for your budget (whatever that may be)?

    For myself, I bought a Panny RP91 for non-16x9 DVDs and DVD-A -- well, the DVD-A part is an afterthought -- since I wanted aspect ratio scaling. I'm leaning toward a Philips 963sa for 16x9 DVDs (and non-R1 and/or PAL DVDs also) and CD/SACD although I might go w/ the Sony C222ES, if it does CD/SACD significantly better, but I don't expect that to be the case.

    I would've gone w/ the Denon 2900 myself, but it doesn't do aspect ratio scaling (for letterboxed DVDs), which is a priority for me, and doesn't offer the flexibility of region-free playback as a plus feature. The Panny RP91 + Philips 963sa would cost ~$700 combined, which is still quite a bit less than the Denon. Of course, you might need to buy a video switcher and/or get external bass management (and such) that you might not need w/ the Denon.

    _Man_
     
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    I have the Sony DVPNS755V DVD/SACD. For an entry level player, I have been very satisfied.
     
  5. Tim L

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    Thanks for the replys- yes I may go the route of buying 2-players instead of one- it seems its hard to find a player that does everything just right-so it may be feasible to just have a little seperate area for listening to just music and another for movies- any other info appreciated
    Tim
     

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