Panasonic RV31 or RP56 DVD Player?

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  1. James Zos

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    First, I DON'T have an HDTV, just a regular 27 inch Panasonic. So my question, is: without being able to use progressive scan, would there be a noticable difference in quality between the RV31 and the RP56?

    If not, I'll save myself $60 and stick with the RV31.

    Please let me know your opinions...
     
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    No one has any input for me on this?
     
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    James, there's no differences I can see in interlaced mode on my 27in, nor should there be since I expect that chipset to be the same. The 31 is the entry-level DVD player and is fine if you dont plan on going to an HDTV-ready display for 2 years or more.

    I moved to the RP56 as a xmas gift to myself. I know that it's highly-touted Sage chip for progressive scan isn't doing anything for my regular interlaced stuff -- but it gives me an incentive to keep looking at HDTV-ready displays!

    I haven't seen Panasonic's hightly-rated RP91, but I will note that the construction of the 56 isn't any better than the 31 -- in that the chassis sheetmetal cover is flimsy and the top has rattled under one circumstance. So I put my VCR on top of the 56.
     
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    I own both, in interlaced mode, there is no difference. Just get the interlaced version.
     
  5. James Zos

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    Thank you both for putting my mind at ease. I think you just saved me $60! One follow up question though: did you find any difference in sound quality? Or is that also the same?
     
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    My response is that the audio is the same: both units provide optical (only) Toslink beyond composite RCA.
     
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    Thanks Bill!
     
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    I know it's redundant, but yeah, the sound is exactly the same too.
     
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    Does the 31 suffer from chroma bug or any other glitches?
     
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    Not to my knowledge. In the DVD Shootout by Secrets of Home Theater Hi-Fi, they found Panasonic to be the only player(s) that did not exhibit the chroma bug. Certainly for the RP-91 when it came out, this was highly touted!

    I've had RV-30 and RP-56 and dont think I know what a "chroma bug" looks like. (But I dont have the Toy Story disk which is said to be worst-example).
     
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    Bill, thanks for the reply. I do own the Toy Story discs, thus my concern. Also, I note that there is now a RV32K... I wondered if that was simply the replacement for the 31 and if anyone knew if this was also a safe purchase. Anyone?
     
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    Steven,

    as far as I can tell, the RV-32 is the successor to the RV-31, adding support for windows media format audio/video files. There may be other minor differences, but I'm not aware of them. You might also check out the RA-60 if you are interested in DVD-Audio (has built-in DD/DTS decoders as well as a 10-bit/54Mhz video DAC, as opposed to the 31/32 which have a 10-bit 27Mhz DAC, support for MP3 but not WMA).
     
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    Does anyone know if the RP-56 do scaling? I have mits 46805 and it locks up on progressive mode?

    Thanks,

    Bry
     
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    Matt, thanks for the reply. I appreciate the help.
     
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    Bry,

    No I don't think the RP-56 will scale.
     
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    James,

    Check out the most recent issue of "The Perfect Vision" (it contains a 21 player buyer's guide). They rave about the RP56 as being "the" player in the $200-$250 price range. Plus, why not spend the extra $60 now and be set for a while, especially if you plan on going with an HDTV in the future. No, it won't make a difference right now, but it stands to be *somewhat* future-proof.
     
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