Panny S55 or XP30?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Carey Briscuso, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Carey Briscuso

    Carey Briscuso Auditioning

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    Hi guys, I just got a Panasonic 53WX52 53" over the weekend and I thought it was time to get a prog. scan DVD player. I picked up a brand new S55S from a local store for only $88, because 1 corner of the box was ripped open. After getting it I found this site and I've been reading rave reviews on the XP30. I work in a mall next to a Shaper Image, so I thought I'd try one out. I got one for $199. Do you guys think it is worth $100 more then the S55? I only have 1 set of component cables so it's kinda hard to do a true A/B comparison, but I can't decide which one looks better. My main thing I'm after is PQ. Any opinions?
     
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    The xp30 is the better player at least as far as video quality. It uses the Farjouda DCDI deinterlacer and panasonics top MPEG decoder, which is chroma bug free. It is also discontinued. In order to compete with import chinese players, panasonic has cut costs and their new units, at least for now, don't use the farjouda deinterlacer or the better mpeg decoder. the new units uses panny's all in one deinterlacer/MPEG decoder chip and according to the Secrets shootout boys has the chroma bug. I would keep the xp30 as it is the higher quality player.
     
  3. Carey Briscuso

    Carey Briscuso Auditioning

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    I was also thinking about maybe getting a Denon 900. There is a store close by where I could get one for about $215. How does it compare to the XP30? A plus with the denon is that it would match my 2801 reciever. It also has the Farjouda chip as well, right?
     
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    The Denon 900 does use the Farjouda chip. I don't have any experience with the 900. I do see that the Secrets guys rated the XP30 with a score of 91, and the Denon 900 with a 76. You can check out the details at the link below.

    http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-b...5#DenonDVD-900
     

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