Pioneer 656a. Better than 563a?

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  1. JohMabe

    JohMabe Stunt Coordinator

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    I found the Pioneer 656a SACD-DVD-CD in a local store. Is it better than the 563a? It's MSRP is 300 pounds.
     
  2. Don_Berg

    Don_Berg Supporting Actor

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    Wow thats one heavy sucker!
     
  3. JohMabe

    JohMabe Stunt Coordinator

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    Yea, indeed... Would you buy the Philips 963SA or the Pioneer 563a?
     
  4. FeisalK

    FeisalK Screenwriter

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    the Pioneer if you want DVDA playback as well as SACD, I don't think the Philips does DVDA (although it will play the DD/DTS tracks on a DVDA disc)
     
  5. JohMabe

    JohMabe Stunt Coordinator

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    Mostly, I want SACD and CD quality playback. DVD is a plus.
     
  6. LanceJ

    LanceJ Producer

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    JohMabe: I own the Pioneer DV-656A that is sold here in the States and I bought it partly because I like Pioneer equipment but also because a couple of hobbyists I trust opened it up & they said it used some very nice Burr/Brown DACs that machines in the @$400-$600 range use (MSRP was $332 but I only paid $200 from Crutchfield.com back in March). BTW: mine only plays dvd-video/dvd-audio/CD (yours also does sacd); why Pioneer chose to use the same model number for both machines is very weird & the cause for quite a few confusing discussions until this was made clear! But mine is no longer on Pioneer's website.

    This is my player.

    I like mine: it sounds very good and has the most easily navigable (& of secondary importance) the best looking on-screen menu system I've personally seen on a dvd player in any price range.

    LJ
     

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