Recommend me a dvd player (upgrade)

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  1. Wallace Mason

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    I'm currently using a Sony DVP-S360 connected to a 35" Trinitron using s-video. Are there any sub $300 players that you would recommend that would give a noticable improvement in playback quality? TIA.
     
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    Are you having problems with your Sony? Or just have the upgrade bug? Any features you really want? I had a Sony 560 and upgraded it to the Panasonic RP-56. The Sony bit the dust and I wanted progressive scan. It was worth it! If you don't need progressive scan, you might want to check out the Panasonic RP-32. It's the same as the 56, only without progressive scan. I believe it runs around $150.
     
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    Thanks for the tip. The Sony I have works great but I just thought since I bought it a few years ago and it was a relativley cheap unit then, that there might be a better option out there. I'll give progressive scan a try. Thanks again.
     
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    I was in the same boat you were just last week, and chose the Marantz DV4200
    -No Chroma Bug
    -MP3 playback (and CDr CDrW)
    -Excellent CD playback (at least compaired to my TOshiba SD3006, heads and shoulders better)
    -Great picture, I always found the downconversion of the Sony units to be overly soft
    -Regeon Free at the press of a few buttons
    -Really classy looking [​IMG]
    Cane be found for $229
    here.
     
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    Don't you need an HDTV to notice the difference from a progressive scan DVD player? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
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    Yup, if this is an old standard def TV, progressive scan is of no use. If you are intending to upgrade the TV soon, then that's another story (although I would choose to get the TV first and then demo DVD players with it). If you've got other features in mind, or need another player in order to put a player in another room, that's another story. Any interest in DVD-Audio?

    Doug
     
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    Wallace, Marvin: As you've been advised, you need an ATSC-capable display to take advantage of progressive scanning. However, if you're sticking with that older Sony for a while, it won't hurt to consider a prog scan-capable machine if only to take into account the player's future compatability. Before too long, you're going to want line-doubled, de-interlaced images. Meanwhile, you can simply adjust your new player--and there are several good ones at very low prices--for interlaced output. JB
     
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  10. Wallace Mason

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    Thanks for the feedback. Sounds like I shouldn't worry to much about upgrading. Actually my Sony looks good to me but if there a way to get a better picture then doesn't hurt to ask. Right?
     
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    I have the NS300 I bought a year ago and right now I am looking at the 700 series which is progressive scan. I have a Wega which is not HDTV but I have talked to a few of my friends who upgraded their sony to the 700 and swear the picture improved without using the Progressive but who knows. I find my 300 to be a little on the soft side sometimes. I have also read about the Toshiba 4700 which is supposed to be good.
     

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