SACD, DVD-A, mp3, Progressive - $399?

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  1. Kelly N

    Kelly N Agent

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    I was wondering what anyone knows about actual release dates of the Apex AD-7701. It is the first universal player I know of . I realize that Apex makes pretty cheap components, but I have four friends that have purchased other Apex DVD players and only one of them has had any functionality problems. They are not pretty, feel a bit on the flimsy side, and are ergonomically bizarre, but their performance has been acceptable.
    I could be wrong here, but it seems to me that the technologies that make up components are so good these days that a piece of equipment that simply performs to the minimums specs set forth by say, Dolby Labs will still sound pretty good. I mean that I haven't heard any demo of properly functioning Dolby Digital equipment that sounded bad. Obviously, better components will sound superior to El-cheapo components. Speaker quality not withstanding, the lowest priced DD setup I've heard sounded better than the best DPL setup I've heard because the underlying technology is better.
    O.K. I rambled. I apologize. I'm just thinking that the opportunity for someone on a budget to get their hands on a player that will incorporate the best technologies currently available and do it for less than $400 is pretty cool.
    All of that crap having been said, does anyone know anything about this piece? When and where will it really be available ?
     
  2. John Garcia

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    I know a number of people who have Apex players without any issues. My aunt liked her first one so much, she bought a second. The second one would not pass a DD signal, and it was replaced by the store where she purchased it. The new one has had no problems since.
    Personally, I thought it was too good to be true for the price, but after checking it out, it does have all the bells and whistles, and does a more than satisfactory job. (non SA, MP3, Progressive)
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  3. JohnFR

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    I have been watching for the availability of this player because of its apparant capabilities.
    So the other day I sent an email to Apex and got the following reply:
     
  4. Kelly N

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    Anybody else have any thoughts on this ?
     
  5. donovan_chin

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    I was pretty excited when I heard that this player was the one that could "do it all". I just hope that Apex proves all of us wrong and finally delivers a quality product. I question the quality of the DACs for DVD-A and SACD. But it should be interesting to see how it performs. I think that it might be an affordable alternative to the better players.
     
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    One more thing.. it's supposed to ship this month but has anyone heard exactly when and what the street pricing will be?
     
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    If its DACs turn DSD into PCM before doing a D to A conversion then the SACD portion would be useless to me (and that goes for any universal player like that).
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    Dan, I absolutely agree with you. Still, it would be fun to check out this player. However, I consider $400 too much to spend on an Apex product. Maybe it will be built to a higher standard than other Apex players, but I am skeptical.
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