Which DVD players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?

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  1. Dave H

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    I've been reading more and more about this and I was wondering what I could buy for under $500 without this horrible macroblocking. My TV is going to be a Mits Ws-65315.
     
  2. Jason GT

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    Have you ever seen MB? It's worth finding out if it really is that horrible (for yourself). Some people don't even see it on their displays; for others it's acceptable.

    MB is problem with upscaling players using the Faroudja 23** chips. It is not a problem with the vast majority of DVDPs out there. If you're totally paranoid about MB, just don't get an upscaling player.
     
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    Sorry, but that's not much of good solution you are giving me and I really don't appreciate the "pissy" response.

    Yes, obviously I have seen macroblocking and that is why I want to avoid it. In case you didn't know, some people do see it and find out other upscaling players avoid it on their particular display. The display is now actually the Sony KP-57WS520. If anyone has this display, please chine in.

    Thanks.
     
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    His solution is valid, despite your response.

    Just don't get a player with the Faroudja 2310 chip.
     
  5. Dave H

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    His solution is not valid based on my question. Not getting a Farouda player doesn't give me a suggestion as to a particular player to buy (as per my thread title question) for under $500.00.
     
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    Panasonic XP30/50. No upconverting. No macroblocking. Faroudja deinterlacing.

    Hard to find but with persistance, can be found new.

    Also Denon 1600 refurb.
     
  7. Dave H

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    Thanks, Elinor.

    I've heard positive things about the XP30 and Denon, in general, when it comes to DVD players.
     
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    If you're willing to go a few bucks more you can pick up a factory refurbished Denon 2900 for $550 at eCost when they have them. The Denon 2200 is also a good choice. If you don't mind buying used you can also find great deals on both players at Audiogon. Both use the Silicon Image Sil504 deinterlacer and do not have the macroblocking issues inherent in the newer Faroudja solutions.
     
  9. Jason GT

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    Dave, I'm not sure why *you're* pissed (or for that matter took my response the wrong way), but you asked for "Which DVD players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?"

    Any player under $500 that does not have the FLI 23** will not have MB. What part of your question did I not answer? In other words, it's a lot harder to get a DVDP WITH MB than WITHOUT. For instance, some POS $50 Walmart special would fill your criteria, but I bet that's not what you're looking for.

    Now if you had asked "Which DVD upscaling players under $500 have no macroblocking issues?" things would be slightly different.
     
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    Cambridge 540D. Denon 2900. One of those discontinued Panasonics on Ebay. Below $500, there just isn't a lot of choice outside of Faroudja right now for upscaling players.
     

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