which one would you choose

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  1. Peter Donovan

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    If you could get either of these two for the same price:

    1. Brand new Sony NS700P or

    2. Factory refurbished Pioneer Elite DVC-36

    My dilema is that I think the Pioneer is probably better built being an Elite and is a 5 disc (not a big deal), however, it is refurbished.

    On the Sony side, it has true 3:2 pull down (I don't believe the Pioneer does, nor do the JVC's, at least that's my understanding).

    I'd like to hear other's opinions.
     
  2. Dan Hitchman

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    How about neither.

    Both players are subject to the chroma bug problem plaguing many MPEG-2 decoder chipsets.

    Try a Panasonic RP-56 (although it has an improperly implemented SAGE/Faroudja de-interlacer which could turn out to be as bad as the chroma bug).

    The best overall player right now that isn't a HUGE amount of dough is the Panasonic RP-91 (no chroma bug), which also includes DVD-Audio playback. Also very easily upgraded via free downloaded software burned onto a CD-R or CD-RW then inserted into the player to update the firmware. The latest software upgrade v. 236 also seems to improve somewhat the progressive scan performance of the Genesis de-interlacing chip.

    Dan
     

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