Which Panasonic DVD player to get?

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Jim A. Banville, May 16, 2003.

  1. Jim A. Banville

    Jim A. Banville Supporting Actor

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    Looks like the RP-82 and XP-30 are nearly identical and are top rated by hometheaterhifi.com's progressive scan DVD player shotout. Problem is they both seem to be discontinued. What is the current version of these players?
     
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    The new models are:

    S35 - Pro-scan
    S55 - Pro-scan, DVD-Audio
    F65 - 5-disc, pro-scan
    F85 - 5-disc, pro-scan, DVD-Audio

    The thing is, these new models are using a new Panasonic-designed deinterlace chip instead of the coveted Sage/Faroudja chip in the models you mention.
     
  3. Adam Bluhm

    Adam Bluhm Supporting Actor

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    There are a couple more places where you can pick up the XP30. Check out Pricegrabber.

    Be sure to check Froogle.com as well.

    I have the XP30 and it does a fine job.
     
  4. Brian Alan

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    I just bought my new XP30 at the local Sharper Image store at lunch today. $199, no less. If you want one, get one soon!
     
  5. Jim A. Banville

    Jim A. Banville Supporting Actor

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    I did [​IMG]
     
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    Jim, the 'RP82 is very difficult, if not impossible, to find new these days. I wouldn't expect the 'XP30 to be much easier to find, as like the 'RP82, it has been discontinued. One major difference between these players is that the 'RP82 handles DVD-Audio and the 'XP30 doesn't. The 'XP50 is more comparable to the 'RP82.
     
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    I recently bought the new S55 from Crutchfield, with the idea that it played true DVD-A. Since it is not a 5.1 DVD-A player, I don't really need it and would like to have something with the highly toted Farudja (sp) chip in it. Would it be worth returning the S55 and ordering the one off Sharper image?
     
  10. Jim A. Banville

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    YES!
     

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