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07-01-2002, 05:38 PM
I am in the market for a new DVD player. The features I am looking for are as follows:
MP3, CD, CDR-RW, VCD - pretty much standard nowadays
Digital audio compliant, either DVD-A, or SACD, just need one of those formats to have that capability, don't need both.
I would like to spend around 300 plus or minus a 100. I don't need a 1000 dvd player, just the features above. I have found some good 5 disc progressive scans, but they don't have a digital audio format, and some 5 disc with a digital audio format, that don't support progressive scan. I found a JVC XV-FA90BK, which seems to have all the features I want, but lacks some basic features like random play throughout all the discs, and some people commented on the component picture?
Any recomendations would be greatly appreciated.
07-01-2002, 05:42 PM
Wait a little bit for dvd-audio/sacd. New models to come out.
07-01-2002, 05:46 PM
ANy time frame? I am not sure when most companies release their new dvd models, is it soon, or will I have to wait a while. My purchasing deadline is mid september, should I wait until then?
07-01-2002, 07:44 PM
jvc makes a 7 disk with all that i think for around 250 kenwood has a 5 disk for 250 but no dvd-a or sacd sony also has a 5 oisk but no sacd or dvd-a and toshiba also has a 5 disk but no sacd ans dvd a eather i have not tested these i just checked crutchfeild and some other sites if i got a dvd player i would want like a 300+ one if you get a 5 you still have to change disks and some of the mega changers will also flip the disk. when i replace my dvd player i will get a last years model of a mega changer but my single is good for now
07-01-2002, 09:35 PM
I don't need a 1000 dvd player
Come on - nobody NEEDS a $1000 player - but then again my credit card would not leave me alone. I like the new Denons.
I WANT - I NEED - I WANT - I NEED - Dam those vocies. I NEED a BEER. Or do I WANT a BEER. It never gets any easier. :lol:
07-01-2002, 10:06 PM
You might want to consider the Panasonic DVD-RP82 that should come out later this month. Here is Panasonic's site with all of the info. HERE - RP-82 (http://www.prodcat.panasonic.com/shop/NewDesign/ModelTemplate.asp?ModelId=15287&show_all=false&product_exists=True&active=1&ModelNo=DVD-RP82&CategoryId=%202977). MSRP is $279 and you should be able to get it for around $225. It is a progressive-scan DVD-Audio/Video player with DVD-RAM, CD-R/RW, MP3 and WMA playback. Lots of cool features and no chroma bug. I will be getting this one to replace a 5 year old Toshiba that was one of the first to play DTS. It is still a pretty nice player but the upgrade fever has hit. I already have a Sony SACD CD (audio only) changer and with the RP-82 I will have both SACD and DVD-A covered. The only problem is that there are only a couple of preamps and no receivers that I am aware of that have more than one set of 5.1 analog inputs. This means that one of the formats will have to be 2 channel analog for the time being until a multiple switching box becomes available or I decide to buy one of the preamps with multiple 5.1 inputs like the Sony ES TA-P9000ES - (a 5.1 analog preamp).
Since the Panasonic does not meet your 5 disc criteria you might want to consider the Sony DVP-NC650V. It is a 5 DVD/CD changer, SACD, CD R / CD RW playback. No MP3 or WMA. Here is Crutchfield's site that has a nice description of it. HERE (http://www.crutchfield.com/S-HCYzDpXDHmL/cgi-bin/ProdView.asp?i=158DVC650V&s=0). If you have any interest in this one you should act now. Crutchfield says it is no longer available and even Sony does not list is on their current product list. I saw it today on sale at Best Buy for $236. I don't think Sony is planning on any more SACD 5 disc changers. Thier new SACD-DVD model is a single disc player and none of their new 5 disc DVD players have SACD.
A 5 disc DVD / DVD-A player might be the Toshiba SD4700. It is a 5 DVD/CD changer, DVD-A, CD R / CD RW, MP3 playback. No WMA. Check it out HERE (http://www.toshiba.com/tacp/dvd/current/SD4700.html#features). I have heard it too is being closed out and Best Buy has it on sale for $218.
**CORRECTION** The Toshiba SD4700 is not a changer. They do not offer a DVD-A changer.
A more pricey DVD-A 5 disc changer option might be the Yamaha DV-C6480 with a MSRP of $599.
07-02-2002, 01:06 AM
Damn Shack: You da man! Good job.
Cooka: I don't know of any that meet your needs, but I'll be on the lookout.
07-02-2002, 10:29 AM
I read somewhere that Pioneer will be introducing more universal players soon (will play DVD-A & SACD). I think that right now they have 2 models. Can't remember where I read it, maybe the online version of Stereophile or Sound & Vision.
07-02-2002, 12:32 PM
The Yamaha player Shack mentioned is sweet. It is the 920 model in the store I work at. Maybe you can find a demo model or something. I'm planning on getting one myself.
07-02-2002, 11:47 PM
if i was going to get a single dvd player in the next year and it was not a changer it would be Philips DVD Q50 and i have seen it on line for around 300
07-05-2002, 02:02 PM
Based on your suggested limitted budget (price range), I think Sony and Pioneer are your best bets, be-sure to get the models with progressive scan outputs and stay away from the changer models. Single player is better.
07-07-2002, 11:43 PM
I agree, if you want to stay on that budget, I recommend you the Pioneer DV444 with progressive scan over Sony... :D
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