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Best Budget Hdmi Player

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by jace22, Aug 14, 2005.

  1. jace22

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    anyone have any ideas about the best budget hdmi player that would suit the toshiba 32wl56 for a bedroom setup so upto £170
     
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    Panasonic S-97, if you can still find one (they're being discontinued in favor of the S-77, which early reviews suggest isn't quite as good). If you get yourself down to Richer or something quick, you might find a few end-of-line ones still hanging around. Better still... call ahead and check they have 'em still in stock. It should set you back only about 150 quid at worst, and you can maybe even bargain them down a little too.

    In terms of bang for your back, the S-97's pretty hard to beat: yeah, there are better HDMI players around, but none of them cost £150 - it will give you a video performance close to players costing three times as much. When you get it home though, make sure you download the latest firmware and update your player (or you can have it done when you get it "fixed" to multi-region (not that you would do such a thing :smashin: )
     
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    You might try here for Panasonic S97
    http://secure.westgateav.com/HOMEPAGE_PANASONIC_29.html
    on website showing out of stock but give them a ring they may be able to get one for you.
    Failling that you could go for the Samsung HD 950 priced at £129 from richer sounds but unfortunatly you can no longer order this over the web there.
    However you could order the Samsung HD 950 for £139 from Shop at Didital this price includes delivery. This player comes with all the leads you will need to connect it up and it is easy to Multi-Region hack it using the Remote.
    http://www.shopatdigital.co.uk/acatalog/DVDHD950.html
    BRGDS
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    i found a new s97 but was being sold for £259... is this too much?
     
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    Probably. The Denon 1920 is less than that though there are few reviews yet.

    Avsforums reviews have been positive and most think it at least the equal.
     
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    thanks for that.. player looks good :)
     
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    forget hdmi it makes no difference at all, save your money and wait for hd dvd to come out. should b at the end of the year, component is just as good and rgb is the same
     
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    I'm not soely after it for the hdmi, i'm interested in the 1080i into me HD plasma :) make use of the 576P to 1080i scaler. For some reason the PV500 doesn't make good job with progressive inputs, so 576P into my plasma is worse than 576i (bad motion artifacts on diagonals!) :eek: so by using the DVD scaler and outputing a HD interlace picture @ 1080i I will hopefully get a better resolution display with no motion artifacts on diagonals :rolleyes: thats the theory anyway.
     
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    but your plasma can't do motion adaptive deinterlacing, infact what it probably does with a 1080i signal is as bad deinterlacing as you can get. Have a look at ISF and a separate scaler in stead. 1080i deinterlacing is pretty ropey, SD is much better.
     
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    nic is right
     
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    Which HD products do you believe will be available in the UK in the next 18 months?
     
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    dvd player witin 6 months .hdtv within one year, i was chating to some one in japan and he said hold out for high def gear he has it and it is awesome. up scaling is not the answer at all it brings it's own problems. we need high def NOW
     
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    As a current use of HD films (DTheatre) the jump in video and audio quality is awesome with HD. 'upscaling' DVDs isn't even close, chalk and cheese.
     
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    i agree i have seen high def on demo here in sweden on a pioneer plasma(not true high def) and it was incredible,
    we should be getting it in about a months time.
    upscaling is a waste of time, u probably end up with a worse picture
     
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    We may well need it but we won't get it. We never do.

    I would wager that we will NOT see a HD player or recorder this side of Christmas 2006.

    So £200 now on HDMI or DVI and upscaling would still be money well spent IF it produces a better picture.

    My Denon 1910 produces a superb picture at 720p on my Sharp LCD and the replacement 1920 is supposed to be even better.

    The OTHER thing we're all going to need is some form of switching. If you don't have an AMP with HDMI then most displays are going to have trouble given that we'll all be getting HDMI DVD, HDMI recorders and Sky with HDMI, so we need to be considering switching units as well. We're going back to the single scart days I fear!
     
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    Nic.

    I note you remark the increase in audio quality is awesome.
    What exactly is it you are listening too?


    Regards

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    Would have to agree....I have a samsung hd 850 and the upscaled PQ is a step back in my opinion. I wish now I had a got a decent dvd player just connected via component....but I was desperate to use the HDMI on my new TV.

    Never mind though my old player was the xbox. (and the sammy at 576p is an improvement)
     
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    i have a 868avi and on component it is great , hdmi is not all it's cracked up to be
     
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    DTheatre encodes all DTS at 1536Kb/s (or what ever the figure is) and DD at 550Kb/s (ish) as opposed to the normal 440 or 370 we get on DVD. The difference is always audible. It is back to the DTS laser disc days with HD video :) Best of both worlds. HD DVD / Blu may well be better audio again. Not sure about the video yet.
     
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    what dvd player do u have nic
     
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    we went to the cinema in england a few months ago and the sound was out of this world i wish my 868avi and ax10i could sound as good
     
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    4 grands worth of kit and still not happy oh well
     
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    the pioneer i-link is all hype, the difference between that
    and optical is tiny
     
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    Tag DV32R
    Toshiba 9500
    Arcam DVD29 SDI (coming)
    Philips 963 SDI

    There are a pile of others 'on test' but the above are my regulars :smashin:
     
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    Interesting how a thread asking for a budget HDMI player has entered the realms of D Theatre!
     
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    nic when do u think we will have true high def plasmas available?
     
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    i have a low def samsung, i am waiting for real high def i.e 1250 line resolution to come out
     
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    my favourite Dtheatre player is the budget HDMI player so is fully in keeping with this thread. so there :smashin:
     
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    I am not sure we will have to be honest. I think plasma will get guzumpt with new technologies by the time we really need HIGH definition. I can't see much beyond 1366 x 768 or 1024 x 768. LCD I can and other technologies but plasmas I think we are seeing now a finely honed product now with many satisfied users but I can't see significant growth / developent in the future.
     
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    I understand Panasonic will be announcing a 1920 x 1080 plasma in Japan on Friday (65 inch or so diagonal IIRC). So the development race goes on :)

    John Dawson (Arcam)
     

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