best dvd-v player

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  1. mutley

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    1- Witch of this DVD-V players provide best picture quality in interlaced through component? (de-interlacer separate)

    Meridian 596
    Pioneer 868
    Marantz 8400
    other options

    (around 1600£ mark - new, used or ex-demo)

    Denon is not an option cause i'm not up to denon's issues and need a multiregion player.


    Using a Sony HS-10 projector via component (only option).


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    no one?
     
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    Seeing as no one has responded and ALL imo, if Denon is definately out of the frame I would look to an Arcam.

    Pioneer 868 gets you SACD and DVD-A, and it looked pretty good with s-video interlaced on the occasions I have seen it, but not as good as the Arcams I have seen/owned.

    Not seen the 596, only the 800 and G98, lot of dosh for what they are but awesome, if you go for a Meridian pre/pro with MHR then 596 ex-dem/used may well be the way to go especially if DVD-A interests.

    From reading the Tosh 9500E would be worth an audition but not seen this in action.

    I think Spligsey will give you more info if you ask as he is more familiar with the Meridian stuff, I am a new convert :)

    Gus
     
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    not interested in SACD, DVD-A....

    Just DVD-Video only via component.

    I'll pair it to the 561, not sure about the M upgrade though...
     
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    I don't know if you are still looking...doubt it, but i have had/borrowed quite a few players now including the ones you are interested in.
    I have always been a fan of the Tosh players and have had the 9000 very good, 900 superb and almost bought a 9500 which had the best picture but it's future regarding a digital picture output (dvi/hdmi) put a halt to that.
    I borrowed a Meridian 596 but the Tosh 900's picture was much better.
    I now have the Marantz 8400 which you can easily pick up for £1000 now.
    The picture and sound betters the Tosh 900 by 20%.
    This player does and has everything needed for a good while.
    I really wouldn't pay much more for a player as the extra price/performance ratio is just stupid.
     
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    Actually i'm still looking.

    I'm sticking with my 757 which is great in fact.

    I couldn't demo here any of the above but it looks like a 8400 or 868 would be a good bet.
    But in the other hand, i'm trying to figure if a Iscan HD wouldn't be am even better option paired with the 757.


    Opinions?
     
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    LOL - I know picture quality is subjective but I can't even begin to imagine how that's possible...

    Taking digital signals (HDMI/DVI) out of the equation, the Meridian Players (596, 598 and 800) are generally considered to be amongst the best around.

    I know mine is pretty stunning anyway. Just looking forward to seeing what M can do with HDMI!!
     
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    I have Meridian kit myself and when the time came to upgrade i went along to Audio-t and they had the 596/568.2/dsp speaker set up.
    I had read the reviews and had my credit card in hand.
    Don't get me wrong, the sound was the best i had heard but the picture was not fantastic for a player costing £2,500.
    I borrowed the player to try it in my system at home and see if i was wrong but no, my then £700 Toshiba was a better complete picture.
    Both through component into a Pan4 plasma.
    You may LOL but for your next player upgrade, especially now most top players £800 up come with DVI-D/HDMI, why not compare the new £3,500 Meridian DVD picture to a main stream £1k player.
    The savings may make you LOL even more.
     
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    if it were a choice between the 868i and the marantz 8400, get the 868i as the 8400 is a clone of the pioneer 757 with bells and whistle but still the same bugs
     
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    Hi Gandley,
    I think you missed my point.
    I wasn't biggin up my player but confirming what i saw with the Meridian 596 and my Toshiba SD900???
    I think he would cry if he saw the SD9500.
     
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    Nah m8 its alright,wasnt getting involved was just pointing it out to main poster.

    I actualy happen to agree with what you were saying, but was trying to stay neutral!! didnt work did it.:D
     
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    a3mrk - I'm not trying to start an argument - just saying that I find it hard to believe.

    I'm not discounting what you are saying either as I have never done a direct comparison.

    I bought my 596 because I wanted a good DVD Player and an excellent CD Player. To buy these separately would have cost me more than the 596 cost and I consider it to have served it's purpose well.

    Interesting that you mention the new player - I am considering a G98DH and do plan to compare it directly to a 'mainstream' player as well as some other 'high-end' players for both music and movie playback.

    Regards
    Chez

    PS - The day a DVD player makes me cry is the day that I will take a reality check!!!
     
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    I have the same trouble making my wife believe i need a new £3,000 plasma when Bugs Life looks better on my daughters portable!!!
    Try explaining that one.
     

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