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Best use of £1000

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by MR2Harvey, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. MR2Harvey

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    Right I have £1000 that I am willing to spend on a DVD / CD player. What in your opinion will give me the best Picture Quality and Sound Quality.

    I would like to be able to play DVD CD DVDA and possible SACD.

    Should i get a DVD player for DVD, DVDA and SACD and get a separate CD player?

    I want as good a CD sound as possible within my budget but also as good as Picture Quality too!

    To put it into perspective the kit I own is as follows:-

    NAD T752 surround amp.

    AE EVO 3A Surround speakers:-
    EVO 3's main stero pair
    EVO centre speaker
    EVO compacts for rear effects
    EVO sub woofer

    QED Silver speaker cable

    Hitachi 42PMA400E plasma panel TV.

    Philips CD880 CD player (very old but good) needs replacing

    Lecson DVD1000 DVD player (OK but I'm sure I can do better)


    I am quiet happy to have either a one box solution or 2 separate ones, just want the best for the £'s


    Does any one have any suggestions?


    Was thinking of a Denon 2900 DVD to play the lot.
    Or Denon 2200 for DVD, DVDA,SACD, and a good CD player maybe a NAD to match the amp.

    How would you spend £1000 if both CD and DVD was important to you?
     
  2. Crustyloafer

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    As in my other reply, buy an Arcam DV89. Arcam DVD players are regard by many as the best on the market for Good quality DVD and CD playback.
     
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    What about HK DVD30 for DVD and DVD-A Sony SACD player and NAD CD player???
     
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    Pioneer 668 @ £520 on the net, SACD/DVDA/HDMI Video (just had a very glwoing report by Paul Miller in an AV supplement for its SACD/DVDA abilitys, and icludes HDMI digital video interface (not to the same standard as the 868) but audio wise its rated quite well.

    Or how about a Sony NSV-999ES SACD/DVD-V player for £499 (Hifibitz) if you can live without DVDA & HDMI.

    Then add a £500 DAC from the 2nd hand classifieds, MFs A3.24 192 Upsampler is highly thought of its new rrp is £800 and the arrival of its bigger brother the £1200 Trivista should see a few on the market.

    £1000 bosh bosh. All bases covered including HDMI.
     
  5. MR2Harvey

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    Interesting..... nice to explore some options
     
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    If I don't go for a solution that plays SACD should I worry about that?

    What format is best DVDA or SACD?

    I would like to expore one of them, DVDA is more readily available, what about software. I guess this is going to be like the VHS Beta battle or do you think both will coexist?
     
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    SACD is a SONY system which has SOny Music backing, There are a fair amount of titles on both formats if a little expensive.
     
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    How about a pioneer Universal DVD Player, and then buying a TAG DAC.

    booktrunk

    [EDIT] OK, i'm an idiot CJCROSS said that already. DOH!! :suicide:
     
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    Or 2000 tins of lager from a supermarket. Kinda puts our hobby into perspective......:D
     
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    Lager... *shudder*

    Actually is shows what I think of lager I thought it had an "r" in it.
     
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    SACD uses high frequency range and bit-rate
    DVD-A uses Various frequencies and bit-rates, at best matching SACD,
    But DVD-A does seem to be better mixes in most cases.
    As for price SACD is no more expensive than CD if you buy selectively.
    Rolling stones, Bob Dylan, Pink Flloyd and Norah jones are not much over a tenner.
    The reason you want both is that as the release's format is down to the record company it is unlikely you'll see an album released on both!!
     
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    I think you'll find that DVD-A is of a higher specification than SACD in most respects, particularly with the 24/192 stereo recordings. Don't get me wrong, SACD sounds pretty good and has a greater number of titles under its belt, but it is no way superior to DVD-A.
     
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    Thanks guys, helpful advice as always.

    I'm thinking probably a 2 box solution, either something like a pioneer or Denon DVD and an arcam CD or a DAC.
     
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    I believe your quoting the capabilities of DVD-A as a format, If you read the backs of the discs cases they state the actual frequency range and bit-rate which is very often closer to dolby digital spec.
    They list the DD spec, stereo spec and surround spec.
    and the surround spec is often no higher than the DD.
     
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    Bobby

    Im not getting into the debate of SACD V DVDA, but your quote above has me thinking that you are basically saying that is often no higher than normal DD (ie 48Khz either 2 channel or 5.1 surround) now am I not right in thinking that all DVD-Audio surround tracks are at : 96Khz resolution ? If they are not then they are not actually DVD-A specification which is IIRC :

    24/96 Khz 5.1 Surround
    24/192 Khz 2.0 Stereo

    These compared to DVD-V DD are in most cases double the resolution IAANM. If what you say is correct then they are not DVD-A tracks at the correct resolution IMHO. I know in addition to the DVD-A resoution tracks noted above many DVD-A discs carry DVD-V 24/48Khz 5.1 surround tracks also, this is not DVDA resoltuion though and therefore not DVD-A tracks.

    Hope that makes some sense.
     
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    just look at the backs of the disc cases and it tells you, they advertise themselves as dvd-a but i agree they should all be of the spec you stated, I checked over 20 discs and the only high-res one i found was The Eagles (The one with hotel californai on it) that was high res.
     

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