HDMi DVD players

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  1. Xstyle

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    I am getting the new sexy amazing Pioneer PDP-435XDE Plasma screen:
    http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/product_detail.jsp?product_id=8899&taxonomy_id=62-63

    so to compliment the HDMi Plasma screen I need a HDMi dvd player...
    Options are:

    PIONEER DV-868AVi £800
    http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/product_detail.jsp?product_id=5848&taxonomy_id=45-64

    or

    PIONEER DV-668AV £450
    http://www.pioneer.co.uk/uk/product_detail.jsp?product_id=6048&taxonomy_id=45-64

    or

    PANASONIC DVD-S97EBS £290
    http://www.panasonic.co.uk/dvd-players/dvds97ebs/index.htm


    If I can help it, I don't want to spend loads of money ... but if the quality and overall performance is going to be miles better with the more expensive machine, then I will consider it.

    What are your views / experiences please?

    Thanks,
    Sid
     
  2. Crustyloafer

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    Don't forget the new Denon 2910 and 3910 players and the Arcam DV79 and FMJ DV29 players.
     
  3. Costas

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    Xstyle..... definitely recommend the 868..... absolutely a great player!

    However, you may want to wait.... to check a little bit more on PDP-434XDE plasma until we have actually seen some units.. Early reviews here and early inputs from overseas suggest that it is NOT as good as 434 or even the older 433....
     
  4. Xstyle

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    I've put a deposit on it already ... the Plasma 435XDE that is...
    should be able to cancel, as its by way of credit card.

    The 434HDE I loved... (just by looking at it and reading the reviews) ... so when I heard the 435XDE was coming out, which has one sheet of glass/filter as opposed to the traditional two which means its brighter and less refelective to daylight, I thought it would be better.
    (Getting it for £3600 with wall mounts and the small speakers)

    Have you got / used the 868 dvd player??
     
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    Yes I have the 868 connected to the 434 via HDMI... also have the excellent 757 before that... but the 868 and HDMI are the best option. It may be for some a matter of taste but I did tested it against other players like the Denon and the Arcam mentioned. For me the clear/clean/vibrant picture the 868 produces is edging from the others...
     
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    Are the newer, cheaper HDMI players not going to come close to the performance of the 868 though? I mean, is spending 2.5x the price on the 868 really going to make that much difference? Are cheaper HDMI players just not worth going for?
     
  7. Xstyle

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    I'd like opinions and clarification on that too here pls,
    retailers said not much can touch the 868, on a par with Denon & Arcam's offerings.

    Said, that Panasonic's dvd player is the yop of THEIR range, but is in the MIDDLE of the whole HDMi/DVi player range.
     
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    waiting to see what the Marantz 7500 is like too at the moment £600. Though not available till November according to av-land.

    Supports upscaling on the HDMI.
     
  10. Ed Selley

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    There is the Marantz DV9500 as well which is brutally speaking a THX certified Pioneer 868 but better looking with it. I think it is on AVLand if you want a look at it.
     
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    beautiful piece of kit, but the price is a little too rich for me.. I think £1000 would be probably the top end - so the 868AVi price.
     
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    I recently had a demo of the 868 against the Arcam DV-79 and to be honest it was almost like chalk and cheese. The Arcam's picture was, IMO, ever so slightly more detailed and with better contrast.

    As I use my player as a CD unit as well I was interested in the music capability. In that regard there was no competition. The Arcam walked it and then some. It was like comparing a £500 CD player to a £100 one. It had a richer, more detailed sound altogether and really was dramatically better.

    So for my use I chose the Arcam. (I have a Pioneer PD434-HDE). (And I went in wanting to like the Pioneer as I had just sold a DVD747-A which I had been really pleased with.)

    Hope that's some help for the guy who wanted a comparison anyway.
     
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    I've read peoples comments on their parings of the pioneer 434 with an arcam dv79 and a pioneer 868, and each person is happy with their choice.
    Has any 434 owner out there got a Denon 3910 they can comment on vs the pio and arcam?
     
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    FYI
    DV-868AVi-S DVD-Audio/Video/SACD Player
    Price: £642.76 (Excluding: VAT at 17.5%)
    http://shop.nexnix.co.uk/DVD_player.html
     
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    Using a 868 via iLink on a AX5i - the sound is awesome IMHO -detailed ,but not overly bright.But then,it depends on what each individuals ears make of the sound,and what speakers are being used at the time,amongst many other varibles.To try and quantify,whether a piece of kit is capable or not is not an exact science.

    All I know is,I'm more than happy with the performance of my system. :)
     
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    Xstyle I have a Pioneer pdp-434 connected to a 868 HDMI DVD ( 969 in Australia). Great combination if a little over priced. One thing if you get the Pioneer HDMI supplied (free in Australiaa if you buy the 434 & 868 together)throw it away and and buy a decent quality cable, it makes all the difference as the Pioneer cable is crap. Do you have the 435 yet, would love to here your opinion on it.
     
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    Really? The HDMi cable is crap??? or just the one that Pioneer give you?
    A better HDMi cable from elsewhere is what you mean??

    I am still awaiting the 435XDE ... could be another few weeks.
    I was told end of October.
     
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    http://www.avland.co.uk/marantz/dv9500/dv9500.htm

    £1400? ...ouch! :eek: double the price of the 868AVi...
     
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    The HDMI cable supplied by Pioneer and available of there website is of poor quality. Do not confuse this with the system cable that connects the multi media box to the panel, there is two and one is a DVI cable. I have replaced both the system DVI cable and the HDMI cabble the connects the DVD to the multi box with Monster. Both these cables offer an improvement in PQ.
     
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    I live in Australia so our prices dont mean much to you, "What Hi Fi" recently tested HDMI/DVI cables, August issue I think. You do not have to go overboard there is plenty of good brands about.
     
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    I wouldn't think of buying a video display of that price tag without a proper demo first. You might not like it...
     
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    I bought my 504, 868 and AX5 online without ever seeing any one of them in the flesh.
    The feature spec' and reviews were enough for me.
     

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