I Need Your help! Choosing new player

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Need your advice regarding a new player;

Firstly i don't need Prog Scan. I also don't need on-board decoders or any of those horrid picture tweak controls. I also dont need DVD-a Or SACD.

What I want is high quality build. Excellent Picture and sound. Excellent music reproduction.

Budget up to £1200.

Any ideas for demo.
 

Guest
Morning Phil.

:confused: you've stumped me there mate!.I wasn't aware life existed outside of my Meridian bubble:D

Might be difficult to pick up a newer generation of player that doesn't support prog scan (@ this price point)

Arcam DV88+ has to be a consideration.
It will have the Prog Scan (which you dont need) but you can still use the interlaced component or SCART :)mad: ) outputs.
It's also a good CD player for my dosh, certainly one of the better performers in this area of retail price.
Plus, i know you're quite keen on the Arcam AV8, so it would at least be a nice matching component, if you're lucky enough to get one in the near future.

It's about the only player (along with origional Diva 88) that i have seen and toyed around with in your price range.

Adzman
 

Jase

Distinguished Member
Hi Phil

Toshiba SD900 from www.leconcepts.com for 699 quid. Built like tank, picture quality is excellent and it spins CD´s pretty well too! Bargain price to boot!:D
 

Jasonjo

Well-known Member
the arcam's will probably be the most ideal, but check out the Cyrus DVD8 and Denon 3800

JJ
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Thanks guys for the ideas so far.

I guess most will have Prog Scan these days.

The arcam is a good choice, and will be one to demo. Yes I am seriously considering the Arcam AV8 later in the year. And i might go for the P7, or M&K actives for front three. I will have to wait and see how much cash I have by Oct.

Anyone tried the Rotel player which is now half price.
 

The Nightfly

Active Member
How come you don't need progressive scan Phil ? What are you feeding that Barco with ?

Allan
 

Phil Hinton

Editor
Staff member
Originally posted by Allan Probin
How come you don't need progressive scan Phil ? What are you feeding that Barco with ?

Allan
Iscan Pro, 480p and 5?? I forget. It does me fine as the BD800 sweet spot appears to be around that mark, and the 2:2 for pal is excellent
 

The Nightfly

Active Member
I remember you were considering the HTPC route at one time, you must have gone off that idea ?

A HTPC can also make a very good CD player. This is a review from Branxx of the RME soundcard compared to a £6000 CD transport: RME

Allan
 

simonb68

Novice Member
Anyone tried the Rotel player which is now half price.
I assume you mean the RDV-1080. I looked at this and initially seriously considered it as a partner for an RSX-1055 I was getting, especially since it had DVD-A. However I was unhappy with the lack of scart, its age, and the fact that is was based on a first generation JVC DVD-A player. I returned to the dealer to demo it with s-video into a TV (was previously via component to PJ). In the meantime I had done some more reading up and also demmed the Arcam DV88+ and Primare V25. None were outstandingly better, but I chose the Primare based on picture, sound and connectivity and dealer advice. He advised against Denons, but that was probably just his personal thing, I wish I'd looked at them now. Still, I'm very happy with the Primare, hopefully more so when I get a plasma.

Apparently Rotel are bringing out an RDV-1060 sometime in late spring in the US ($899) with DVD-A and prog scan, developed in house this time I believe.
 
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FoxyMulder

Guest
ermmm why are people advocating u buy a DVD player for good CD sound playback my advice is simple spend £120 quid on a Toshiba Sd220 multiregion dvd player for films or £220 quid for a Toshiba sd520 multiregion player and spend the other £1000 quid on a separate CD player like the Cyrus CD7 which u should b able to get for under £800 quid, don't buy a dvd player for quality CD sound buy separates and get great DVD picture and sound playback and excellent CD playback ....... u know it makes sense
 

simonb68

Novice Member
Forgot to mention, Hi-Fi Choice recently reviewed 4 dvd players

Cyrus DVD 7+
Denon DVD-2800 MkII
Primare V25
Roksan Caspian

The Denon won on picture, but Roksan won on music, and it doesnt have prog scan and sounded like it was very well constructed.
 

Dimmy

Banned
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marck

Standard Member
Have you considered using a dedicated transport and using the DACS in your processor. If they are of high standard then you could consider one of the Theta transports.:eek:
 

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