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Mid-range to high-end DVD player recommendations

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by MrNPG, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. MrNPG

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    Hi folks,

    I'm thinking about buying a better DVD player, budget of upto around £500.00.

    Which players do you recommend?

    I'm quite keen on the Denon 2910. A good choice? Or could I do better for the money?

    I'm not worried about players that have lots of additional "features" and "trick play" functions, all I want is a player that has excellent picture and sound quality. It will be connected to my plasma via Component.

    Cheers.
     
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    If I had the dosh I would buy the Denon in a minute - I even have the firmware update disc in my collection for making it multi-region!

    Apart from that you can listen too true SACD from its 5.1 output and it does digital 96/24 sound.

    Has won many awards since its release and still keeps winning them!
     
  3. Nic Rhodes

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    I would look a bit futher than the 2910 but £500 is a difficult price it falls between two stalls of say a Panyy97 (£150 recommended and better picture!) and the Arcams (£1k rec), you might get new features but is that what you are after, I get the impression you want the basics done correctly? Top flight component engineering is what to look for here, the Pioneer 868 might be worth a look.
     
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    Hi Nic, yes the £500.00 price range is a bit tricky I know.

    You are correct, I just want a good quality player that gives an excellent picture quality. Pioneers are good but I was put off them recently when I had a DV-380 which was very noisy in operation (I could here it "buzzing" whilst watching movies, it was very irritating and I could not live with it) not sure whether the more expensive Pioneers suffer from this? I like my DVD players to be silent whilst playing a disc.
     
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    It is not perfect, nothing is, but it is one of the most dependable players I have ever player with. I think the componet outputs on the top Tosh good and Arcams are excellent, however most things at £500 might be a little too compromise to show any great jump in quality. What about a second hand Arcam?

    Nice LD :)
     
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    I am reasonably happy with my 2910. It did fall into what I considered an affordable bracket while the 3910 was 'too much' in my opinion. In hindsight the extra cash might have been worth spending because the 3910 is a more complete solution when mated with a 3805 or above (the amp I have). However £300 rrp difference is a lot to swallow when my 3 previous DVD players did not cost that each. However, while they excelled in one or two places, none had the spread of ability the Denon does.
     
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    Hi Cable Monkey. So as far a picture quality is concerned, is the 2910 a good performer? What connection do you use?

    Is the 2910 noisy in operation? Is it audible whilst watching a movie, during quiet sequences?
     
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    pioneer dv 868avi (great player) silent operation aswell
     
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    2900 is a great machine and better value than the 2910/3910 (if you don't need hi-def). Can be had for £400.

    DT
     
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    bought my 868avi for £300 second hand, it is as new
     
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    The Pioneer 868 is definately another contender. Is the 868 MUCH better than the cheaper 668? Worth the extra few hundred quid?
     

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