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Pioneer 747A - Is it reviewed in the March Issue?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by GarethH, Feb 19, 2002.

  1. GarethH

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    I understand some people have HCC mags for March. Is the Pioneer 747A reviewed in it? If so, what scores did it get?

    Thanks!
     
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    Still waiting for my copy :(
     
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    Hi Gareth, fancy seeing you on here:) Get back to DVD forums:D

    Anyway, I belive its due to be reviewed in both Home Entertainment and What Hi-Fi in the June issues, although waiting for conformation of this... I guess you read my review over xmas when i had the sample over at dvdforums? Must have, otherwise you wouldn`t have ordered one would you?!?

    Talk later
    Justin
     
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    Its also due for a review in T3 next month.
     
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    I picked up the March HCC yesterday in Central London.

    Most interesting reviews are:
    Tosh 510E
    Sony VA555ES
    Martin Logan speaker set
    Low cost Projector round up.

    No Pioneer 747 though...

    I will be interested to read a review, Stereophile reviewed it's big brother the AX-10 (i think:confused: ) And found it great for DVD-A, not bad for cd, and slightly dissapointing for SACD.
     
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    how does the Toshiba 510 fair in the review
     
  8. GarethH

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    Yep Justin your right, just wanted to know what it got in HCC anyway. Heard nothing but excellent comments from people so far. Everyone's been saying how amazing the picture is and how it completly cains their previous players. :)
     
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    Big Jim: The AX10 is the forthcoming THX Ultra AV amp, should retail for £2,500. Looks pretty neat, a genuine Denon A1 challenger for once.
     
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    There seems to be a Pioneer DV-AX10 on the cover of stereophile, I guess it is a matching thing - it looks very solid
     
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    Sounds good. No news of a UK release yet i'm afraid.
     
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    There is a review of th DV-747A in the current issue of HiFi Choice, its 3 pages long too.
    Here is the conclusion from the review

    This is an extraordinary machine. Not only does it play virtually every audio or video disk in existence, it does so with a finesse fully in line with more expensive dedicated machines.
    Which will it turn you into, an SACD or a DVD-Audio fanatic? Its perhaps ever so slightly better as a DVD-Audio player, but who cares when you can play both mediums at close to the best of their abilities and watch movies in between? Its time to get down off the fence. You no longer have to choose which high definition music format is the best, now you can have them both.
     
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    I have a feeling that the Pioneer AX10 DVD will cost at least £3000 if it becomes available in the UK. It is retailing at about $4000 in the US at present.

    For details visit http://www.audaud.com/audaud/OCT01/EQUIP/equip2OCT01.html as you can see the recommended retail price is almost $6000
     
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    In which case i'll take a Denon DVD A1 instead.
     
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    The review was 3 pages long but to be honest the review was not detailed enough to allow me to reach a decision.

    I have a feeling that I will end up buying this unit but I think that it might be best to wait for a few more reviews.
     
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    Yeap, managed to grab one to take home over the weekend to replace the sample DV747A I`ve had since xmas for the mod, nice to see a complete unit without the rear sticky paper sheet for the connections:)

    Well, as my minirevew over on DVD forums showed back in Dec, it certainly blows away my resident Sony DVPS9000... Now if it was only available in gold.... Dilema time, time to change the DVD player again by the looks of it... Prog via Component certainly looks much more detailed then the sony, although I still think the Arcam beats both for sound...

    But hey, for under £1000, nothing to touch it IMO:D
     
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    I saw and heard this machine around a year and a half ago in Hong Kong.
    One of my freinds over there, TK Chan has one in his system. This was the first (and still the best) player to play all three formats (DVD-A, SACD and DVD Video).
    TK recently did a shoot out comparing this machine with his Sony 777 SACD and AX10, (check out the long thread re the 747 over at AVS) and found the 747 to be lacking in several departments.

    However, there is a huge price difference between the AX10 and 747 which is still dam good for the money.

    Eric
     
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    My dad's been using this pioneer AX10 DVD player for 2 years now. It was amazing machine at the time. But these days, I doubt this one's the best in the marcket.

    Thus price : performance ratio is somewhat makes it less attractive these days compared to other good players in the market.

    It is damn good player though.
    Built like a tank.
    :)
     
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    How fast does it change layer when playing DVDs? Mechanical noise when playing?
     
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    This is the bit that worrries me about this machine.
     
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    I've had mine now for a couple of weeks and to be honest I haven't noticed the layer change, this maybe because the dvd's I've watched on it haven't had a noticable layer change yet.

    Compared to my old Pioneer 530 it is a very quiet machine but they are in different leagues so this this is no surprise :D

    As for the audio capabilites I cannot really comment yet as I'm waiting for some dvd-audio & sacd discs to arrive, but I have tryed it with cd playback and was pleasantly surprised. It still isn't as good as my Arcam cd player but it's good enough.

    CYA!

    mustang.
     
  23. GarethH

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    Got my Pioneer 747A this morning from Home Cinema Heaven! First class service from these guys! Been playing around for hours so far. Just having my lunch break :)

    This player is top notch! The Picture on DVD is fantastic, the best transfers look even better, and the bad tranfers now look good.

    Audio on DVD's was just as amazing. The sound is so clear! I can turn my amp up more now without thinking, oooh thats getting harsh! Gun shots have an all new clarity about them and explosions now don't worry me that my amp might die!

    Bass is much cleaner which means i can turn my sub up more :) Excellent so far!

    CD-Audio completly knocked my socks off! Sound was so clear, like it had a new definition! Amazing!

    Well i'll write more when i've had a full play of it!
     
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    but ReTrO, the DVD-A1 does not support SACD!

    Mark
     
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    MarkB: You make it sound like that's some sort of big deal.

    If I buy a good DVD player all I need from it is to play DVD videos at their best possible level. I've used various SACD players and other than the slightly improved multichannel audio it's nothing special. You still can't beat a good viynl pressing on an LP12. :)
     
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    Isn't vinyl kinda...retro? I believe that DVD-A and perhaps also SACD will win the hearts of even hard-core vinyl fans.
     
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    I'm firmly from the CD generation, it was launched the year I was born.

    SACd or DVD-A may win over viynl enthusiuasts eventually, but certainly not in the near future.
     
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    It's a big deal to me! I'll spend £3000+ on a DVD player if it plays all formats I'm likely to want over the next few years.
    To me, multichannel music is just as important as DVD-Video. What I don’t want though is hundreds of boxes performing separate jobs. I want one box that does them all well. All I would want then is a DAB tuner, which DENON seem reluctant to get into for some reason.

    If all you require is superb DVD playback through the player then I suppose it's not an issue.

    Do you think you'll go the DVD-A1 route then?

    Mark
     
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    Highly unlikely I'll buy another DVD for a few years yet, I'm off to uni next year!

    I currently have a Denon DVD 2000 (1st generation player) that I got when I did some work at Denon.

    If anything I'll get a standard DV88.
     

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