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Pioneer 868 with 434HDE

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by sirees01, Jun 16, 2004.

  1. sirees01

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    Is the new 868 dvd really that good when hooked up to a 434HDE ?
    My local dealer has one for me but no HDMI cable for me to test it out before I buy.
    Is it genuinely worth 1k or is the hype unjustified ?
    I need to decide quickly, before he lets it go to someone else.
     
  2. loonatic

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    Well it's defo not worth £1k...you can get it for around £775 from www.krishav.co.uk or less from others for a start.

    What I don't like about it is that the DVD player can scale the output to 720p but then the screen has to rescale it to 1024x768...which seems a bit daft to me.

    But it does seem to be the DVD player to have if you've got one of the new pio's.

    Depending on which player you have at present I would not want to buy without seeing it in action.

    Cheers, Lee
     
  3. BKATZ

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    Best price is around £750 (look at pricerunner or similar)

    My two-pence-worth. (868 + 504) the best noise free, detailed picture for the money! (IMHO of course!)

    regards,

    B ;)
     
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    Or if you don't want to go to the expense of the 868 you could get 95% of the way there for picture and sound quality (on DVD anyway) with a Yamakawa 365. I tried these side by side and found I couldn't justify the extra over the Yamakawa which I got for £135.
     
  5. Blu Ray

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    Doesn't the 668 have HDMI too? And that's about £480.
     
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    I don't think it does 720P though.
     
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    I'll agree with you on that!!! ;) :smashin:
     
  8. rags

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    Does the use of 720P really bring that much benefit ? I am not sure how it can - the plasma will still have to scale it to 768 res. The only way it can bring about better picture is if the scaler in the DVD player is better than the scaler in the plasma. Or am I talking out of my arse.....
     
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    No, your not arse talking. There is multiple scaling going on. The less scaling the better however I believe that the 668 puts out a lower resolution which I would have thought would be a poorer picture. I haven't seen a 668 in action so I can't comment on what it looks like.

    Having used the £135 Yamakawa against the £800 Pioneer for a week side by side I went for the cheaper player because I won't feel so bad when I throw it out in 6-12 months when something better comes along.

    Having said that, the 868 is a VERY good machine and if money is no object and you have no plans to upgrade it is a better overall machine.
     
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    i would suggest the arcam dv79 as a good alternative to the pioneer 868. no scaling but arcam quality of build and performance!
     
  12. rags

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    Yup definately consider the DV79
     

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