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Plasma & AV buying.


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I would just like to give my opinion and experiences on buying AV equipment. I've bought many AV items over the last few years when new models have come out on the back of so called 'Recomendations'. My advice to any one parting with there money is to make sure you see what you are going to buy.
I've been looking for a DVD player for the past couple of years to work with my Pio 434HD plasma, which I changed from a Panny W4. In hind sight the Panny, I belive, gave a better crisp image than my Pio, this may change when Hi-Def appears.But I bought it on the hype that was going around in the 'Mags'.
I've tried quite afew DVD players that have come out over the last couple of years but due to money i've been limited to the sub £200 bracket.
The players that get the 'Gives results of players 3 times the price' reviews, in my opinion, don't.
Resently i've tried a Panny S97 to use the HDMI connection & upscaling function gave a very bad picture.
Tosh 340E tried becuase of the rave reviews it has got in my opinion was cr*p.
So I resently parted with my HK DVD30, which was quite good, and decided that if i've paid over £3k for a display why was I trying a £70 DVD player.
I demoed an Arcam DV78, I would of liked a DV79 with a slightly better chipset but a little too much money, and as the old saying goes 'You Get What You Pay For'.
The picture is better than any player i've tried and sounds great.
So my advice is if you want the best you have to some times pay alittle more, don't spend a lot of money on one item the scrimp on another because you wont get the results. Some things are alot cheaper than others for obvious reasons some times.

Sorry if i've gone on a bit.


Fair comment, Andy. Therr are some bargains about, but it's utterly true there is no such thing as a free lunch. (except enabling RGB from your set top box)

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