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Preferred DVD player for Z2

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by docfeelgood, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. docfeelgood

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    Hi

    I'm looking for a new DVD player to feed my Z2 and amp.

    The will also be used as my hifi for my cd's through the home cinema amp (via phono).

    The shortlist at the moment is:

    Sony NS730
    Harmon Kardon 30
    Denon 2900 or 2200
    Arcam DV78

    also some pioneers but I can't remember the models.


    I know there is a massive range of prices there but I just want the best picture/surround sound/ hifi sound for my money.

    My max budget is £750.

    I'm not interested in multi-channel music.

    any thoughts :)


    best regards

    Doc
     
  2. clancol

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    i've just ordered a sony 730 to go with my z2 that is also on order.
    I also thought about the 2200 and the hk25, 2550.
    My reason for buying the 730 is that i want to wait until dvi becomes standered on most players and is a few generations old.
    i.e. i dont want to spend £700 on a player now only to find out that the next range of denon, sony's and arcams have dvi.
    but if i were spending the cash now i would either get the pioneer 868 because it has hdmi, which is compatable with the dvi on the z2. (if you can get the cable). and has internal scaler
    or the arcam 88p,88+ or 89 as these sound the dogs with stereo and dvd and have a great piccture to boot.
    dc

    Edit: just noticed if your not interested in the multi channel music the you wont want the HK dvd30 as it's just a dvd25 with extra dvd audio.

    sorry also just noticed your budget(I really should read the posts carfully before replying)

    IMO there isnt much difference between the players at £400 and the ones at £750 so would either say save the extra and get one of the above.(£800-£1100) or buy the denon 2200 or dvd25 and get some dvd's
     
  3. Bristol Pete

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    You may get better response in the DVD player forum, which the mods may shift this thread to anyhow.

    As for the DVD player, I went for the Sony 730 as it was just £130.00 online. Viewed as an interim player I am really pleased with it. Superb PQ. Far better than my interlaced 735 which cost a lot more.

    As Clancol says, £800.00 is a lot of money to spend on a DVD deck which is really heading towards DVI and HDMI, imo.

    However, as far as I can tell, the arcam and the denon are both superb machines in you are not too bothered about a future upgrade.

    hope this helps a little,

    Cap:smashin:
     
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    Isn't there a Samsung that does 720p via DVI?

    What about HCPC?
     
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    Indeed :)

    Moved to DVD player forum.
     
  6. Kane D Williams

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    I would go for a DVI 720p equipped player such as the Momitsu V880, Vinc Bravo D1 (D2 out soon) or the Yamakawa 256DivX and a decent CD player. I have the 356 and for around £120 (inc shipping), I am very pleased with it with my Z2. For £600, you can get a very nice CD player. Did you need DVD-A or SACD?
     
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    I would agree with anyone saying a dvi 720p player. At the moment there is alot of uncertainty about where the future lies, so I wouldnt want to go spending any large amount of money on a player. One of these dvi players at or less than £200 will do very very well

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    Doc HK DVD2550 at £250 is a complete steal! DVi is good but i personally am wary about quality from such budget players! Remeber the £150 prog scan machines which looked better in Interlaced????
    The big difference will come with DVi/HDMI when BluRay launches! as it will have images that on a technical level are suprior to D-Theatre. So buying a player now it will need to be a machine that will last! other wise you will be buying a nother one in 18 months!
     
  9. docfeelgood

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    Thx for the advice :)

    hornydragon - what about the HK30? wouldn't this be better for the cd replay that I need. This is going to be my hifi player also.

    I haven't heard or seen any HK products in action (my Sevenoaks don't have any)... so i'm relying on your eyes and ears :)

    How does the Denon 2200 compare in PQ and CD sound quality to the HK's?

    cheers

    Doc
     
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    Hmmm a hard one YES DVD30 is a btter CD player but the DVD25 does a bloody good job too! DVD-A is what the 30 really has to offer!
    I havent side by sided the Denon with a DVD25 but i think the 25 night have the edge as for CD never heard the Denon spinning a CD!
    The big difference for me at least is the fact that DVD25 is so easy to use just slap it into progscan and Auto and away you go! very un fiddly and a solid peice of kit!
    PS where are you?
     
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    Tricky one... as the HK 30 is around £450 (i think).

    After everyones comments I don't think It's worth spending more than the 2200 or HK30... unless I spend a lot more.

    So it's between the Sony, HK and Denon 2200.

    Horny (why do I feel dirty saying that ) I live in the north east (between sunderland and newcastle).

    best regards

    Doc.
     
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    Doc,

    Does that make you a Mackeordie? :)

    Or are you a gateshead fan ? :(

    cap;)
     
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    Geordie.. through and through :)

    I work in Newcastle ... about 5 minutes walk from St James Park.

    Not that I've got anything mackems .. I married one after all!

    As you can imagine derby day used to be fun in our house..... until they got relegated back to their rightful division ... heh heh

    Anyone got this Denon 2200 then and can comment on it's PQ and CD replay? Anyone compared it (demoed) to the HK30?


    best regards

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    just a small note.
    Yesterday i got my sony730 player delivered. and as i said above It's just going to be used as an interim player. I haven't got my projecter yet so i can't comment on the image. But i was expecting a cheap looking player and i was pleasantly surprised. The pictures i have seen of it realy don't do it justice. Its well finished with sharp edges and very smart.
    It looks as good as anything iv'e seen up to the denon 2200.
     
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    with Clancol on that score. A very good 'budget' investment which will sort me for a while. You can see where corners were cut on this machine, no LED to show its on stand by etc - hence the cost, but one has to say that the PQ is superb.

    As I have said before, its a great time to consume AV goods when £130.00 DVD decks are our performing £500.00 machines:D

    Doc, please consider the 730 mate.

    Cap:smashin:
     
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    Having just got a Momitsu I can definitely say it's a lot better than the 730. The 730 isn't bad, but the V880 using DVI is definitely better and comparable to my HCPC using TheaterTek, even better at times.
     
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    thanks for that! The boys in the hcpc arena are very touchy about comments like this...... suggesting they are in fact worried! I hope you are right

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    They will just tell you that you need to have a couple of uogrades and tweak your settings for another 50 hours:rotfl: Personally I like the idea of connecting a PC to a plasma/PJ butdoing everything the PC way would really get to me in the end!
     
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    I'd still go for a £120 720p DVI player and a dedicated CD player, as this will result in better picture and sound all round.
     
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    My experience, which I noted in another thread, is that a Momitsu is definitely better than a Sony 730 ... leastwise on FoTR:EE R1, R2 was also better but since the V880 doesn't do PAL progressive then that's not too surprising, however IMHO it was still better than the 730 on component.
     

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