Samsung, Toshiba or Denon??

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  1. jpk2112

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    Hi

    Can anybody give me an idea if it is worth me paying the extra and getting the Denon 1920 as opposed to the cheaper Samsung HD950 or the Toshiba SD350.

    I have read so many reviews, but still can't make my mind up as to which one to go for.

    My other concern is which HDMI cable to go for. I've seen some QED ones for around £50, is that a good price?? :rolleyes:
     
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    I would also appreciate and answer to this ... considering the Tosh... whats the down side ???
     
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    same here, i'm incuding the LG DVX9900H as well from comet.
     
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    Making basic comparisons between the players:
    The Samsung is a universal player (DVD-V, DVD-A, SACD) but does not do DIVX.
    The Toshiba is a DVD/CD only player but does DIVX.
    The Denon is a universal player with DIVX capability.
    LG is a DVD/CD only player but does DIVX.

    Recommending one over the other is pointless because you will have people from different camps telling you what is worthwhile and what isn't, ie you don't need audio format capability because you should have a cd player for that etc,etc. Ultimately you decide if you need a universal player or not. The Samsung and Denon do it all (Samsung - DIVX) for any with '1 box solution' mentality. For a DVD only player the others are an option. Me, I would spend the money and go with Denon quality. ;)
     
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    I suppose if HD is your main concern then go for the Denon.
    Any criticism of the Tosh is reserved for its hdmi performance.ie not any kind of step up from its component output.
     
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    @ Cable Monkey Samsung HD950 will play DIVX :cool:

    Regards Tulloch
     
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    If it does, it does so unofficially because there is no mention on DIVX capability in their spec.
     
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    If you look for MPEG4 on the Samsung site, it's supported. ;)
     
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    JPK2112. Going back to your original questions.
    I have the toshiba sd350 connected with QED HDMI. It looks excellent !!!!
     
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    Does the Toshiba upscale to 1080i over component? I have a JVC HV-36P38 CRT which has no DVI/HDMI, etc, only a component input at either 480p or 1080i, no 720p either, and I'd like a (cheap!) player capable of doing 1080i over component. Thanks.
     
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    May i just ask what TV you have the Tosh connected up to?
     
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    I stand corrected! :)
     
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    Panasonic Th42pv500
     
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    teddybass is the tosh hdmi better than is comp output on your pv500 or have you not compared it?

    azz
     
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    Sorry. I have not compared. But I am intending to get a decent comp cable soon and will post result of comparison.
     
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    Hi

    what settings are you using on your tos ie sharpness /light and 576p 720p or 1080i - which is best?

    azz
     
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    Sorry teddybass but the reason i ask is:

    I have sami 850 and tosh 350 as i thought these 2 would be better than my 330 via comp i but no-not attached to my 42 inch 7200 hitachi plasma

    For some reason the above 2 players reportedly do a good job with LCD sets via hdmi.

    azz
     
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    I have found that the 576p gives the best picture but frankly the difference between either 576, 720 or 1080 is negligible as far as I can detect.
    My settings for video are :-
    Contrast 90%
    Brightness 45%
    Colour 40%
    Sharpness 20%

    Remember that settings are very personal. I originally set up using the DVE disc as a guide but found that I didn't like some of the so called 'perfect' settings. ie I found the DVE recommended brightness setting too bright and the colour too saturated. I am no expert but in my opinion there are no universally correct settings. I would suggest that you keep adjusting until you are happy and then trust your own judgment.
     

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