SDI current flavours?

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  1. Nic Rhodes

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    What are the current favoured SDI players? I assume they are still the chroma bug free ones (Pannasonic) rather than the pioneers. If so what does the comunity think about the 62, 82 and 91?

    sorry a little out of touch here:blush:
     
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    Bee: 82 has been out of production for many months.
    62 is good but has only optical audio out.
    91 has best MPEG decoder, according to the geeks at the ISF secret squirrel web site, coupled with co-ax digital audio out.

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    Do people have any difficulties with say the 91 and a step up transformer? I was most interested in the 82 and 91
     
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    Hi Beekeeper,

    I believe the XP30 and XP50 have the same MPEG decoder as the RP82. They are available from www.jvb.nl as is the 91. You shouldn't have a problem with a step down transformer - I've used an imported Region 1 Panasonic player for 5 years. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks guys, put my mind to rest on the x former. Anyone know why the 91 is considered to have a better MPEG decoder?
     
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    Hi Beekeeper,

    According to the boffins at Home Theater Hi Fi, the Panasonic RP91, RP82, CP72, XP30, XP50 and the Denon 1600 all use the same model MEI MPEG decoder. So in theory, they should have have fairly equal interlaced outputs. Check out http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/cgi-bin/shootout.cgi for their very comprehensive DVD player tests from the last 3 years.

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    Dutch

    thanks for the info, I have been re plodding through all this for the last day or so and although I can find info on the MPEG decoder (important for SDI) and deinterlacing chipsets for the US panny players, the 91 eludes me at the moment, do you know what it uses.

    He asks retiring to bed with a whisky and a pile of old US AV mags looking for that 91 review....:)
     
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    No problems with using £15 step down transformers- myself, brother and a mate all use 110V machines with no problems.

    Just check that the power consumption on the DVD player is not over the transformers rating (my Sony & a Panasonic is fine, but brothers Pioneer player trips the transformer out after several hours use)
     
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    Bee: The Panasonic web site actually states the mpeg decoder used I believe......Can't say I am entirely sure about diff over 62 myself. I can re-direct you to a thread about the standard interlaced outputs if you want?

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    I was looking at these models - the UK versions (RA not RP) look identical, except have a scart instead of component outputs (which I need for my pj).

    I wouldn't mind one provided it could be made multi-region. Are these hackable, or do they need to be chipped?

    Gary.
     
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    Dutch, thanks, I knew it was there but this is the one that crashed during download! You wouldn't believe how mauch I have trawled through to find this

    Gary
    Multi region is by chips, many doing that but SDI and chips then look at JVB

    Gordon
    I think I am sorted now, did you go for the RA 82?
     
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