Separate or one box?

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  1. shawkins002

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    I'm currently using a Panasonic DVDA160 bought many moons ago to play CDs and DVDs. Doesn't even have RGB, and my XBOX is probably better quality in terms of picture.

    On a reasonably limited budget (say £300) I want a new CD player and DVD player.

    I was either thinking a cheapish dedicated player (something like a Marantz CD4000 and a Toshiba SD330), or going for a Pioneer 656.

    Ignoring the fact that the Pioneer has multi-channel audio for the moment, which option would give the best sound and vision? Superfi are doing the 656 for £299 at the moment, and I wonder if my money could be better spent on two dedicated players. If I could get better sound and RBG PQ for £300, I would sacrifice the multi-channel audio.

    What to do...?
     
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    Could get a £100 Toshiba DVD player, and a £200 CD player. Although the budget Tosh's lack DVD-Audio, a decent 2nd hand £200 CD player will outperfom a new £300 DVD player.
     
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    Cheers Nathan - how does the the SD330 picture compare with the 656? I want the best of both worlds, but I would say I watch DVDs more than I listen to CDs.
     
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    Haven't compared the two (for picture quality), just a suggestion.

    If you want decent Hi-Fi sound from the analogue outputs (for a CD disc) you need a seperate CD Player. Using a DVD player for CD sounds awful IMO. You should be able to tell the difference- upper budget system you've got there.

    Or you could just use a Pioneer 656 for both duties, and get a CD player later on.
     
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    Thanks. I seem to have blown all my cash on on the amp/speaker side for a newcomer to this game, but I suppose if the chain is only as good as the weakest link, no point in compromising on the CD front.

    I'm thinking maybe a NADC521i and a Tosh SD330 then. I'll give them a demo on the w/e. And the 656 I suppose, just to make sure. Any other suggestions in this price range?

    Cheers for your help.

    Simon
     

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