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Suggestions for player around £300?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by SilverPenguin7, May 29, 2004.

  1. SilverPenguin7

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    Could anyone suggest a couple of models worth looking at in the £300 price range. I am soon to be purchasing a PW6 and decided my 4 year old dvd player needs upgrading to one with component outputs for use with the PW.
    Not really in touch with what machines are about these days so if anyone can help me out with a few suggestions that would be great.

    Picture and movie sound are of course main priorities, don't really care about SACD or anything like that. So, any thoughts...

    :)
     
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    I would consider

    Samsung 935
    Tosh 330
    Panasonic S75


    HTH
    John
     
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    I think you should look at higher end machines, Harman Kardon DVD 25/2550 second hand or new HK DVD22. The DVD25 looks stunning on a PW5!!!
    Also look at Denon DVD-1400
    Perhaps new panasonic recorders that have component out too.
    But the Denon or HK will (should) give better replay of commercial disks.
     
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    How about a Denon 2800MKII, superb machine which was a £750 mid-high end player not long ago. I think there may even be one going in the classifieds forum at the moment.. :blush: :laugh:
     
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    I am liking the look of the HK DVD22, does this do pal and ntsc progressive? 75% of my discs are R1 so want to make the most of them if I can. Will this player be a good match for the PW6?

    Thanks for the replies :)
     
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    Save your money, imho the picture and build of the HK DVD22 is no better than players in the £100 - £150 region (which it costs in Europe and the US, why does it cost more than double here :confused: ).

    The new Pioneer DV370 (~£85), the DV470 or DV575a (when they arrive), the Sony 730 (~£160), Cambridge Azur 540D (£250), the Philips DVP630 (~£80). The Kiss DP-450 (~£120), Denon DVD770SD (~£199), the Yamaha DVD-S540 (~£100).

    All of these players have PAL and NTSC PS and probably have a build and picture as good or better in some cases than the HK.
     
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    Denon 2800MKII here... :thumbsup: Built like a brick out house..
     
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    The Denon at that price is a good deal :rotfl:
     
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    Thanks for all the help but what I have decided to do is get a fairly cheap player for now and wait until I can upgrade to a mid-range player later. SoI have narrowed it down to:

    Panasonic 656
    Pioneer S75

    So, out of these two which machine would you suggest for use with PW6. Remember, I dont care about SACD etc, just picture and dvd sound quality.
     
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    The Pioneer DV656 was discontinued some time ago, replaced by the DV668 and you will probably have to go second hand. The Panny S75 does not do PAL progressive scan, so all your region 2 (UK) dvd's would be sent to the screen as an interlaced signal. Have a look at some of the other suggestions. :rolleyes:
     
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    Oops I meant the 565!! Getting myself confused!!

    From reading up on various threads I was under the impression none of the budget players seem to do a good job of pal AND ntsc playback? Thats why I thought the s75 would be ok as most of my dvd's are R1.

    :confused:

    This whole thing is getting frustrating now!

    Hmmmm how about the Marantz 4300 (v. cheap at richer sounds) or the Sony DVP-NS730?

    Its basically going to be one of these 4 I think....?!
     
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    Sorry not hijacking thread, I am in a similar 'boat' getting a Panny AE500 projector, I need a prog scan player. I have about £400 for a player was going to go for Denon 2200 but it is top end of £400 and gets slated a bit for colour chroma (I think) been looking at alternatives and have come down to

    Cambridge 540
    Samsung 955: does DVI which I am lead to believe can be hooked up to my new projector for amazing pictures?
    Denon 2200
    Sony 930

    Some of the players in the running previously only seemed to do Progressive scan for NTSC like the Pioneer DV565 and Marantz DV4300?

    My quest for a decent prog scan player is a difficult one any pointers from the punters out there?
     
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    Any region hacks for Marantz 4300
     
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    Just ordered a HK 2250 for £229 delivered from play.com.

    Seems to be a good player from what I have read in both PAL/NTSC prog playback. Just hope the mutliregion mod play does is a good one!
     
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    Grrrr its been at the 'packing' stage since 3 hours after placing the order (saturday afternoon!). Looks like any hopes of it arriving by the end of the week (when the plasma comes) are out of the question now :(
     
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    Just noticed you have written 2250 I read it as 2550 when I made the reply below. Is 2250 correct (if so I assume it would be a silver version of the 22) or did you mean 2550 (silver 25)? If its the 2550 read on, if not ignore it.

    ...yeh but when it does arrive, I think you'll be well happy.

    Great picture in Pal or NTSC progressive and great sound either in 5.1 or Stereo (There is a Video circuit bypass for when in stereo only).

    The only quirk is that, for best results, you need to select V (Video mode) 2 in the Ezmenu each time you play a disc. This is to force film deinterlace mode rather than video or auto deinterlace as it is not a flag reading player. But I'm well please with this player and I reckon you will be to.

    Croc
     
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    Oops, I did in fact mean 2550, the silver 25!

    Is the Ezmenu button on the remote? If so that will go nicely in to a macro on my Pronto remote :)

    Still packing!! It better be a huuuuuuuuuuge box ;)
     
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    Yes the button is on the remote - press once to get menu up then scoll to far right for V, once highlighted scroll down through 0,1 and 2 for deinterlace modes. Then press Ezmenu button to again to clear. You could just leave it on 0 (default) which is auto but then if it is in doubt it will often revert to video mode, but it looks better in film mode.
    It's about a medium size player and don't be put off by the fact that it isn't very heavy. Build quality is pretty good, running is silent, draw action is smooth (at least on mine) and layer change seems pretty fast but this may will depend on what firm ware it has.

    It really is an exersise in patence when you order things on line. Good prices but once you've decided to go for it you just want it.... NOW :D just gotta say cool :cool:

    Croc
     
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    Ah excellent, I feel a macro programming session coming up with the pronto then. I have already downloaded and programmed in direct codes for switching the panny through its various screen sizes in preperation for its arrival :thumbsup:

    The box thing was a joke, as in it better be a huge box and thats why they are still packing it :rotfl:

    Good to know its silent running, and theylayer change on my old Sony is very obvious so I can't imagine its any slower than that.

    Thanks for your advice etc :)
     

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