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Time to upgrade? or not?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by stretcher, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. stretcher

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    Hope some advice can be offered

    I have a Pioneer DV-717, now about 4 years old. Tv is a Loewe 32inch Aconda.

    The DVD player works fine, and has been previously chipped with the Techtronics multimod, which I must say has worked perfectly. Ther'es even a simple work around with RCE discs which were introduced after the mod was done..

    The question is, has player technology improved so significantly that it will make a similar difference to picture and sound quality?

    And if it is worthwhile, what sort of price range should I be looking at for similar quality. The trusty Pioner was £540 when I bought it, plus another £80 for the multimod. Scary how prices have tumbled in recent years!!!

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    I might be worth a look if your Leowe can have the Prog scan upgrade, or you dont have compent on the 717 (sorry i dontknow that player) If you fancied maybe SACD or DVD-A then the Pio 656 is a bargain or if you could have PS upgrade i would wait and let prices fall. Theres always DVD recording though but anthing less than a top player is likely to be a backward step in terms of PQ. Maybe get a home demo of an Arcam DV88+ and a Phillips DVDR1000mk11 and see if you can see/hear the difference a £1000 DVd deck makes.
     
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    Thanks horny!!

    Actually, I'm glad you raised the subject of SACD or DVD A - this had crossed my mind and might be something to look into. As far as progressive scan goes, I don't know if the Loewe is upgradeable and what the benefits might be on a 32 set .

    The other thing is, do you reckon we're talking about spending as much as a grand? Yes I could stretch to it, but I was kind of expecting to spend somewhat less!

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    The Prog scan machines are but a 656 with component outs and DVD-A SACD wityh MR mod should be £400ish big difference. Might be worth you looking at recoerder if you watch alot of TV want high PQ recordings Panny E50 and E30 or Philips 880/890 dont think any will do SACD/ DVD-A though!
    Have a look at www.avland.co.uk they bhave most machines and good spec sheets
     
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    Hmmm

    hadn't put a recorder on the list, but I'll certainly examine your suggestions

    just found another thread discussing Loewe and prog scan - looks like (to me) there is an upgrade possible, but results in some geometry and picture scaling switching anomalies - maybe its time to think of a projector too for movies (when the kidfs have finally buggered off to bed and the missus has fallen asleep on the settee again!!)

    I don't know - maybe have a closer look at DVD-A and SACD ?

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