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Underwhelmed by DV89

Discussion in 'Arcam Owners' Forum' started by liteswap, Nov 20, 2004.

  1. liteswap

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    Today, I borrowed the last DV89 from my local dealer for the weekend and installed it into the system. I was looking to replace my Linn Mimik CD player with a rock-solid DVD player that can also play music as well as the Linn does -- and it's a hard act to follow. But I thought with the DV89 that I could get the two functions in one box and reduce domestic clutter -- now I'm not so sure.

    Initial impressions of the DV89's image quality were that it's very good -- a big improvement on the Toshiba DVD recorder, though I suspect my five-year-old Panasonic CRT WS TV isn't showing enough detail itself to make a fully objective decision.

    On the sound front, though, the Linn beats it: the Linn's sound is richer, more detailed and basically more musical. Don't get me wrong: if I weren't comparing the Arcam to something like the Linn I'd be perfectly happy. As it is, the Arcam loses out.

    But now I don't know what the best thing is to do. I still want a better quality DVD player but I don't think I'm going to get equivalent or better sound than the Linn as well without paying a small fortune.

    Thoughts or recommendations? Should I admit defeat and abandon the idea of a quality DVD / CD player in one box?
     
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    Have you tried listening to the DV29, audiowise it's quite a step up from any of the DiVA DVD players.
     
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    Thanks for the tip -- I'll take a look. Any other thoughts welcomed.
     

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