What DVD for the Ellie?

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  1. captbearuk

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    I'm one of those new people struggling with my first Home Cinema set up. From the header you can see that I've decided to jump in at the deep end with a front projector. I've seen the Ellie demonstrated and Jim uses a Sony 535 I think, but I was wondering what other people use. I did intend for the DVD to be used as a music source as well as for films. The budget is about GBP600 but is flexible if I make compromises elsewhere. With the Ellies internal line doubler it seems a waste to spend money on a DVD player with progressive scan output.

    The only other piece of kit I think I've decided upon is the Denon 3802. I'm still undecided about the speakers. Would GBP600 on speakers be the right portion of my budget?

    My room is 25ft by 15ft.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
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    As you're going to be watching a BIG picture, get the best player you can afford. I'd suggest either a Tosh or Sony. Progressive scanis better than a line doubler, so as long as the Ellie is compatible, I'd go for a player with PS if I could afford it.
     
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    Authur, thanks for the reply.

    I've read the reviews till I'm confused. Both Sony and Toshiba have a large range from budget to high end players. With my GBP600 starting figure I was looking for something with good audio but few wasted features. I don't think that the Ellie can deal with a progressive scan unless the internal line doubler is somehow bypassed. The DVD players I've been looking at are the Sony DVPS735, Toshiba SD9000, Arcam DV88, Pioneer 737. Quite a cross section as you can see. Remaining funds are either spent on a good set of Cinema speakers or a budget set until I can get better.

    I guess I'm asking about peoples feeling of value for money DVD players when used with the Ellie and if the higher end players noticably improve the Ellie picture. (My screen size is to be 8ft).

    I bow to the wisdom of the forum.
     
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    I use a Sony 735 with my Seleco 310 (Un-line doubled) to a 7ft screen. Picture quality is excellent. Quite a significant jump up from my old panny A-110. I know that the Tosh is also well rated for picture quality. As far as by-passing the Ellie's internal line doubler, I would think that screens UK could give you the best advice there. I don't see that as a huge problem.<br />Without a doubt, when I upgrade my 310 I'll be going for an external scaler or progressive scan.<br />Hope this helps a little. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
     
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    Arthur,

    How well does the 735 do as an audio player? Also I did read somewhere that the 735 may have a more noticable delay during the layer change than some other DVDs, although none of the magazine reviews note this.

    If you were to upgrade your DVD what would you look be looking at?
     
  6. Nic Rhodes

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    Be careful with this one. The Ellie has a built in line doubler (de-interlacer) already. A PS player will output on component signal which the Ellie can't receive. (Strictly there is an exception to this but don't worry about it.)

    A PS player is a no no then. The Ellie could take a PS on it's computer input but that is not what you are after. What you need is a good quality DVD / Video player that will output a quality s-video signal. With this and the Ellie you will have a dream picture. Forget PS players.
     
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    Nic,<br />That's exactly my problem. All the higher end DVD's seem to have progressive scan as a standard. Do you know of any high end players that don't.
     
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    The DV88 has a good s-video output and good CD playback capability.

    As music seems to be an important consideration I would try and go have a listen to some of these.

    Gordon
     
  9. Nic Rhodes

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    I would go with Gordon sugestion. The Arcams did a stiring job at the weekend. If that is too much a Toshiba 9000 (old model) or a 210.
     
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    Thanks for the opinions. I've been reading the reviews of the Event where the Arcam did appear to do very well. I'm only jealous that work did not permit me to be there and see it and other pieces in various 'head to heads'. Speaking as someone who could not attend the weekend I would like to thank Gordon and the rest of Stereo Stereo for organising it. I am learning from the crumbs of information given by those that were there. I would have enjoyed the technical seminar, not "Big boys in a sweet shop" as my wife described it.

    Back to the thread; I contacted Screens UK to speak to Jim but he's on holiday right now (I wonder if it's India, or Italy perhaps?) But I did hear that he has bought the Pioneer 737 to use during demonstrations of the Ellie.

    Nothing worthwhile in life is ever easy.
     
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    Capt,<br />The 735 is 'OK' with music. Better than my old A-110 anyway. Not as good as my Pioneer CD player though. If music is important to you, Demos are vital. By the way, I owned a Panny RV60 for a while. (Don't ask..long 'Techtronics' story) Picture quality was almost as good as the 735, but the sound was definitely more 'audiophile'. Worth checking out?
     
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