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What DVD player to replace a PIONEER 919E, maybe a Toshiba 210E !

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by dUnKle, Sep 6, 2001.

  1. dUnKle

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    Have had my Pioneer 919 LD/DVD player since its release and have been rather happy with it but can not help thinking that it is old technology and performance may be improved by a new player. The Pioneer is Multi-region and has never had a problem with any of the 500+ DVDs I have played in it, including RCE titles and Disney stuff, however it does feel a bit clunky and I also feel the picture could be improved slightly.

    I do not wish to spend a fortune and have seen some good reviews of players costing around £250. The one I have my eye on at the moment is the Toshiba 210E which seems a great player.

    What I want is GREAT PICTURE QUALITY, no problem multi-region RCE playback and preferbaly macro-vison disabled.

    Would the Toshiba be a good player ? would it perform better than my Pioneer ? Will RGB be better than SVIDEO ( no RGB on my Pioneer <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> ) ?

    All help apreciated

    oh and were is best to buy from ? Richer sounds seem cheap
     
  2. Doubledoom

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    The difference between the best and the worst dvd player is not great.

    Personally i wouldn't waste the money.

    The difference between s-video and RGB is not as great as s-video and composite and in some cases you won't see any difference.
     
  3. Dorian

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    I guess it depends on what you want from a DVD player.

    I second Doubledoom's comments that the best DVD players are hardly distinguishable from the cheapest. I upgraded from a Pioneer 626 to an Arcam DV-88 and it took me a while to see the difference (picture wise). Saving Private Ryan was the first disc where I *really* noticed the difference. The horribly fast camera shake on the steadycam still looked smooth on the Arcam.

    But the colours have always looked better, and amazingly the geometry of the TV improved - the Arcam must output a better quality signal !!

    I would go for whatever DVD player suits you - even though the Arcam is high-end it's "play anything" ability (even MP3 discs) won me over.

    If you don't want an Arcam, what about the Pioneer 737 ? It's available for a good price and should be familiar to you in terms of remote and intricacies. And from what I've read the picture's very good. Of course I love the Arcam DV-88 but it depends what you want.

    Cheers,

    Domino
     
  4. Markster

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    My toshiba210 i find i can hear the drive whilst playing films. This is noticeable in quiet scenes of a film.<br />I would not recommend this player because of this

    <br />HTH
     
  5. Radioactive__Man

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    Although I sypathise with Markster, he does seem to be in the minority in this one [see his original thread]

    I have a 210 and had a 200 before it and it is "slightly" noisier, but I have compared picture quality between both Toshibas and a Pioneer 737 and I am glad I went the cheaper route.

    Anyway if you buy one from say Richer Sounds [see footnote] don't they allow you up to 14 days to return it if you are unhappy ?

    <br />Richer Sounds player only offers a remote workaround for RCE and it will cost ya £230 in store for multi-region. I got mine elsewhere, cheaper and with better RCE functionality.

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    I have a 919 and must say that appart from no RGB and S-Video not being on the SCART I have no problems with it.<br />My main reason for me having another player is not to wear out the 919 which also plays my collection of LD's. If you have a collection of LD's that you wish to keep, it may be worth getting another DVD player just for this reason alone, but do not expect a leap in picture quality. As for sound, the 919 is one of the very best anyhow. <img src="cool.gif" border="0">
     
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    The biggest noticable diffrence for me when upgrading my old Panny A-110 was not so much the pic quality - though that was improved, but in the sound! It's much more dynamic. Also, the layer change is a bit better. (Still not acceptable though IMHO <img src="mad.gif" border="0"> )
     

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