Does anyone know when we are likely to see Official Pal Progressive players? I dont mean £1000 Arcam FMJ's or Denons A1's etc but players in the £250-£400 range from the major manufacturers like Panny, Tosh, Sony etc?
I was going to ask a similar original question as there seems to be a real lack of information on any PAL progressive scan players to come out in the near future. I have looked at the Harman Kardon DVD25 but have not found details of the latest firmware containing a PAL Progressive Scan Upgrade, can you let me know the location of this please?
On the Lecson again have yet to find anything detailing that it is definately PAL progressive scan compatible.
I spoke to the guys at Pioneer during the London (heathrow) HiFi Show. Their suggestion was that pal progressive players would be the next 'thing' on their range and they would start to appear in the spring.
I suspect that the other major manufacturers would do the same thing.... there isn't really a great demand at the moment because there aren't very many suitable display devices out there....... the majority of people have tv's that can't handle a progressive signal.
Home Cinema Choice seemed to have a similar opinion of the lecson, they did give it 3 stars though. Personally i think the Harman Kardon is the only one in my price range and looks to be the only one in my price range this side of christmas. I think i will have to get one, preferably with the latest firmware already on it.
Not really seen much on the 963SA, read a review of the 962SA and that looked fairly good, i guess i could be waiting till xmas though. Is the NAD T562 PAL progressive or only NTSC? I never knew of the complications associated with buying a projector!
Big_AL007 - I have spoken to someone at Frank Harvey and i have asked to see if they can put the latest firmware on, or how long it will be till Harman do it themselves, they are getting back to me hopefully tmw.
Cheers mate, obviously i'd prefer it if the shop can do it and take the risk and still keep my warranty. Also i think my CD writer has given up the ghost, it is now 4/5 years old and has burned too many vcds etc. in it's lifetime, so may need to take you up on the offer of a disk.
Am trying to go through the official routes, but Harman Kardon do not seem to be very forthcoming. And of course no shop wants to install unofficial software. The phillips 963sa i have now found but the release date and price is still unknown by Phillips will hopefully have more info soon.
If i am going to put new firmware on the DVD i take it the cheaper US version will stil not run PAl progressive as it does not have PAL in teh first place (Just trying to save some cost now)
I guess the point i was getting at was if i upgrade the firmware to a version that invalidates my warranty, then why not buy it from abroad and yes the warranty will not be valid, but i have paid less for in essence probably the same product with no warranty anyway, and maybe a scart socket for the UK version that i wouldn't use anyway. I seem to remember reading that the firmware upgrades will only work on teh international version with a scart though.
I suspect i will end up ordering a current player and ask you kindly to send a CD through to me Al, as i will lose my patience in waiting for companies to get back to me with sensible answers.
My machine is a UK version and works fine, thousands of people makes these upgrades every year with no probs.
Also there is nothing to say it will invalidate your warranty anyway, after it is there firmware !!!! I have never heard of anyone having such probs.