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Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by simon69, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. simon69

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    I am in the market for a new DVD player, I was thinking of an Arcam DV88+, not that interested in progressive scan as I have an excellent scaler.

    What are the opions on this player and whats its competition.

    No holds barred please!
     
  2. Matt Horne

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    Why not got for a DV88 if progscan is not important ? Should be able to get one for £500..(though if you want DVD-A then go for a DV89)

    Matt
     
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    Save yer money mate, get a Pioneer 656A.

    Arcams have loads of problems, I would expect a £1600 DVD player to be more or less perfect, and not have several problems that are not addressed (and then new problems pop up)
     
  4. simon69

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    Im sure i seen one for around £1k
     
  5. Matt Horne

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    DV88 about £500 now..

    DV88+ about 900/1000

    DV89 £1300

    DV27 £1600 upwards.

    I have had Hardware (drive) issues with my arcam.. but no other probs since they replaced it. I started with a DV88 and then had it upgraded to DV88+.. The sound and picture quality on it is superb. and their customer support ppl are excellent. Player software and drive firmware can be upgraded by cdr without sending the player back.. ..

    At the end of the day u pay your money and make your choice! :)

    Cheers

    Matt
     
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    And if the DIY firmware upgrade fails?

    I doubt Arcam will want to know, as you have invalidated the warranty.

    I'm impressed Arcam do release updates, however if it's done right in the first place it won't need it would it? - unless new discs come out that deviate from the DVD spec.

    My 1st gen player has NEVER had any problems. Therefore why should a expensive, new generation be messed up?
     
  7. Matt Horne

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    The only way to screw up a upgrade is if a power failure happens during it...you can of course get your dealer to do this in the shop if you so wish :)

    The releases are not just to bug fix.. it allows new features and improvements as well which can only be a good thing.

    I have a pioneer 606 as well which has never given me any probs..so go figure...

    Matt
     
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    I have a DV88 (£550) for sale if interested?

    PM me if interested...

    JJ
     
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    I suppose if a player is designed so the hardware is very flexible and can be "reprogrammed" by the firmware to work with new formats, then the firmware will be unique to that player and written by a relatively small company with less resources, etc, hence more bugs.

    A cheapo DVD player will not be flexible, it'll use off the shelf chipsets designed to do just one function. These chips being made by the huge manufacturers, used in loads of DVD players and therefore very reliable and proven.
     

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