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  • Brian^E
    Junior Member
    • Feb 2004
    • 3

    DVD upgrade

    I just bought a Panasonic 32in tube HDTV. My DVD player is a couple years old and is a Sony 5 disk DVD changer - NON progressive scan. It has an S-video output but not component video.

    I think I need to upgrade to a progressive scan DVD player - agreed? I would love to keep it under $250 and was looking possibly at the Denon DVD 910. Any other suggestions?
  • Eduardo
    Moderator emeritus
    • Jun 2002
    • 1258

    Hi Brian and welcome to HTGuide.

    I'm in the same exact situation. I'm looking to upgrade my non-progress Sony DVD changer. My budget is kind of tight too. I am currently looking at the Pioneer 563AS. Its able to decode DVD-A and SACD. It has recieved some good reviews and for $150 at Best Buy its seems like a good deal.

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    • David Meek
      Moderator Emeritus
      • Aug 2000
      • 8938

      Hi Brian, welcome to The Guide! :later:

      With a 32 inch screen, depending on how close you sit for viewing you may well see some improvement with a progressive scan DVD. I'd recommend buying progressive regardless as you never know when you'll wind up with a larger screen where the difference will be VERY visible.

      As far as what brands to look at: Pioneer, Panasonic, Sony and Denon all have reasonably priced entries that will give you a fine picture. Build quality and features are going to be the wild cards in judging what to buy. Do you watch more broadcast TV, HDTV, DVD's or what? That can make a difference in what model you choose.

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      • Brian^E
        Junior Member
        • Feb 2004
        • 3

        I will be watching a fairly equal amount of STV, HDTV, and DVD's. I really want the picture on my DVD's to be impressive, though.

        I've been running thru a number of models. I'm actually looking a the the Panasonic RP62 - the later models use the Genesis FLI2200 chip instead of the Faroudja, but its gotten good ratings nevertheless.

        I've got a nice Denon receiver and Definitive Technology speakers and really want great sound. How concerned should I be with DVD Audio?


        • Chris D
          Moderator Emeritus
          • Dec 2000
          • 16877

          I would also recommend a decent progressive scan player in whatever price range you're looking at. Welcome to the Guide, Brian!

          Eduardo, that's the least expensive universal player out there, so if you're looking to save a few bones, that's the way to go.

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