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Need DVD Plyr selection advice...

01-29-2006, 11:35 AM
I was hoping that some of you experts out there can help me pick a DVD player. I have recently purchased the Sony 50" SXRD and a Harmon Kardon 635 receiver. Originally, I was thinking of getting the HK dvd player, so that i can have matching components, but I found out that HK does not have an upconverting DVD player. Is this something I should look for? Is it really a big difference? Please let me hear your opinions.


01-29-2006, 08:23 PM
I have a Zenith DVB 318 upconverting player which upconverts through component. I would say there is a subtle difference. It is noticable, but not huge a difference.

01-29-2006, 09:44 PM
I recently did a lot of research into upconversion DVD players and finally decided on the Oppo 971. It is a GREAT player and I can tell a marked difference on my Hitachi 57UWX20B. Now granted, my display is a few years older than yours but it was a huge improvement over my Panasonic progressive scan player. I played LOTR-Fellowship on both players side-by-side and the PQ difference was easy to see. Now, if you would be using component hookups the Oppo would not be good but if using HDMI (or DVI but I think your display is HDMI), it will be a strong player. For $200, you can't beat it. There is a LONG thread on AVS Forum about this player if wanting more info but I really do love the Oppo. It will definitely get me thru until the HD DVD (or Blu Ray) gets figured out.

01-30-2006, 05:58 AM
If you enjoy Concerts on DVDs, I have a Sony 5 disc changer with Multi Disc Resume (can hold resume in memory for 6 different discs). So I can prepare a listening session with 5 DVDs and start up each on a specific song with the audio setup already in memory. I can even remove the 5 discs and, once back, the start point is still in memory.

And the PQ is very good. I did need to calibrate the Blacks with my AVIA DVD calibration disc.