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#73615 - 12/25/04 01:02 AM a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
ravi_singh Offline
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Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
does anyone know of one? I don't care if it doesn't play dvd video, just the audio. It would save on cables and having to buy seperate players !

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#73616 - 12/25/04 01:55 AM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
bridgman Offline
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Registered: 08/25/04
Posts: 5279
Loc: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
You're looking for what is often called a "universal player". There are quite a few of them around these days. The Denon 2900 is one example (at the more expensive end of the scale) but I believe a few people on this board have the 2900 and are really happy with it.

I think you can get universal players as low as a couple of hundred $$ but don't remember any specifics right now.

http://www.audioholics.com/productreviews/avhardware/DenonDVD-2900-reviewp1.html

[edit] Ahh, here we go. Pioneer 563A and Denon 2200 are more affordable and seem to be well regarded. I have no personal experience with any of these units other than wondering if I should go out and buy one


Edited by bridgman (12/25/04 01:59 AM)

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#73617 - 12/25/04 02:33 AM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
ravi_singh Offline
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Registered: 03/14/02
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Loc: Montreal
hi brigman

i had seen the denon - VERY pricey.

the pioneer looks good but no HDCD. Oh well, not big loss, i only have 1 hdcd.

i'll keep looking

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#73618 - 12/25/04 09:30 AM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
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Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 540
Loc: Richmond, VA
ravi- take a look at pioneer's 578a-s. i got one a little while back for ~$120 at crutchfields retail store. its not a super fancy lookin player, but it does all the formats, sounds really good, and puts out a good picture (at least on s-video, i got an old p.o.s. tv that doesnt have component!)
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#73619 - 12/29/04 01:41 AM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
ravi_singh Offline
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Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal
looks like a good intro player, i may pick one up next month.

i wish there was a cheap one with HDCD as well, then it would be complete

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#73620 - 12/29/04 04:44 AM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
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Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
I have the Pioneer 563A and it did do a fine job with everything I have thrown at it, until now. Apparently, there are a few DVD Audio discs it will not play, and I received one of these discs as a Christmas present. If you have this player you might want to check online for a list of these before you go out and buy any DVD audio discs. I know it will not play Neil Young's Greendale.

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#73621 - 12/29/04 11:32 AM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
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Registered: 05/03/03
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Is that one of those silly dualdiscs? If so, not much WILL play them, from what I've read (since they're too thick.)
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#73622 - 12/29/04 12:57 PM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
Zarak Offline
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Registered: 03/09/03
Posts: 1849
Loc: PA
The 578 is being discontinued at Best Buy. I got one for $95, so jump on it if your local store still has any.

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#73623 - 12/29/04 04:10 PM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
TurboDog1 Offline
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Registered: 02/29/04
Posts: 342
Ravi - Any chance you'll be playing around w/ a HTPC in proximity to this setup? If so, you can handle the HDCD requirement via the PC. WMP9 & 10 support HDCD playback via the analog outputs to your receiver. Just a thought to ease your concerns about HDCD capability....

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#73624 - 12/29/04 05:21 PM Re: a player that plays DVD Audio, SACD and HDCD ?
littleb Offline
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Registered: 08/03/03
Posts: 1235
Loc: Moorhead, Minnesota/US
I don't know if it is a dual disc. It is a DVD video/Dvd audio disc if that is what dual disc means. I tried it on a cheapo Apex in my teenage son's room which is seeing duty as a cd player, and it plays the audio on that just fine. I guess it's not the end of the world.

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