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#61396 - 09/18/04 04:30 PM New DVD/CD player?
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3904
Loc: Up yonder
I'm contemplating buying a new DVD player and / or a CD player. I'm torn between a CD mega changer, CD/DVD mega changer, or buying separates.

I guess the first question I have is whether I would see / here an improvement over what I have now if I buy new toys. For DVD, I have the Toshiba SD-6200 and CD I have a Kenwood DP-M6650. I've had the CD for close to ten years and the DVD for about four years.

I definitely want the ability to play numerous CDs because the player is up in the loft and I don't want to run up the stairs every time to change a CD. It doesn't matter much about the DVDs, I don't watch much TV. One at a time works for me. I just want a good looking picture.

I see that Sony has some mega changers that play just about everything, but not DVD-A. I wonder how reliable they are though. Seems to me that's asking for trouble.

My TV is a four year old 46" Mitsubishi HD80. My receiver is a H/K 7200.

.....mike
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#61397 - 09/18/04 05:28 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
demasoni Offline
local

Registered: 09/08/04
Posts: 206
Loc: VA, USA
take a look at the HK DVD 22, it has awesome DVD and CD quality, that's what I'm going to get to match up with my HK 3480 receiver too, cost only about $199.

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#61398 - 09/18/04 05:37 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
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Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 1424
Loc: Western Canada
I don't like MEGA changers but some here do. I had a hard time going to a 5 disc but it has worked well. I went with the Denon 2815. Very nice player that uses Faroudja processing.

It more or less has the same guts as the Denon 910 which is a very highly regarded player.

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#61399 - 09/18/04 08:06 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
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Registered: 02/03/04
Posts: 619
Loc: boston
I have a sony CDP-CX455 and am quite happy with it. It's awesome to have my whole cd collection at my fingertips at all times. I have only put copies of my originals in it that have "cd text" burned on them (so it automatically displays cd and track info). This way, if it scratches a disk, or randomly looses my programmed track info (the two possible negatives I've found in online reviews), it doesn't matter.
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#61400 - 09/18/04 11:35 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
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Registered: 05/11/02
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Mike, having enjoyed the convenience(and flawless operation) of a couple of megachangers for some time, I'd never again consider a single disc player and suggest that your experience would probably be equally positive. Even for occasional use, there's no good reason not to include DVD capability; consider one of the Sony models.
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#61401 - 09/19/04 06:09 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
michael_d Offline
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3904
Loc: Up yonder
I checked out the Sony's. I'm having trouble believing that they can do everything that they claim for what they are selling them for. They seem to be too good to be true........Then I look at the Denon lines of universal players, and they are twice as much, and only play one disk at a time???? what's the big difference?

And what in the heck is Faroudja processing?
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#61402 - 09/19/04 07:41 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
NeverHappy Offline
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Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 1424
Loc: Western Canada
In reply to:

And what in the heck is Faroudja processing?




It is a Decoding Engine, for processing film, video, graphics or mixed-mode content. Like anything else in HT, you get what you pay for and there are a ton of different processors out there. Some are good and some are junk. Faroudja is one of the best out there.

I have yet to buy a DVD player and not looked into this aspect of it. For me there are only 2 or 3 processors out there that are worth a dam.

.................and just because I know someone is going to ask, these are some of the ones I like:

Silicon Image
Faroudja
Genesis (But only on a few models)


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#61403 - 09/19/04 08:03 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
NeverHappy Offline
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Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 1424
Loc: Western Canada
By the way, Sony for the most part uses there own until you get into the high end players which is kind of funny. Anyway, when you get in to there high end player the 9000ES it uses Genesis. I always thought it was odd that they use there own till it hits the high end stuff, then they use someone else's!

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#61404 - 09/19/04 08:12 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
NeverHappy Offline
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Registered: 12/12/03
Posts: 1424
Loc: Western Canada
Oh hell, I just noticed you are using a 6200 for a DVD player. Be prepared to be disappointed in whatever you buy. The DVD player you are currently running is a very nice one. You will have a hard time finding a MEGA that will come close to it's video quality. By the way, the 6200 uses a Genesis! There are a ton of "Experts" out there that think the 6200 is the best DVD player Toshiba ever made.

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#61405 - 09/19/04 11:08 PM Re: New DVD/CD player?
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3904
Loc: Up yonder
Thank you. That's the type of information I need. When I bought the 6200, the salesman told me it was the best unit on the market. He was preaching 'true' progressive scan, blah, blah, blah. He was convincing enough, so I dropped $600 on it. Only problem I have with it, is it's fussy with some DVD's. I have to reload them a couple times every now and then. Has done that from day one.

So what about CD sound quality. Should I upgraid to a new CD player? Something that will play the new SACD's, or go with a universal?? or should I just stick with what I have?
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