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Old 15th June 2004, 07:38 AM   #1
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Default Oh, what DVD to choose...!? ( = Heeelp needed)

Hi everybody,

My trusty old Onkyo CD player is beginning to give up on me (only 11 years young ), and I figured it's about time to get a DVD player instead to get better W.A.F. than with seperate DVD and CD player. At the moment I'm using a cheap Denver DVD player (which doesn't sound that much different than my old Onkyo at audio, but 11 years of evolution do make themself seen I suppose).
Bottom line: I want better sound than the old setup, and combine the players. I've been considering the following, but would like to know if anyone has experience with either of them, if some are "old" types, if some are known to have problems etc...
Denon DVD-1400 (4000 DKK / 650 USD)
Denon DVD-700 (2000 DKK / 330 USD)
NAD T533 (2300 DKK / 390 USD)
Cambridge Audio Azur 540D (2700 DKK / 450 USD)

The DVD-1400 is really a swiss army knife of medias, but I'm not sure if I want to spend that much on it. Therefore, focus is mainly on the remaing.

Second question: Can SACD or DVD audio be played using 2 channels, and is there still an advantage over the old CD?

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Old 15th June 2004, 08:19 AM   #2
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Hi.. me again...

I don't know if it makes any difference, but I am considering to get some projector/screen for home theatre later this year. Some people talk about "progressive scan", but I don't know if that changes priorities in the original post/consideration/need-for-advice.

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Old 15th June 2004, 11:00 AM   #3
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I still have a preference for a dedicated CD player (I use a Rotel) as I haven't heard too many DVD players that play CD's well. Depends on how large your CD collection is.

SACD and DVD Audio can be played on 2 channels and better than CD if engineered well. Limited number of titles though and will be so while there are 2 formats....... Beta vs VHS all over again.
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Old 15th June 2004, 11:40 AM   #4
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Hi Rabbitz,

Do you have any idea how hard it is to take you seriously when having that "logo"?

Anyway... I got .... uhh.... *blonde look*... some 350 CD's I guess. They're collected over the last 16 years, but after listening to material like Jennifer Warnes' "The Hunter", it struck me that a lot of CD's are poorly mastered. Hence I doubt how much difference a good player would make if the source material isn't good enough?
Also, much of the older stuff I don't listen to very often anymore, so I guess I'm open for some degree of compromise. It's been a number of years since I bought a CD, as most releases today are greatest hits collections or some other "taylormade-and-aimed-at-teens-with-too-much-pocket-money" release. Not much good music released the recent years, IMO.

The old Onkyo is a '706 (if I recall correctly) Integra, but in direct comparison to this cheap Denver, it's not a lot of difference. Maybe the laser isn't the only thing that's becoming worn out over time in my Onkyo (?). Thus, I expect that most things would be improvements compared to the current status.

In other words, you might say that I'm looking for something with better audio than a $100 Denver DVD player.

Also, my priorities have changed (probably because of all the poor mainstream music released), so I'm starting to gain interest in home theatre (thus the projector plans). Therefore I'm aiming at a fair compromise.

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Old 15th June 2004, 12:21 PM   #5
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We rabbitz may be taken seriously....... sometimes.

Yeah, a good CD player is very cruel on poorly recorded CD's (will sound worse) and I have to agree that there is less good CD's being released but when you hear a good one...... wow. Dunno how some artists can get contracts...... verbal diarrhea. I've got an old Sony CDP990 from 1990 that still holds it's own against the new players.

What I worked out for my use is that I could buy a good CD player (Rotel) and a good DVD player (Toshiba) and still be cheaper than an exotic DVD player. I keep my music electronics and HT electronics seperate..... my compromise and not over user friendly, just have to juggle banana plugs when I change from one to the other.

Just go around and listen to some and do a comparison between a good CD player and one of those DVD players. If it sounds as good or close, hey....... go for it.
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Old 15th June 2004, 12:28 PM   #6
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You don't have to consider the W.A.F, do you? *..thinks agsin...*
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Old 16th June 2004, 04:39 PM   #7
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Default WAF........

After you've been married for 30 years+ and still together (happily) , it's not a problem as you've learnt how to compromise.

I just ended up building a system for her in the kitchen / family room and she would rather use this. Nice and user friendly and has a CD, Receiver, DVD, VHS, 2 speakers and a sub.
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This is how I keep my HT and Hi Fi separate......... have to colour code so I don't forget :^)

Black for HT and silver for music.
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This one will be available soon and it will cost around Euro 200.-.
I havent read any review on it so far and haven't listened to it either but I am very much interested. At that price it might even be a suitable candidate for tweaking.

http://www.pioneer-eur.com/eur/produ...onomy_id=45-64

One disadvantage might be a less convenient user interface than the Denon.

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Old 16th June 2004, 06:46 PM   #10
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Hi Charles,

At that price, it seems hard to beat...! It seems to have (on paper!) fast converters, and accepts just about anything that's flat and round (except vinyl ).

Very interesting indeed. I think I'll have a look at it when it gets around. Thanks for the suggestion.

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