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Best consumer DVD player under $200?

Old 11-12-02, 04:41 PM
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Best consumer DVD player under $200?

What is the best consumer player under $200? I don't need progressive scan, it needs to play DVD-R's, and my surround set up is pro-logic. What do you recommend?
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Old 11-13-02, 12:05 AM
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I would have to recommend the Panasonic RV31. I believe it can be shipped for $100.00 for Amazon.

Panasonic is known to have the best, overall downconversion; picture not too soft, nor too many jaggies. Color rendition is good, as well. I have one in my bedroom and have been happy with it.

One thing worth noting: the remote control is terrible as far as button layout, etc. but I find this minor compared to the benefits.

It is supposed to play DVD-R, but I did have a problem with the one I tried. Maybe you can find more info. about this.

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Old 11-13-02, 09:37 AM
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I got the Tos 4800 w/progressive scan & SACD for $179 at Best Buy. It's normally $199. Great player. Panny 62 is great for about the same, but doesn't have SACD.
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I'm always a big fan of low-end Sonys -- they play every format (DVD-R, CD-R, MP3, etc.), and I've never run across a studio DVD that they won't play.
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Old 11-14-02, 09:22 AM
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Panasonic RP-82. It's around $200 and has the higher end mpeg decoder from the RP-91, which helps it have a nice, smooth picture even on interlaced sets.

It plays DVD-A and has a built-in DTS/DD decoder (you can even enjoy DTS titles on your system). It also plays DVD-R fine without any problems.

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Originally posted by nekobus
It plays DVD-A and has a built-in DTS/DD recorder
NICE - So I can record myself in DTS and play it over and over...
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Old 11-16-02, 01:33 PM
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NICE - So I can record myself in DTS and play it over and over...
Only if you can fit yourself into the tray.

This will teach me not to post when I don't have enough coffee in my system.
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Old 11-18-02, 08:42 AM
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Originally posted by nekobus
Panasonic RP-82. It's around $200 and has the higher end mpeg decoder from the RP-91, which helps it have a nice, smooth picture even on interlaced sets.

It plays DVD-A and has a built-in DTS/DD decoder (you can even enjoy DTS titles on your system). It also plays DVD-R fine without any problems.
Consider this another vote for the RP-82.
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