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Old 04-06-03, 04:02 PM
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Should I get a Panasonic CP72 or XP50?

I was extremely lucky to find a store that still carries both models, and I'm going down there today to pick one up. However, I can't decide which model I want.

While looking at the Panasonic page, I noticed that there are only a few differences:
XP50: doesn't have MPEG Digital Noise Reduction (CP72 does)
XP50: Audio D/A Converter 8-ch, 192kHz/24-bit, (CP72 192kHz/24-bit)
XP50: has Digital Re-Master Processing (CP72 doesn't)

Do these features make a difference in comparison to the other? Any input (recommendations, suggestions, likes, dislikes, anything!) ASAP would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! (I'm so excited, because I stayed up for hours scouring the Internet, and I found it locally!)

Thank you,
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Old 04-06-03, 04:24 PM
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Dunno about the XP50 (but I doubt the differences above will make much of a diff.) I have a CP72, like it overall. What I *don't* like is that it is slow to change/access discs. This is unlike the other Panny's I've had (120A and RV32), which popped up the DVD contact almost instantly when they began reading a disc. But pq etc. is fine on the cp72.
Old 04-06-03, 11:07 PM
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Re: Should I get a Panasonic CP72 or XP50?

Originally posted by DVDGirl
I was extremely lucky to find a store that still carries both models, and I'm going down there today to pick one up. However, I can't decide which model I want.

While looking at the Panasonic page, I noticed that there are only a few differences:
XP50: doesn't have MPEG Digital Noise Reduction (CP72 does)
XP50: Audio D/A Converter 8-ch, 192kHz/24-bit, (CP72 192kHz/24-bit)
XP50: has Digital Re-Master Processing (CP72 doesn't)
DVDGirl,
Be aware that the Panasonic page is full or errors. The CP-72 does have the same MPEG digital noise reduction and audio conversion as the XP-50. The CP-72 doesn't have Re-mastering.

The picture and sound quality of the two is virtually identical. It really comes down to a question of features. The CP-72 is a changer with an easy to read display. The XP50 is a single disc player with a difficult to read LCD display. The XP50 has a quieter drive. Both have the same style/design of remote with tiny buttons (a few changes are made for the changer features of the 72). Other than this the features are the same (for example, both play DVD-RAM).

There is also usually a different in price, with the XP50 being more expensive than the 72.

A bit of advice: Really take a good hard look at the whether or not you can deal with the XP50's display. The LCD drove me nuts. It's light blue and almost impossible to read from a distance. It's also very bright in a dark room (but you can turn it off using the menus and just use the OSD).

For those people who own the RP-82/CP-72/XP-30/XP-50, one of the reasons the player is slow to initially load a disc, is because it reads so many different formats. It takes the player a while to figure out what type of disc has fed to it.

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Old 04-07-03, 01:32 AM
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Thanks for the advice! I bought the XP50. I haven't hooked it up yet, but I'm going to do it first thing when I get home from work tomorrow.

I'm going to order some DVD-Audio. I can't wait to hear what it sounds like! (And I'm extremely curious to see what the pq is compared to my Pioneer 434.)

Thank you again for taking time out to read and respond to my post!

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Originally posted by DVDGirl
Thanks for the advice! I bought the XP50. I haven't hooked it up yet, but I'm going to do it first thing when I get home from work tomorrow.

I'm going to order some DVD-Audio. I can't wait to hear what it sounds like! (And I'm extremely curious to see what the pq is compared to my Pioneer 434.)
You'll be surprised at the difference, the 50 will blow the 434 away. Glad to have been of help.

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