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  • My DVD Player died tonight

    My old Toshiba player died tonight. HOORAY!

    I haven't been keeping up on the latest DVD news, so maybe you guys can give me some recommendations.

    Here's my needs/wants:

    - Don't need Blue-Ray, this was my Standard DVD player.
    - This was my main audio CD player, so good audio playback is essential
    - DVD-A or SACD not really important, wouldn't mind it. HDCD would be a plus as I do have a dozen of those.

    I know Oppo has a well regarded standard DVD universal player. Is there any other DVD players out there regarded as competition to the Oppo?

  • #2
    I have a Denon 1940CI DVD player, but it only plays Surround SACD through analog, not HDMI, since it's HDMI 1.1. I'm still impressed with it, though. I picked it up a few months ago for $75 new. Does upscaling through Fajouda. I think the higher end Denon models have the Reon processor (doublecheck, though!)

    I've heard good things about the Pioneer Elite players, but haven't tried one myself.

    I got a free Oppo 971 DVD player that I'm happy with, but it doesn't play SACDs (The 970 does, though). Anyways, probably can't go wrong with Oppo.

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    • #3
      If audio is your main concern there are some really great external dacs out there that would probably be your best bet in combination with a basic Oppo. What is your budget?

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      • #4
        I had been considering an external DAC for my old Toshiba. May still go that way with a new player. I'll probably try to spend under $500 for everything.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by blackzarg
          I got a free Oppo 970 DVD player that I'm happy with, but it doesn't play SACDs (it started with the 971).
          I think you got it backwards, the 970 plays SACDs, I was just listening to a couple on mine yesterday. It is the 971 that did not.

          Oppo would definitely be my first choice for any replacement.
          JVC RS2, RS1000, RSC200, Emotiva ERD-1, ED A7S-450, CHT SS 18.1, Marantz AV7005, Boston Acoustic A7200, Oppo BDP-80, Toshiba HD-A2

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          • #6
            Looks like there is a Denon DVD-2930CI which has comparable features to the Oppo. The Denon is $199 shipped from Vanns, the Oppo would be about $188.

            Any others to consider?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bucketfoot
              I think you got it backwards, the 970 plays SACDs, I was just listening to a couple on mine yesterday. It is the 971 that did not.

              Oppo would definitely be my first choice for any replacement.
              Oops, typo on my part! Sorry about that. Fixed!

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              • #8
                Oppo Blu-Ray. It is time.

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                • #9
                  The BDP-83 is a great player for both audio and video performance, including a really good analog section (separate stereo and 7.1 analog outputs that are both better than the price tag would suggest). It just happens to also play Blu-ray and costs $500. For a lot less, the 980H is a good player, as well, and a solid choice for a basic DVD player. If you go that way, OPPO sometimes has B-stock players on eBay for around $135 plus shipping.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wesley63
                    Oppo Blu-Ray. It is time.
                    Maybe for you, not for me.

                    This player has two primary uses: (1) kids DVDs, and (2) music for me.

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                    • #11
                      Sounds like the 980H may be right up your alley, then, especially since they seem to have B-stock available right now...

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                      • #12
                        I have an older Marantz DVD930 that's been sitting in my garage and now my office for a year or so ... would love to get rid of it, but don't know what it's worth. $60 shipped?

                        I know it might be heresy to suggest replacing an older unit with another older unit ... I just thought I'd offer. It was always a great little piece for me and I treated it with care. We 'simplified' our AV system when we got a Tivo with integrated DVD player as a gift. Even though that was quite a step down in DVD performance, it was much simpler for the wife and so the Marantz got used less and less, so I eventually took it out to make room for more DVD cases.

                        Anyway, if you're interested..
                        ..dane
                        (The first to sport a signature on TCAforum..)
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                        • #13
                          I have a lightly used Oppo DV-981HD that I just replaced with the Oppo BDP-83. Asking $110 + shipping.

                          I also have an older (and built like a tank) Sony DVP-7000 that's been sitting around for a couple years. $75 plus shipping.

                          Both units have will ship with all original materials (box, manual, remote, etc.) and are in fine working order.

                          Rob
                          Samsung HL-S5687W | Outlaw 990 | Outlaw 7500 | Oppo BDP-83 | ML reQuests & Logos, M&K 55 Mk II | ACI Maestro w/ ICE amp | SMS-1

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                          • #14
                            Thanks all, I did buy an refurb Oppo off of ebay today.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sparky14
                              Thanks all, I did buy an refurb Oppo off of ebay today.
                              What model did you get?

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