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    What DVD Player £150-250

    Hi guys/gals, been looking into purchasing a Hi-Definition DVD player for
    my new home cinema setup and kinda need your views/recomendations...

    For visual I have a new Samsung R73 series, below...




    I have a budget between £150 - £250 and would ideally like to
    connect the two via a HD port.

    So far I've been looking into Samsung, Denon, Harman Kardon (but
    expensive for HD types!) and Cambridge Audio DVD89 Black (Multi region
    DVD player - with HDMI)

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    i would wait for blueray/ hd dvd player to come out and then come down in price

    the current dvd players with hdmi upscale standard dvds to 1080 or what ever ur tv is running at, personnaly i dont see the point in taking an image which is 720x576 and upscaling it to 1900x????, the picture cant get any better (i might be wrong just what i think),

    im guessing it must have some kinda hardware/software that improves image quality when upscaling but i am still not convinced

    ive never had one thou btw, might wanna go down currys/comet and ask em for a demo (take a dvd with you as well)

    or just buy a hd dvd player like this one click here
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    Some info on Blueray for those interested or thinking what the hell is blueray

    What is Blu-ray Disc?
    Blu-ray Disc is a next generation optical media format. Each disc, the same size as a regular DVD, can produce a progressive video image resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 (known as 1080p) for truly stunning visuals. Blu-ray also offers a significantly higher data transfer rate than television HD broadcasts for an improved picture presentation

    Currently Blu-ray can store 25GB of data on a single layer which means that dual layer discs can harbour a potential 50GB of HD content. Regular dual layer DVD is only able to present 9GB of SD content.

    Can I play Blu-ray Disc on my existing DVD player?
    No. To ensure playback you’ll need a dedicated Blu-ray player, Sony PlayStation 3 or a BD-Rom drive in your PC.

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    What is Hi-Definition (HD)?
    Hi-Definition, otherwise known as HD, is the next generation of visual image quality for home entertainment.

    Current standard definition (SD) material uses only 576 vertical picture lines of resolution. Hi-Definition images are made up of from 720 to 1080 horizontal scan lines, a quantum leap in sharpness and vivid detail.

    DVD is able to support only SD and does not have the necessary storage capacity to satisfy the content rich needs of HD. So, to experience the beauty of HD in your home, you’ll need a new format of disc.

    Can I play Blu-ray Disc in a HD DVD player?
    No. Blu-ray Discs are not compatible with HD DVD machines. Playback of Blu-ray Discs is limited to equipment bearing the Blu-ray Disc logo.


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    yeah no point yet,even with upscaling your unlikely to get true HD quality
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    darren at that price just get a dvd player thats upscaling the dvd
    what amp an speakers are you going to run ??

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    Samsung HT-Q100R 2.1 Channel Home Theatre System
    is what my brother got from costco's for his screen its a nice unit for about £250ish off the top my head

    do you have skyHD???
    its worth it if you dont mind £50ish month

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    danny, I'm running my home hi-fi setup only for DVD's currently as I
    find when plugging the tv into the amp it tends to have a minimal delay
    in sound which is noticable when your focusing on someone speaking!

    So for the time being the audio is being fed from the PS2 (using as a
    DVD player!) into the amp.

    - Marantz PM7200

    - Sony ST-SB920 QS


    - Sony CD Player (can not remember model! and is due to be upgraded soon)

    - Sony MDS-JB980B Net-MD QS


    - Mission M73 Speakers


    Quite an old'ish system now, had it since I was young!


    Any more advice on a DVD player (if I had to get one now!)
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    hd dvd's, blue ray - another bunch of new formats to buy films again - normal dvd is good enough for me

    wait for the price decreases - i remember 8 years ago when dvd came out and players being around the 500 quid mark - and a couple of years before that when dvd was announced players were around 1000, i also remember hd tv being 12000 in currys, the same tv 5 years later for 1500 - crazy as components become cheaper over the years

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    darren i my self was looking for a new dvd player
    I got one with hdmi an upscaling for £90ish from costco
    its for in work

    it would be best to leave it about a year b4 you get a Hddvd/blueray player as i went to get one £1000 no thanks

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    Got my eye on the Cambridge Audio DVD89 @ £199.95

    Good buy?

    Cambridge Audio has really pulled all the stops out with their latest
    DVD89, and have produced a DVD player that wants for nothing.
    For the first time in a Cambridge product, the DVD89 features Super
    Audio Compact Disc (SACD). This 24-bit technology gives a sense of
    realism and space that leaves even Compact Disc gasping in its wake.
    Furthermore, and like other high-end Cambridge DVD players, the DVD-89
    also offers DVD-Audio playback - another format designed to impress the
    audiophile.

    Yet it's not just the audio side that Cambridge has concentrated on.
    Building on previous players, the DVD89 is the first Cambridge player to
    offer an HDMI interface. This gives the best possible, digital, video and
    sound signal to a compatible TV. In addition to this, and almost uniquely
    at this price, the DVD89 also features a DVI output - ideal if your TV uses
    this digital interface instead of HDMI. As you'd expect, the analogue
    socketry is pretty comprehensive, too. There's an RGB equipped SCART,
    S-Video and Component outputs all as standard.

    Finally, with its latest generation electronics, the DVD89 will happily play
    MPEG4 and DivX discs. In fact it's compatible with DivX 3.11, 4, 5 and
    even Pro XVID.

    As you'd expect from Cambridge Audio, all this technology is encased in
    a slim-line and thoroughly stylish housing. Quite simply, the Cambridge
    DVD89 has it all!
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