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Marantz DV-12S1 DVD-A/V Player and SR 8200 Receiver

Marantz DV-12S1 DVD-A/V Player

“Marantz is unique, as far as I know, in offering both SACD and DVD-A players, the DV-12S1 and the SA-12S1. Both play video DVDs, but unlike Pioneer’s Elite DV-47a neither will play both digital audio formats. Instead of a universal player, here we have not-quite-identical twins..”

Arcam FMJ DV27 Progressive Scan DVD Player

Arcam FMJ DV-27 DVD Player

“Last spring I spent some time with Arcam’s Diva DV88 DVD player (Spring 2001, Vol. 20 #2), and was impressed by its S video output, but less so by its non-progressive component output picture. Now we have in front of us the FMJ range player with progressive scan output, which is said to offer superior audio performance as well. It plays CD-Rs, Video CDs, and “some MP3 audio files”, according to the manual, as well as decoding HDCDs…”

Pioneer Elite DV-AX10 DVD-Audio/Video Player

Pioneer DVD-AX10

“I reviewed this DVD-A player in the Winter of 2000 (Vol. 19 #3), and had some high praise for the sound quality of the DV-AX10 heard through its companion C-AX10 digital preamplifier. However, that early sample had no analog output, and recognized but did not output sound from SACDs. Well, now we have the production model of the AX10, and it’s impressive not only as an audio player, but as a video one…”

TEAC Reference DV-H550 DVD Player and AG-H550 Receiver

TEAC DV-H550

“The newest additions to the small and cute TEAC Reference Series, the DV-H550 and AG-H550 bring compactness to full-featured home theatre. The former plays DVD, CD, CD-R/RW, Video CD, and MP3 discs, and has 96/24 stereo DACs, as well as outputting Dolby Digital and DTS. It uses 10-bit, 27 MHz video DACs, and has a digital picture zoom function, and has composite, S, and component video outputs…”

Toshiba SD4109X 6-Disc DVD Player

Toshiba SD4109X 6-Disc DVD Player

“This is the DVD player with both the kitchen sink and the dishwasher. A look at the feature list reveals a plethora of plenitude: 6-disc carousel play, built-in Dolby Digital decoding, 24/96 and HDCD play, Spatializer virtual surround, DTS digital output, and jitter reduction circuitry. And those are just the audio features…”

Pioneer DVL-90 DVD/LD/CD Player

Pioneer DVL 90 DVD/LD/CD Player -- Click for Review

“Perhaps the most versatile consumer optical playback device available, the DVL-90 (along with its less expensive companion, the DVL-700) plays laserdiscs, CDs, and the new DVD format, and offers a bevy of digital outputs. As you’ll note from my Denon AVR-3600 review, there’s a certain amount of honest confusion out there in the marketplace about Dolby Digital (AC-3) inputs and outputs…”


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