Originally Posted by cwt
I hope thats accurate Charles
btw I gather from your comments that the video chip is a reason you may not develop a dx5 mk2 ?
The speed at which the BDP-93 has taken off has caught us a bit off guard. The main driver behind the new model appears to be the 3-D chipset. As several people pointed out earlier in this thread, I am unsure if 3-D will have a shelf-life longer than six months.
Our customers are more interested in the ultimate audio and video quality than "gee-whiz" features. So the network streaming (with its extreme compression and subsequent loss of quality) is not very compelling either.
It appears that the BDP-83 is now out of production without warning, so we will have to evaluate our options. We chose the BDP-83 because of its combination of audiophile features (SACD and DVD-Audio support) and superb performance (the outstanding loading times from the system processor and superb video Anchor Bay Technology scaling chips).
Any significant changes from the above recipe will require a careful re-evaluation. It's just not like Ayre to go backwards in performance with new models. And I am somewhat leery of what I saw in the Marvell Qdeo PDF. The best case is if all of those processing "enhancements" can simply be turned off. But one is still left with the deinterlacing performance, including odd cadences and 2:2 pulldown for European titles, along with the scaling performance, ability to work with 24 Hz sources, et cetera, et cetera. I am comfortable with and confident of the ABT chips. The Marvell chips are a completely unknown entity to me.
They apparently have gotten some design wins with some prominent Japanese players, but I don't know what those were based on.