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post #1 of 10 Old 11-30-2007, 09:09 PM - Thread Starter
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Just picked up a new Onkyo TXSR605B earlier tonight! This is the first new receiver I've purchased in about 8 years! I also have a Samsung HL-S6187W 61" 1080p DLP that has been ISF calibrated.

For those following my questions the last few days; I had decided on the HD-A3 (my old receiver had no HDMI and only DD/DTS). However, with my new receiver comes new considerations!

I'm trying to decide between the HD-A3/30/35. The A30/35 are pushing my budget (especially the A35), but if it's worth the money I can suck it up.

I'm pretty picky about PQ (hence the ISF calibration) and especially AQ (being a musician).

I'd love to hear some opinions on what would be the best match for my display and spankin' new receiver given my budget.

Thank you so much!!!
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If you buy any imports with DTS-HD I'd advise the A35 or the XA2 as they are the only players that will allow you to hear these tracks.

Also, since Hairspray has DTS-HD MA that may be the direction they go with HD-DVD, too.

Have you considered a dual-format player. They both retail at $799. That may be steep, but the incremental cost over a A35/XA2 isn't much.
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If you want all the lights on your receiver to light up. i.e. let receiver to decode all audios, you need XA2 or A35. For best PQ, XA2 is the only choice because of the HQV chip.
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Have you considered a dual-format player. They both retail at $799. That may be steep, but the incremental cost over a A35/XA2 isn't much.

The Samsung BD-P2400 has me really excited! Right now I'm using my PS3 for BD playback, so the BD-P2400 would be a one box (and one remote) solution for me.

Amazon has it listed at $799 for a 1/15/08 release, which is only about a month and a half away!

But back to just HD-DVD, it's a lot cheaper for me to keep my PS3 for BD and buy a seperate HD-DVD player.
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I'm pretty picky about PQ (hence the ISF calibration) and especially AQ (being a musician).

based on these factors, i'd strongly recommend the A35. it is generally considered to produce the best HD DVD image among existing players (though the differences are minimal) and is also exceptional at ucponverting SD DVD. additionally, it provides the most versatile options for the best audio quality (bitstreaming of TrueHD, DD+ and DTS-HD MA over HDMI specifically). only the XA2 can match those features and it is more expensive than the A35.

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based on these factors, i'd strongly recommend the A35. it is generally considered to produce the best HD DVD image among existing players (though the differences are minimal) and is also exceptional at ucponverting SD DVD.

Have to disagree here. A35 failed de-interlacing test and don't have Reon chip to perform exceptional SD DVD upconversion like XA2 does. PQ wise, I'd say A35 and A30 are the same.
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Since your budget is a factor, I'd get the A3 for the time being and upgrade in a year or two. You'll still be pleasantly surprised by the AQ of the A3. Remember that the A2 was going for 500 bucks a year ago. You can probably expect similar price drops/quality upgrades over the next year--that is, the A40 or A45 will probably be in the sub-$200 range a year from now, and both will likely fix current issues with the A30/A35 (see deinterlacing post above). Not to mention, dual format players will come down in price, too. With all things technology-related, it's best to stay one step behind the bleeding edge if money is a concern.

EDIT: Oh, and you did a good job choosing a relatively future-proof receiver. Unless the HD bodies come up with some new HD-audio specs, your new receiver should easily last you 8 years.
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Have to disagree here. A35 failed de-interlacing test and don't have Reon chip to perform exceptional SD DVD upconversion like XA2 does. PQ wise, I'd say A35 and A30 are the same.

Just because the A35 doesn't have the Reon chip doesn't mean it isn't any good at upscaling SD DVDs. The A35 has the Anchor Bay chip and some people on these forums place it right up there with the Reon.

The one complaint about the A35 is deinterlacing 1080i to 1080p, and that is irrelevant if you have a tv that is any good at deinterlacing to 1080p.
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You got that receiver to allow bitstreaming and decoding with the new audio codecs. I'd suggest, therefore, that you get an XA2 or A35. XA2 is an exceptional player which passed all sd dvd tests, deinterlacing tests, etc. And now that it allows bitstreaming you have got the future proof player you're looking for. I've got mine paired with the PS3. Of course as you know, the PS3 does not have bistreaming for the advanced audio codecs and while its upconversion is now better with the firmware update the XA2 will be your go-to player for sd content as it is mine.
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No sense in having an Onkyo 605 if you don't have a player that can bitstream. Get the XA2 or A35.

Back off man, I'm a scientist.
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