I just gotta keep digging for opinions with this, so forgive me if this same post pops up all over the place...
Has anyone tried the Denons with a Panasonic TH42PX50U or similar? I've waded through many long pages trying to find an ideal match for my new display and have determined that there isn't one. Granted, my needs are pretty darn specific: I'm looking for a universal DVD/audio player (DVD-A & SACD) with a great picture quality, great sound quality, and that isn't insanely expensive or gigantic (preferably below $800 and shorter than shorter than 4 1/4"). The Denon 2910 and 1920 are at the top of my list but I'm concerned about macroblocking with the Faroujda processing (heard this one before?).
I'm leaning toward the 1920 just because the 2910 seems to have a lot of possible problems for a ~$700 piece of equipment, although what I may have to do is buy from a dealer with a liberal return policy and give it a whirl. The Pioneer Elite models people have suggested as an alternative are hard to find (buying from eBay voids the warranty) and the Onkyo DV-SP800 is nearly impossible to find. Reviews of the Samsung and Toshiba players have not impressed me. So it's pretty much a matter of waiting to see if new products come out or testing the Denons to see if they'll work for me.
Spending more (3910, 5910, SP1000) or getting separate DVD and SACD players aren't an option at this point. Sony doesn't do DVD-A, Panasonic doesn't do SACD, so those guys are out. I don't have any brand-phobias in general, but I prefer to buy things where I don't have to make an appointment just to look at it.
Any thoughts, experience, or alternative suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
For the record, I have a Pioneer DV-563-a-s. It looked pretty good on my old Sony Trinitron but blown up I'm having some detail and color issues. I've done some calibrating with DVE but since I have old firmware on the Pioneer, it rejects many DVD-A discs and I'd rather just get a whole new machine (if it will result in PQ improvment).
Long-winded much? Sorry, I've been reading AVS for awhile and only just registered today, so I've got a lot on my mind.