years ago I bought it because of the hype about its state-of-the art video performance. Yeah sure its a little bit better than the cheap players in that regard , but the edge is so miniscule , i didn't think it justified $5000 aussie dollars for a dvd player
Onkyo Integra's marketing department made it sound like the second coming
I wasn't impressed with the fact that so many people here on this forum were experiencing lip synch problems and even less impressed by Onkyo's response. Its pretty disgraceful given the price point.
same thing with toshiba's first generation HD-DVD players: when they worked they were sublime but heaven help you if you were one of the 30% of people who had to endure video stuttering or freezing. Its why I defected to blu ray (and probably many others)
But i guess at the time, given that the Onkyo/Integra had excellent audio capabilities (and now that i can attest to the build quality) $5k could be considered reasonable. Its a player that should last for many years.
DVD players and TV's have become like computers in a way- why fork out $thousands for a flagship player when it will soon be made redundant by a player costing a fraction of the cost
eg any player with a silicon optix processor will outperform the Onkyo on the video side
But the search for video nirvana is never-ending! I recently bought the 1080o KURO plasma , touted to be the best flat panel in the world. Which it is . But it still can't reproduce true
Ah well, at least the Onkyo/Integra's have become excellent value for money now on the second hand market. As a dvd-Audio, SACD and DVD player they're hard to beat