|Originally posted by rennervision
So it's looking like my best bet is to go with a Panasonic LX-900, Denon MD-3500, or a Pioneer Elite model like the CLD-79 or a non-Elite model like the CLD-704. Or, if I come across a magical genie, I could wish for a Japanese model like the HLD-X0 or the HLD-X9. :)
I think everyone is pretty much in agreement I need to stay away from LD/DVD combo players like the Pioneer DVL-919. However, could anyone elaborate what the picture quality of the DVL-919 would be comparable to? (Is it better than S-VHS?) Or if the picture could be improved with a scaler?
I may be missing something here, even after reading thru the posts, I don't understand why you think the 919 is not the top of the line. It WAS Pioneer's top of the line consumer player and is the only remaining one in their product line. The only model better in the home audio division was the DVL-91 in the Elite line. They seem to be very similar, except the Elite had better chassis build with copper, the urushi black finish and rosewood panels. The guts seem to be nearly identical feature and performance-wise. Check them both out:http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn...etailComponenthttp://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn...etailComponent
Pioneer did make some very expensive industrial models, even compared to their Elites, like $3K or so. But when I looked at them yrs. ago, it was overkill.
All the CLD players are older models, I believe B4 the combo LD/DVD players were made. The player I replaced with the DVL91 was a CLD player, a 2070 which was a 3rd gen model. The CLD79, etc I think were Elites but certainly not the latest Pioneer made. I am very satisfied with the 91. The old player had both composite and SVideo, and oddly I prefered the composite output. With the 91, I use the SVid for LD's and component out for DVD's B4 I got a universal DVD player. While the DAC in the 91 is 10 bit compared to Pioneer's 12 amd now 14 bit models, it produced a good PQ for DVD's IMO. I would consider it an excellent buy for LD's and a good backup or 2nd DVD player. With the 919, you just don't get the rosewood side panels. :cool:
IMO, you couldn't go wrong with a new 919 or if you find a new or used DVL-91, go with that. I certainly would go that route B4 doing an entry level player. Both the 919 and 91 have very similar, if not identical specs.
Or I can give you a great price on my older CLD2070. ;) Actually for the going rate for an older model on Ebay, I'm keeping my old one, as a backup just in case.