I have 2 questions buried in this post. Thanks.
I put a system together almost 4 years ago. It's still an excellent system, but I want more. You fellow audio/videoholics know what I mean. Technology marches forward and I'm now trying to replace some of my equipment. I'm keeping my M&K speakers because this is a HT only system and I believe these are still the best speakers available for HT. SECRETS review by Collin Miller
I'm seriously looking at the 65" Panasonic 1080P plasma. It only does 1080P/60. I may wait to see what the new 65" 1080P Fujitsu can do. I now own a 50" Fujitsu and love it.
1. How important is it to wait until there is a 65" plasma (asuming that's the kind of display you want) that accepts 1080P/24 and internally scans to 48 or 72Hz and accepts 1080P/60Hz. Apparently the 50" Pioneer Elite is the only plasma that currently does that . However 50" is too small for me. The up-coming 65" Fujitsu may do it.
I'm using a Pioneer Elite 49Txi avr and will be replacing it with the D2. I contacted the sound engineer at M&K. He's been in the sound business for decades and is a fountain of knowledge. He's referred to in the "Secrets" review above. I didn't really ask him his opinion of the Anthem, but here's what he said:
"The Anthem is SUPERB - my favorite HT device of all time. I am SURE that when you get rid of that awful Pioneer and get the Anthem you will have to pick your jaw up off the floor."
He's known for his very strong knowledgable opinions, but I was still surprised he offered this strong an opinion. So his very valued opinion plus you guys have sold me on the D2.
2. What SD DVD player should I buy? It seems like the choice is between the Pioneer Elite 79avi and the Oppo 970 HD. I want a player that competently passes a 480i signal over HDMI.
It seems strange to buy all this high end equipment and then spend less than $150 on a DVD player. Other than build quality, is there any advantage to buying the Pioneer over the Oppo ... considering that they both will be feed to the D2?
This thread has been incredibly valuable. Thanks.