Bang for Buck, hmmm, it would have to the Bravo D2 for 249$.
3 page Audio Revolution Review of the D2
The quality of the video upscaling through the DVI is extremely good. The component video output quality has been upgraded from the D1 model to try to match the DVI quality level on the D2 as on the older D1 , component video quality was not as good as the DVI was.
But the extra special magic is something only a small handful of dvd players do, and it allows you to tailor the video settings to your displays exact vertical and horizontal resolution and also its exact vertical and horizontal frequencies. Thats like getting some of the features of a really expensive scaler. What this little piece magic accomplishes is to allow the video to be fed into your display much more cleanly. It reduces extra conversions and data loss on the image sent , and basically allows your display to show as good a quality as its capable of.
It makes for an incredibly clear picture on my Pioneer 503 50 inch plasmsa and is proving very, very hard to step up from and a great deal more costly too.
Some of the detail from the V INC website:
DVI enabled digital output from your DVD/CD to your digital display for a stunning home theater experience.
480p/1080i/720p custom scaling MPEG-4 media player adds brightness and contrast control with improved analog video output.
Selectable scaling of high definition resolutions of 480p, 720p and 1080i.
Multitude of playbacks including DVD video, superbitâ„¢ DVD, VCD, SVCD, CD-R/RW, MP3-CDâ€™s, MPEG-4 AVI Movies or Videos and JPEG picture CDâ€™s.
Progressive scan conversion with 3:2 pull down for film-based content making it possible to double the vertical resolution of the picture allowing for smoother transitions of moving images.
Component Video output that provides a flicker-free image for improved film-based and video-based content on a DVD.
Slick new design to compliment any home theater collection.
Remote control included.
Link to D2 on V INC site
I own a D1 and its been great. It has little to no edge enhancement and no black macroblocking or white/black crush issues.
While mine is still running just fine, ther ewere some mechanical issues with the D1 that have been ironed out in the D2 version.
The pricepoint is very low for what you get, ergo, bank for the buck.
I am supposedly having to jump all the way up to a Denon 2910 at 650$ to find any appreciable improvement. I picked up a 2910 but have not had tested it head to head with the D1 yet as my plasma is out for a tune up.