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If you can make an offer on one,there are some EAD theatervision dvd players on Audiogon. THE best video I have seen yet. I have had the 9200 and the 9000,and they are not in the same class. I saw the EAD for 1200 this week. That is an excellent price. The redbook cd playback won the Absolute Sound best cd player in 2000.
I second Ligi on his recommendation of the new Pioneer Elite DV-47A. But also, now with the DV-47A being available, if you don't have to have either SACD or DVD-A playback, and you want to save a few bucks, then I would try to find a discontinued DV-37. They ought to be available for around $500.00 or so now.
If you are susceptible to the chroma bug, the Pioneer, Toshiba, and Sony are all afflicted (pretty much in descending order of severity). Don't know if it's ok to say this, but there are two sets of progressive player shootouts over at Secrets of Home Theater www.hometheaterhifi.com That's the best treatise I have seen on all the pros and cons of various players. There are tons of issues and tradeoffs, and no perfect player at any price.
I would suggest that you consider the Kenwood Sovereign DV 5700. While the list on the 5700 is $1,200, you can find them within your price range. I have the Pioneer Pro 510 and am very, very pleased with the PQ and sound. I bought and returned the Sony 9000ES which, being a Sony DVD fan, was very hard for me to do. In my opinion, the Sony did not produce nearly as good of a picture as the EAD TVP. I am less concerned with DVD-A or SACD. I am most concerned with picture quality and the 5700 really delivers in that department. You also may wish to consider the new Philips 962 which incorporates the same chipset as the 5700 and retails for about $600. Based on several threads at www.avsforum.com, the sound quality seems to be pretty good as well.
I also bought and sold the 9000es after the EAD theatervision was hooked up with my mits 65907. I ended up going back and buying another 9000es. The 2channel Redbook has the type of sound I like. The new 9000es has been running for 1 week tonight. I will hold back for now but,I plan on having EVS do the mod. on the unit.
EVS is not ready to do the mods. yet,I think I'll wait untill fall
Tim, With the price drop on the 9000, I am thinking about buying another unit also. In my opinion, the technology will change a lot over the next 12-18 months. As a result, I am reluctant to spend $3,000+ on a DVD player and don't want to spend upwards of $5k for an external doubler. The 9000 has great build quality and I am more than a casual Sony DVD fan. Having said that, I have to reconcile not having a picture as good as the one I saw on my set using the TVP. However, the Kenwood comes very, very close to the TVP (and IMO betters the TVP in certain respects). The question of whether SACD or DVD-A will prevail is not one that I particularly concerned with, as my principle interest is getting the highest PQ.
I just bought the Pioneer DV47A and have been quite impressed. I upgraded from the DV05 so the transition to progressive scan is probably the most important factor. As I have posted earlier, if you want to take advantage of the multichannel SACD and DVD-A then make sure your receiver or pre-amp has multichannel inputs.
I paid $735 plus shipping at www.soundprofessionals.com