DVD player question


I am looking to buy high quality dvd/cd player to replace my talk electronics cd player and an older ony dvd player.

Are there any good companies out there that make a good quality dvd/cd playing unit that will also play BluRay's and HD DVD's? I am looking for something in the lines of a rotel/arcam/EAD or simular. Looking to spend under $1600.

Let me know if something exists?
tiggerpooh
Right now it is a waiting GAME (format war).
CES Show report might bring some answers.
As of right now......NO ONE of that caliber.

Cheers
Thanks. I guess I shall wait...

Kind of like the Beta and VHS...
The Toshiba XA2 HD-DVD player is an excellent upconverting DVD player. It's a mere $500 - and you can often find it for less.
The Toshiba doesn't do DVD-Audio, SACD, or HDCD - it is not a universal player. Denon is releasing one very soon, that will be the unit to look at...

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Are there any good companies out there that make a good quality dvd/cd playing unit that will also play BluRay's and HD DVD's?

No. LG is the only company with a combo Blu-Ray and HD-DVD player out at this time, and it has some pretty bad reviews.

I am looking for something in the lines of a rotel/arcam/EAD or simular. Looking to spend under $1600.

Let me know if something exists?
Tiggerpooh

I think after the SACD/ DVD-A and VHS/Beta wars, the big names will sit this out until/if there is a winner. Sometimes, as in the SACD/DVD-A war, there are no winners.

Cheers,
John
The 80GB Playstation 3 plays Blu-ray, CD, DVD, and SACD. You can get a Toshiba HD-A3 or HD-D3 for about $179 that plays CD, HD DVD, and DVD. Both units upconvert std. DVD very well.

So if you have the shelf space and room for the I/O connectors, you can get HD DVD, Blu-ray, CD, excellent upconverting DVD, and SACD playback capability for a combined $679, but not in one unit. I already have a Toshiba HD-D2 and am seriously considering a Playstation 3 to handle Blu-ray and SACD. The Playstation brings some advantages here, such as a smaller footprint (13" wide) and so much internal processing power that it loads quicker and plays more glitch-free than typical standalone Blu-ray players (according to reviews I've read).

If you want hi-def video and DVD-A, I believe there's a Panasonic Blu-ray unit that plays both, but not SACD.

Another approach might be to get an Integra 9.8 pre/pro or Onkyo AV 705 or 805 receiver. Then you could get an Oppo DV-980H, a Toshiba HD-D3, and a Playstation 3 (you could save $100 and get the 40 GB version because the Oppo plays SACD and DVD-A), connect them all with HDMI cables to the Onkyo unit, and the Onkyo unit would extract all the hi-def, non-compressed audio. Even the Oppo sends the full datastreams from SACD or DVD-A via the HDMI cable.

In this scenario, the only limiting factor is your shelf space. But you could use 12- or 15-foot HDMI cables and set the disc players elsewhere. You can get 12' HDMI 1.3-spec cables for $20 or less.
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