Not readily available Luxman 100 plays all formats of dvd all time zones, and excellent cd quality.
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I own the Sony 7700. Originally purchased a demo 7000 thought I should have the new 7700 and took back the 7000. The 7700 is ok enough but the 7000 had much better cd playback, and I mean alot better. The 7000 lets you adjust screen colors and resolution for dvd. Which when you go back to cable you didn't have to mess up adjustments for regular tv. I prefered the 7000 and wish I would have kept it.
Of the comments made, I definitely agree going with Muse. Also, look around the net for a Sony 7000 as jcraig suggests. However, I would suggest the Theta David or Carmen transports and a good dac. The only thing I don't like about the David is the remote, but I'll be changing that. It's built around a Pioneer mechanism. Good luck!
Also check out Ayre's D-1. I didn't watch any movies with it, but listened to several CDs and a couple 24/96 DVDs. The 24/96 DVDs were astounding. Unfortunately, the entire system was new to me, not just a drop-in replacement into a system I was already familiar with -- but it sounded great. The whole system was the Ayre D1 DVD, K-1 pre, and a modified V-1 amp (an Ayre experiment to increase the capacatance in the V1 power supply), with Vandersteen speakers (can't remember the model number). Look at www.ayre.com/products/d1info.htm for more info on the DVD player.
Make sure you audition the California Audio Labs CAL-20. There are a few better CD players and/or transport/dac combos in the world...if bucks are not a problem and you wouln't mind shelling out about $8000+ of them. There are no better DVD players, that I know of, at any price. It's a pretty complete package for the money.
Sony 7000: bought it as a DVD player and junked the CD player when I discovered that the sound quality of the 7000 was much better. The 7000 received many components and design elements of the top of the line Sony CD players at the time and I hear this is not the case with any of the new Sony DVD players. Buy one used for $400/500 and you get a cheap CD player with the DVD thrown in for free!
I have owned the Panasonic A-310, the Denon DVD-3000, the Sony DVP-7700 and now own the Pioneer DV-05. Of these the Pioneer definitely sounds the best, but it still nothing to rave about. I have a friend with the DCS set up with the Theta transport and the Pioneer DV-05. If I can A-B them this week I will give you all a report... Pioneer DV-09
I've owned the Denon-5000, the wadia 830, and the Sony XA7ES. The sony and wadia were very close, trailed by the Denon on sound quality. I had originally purchased the Denon as a cd and dvd player. I found the cd only units sounded better, and ended up selling the DVD because I didn't use it. I would say the sound quality was very good, but not as good. I found it hard to pay $20 for a DVD movie when I could record one off of my DirecTV satellite dish onto S-VHS and get close to the same quality. Then again, I don't even bother to hook my television up to my stereo.
I really like my Toshiba SD3109. Very good sound and a HDCD decoder built it, all for under $400.It smokes all of the other cd players that I have owned. I looked at the Mitsubishi's, but found out that Toshiba makes Mitsubishi's for them. The on screen display and the real panel are identical. Why pay another $100 for a Mits.?