Sorry, can't help you here, but I'm in the exact same situation, so I'd like to hear about comparisons of these two players as well!
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You don't happen to live close to Nashville, do you? I talked with John Tucker and he said someone lives near here with the Exemplar and also uses the new Rowland amps. Just thought i might be lucky and get a chance to listen to it before i buy it. How many exemplar/new Rowland users could there be?
John doesnt add the SDI board, I had to do the work myself.
I feed the SDI digital video feed to a faroudja scaler and then into a sony g70 projector.
I previously used a panasonic rp82 via SDI which is ranked the number 1 player on secrets test.
www.pmsvideo.com sell the sdi boards ($100ish) and the player reviews are by Stacey Spears on Secrets home theater and hifi site. Ill post the link later on for you.
Using SDI levels the playing field between dvd players regardless of cost.