What about a Pioneer 434DVD (has progressive scan) for $300, driving a BelCanto ($1300) or Perpetual Tech ($700) DAC?
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The Pioneer DV-37 is worth waiting for and checking out. I have owned Panasonics', Yamahas', Denons'and Sonys' top of the line machines and a Pioneer DV-05. The Pioneer had the most filmlike picture and the best audio. Go to www.e-town.com, click on "Community Hall", click on "Your Two Cents", click on the "Sony DVP-9000ES vs. Pioneer DV-37" chat. Lawrence Ullman is currently reviewing the DV-37 and was kind enough to make some pertinant preliminary comments about it. Don't miss this. Have you thought about the Sony DVP-9000ES? It has similar features to the DV-37, plus SACD.
unless you spend allot more than 1k i doubt you will be able to beat your Krell with a combo dvd/cd player. I just tried to do the same thing and I was only trying to outclass a Cal. Audio Ikon MKII. I tried Pioneer DV-05 and Sony 7700, ended up buying the Sony but neither one could match the Cal. for audio.
to Bmpnyc: crazy eddie, pionner 37 is $789+shipping. both on website and ebay. i'll try to get a home demo on the elite 37. i was shocked at how good the sound is on the NAD with CD's. i'd own it as a top CD player. i can't really judge it's video. i'm using a ten year old sony XBR-32". in theory it doesn't make sense to spend over $500 on DVD and ignore proggressive scan. i'm not sure that i'll appreciate the video capabilities of the elite 37 without investing $2000.++++ on a new TV. if i'm not a videophile, is this really the time to buy a 480p tv. the real hi def stuff will have really price drops in the next few years. today's $2500 36" wega 400 to have cheaper higher def competition within 18 to 24 months and there will be real cable and sat programing available. standards will change. new DVD standards requiring different dvd player will be here. the nad piece is available as B stock for $450 to $550. i'm sort of mixed up on this and appreciate you boucing off what i'm thinking. i just don't have the time and money to educate myself on the video end, to develope the taste to demand the difference. i'm obsessed with music and i'm very used to a higher quality sound. the NAD plays well recorded cd with a quality of sound, especially the smooth, yet high resolution, midrange which grabs me in a manner like my 6 to 7 year old krell(w/ 16 bit resolution). the ballsy-tight low base slam of the krell isn't there, but the NAD is acceptable to me.