I did quite a bit of research into DVD as audio and the reviews concensus seemed to be that the Denon 5000 was the best sounding of the top shelf DVD players followed by the Pioneer then the Sony. This was last January. I did purchase a DVD 5000 intending to use it as a DVD and CD player. At the time, I also had a Wadia 830(a 3500 U.S made player) and a Sony XA7ES (Sonys old $3000 reference player). I found that the DVD player was not even close to the two CD players in sonics. The Denon's sonics were excellent, but more along the lines of a 500-1000 mass market CD player. The Denon 1650 is a good example of this sound. The DVD5000 is a little better than the 1650. I ended up selling the Denon because I never used it. For video, I just used my S-VHS VCR and my 400 line digital satellite dish. You can find some review research on these players at www.audioreview.com, and off of the yahoo shopping page. The yahoo shopping page is a good way to price shop for a new one.
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