Philips 963sa.Search for more info.Highly reviewed.JD
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Most every new DVD player made today, even those under $100, boast an upsamplin feature, usually 24/192. As to if a DVD player, especially a cheap one, will sound better then a dedicated player or dac combo at the same price: don't bet on it. Don't get caught up on the bells, whislte and specs, they really don't mean a thing. If sound quality is important to you, avoid dvd players and stick to a dedicated CD player or external dac and dedicated transport :)
Right now I have a Denon DVD-9000 used exclusively for DVD playback. In addition, I have an EAD transport hooked up to a MSB linkdac III F/N for CD playback. I have two issues with my current setup. THe first is that I do the majority of my CD listening on my computer while working/surfing (B&W 805N's, monarchy class a amps, B&W sub, m-audio 24/192 soundboard). The second issue is that I need to make room in my main system equipment rack. I plan on adding HD sat, HD cable (I want as many HD channels as possible), and possibly DVHS. My thought is to find an upsampling DVD player that can take the place of of the current dvd/dac/transport I have now.
Believe it or not the $139 Pioneer player advertised in Audio Advisor is really an outstanding upsampler. It just needs a couple of minor power supply upgrades. I know a guy who does this (as well as selling speakers and crossover components) - he email is email@example.com
He brought this modded unit over for a shootout and it is truly amazing. Very live sounding - more so than a modded MF, MSB or even the PT DAC's. Very palpable on vocals.