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Old 2007-07-01, 10:47 AM
Re: Question(s) about 24 bit and 16 bit

My DVD-A/V player is a Denon DVM-2815. I got it here: a couple years ago for like $200 I think. Now it is $170. It is great, it plays DVD+R and DVD-R, Faroudja progressive scan, 5-disc changer, Burr Brown 24/192 DAC, built in Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, plays mp3s and wma8, coaxial and optical output. It doesn't have any of the new upconverting video equipment that newer DVD players have, but I don't have an HDTV, so it doesn't matter to me. It won't play region free PAL discs though. Not sure if that method to trick a PAL disc to play on an NTSC player works on it.

To buy a new Denon DVD-A/V/SACD player that plays DVD+R as well as DVD-R you have to spend a little more, like $300:
It's got all that upconverting gear and HDMI. It's got HDCD decoding too (mine doesn't).

When I get an HDTV in a few years, I'm going to get a Blu-Ray/DVD-A/DVD-V player with the best HDMI output standard that is capable of outputting the high resolution lossless Dolby and DTS formats. Also the player should have internal decoding of the high rez lossless Dolby and DTS formats, so you can use the 5.1 analog RCA outputs. This way I'll be future proof and I won't have to buy a new receiver right away. I don't think any of the current Blu-Ray players will do this.

The public didn't embrace DVD-A and SACD, but they will surely embrace Blu-Ray. So they're gettin' high resolution lossless digital audio whether they know it or not.
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