The eagerness of your projects has led also to your rapidly escalating desires that project into high end audiophile fans. That sort of wanders past the limits of C/NET reporting about mass market stuff.
I have wandered into a couple of esoteric forums that argue the virtues of replacing one high end pre/pro with another that natuarlly coosts 50% more. Your project, however, gets concerned with latest generation technology.
The Integra pre/pro looks pretty nicely featured at first read. I know you will not rest until you have made a move into pretty much the latest iteration of some equipment. And that will cost you some bucks. Hope what move that is will bring you much pleasure. In seeking forum participant knowledge at this level, I think you will be spending time at some of those more esoteric sites.
Latching onto a point of tech develpoment is one thing. Just don't toss to the wind my favorate dealers philosophy that above the good level, it rapidly gets very, very bound up in opinion. He's not going to waste time trying to argue down strong headed customers.
But that feeling goes along with recent posts sort of lamenting speaker dealers being rigidly so high in opinion on the particular brand which they represent. Hey, that's typical.
You'll be leaving folks like me in the dust as I have built a sort of library of my idea of classic movies & that is all in regular DVDs. That level of picture is fine with me. I shop a lot of used discs through Amazon where the situation develops that there is a plentiful supply of certain movies o some lasting quality. So the used discs are often less than the falt rate $2.98 for shipping that the Amazon system has built in.
Hey, it's simple. I'm cheap. I hate to pay over ten bucks for a DVD. I am not entertaining th enotion now of increasing that cost by, say, 50%. But, knowingyou to the extent that I do, I'm sure you'll do your homework (so to speak) & wind up with some awesome picture quality. Much enjoyment of the experience.
I have been patient for over a year in buying a hi-def player until they resolved playback for all of the new formats. I was recently interested in the bdp-up5000 as both BD, HD-DVD. However, it will not unpack or bitstream MA out of the box as I originally hoped, or AFAIK.
So, Im thinking about getting the Panasonic DMP-BD30. This requires upgrading my current pre-pro.
I realize that the new Panny + a new HD-DVD player costs the same, if not less, than the aforementioned Samsung by itself. Seems like the wtg. With two hdmi slots on the tv, Ill just run components for the cable box. However, if neither upscales as well as my Denon, Im not sure what to do. That was what really made the Samsung so interesting, the Reon HQV. I'd love to have that. Just maybe not quite the priority that MA might be.
I have been somewhat following the BD players for the last year, but not at all the HD-DVD players. I still think I'd like to have one. So, I know some of you guys sell these things, but Im not sure how much experience, knowledge, or "little" issues you guys might help me be aware of. Can anyone share some input?
1. Will someone please tell me which HD-DVD player I should be getting? I want the best in terms of audio first, then the video. If I can have the best of both, I'll get it.
2. I'm thinking about trading in my NAD for an Integra 9.8 (since I need to with that Panny, which is the first 1.1 profile compliant BD player AFAIK). Any other pre-pro's I should be considering? I realize that I might be the guy here who knows more about this stuff, but it never hurts to ask. Btw, the Integra has the HQV. Oh wait, I don't have to worry about lack of HDMI slots, the Integra has 4 inputs... I feel so behind the times! (Funny how that can happen so fast...) Sweet, I can keep using the Denon...
I would be blowing my budget on room treatments, tubed 2-ch pre-pro with HT pass thru etc, but I am still waiting on the possibility of separating my 2-ch system before I make any large expenditures. All the more reason to go hi-def!