If I recall correctly, the Panasonic S97/S77's (with the Faroudja DCDi chip) causes macoblocking to occur on the set. I have not witnessed this myself as I do not own this player, but I have a friend who does and it didn't show on his player/set (52HMX84). This is just what i've read on other forums.
Has anyone heard any news on the new upconverting Toshiba SD6980? MSRP: $269.00
Here's a short feature list:
Single Disc Tray
HDMI™ Output (720p/1081i) Upconversion
HD JPEG Viewer
Universal Remote Control with TV Controls
24 bit/192KHz PCM Audio Compatibility
10 in 2 Card Slot Supports: Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro/Memory Stick Duo/SD Card/Mini SD/Smart Media Card/Multi Media Card/Compac Flash/Micro Drive/XD Picture Card
It's not available at BB or FS (at least not on their website yet). Looks to be a worthy contender to the Panny/Denon now, since the previous model Tosh DVD Players were sub par and had poor PQ from many user reviews. I'm doing research now as I am planning to purchase the 52HMX85 end of this year and need a good upconverting DVD player to go with this set after I buy it.
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