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REVIEW: Technics by Panasonic DVD-A10N DVD Players

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Model: DVD-A10N
Category: DVD Players
Suggested Retail Price: $1200
Description: DVD-Audio, DVD-Video & CD player
Manufacturer URL: Technics by Panasonic
Model Picture: View

Review by davehg ( A ) on November 26, 2003 at 21:01:18
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I use this primarily as a transport. It rocks as a transport; easily surpassing anything under $1k. It is built like a tank, has defeatable upsampling, and makes a killer DVD V player even though it lacks component video outputs. I use a lot of Netflix DVD's and this is the only player I have found that can track defective DVD's. I see that JA at Sphile uses one as his transport too.

I bought mine as a demo for $250; they sell all day long used for about $200 or less. Grab one; you'll never look back.

As a CDP, it is dull and lifeless, even with upsampling. As a DVD A player, it sounds pretty decent, bettering the Redbook sound running through my outboard MENSA DAC. I have tested it as a transport against Marantz, Sony ES, and even the Shanling, and it kills them for the price.

Product Weakness: average CDP, lacks component video outs
Product Strengths: great transport, flawless construction, terrific picture

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: VAC Avatar SE
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): MENSA with Bybee
Speakers: Merlin TSM M and REL Strata III
Cables/Interconnects: AZ Satori Shotgun, Silver Reference
Music Used (Genre/Selections): rock/vocal/jazz
Time Period/Length of Audition: one year
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Cardas PC, JR Filter
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Technics by Panasonic DVD-A10N DVD Players - davehg 21:01:18 11/26/03 ( 2)