|Adcom GDV-850 DVD-A/V Player|
|Home Theater Audio Sources DVD-Audio/SACD Players|
|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Thursday, 01 April 2004|
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I do not yet have a digital display, so not having a DVI or HDMI output on the DVD player is not a critical omission at this point in time for me, but there are surely a handful of consumers who will want this feature. For those of you who currently have a digital display with a DVI input, you won’t be able to take advantage of this incredible feature that allows you to pass a fill digital signal to the monitor without the levels of digital to analog and analog to digital conversion that detracts from the picture quality. If you don’t foresee yourself getting a DVI-equipped monitor in the near future, then it won’t matter that the GDV-850 doesn’t have this feature.
Combo DVD-Audio/SACD players are starting to spring up in stores, but obviously GDV-850 will not play SACD discs. There are still countless consumers who are baffled by the differences between DVD-Audio, DVD-Video and SACD but if you have already a dedicated SACD player or have made up your mind that you don’t want to have an SACD player, not having it on this player is not a downside. If you insist on having an SACD player but only have a single set of 5.1 analog inputs on your receiver or AV preamp, a universal DVD-Audio/SACD player might be a better option for you.
As sexy as the GDV-850 is, the onscreen menus for the player are a little utilitarian. The menus are blue rectangles that look like navigation bar menus from a bad website. Sure, the GDV-850 could have better-looking menus, but the real important question is, what kind of hoops can you make the player jump through using these menus? As you scroll through the list of options in this very intuitive first level of options, you will immediately see how flexible the player is.
The GDV-850 is a beautiful piece of gear. With its minimalist design, clean lines, easy-to-read display and matte silver faceplate, this DVD player will never be confused with a mass-market Asian player. With quality comes a slightly higher price tag, but as the famous saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” With picture quality that rivals players that are exponentially more expensive and almost every option and output that you could hope for, you need to consider the Adcom GDV-850 when it’s time to upgrade to the next level of performance.