The CDP-300 will pretty well set you up for all of your audio needs as well. It plays CDs, up-sampling them to a class leading 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Better than that, it also plays DVD-Audio discs which have a higher resolution than CDs again, actually being recoded in 24-bit. The number of DVD-Audio discs available is dwarfed by the number of CDs you can buy, but if you love music, seek out a disc or two; they can be a real improvement over the now two decade old CD format. Note that SACD is not supported; so if you have a significant library of these discs, you’ll have to continue using a separate machine.
Beside this, the ever increasing alphabet soup audio formats supported MP3, AAC, WMA DTS-CD, including bafflingly huge number different recordable formats. Be aware, however, while will play recoded CDs DVDs, not actually CD DVD recorder itself. The emphasis end market is on overall picture quality, and throwing recording functionalty would detract from that. Some might baulk at this fact considering price entry, but it’s bit like complaining that you can only fit two people in Ferrari F40; it sort of misses the point.
Not wasting any time then, I cracked out the HDMI cable, plugged it into the Samsung, and selected 1080p resolution via the hefty, backlit remote. The improvement in picture wasn’t absolute night and day, but it was without a doubt noticeable right from the get-go. The thing that struck me the most was the improvement in the depth of field. The picture appeared to become a great deal more three dimensional. It was like I could put my whole arm into the scene. On the Into Thin Air documentary, the track working its way up into the Himalayan Mountains appeared to snake on forever into the distance. There are only a handful of other players that can produce that kind of detail.