Price (RRP): $229
Pioneer?s mid-range offering provides a lot of features. It supports a wide range of formats including DivX, SACD (Super Audio CD) and DVD-Audio as well as MP3 and WMA playback. The menu claims to simplify many DVD player operations including the ability to reconfigure the player while playing disks.
The DV-686A supports progressive scan via a 108Mhz/12 bit DAC which also allows for video adjustment functions. Audio is via a 192kHz/24 bit DAC that should provide considerably better sound quality than a budget model player. 5.1 surround sound support is provided via either optical or coax connections.