Aside from sharp detail reproduction, there are other reasons why this deck is a winner. Its colour reproduction is spot-on, making tones look rich and vibrant when necessary but at the same time showing skill and sensitivity with trickier tones like the Elves' pale skin. Add to that deep blacks, clear shadow detailing and a complete absence of MPEG artefacts, and that £400 really starts to look like money well spent.
Audio quality is also impressive by DVD player standards, lacing CDs with enough detail to make audio buffs sit up and take notice. But with DVD-Audio and SACD the LX50 really excels, particularly the multichannel SACD mix of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On, which sounds silkier and more seductive than ever.
If you're a discerning DVD fan for whom money is no object, then the DV-LX50 is a superb choice, offering some of the finest DVD upscaling we've seen at this price point. Yes you can buy a high-definition disc player for less, but we've yet to see an HD deck that can match the LX50's feature list and file compatibility, proving that there's life in the old DVD deck yet.