|Originally posted by kevin44
For that price I am willing to give it a try. Can I buy it online?
Actually, I ended up buying the Daytek P871
The Nova worked fine with commercial pressed DVDs, but mediocrely with DVD-R media. Actually it works OK with top tier media, but wouldn't read cheaper media at all.
The Daytek reads cheap DVD-R that the Nova would not, and having the front display on the Daytek is a bonus. The menu and remote are better laid out too on the Daytek. (The remotes for both are not very good, but the Daytek one has a better layout, and looks a bit better too.)
Both players show JPEGs with thumbnails, but the interface is nicer on the Daytek.
The Nova was region free out of the box. The Daytek is region 1, but there is a code (check online) that allows you into the region setting menu. I just set mine to zero and it works great with my region 3 and 4 discs. The PAL->NTSC conversion seems the same on both machines (same chip?). The image quality on both is reasonably good overall for an inexpensive interlaced player.
The reason I avoided the Daytek initially was because it had no component output on the store demo unit, despite the fact that the description says component is included. Well, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that mine did have component out (although I've only tried S-video thus far). The Daytek has coaxial digital only. The Nova has both coaxial digital and optical digital strangely enough, despite the Nova being priced so insanely low.
Both players are cheaply made, but for US$53 (CAD$70) for the Daytek, and US$38 (CAD$50) for the Nova, what do you expect...
Overall, I'd recommend the Daytek over the Nova, because of the navigation, and because of the better DVD-R support. I took the Nova back.
BTW, I also had a look at the Malata DVP-393. It's VERY small, roughly half the size of the other two players. Because of the size, it doesn't have a front display, and it is similarly cheaply made. The Malata remote sucks, with the bubble type buttons you see on computer drive remotes and the like. It's a very small remote too (intentionally I'd imagine - kinda looks cool), but the buttons are all laid out in a perfect grid pattern which makes it impossible to navigate without looking at it. At least with the Daytek you can feel your way around the remote (although it still sometimes does take a bit of hunt-and-pecking to use). The Malata also has component out by the way and it supposedly does PAL->NTSC fine too. I don't know the status of region free hacks for the Malata though, although I can say for sure that hacks for it do exist.
I bought the Nova and Daytek and checked out the Malata in-store. However, if you're in Canada, all three are available at Future Shop
, with free shipping. In the US, I have no idea. :p