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post #1 of 21 Old 06-12-2004, 01:34 AM - Thread Starter
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I can't decide on what portable dvd player to get. The two choices that I have are:
1. Samsung DVD-L300 ($699.99)
2. Toshiba SD-P2600 ($599.99)
Please help choose which one and why.
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I can't offer an opinion of either of those (mine is a Pioneer), but from being a user I would go for whichever had the longest battery life.

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Recently, I bought and tried out both the Toshiba SD-P2600 and Samsung DVD-L300 to see which one was better. I did not like both of them.
I did not like the Samsung DVD-L300 because:
1. It freezed up abut 5 times while watching different movies.
2. It showed jagged edges in movies
3. Awful placement of buttons on the unit.

I did not like the Toshiba SD-P2600 because:
1. The chroma bug is very noticeable
2. I did not like the screen, because it has a limited viewing angle, parts of the image quality became negative like, when tilting the screen.
3. Picture quality has a blue tint to it.

I returned both and ordered the Panasonic DVD-LX9 Portable DVD Player for $689.99.
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I have a Panasonic LA95 and have not had a single problme with it. Pictgure quality compared to my older Sharp is terrific.
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I took a look a the Panasonic LX-9 and LX-8. Of the two, the LX-8 actually had a better looking picture (less "interlaced-looking") but the viewing angle was pretty bad -- not quite as bad as the 1200x600 screen Toshiba has been using since the SD-P2000 model.

Another interesting model might be (believe it or not) the Mintek MDP-1010.

Of the current models, the Panasonic is OK but players with better displays exist. To me, nothing is better than the out-of-production Toshiba SD-P1000 for sheer picture quality.
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The Samsung DVD-L200 looks interesting too.
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I will second Chris's vote for the Panasonic LA95. Have had it for almost 2 years now, not a single problem, has come in very handy as I travel a lot overseas. I bought the extended battery for it that clips to the bottom of the unit and this has extended the life from 2.5 hrs to at least 10 hrs although i have never gone over 10 hrs to know how long it lasts. Plus it supports DVD-A to boot.

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Since I just bought my LA95 a few months ago I was a little torn on if I should wait and get the new LX-9 model. While I haven't seen an LX-9, this thread would make me assume the LX-9 may be a little of a downgrade in picture quality.

Since the LX-9 is the new model, the LA95 can be found discounted to some good pricing (Circuit City even had a big sale on them recently).
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Are there any REGION FREE, PAL/NTSC PORTABLE players?
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I have a Cyberhome 700b that is both region free and plays PAL (and converts PAL to NTSC if you use an external monitor). The unit also has progressive scan component out (with optional $15 cable) for use with external monitor. Pic quality is good with good viewing angle. Display is small at 7", but price at $242 at Walmart.com with extra 4hr battery is great and extra 2 or 3 year warranty is available pretty cheap. I've read that a newer model, the 712 with 7" screen, can also be made region-free, but the screen quality is not as good.

I specifically bought the Cyberhome because of the region-free capability.

Cyberhome also makes a 10" model, but I don't know if it can be made region free.
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Heh, you guys are paying in the range of laptops, why not just get one of those?
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1. Kid friendly
2. Compact
3. Fast Startup

What laptop are you going to get with a decent, bright active matrix screen, good multimedia playback at the $600 and under level?
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I saw cyberhome for $169 , 7 inch screen after $30 rebate? Screen didnt look too sharp?
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Zoro, you remember where you saw the Cyberhome deal and the model #? I still have several weeks that I could return mine if I find it a lot cheaper somewhere. The 700b has been getting good reviews for screen quality. One of the home theater magazines (forget which one) just reviewed it compared to a more expensive $500 or $600 Toshiba and said it compared very well to the Toshiba for pic quality and had a wider viewing angle than the Toshiba. The Cyberhome screen on the 700b I think is fairly sharp, but I haven't looked at a lot of portables to compare.
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I can second the part that the Samsung one is not great. Borrowed one from a friend for a transatlantic flight recently. After 45 minutes, I decided to watch the inflight stuff instead(US Airways A330 with PTV).

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To me, most of the portable players have an interlaced-looking screen. While the recent Toshiba models have problems with viewing angles, the screens do not look "interlaced".

For picture performance, the Toshiba SD-P1000 is tops. It's amazing how well it does with the Avia/DVE test patterns and, in this case, that great performance translates to a great picture.

Ergonomic issues aside, the only real issues with the picture are:

1. A slight tilt towards blue in the color temperature
2. Not a very wide viewing angle, but much better than current Toshibas, in which a "sweet spot" is non-existant. The SD-P1000 has a "sweet spot".

Of the current crop, the Panasonic LX-8 is worth a look (mediocre viewing angle) and *maybe* the Mintek MDP-1010 (might be a sleeper).
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Zoro, you remember where you saw the Cyberhome deal and the model #? I still have several weeks that I could return mine if I find it a lot cheaper somewhere. The 700b has been getting good reviews for screen quality. One of the home theater magazines (forget which one) just reviewed it compared to a more expensive $500 or $600 Toshiba and said it compared very well to the Toshiba for pic quality and had a wider viewing angle than the Toshiba. The Cyberhome screen on the 700b I think is fairly sharp, but I haven't looked at a lot of portables to compare.
It was at local RADIOSHACK, they had it for $199 and $30 mail in rebate =$169, 7 inch LCD and comes with bettery pack!

It might be this model:
CyberHome 7" Portable DVD Player with LCD Sc Brand: CyberHome
Catalog #: 16-3282 Model: CH-LDV700B

But I am not positive!! re model number!

Rebate was good through end of the month!
Not bad for travel!
LCD display, if u want superior then price wont be under $200 imho
e.g I always liked Sony LCD PQ
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Zoro, thanks for the info on the Cyberhome.
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Kage spoke of the Samsung DVD-L300. I looked at the Samsung DVD-L200. Not sure what the differences are but the L200 looked real good to me and is around $469 on the net. Go to CNET for reviews on this one.
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