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post #91 of 122 Old 08-10-2006, 09:34 PM
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Bytehoven,

I would recommend that you include the new OPPO DV-970HD. It's getting very good reviews. Discussion thread at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=682896. Firmware hacks seems to be appearing at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mt13x9_files/files/
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hello everyone. i am looking for an upcomverting dvd player w/hdmi, the toshiba fiber optic output (i think that's what its called...the optical output that is not the oragne plug), and plays divx. i've gone through 2 dvd players: the phillips DVP5960 and currently have the toshiba sd4990. the phillips didnt output 5.1 correctly to my reciever and didnt even do DTS...the toshiba sucks at divx (playback stutters and sometimes skips straight to the end of an episode). i'm just looking for a decent budget dvd player...$150 or less. anything more and i might as well get hd-dvd. thanks.
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What about the Yamaha s569? It was just released at $179. Anyone with experience or thoughts on it?
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Hi

Instead of buying another dvd, the Oppo doesn't play all divx file, if it's a high def... your out of luck.
So you have to check about the Centerstage CS-1. It's very incredible.. and the difference with this scaler is far bigger than only a Oppo vs other brand of dvd player. ! And it's pretty cheap also. about 340 on ebay.
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It seems as though I tried to jump on the bandwagon too late. I'm trying to find an upscaling over component player that is similar to my Philips DVP 640 in that it plays most everything you throw at it, most importantly DivX/XviD, and has a cheap price. Is there anything still available in stores or only online? Also do you know if any of them have separate optical out or just coaxial?
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Bytehoven -- The major thread on the Sony NS75H is: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=639621. This thread also includes posts on the HC85H (the 5 disc changer version).

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Bytehoven -- The major thread on the Sony NS75H is: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=639621. This thread also includes posts on the HC85H (the 5 disc changer version).


Thanks.

I added the player to the Sony section of the 1st post.

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post #98 of 122 Old 12-13-2006, 03:26 PM - Thread Starter
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Mark...

Honestly, the emergency DVD thread began as a joke because of the daily repeat questions from new visitors who failed to notice their player or question in another thread topics.

Gradually, folks provided links as newer players were more widely discussed. I still add new links as people sugget them, so if you end up with any new links for the 1st post, feel free to mention them and I will add them.

While this thread still serves as a nice way to more easily link to player discussions, reading & searching the forum is the best way to get to the bottom of your question.

There never has and probably never will be a player which fits everyone's needs or circumstance.

I am still using the OPPO 971H, while I wait for the HD format wars to settle as well as for the HD-DVD and Blu-Ray formats to work out their bugs.

If I were buying today, I would still give the OPPO 971H consideration and I look forward to hearing more about their new 981H model.

Personally, I was never impressed with the newer Pansonic players, despite being very happy with both the RP-82 and RP-91 models.

Again I suggest you set aside a few hours to dig through the various threads and get to the bottom of that people are saying about the main players being discussed.

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I live in the "PAL' land. Are there any special issues/criteria that I need to pay attention in selecting an upscaling SD DVD player? Is the recommended list in this thread equally applies to "PAL" disk playback?

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Does anyone know if any of the DVD players that are capable of upconverting copy protected DVDs over component (with or without hack) that will also place pillarbox around 4:3 material for viewing in a 16:9 display? My older HDTV will not allow me to manipulate anything other than 480i and just stretches stuff that is 4:3.

And is Divx/Xvid capable, region-free capable, and does pal -> ntsc ?
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Does anyone know if any of the DVD players that are capable of upconvertingcopy protected DVDs over component (with or without hack) will also place pillarbox around 4:3 material for viewing in a 16:9 display? My older HDTV will not allow me to manipulate anything other than 480i and just stretches stuff that is 4:3.

And is Divx/Xvid capable, region-free capable, and does pal -> ntsc ?

The Oppo 970 does all that. It is made region-free by entering a code with the remote. Upconversion over component requires a firmware hack.

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Does anyone know if any of the DVD players that are capable of upconvertingcopy protected DVDs over component (with or without hack) will also place pillarbox around 4:3 material for viewing in a 16:9 display? My older HDTV will not allow me to manipulate anything other than 480i and just stretches stuff that is 4:3.

And is Divx/Xvid capable, region-free capable, and does pal -> ntsc ?

You could try either the LG LDA-511 ot the LGDVB418, you can find em' on ebay pretty cheap.
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I have a 418, it only puts pillarbars on my 4:3 Divx material.
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I have similar troubles and wishes for an upscaling DVD player. One imperfect work around is to enter the service menu on the TV and change the Horizontal Width or Horizontal Amplitude setting until the 1080i picture width is suitable for viewing 4x3 material. Do this with the DVD player connected and set to 1080i upscaling. On a Philips CRT HDTV enter service menu by entering 062596 EXIT on the remote. More can be found in the avsforum Direct View (single tube) CRT Displays.
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You might want to consider adding the Oppo 981 to the original post.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I have added the OPPO 981HD to the thread.

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Newest release:

RCA DRC290

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So will the RCA DRC290 upconvert via component? It doesn't seem clear in the link if it does or not.
Sorry for the rookie question, I'm a late comer to the upconverting thing and am still trying to get it all figured out.
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Marantz DV7001 $799 Faroudja DCDi (HDMI upscaling only?)
Primare DVD26/30 $900/$1800 Pixelworks PW1235 - per pixel processing (DVI)
Cary Audio DVD7 $$$$ Faroudja (Component, RGB HV & HDMI upscaling)
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Byte,

Oppo DV-970HD is Replaced by DV-980H if you are still maintaining this thread.
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Don't forget the Toshiba XA2. Best SD DVD player that I have seen. It also happens to do HD-DVD, but we won't talk about that.

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Or the BD-P1200 or BD-UP5000 for the same reasons.
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Is there a player out yet or coming out this year that upconverts Divx files to 720p or 1080i? I have the Philips DVP3982 and Oppo 981 HD player and the Oppo is nice, but I watch mostly Divx or Xvid files and neither player upconverts Divx/Xvid files like a standard DVD.

I don't know if it's even possible to upconvert a Divx/Xvid file to 720P 1080i, but it would be nice if a player could do it. It seems like that would be the next step in the DVD player evolution.
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The low budget category starts at $150, but what about all the players for under $100. What is the best upscaling sub $100 player?

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Where does the Pioneer DV-400k fall?
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I would think the Oppo983 shoudl really be on that list by now, in the "under $500" category, given that it got a perfect score at Secrets.
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The low budget category starts at $150, but what about all the players for under $100. What is the best upscaling sub $100 player?

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I don't know about the best under $100, but the Philips 5990/5992 does a good job upscaling DVDs at half that price. Takes about 10 seconds to boot the player (everything is a computer nowadays ), but loads disk quickly.

Has lots of other features, but photos displayed from USB are terrible.

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I can't see how the JVC XV-N650B wasn't mentioned!

It supports 480i HDMI for scalers and Upconverts to 1080i!

Ohh it can be made region free as well.

Ecost has it for $33!


http://www.ecost.com/detail.aspx?edp=39120819
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My Philips DVP5990 works pretty good.
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