Buy a Pany 420 if the player is within your budget, IMO
The player's HCX video processor is reason enough to buy this player, IMO.
The 420 (and the 820 too, I believe), has a feature, that for us, is great. When the first fast forward step is selected with DVD and BD discs, the player outputs audio at this faster than normal playback speed.
60 minutes of viewing time = 96 minutes of video playback, with audio that is easy to understand 95% of the time, for us. This works with DVDs and BDs (4K too? We don't have a 4K set, yet).
Perhaps, you have a higher 'movie tolerance' than we do - you will watch almost any movie from the beginning to the end at the normal speed (1.5 - 2 hrs). But if your like us, this feature is great.
With the lockdown, due to COVID-19, we can't even walk to the local Red Box at the corner, to rent a movie, due to our age (I'm 71 - she's 69).
So, in order to keep from going stir-crazy, we signed up for the 8 disc plan at DVD.com (with BD). The total number of discs that has been shipped to us to date (3-2 to 3-23) is 31. Thats 31 discs in 22 days. There's still 111 discs in our queue today.
Obviously, with this number of movies, quite a few aren't worth watching - let alone buying - for 1.5 to 2 hrs. But with the 420's first fast forward step (with audio), there has been only a few movies where I have hit the eject button, before finishing the movie. After all, I've paid $$$$ to rent them.
If you can afford a 420 (or 820 for DV), at todays great price, buy one and check out this feature, and the player's video processor (if you have a lot of DVDs that you've bought over the years), from a store with a good return policy - even if you don't have/aren't interested in 4K discs and/or a 4K set.
I have no doubt that you would keep the player and that you would actually use the faster x playback speed with audio, with movies that you find to be disappointing, instead of hitting the eject button, like we used to do before getting a 420.
Are there other brands/models of players that has the faster than normal playback speed with audio ???
If so, please post them here.
Last edited by teachsac; 03-24-2020 at 04:25 AM.
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