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I am in the market for a portable DVD player. The best choices seem to be the Panasonic LA95 and Toshiba SD-P2000. Can anyone comment on which may be better overall.


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:) Hello.


I've been a lurker here for quite some time, now that I have some information to share I guess right now may be a good time...


Panasonic DVD-LA95

9" Screen looks great for interlaced. I found the edges to be clear but durring long sequences of scan and pan on the screen I did notice "flashing" where the interlacing could not keep up. Since I viewed this under florecents at 60hz it didn't really bother me. When I viewed the screen in a darker surrounding without too much artifical light, like when on a plane or inside a car it did bother me. It felt just like eye strain when looking at a 60hz computer screen for too long. I liked the fact that the player could read my DVD-RAM and DVD-R, both worked well (Panasonic Media). I also tried multiple audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs. They all played regular music just as clear as any other cd player. MP3s on CD-R, and CD-RW worked just fine too. Although I use static 192kbs encoding I rarely have a problem anywhere. The menu system to play audio CDs and MP3 is not very good. But what can you expect for a VxWorks driven OS? Basic, but gets the job done. Oh, and another note on MP3s. There are no play lists so they play logically by #s first, then alphabetically no matter if they are in a directory or not. The player really doesn't acknowledge directories. Again this is a VxWorks "feature", lol. The external connector worked well and it played externally just fine for an interlaced dvd player.


The Toshiba SD-P2000 portable DVD player looked awesome. Progressive scan really is a night and day difference to my eyes. I highly recommend looking at the displays of both the Panasonic and Toshiba together. I took an opportunity to look at them both at a local Best Buy. I recommend the same to anyone who asks, you will see a difference. I tested the Toshiba SD-P2000 with several DVDs without any problems. Spider-Man, Apocolipse Now, Star Wars II. CD audio and MP3s played clearly and just as well as the Panasonic. Although I have to warn you, I did not use the integrated speakers on either unit. All portable DVD players suffer from poor audio from their integrated speakers. Since I don't want to disturb anyone on a plane or by myself in a car I use headphones. More importantly, noise cancelling headphones. I use full ear encompassing, Panasonic RP-HC100 earphones. They really do filter out the background noise of a plane, car or Best Buy store interior! At a price. You will feel the antagonist and protagonist sound waves on your inner ear. The effect is like the feeling of having your ears under water. It feels like pressure to me, a little strange at first. But after the pressure sensation resides the lack of noise makes the entertainment more enjoyable. Ok, back to the Toshiba... The menus and buttons on the unit are strait forward just like a stand alone unit. The remote has all of the same buttons except for volume which all portable dvd remotes lack (did they all get together and have a meeting about this?). I've never needed it and I don't use the remote when I'm traveling...just one more thing to lose track of on a long flight.


I went with the Toshiba SD-P2000. I've been very happy with it. It has survived many coast to coast flights and thus far a couple of trips with friends to ski resorts/casinos (a 4+ hour drive from the Bay Area to Tahoe or Bear Valley.) Battery time was 3+ hours, although I bought the car/air adapter and use it in the car and in planes with the 12V outlets. I typically use American Airlines and every other seat has 12V power outlets. So maybe the extra external battery isn't necessary for you too. For more information check out the following for starters...


Toshiba SD-P2000
http://electronics.cnet.com/electron...4-8406341.html

http://www.toshiba.com/tacp/portable...t/SDP2000.html


Panasonic DVD-LA95
http://electronics.cnet.com/electron...4-7997585.html

http://www.prodcat.panasonic.com/sho...ategoryId=2978


Hope this helps...
 

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The Panasonic has an LCD screen, so presumably it would be progressive. It would take a bit of work to make an LCD interlaced!
 
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