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I Just ordered a Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player with the DVI out to use with my Sony KDF-70XBR950.


First, does the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player come from the factory with a DVI cable in the box?


If so, is it a DVI-D cable or DVI-I cable and is it a single link or dual link cable?


Will the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player play the following:


DVD-Audio discs


Super Audio CD (SACD) discs


DVD-RW discs (recorded in DVD Video Recording mode)


DVD-RAM discs (recorded in DVD Video)


Windows Media Audio compressed audio files that have been copied onto CD-R/RW discs


CDs burned in the video CD format (MPEG-1)


Does the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player have a 6 channel audio decoder (separates audio into up to six true channels: front left and right, front center (for dialogue), two rear (surround) speakers with discrete wide-band signals, and a subwoofer?


Does the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player come with a Universal Remote?


Any accurate information will be much appreciated.


Thank You.
 

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Let me answer what I can



First, does the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player come from the factory with a DVI cable in the box?

Now they do, but I believe that is only for Nov and later build dates.


If so, is it a DVI-D cable or DVI-I cable and is it a single link or dual link cable?

DVI-D - Sammy only produces digital out


Will the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player play the following:


DVD-Audio discs
no


Super Audio CD (SACD) discs
no


DVD-RW discs (recorded in DVD Video Recording mode)
Have not personally tested but others here say yes


DVD-RAM discs (recorded in DVD Video)
Not a clue. Would never use one



Windows Media Audio compressed audio files that have been copied onto CD-R/RW discs
dunno, i use mp3


CDs burned in the video CD format (MPEG-1)
Nope. almost a dealbreaker for me


Does the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player have a 6 channel audio decoder (separates audio into up to six true channels: front left and right, front center (for dialogue), two rear (surround) speakers with discrete wide-band signals, and a subwoofer?
as far as my understanding, that is up to your receiver. it has digital outs but any good dvd player lets the receiver decode.



Does the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player come with a Universal Remote?
you don't want to touch that remote. get something else and throw it away in a drawer.


wow. a lot of no's to you answer. might not be the player for you. sorry.


- jb
 

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mrkaos, thank you for your quick reply and information.


Do you know if the DVI-D cable included with the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD players is single link or dual link?


I understand that a single link cables will only support up to 1280 x 1024 resolution, whereas dual link cable supports up to 1920 x 1080 resolution, so am I correct to assume that a dual link cable is required for 1080i?
 

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Corvette,


Honest opinion...I would advise you avoid the HD-931. I had it for about 2 months - for the DVI output with my Sony GWIII (KFWE50610).


Returned it due to major black crush issues - some dark scenes in movies were almost invisible. Also some color over sampling issues.


If you really feel like trying it out - make sure you have a no questions asked return policy.


After returning the HD-931 - I've cycled through a Denon DVD-2200, a Sony NS725P and finally found a mint Denon DVD-1600.


The 1600 is light years ahead of the Samsung, considerably better than the Sony, fairly identical video quality with the 2200 - and a lot cheaper than it.


I think it will take at least 12 - 18 mths for really good quality and affordable DVI equipped players to hit the market.
 

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RATS!....too late, bought it a few days ago.


I understood that the problems you describe were addressed by Samsung through firmware upgrades as was the Sony compatibility with the revisions to the KDF-70XBR950.


Seemed that the Samsung DVD-HD931 DVD player had the edge over the Bravo, which as i understand is the only other DVI player currently available.


Maybe I should have waited.


Fingers crossed hopping for no problems.
 

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Don't worry - so far the 931 is the most problem free DVI player out there in terms of loading and playing discs. And no doubt the video performance will be a significant upgrade from what you've been using.
 

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From what I heard, unless the 931 is connected via DVI to your TV you don't get the benefit of the pseudo up-conversion. My Toshiba HDTV only has component inputs.


Can anyone confirm this? If so, it'd be a waste for me to purchase with my current TV.


Thanks
 

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From what I heard, unless the 931 is connected via DVI to your TV you don't get the benefit of the pseudo up-conversion. My Toshiba HDTV only has component inputs.


Can anyone confirm this? If so, it'd be a waste for me to purchase with my current TV.


Thanks
Very true.


If you are just going to be using component there are a lot of better and cheaper players out there. Even the DVI part is not worth it. Can't pass PLUGE.
 
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