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Posted: 12/25/2001 5:25:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/25/2001 6:22:18 PM EDT by Mike_T]
Specifically brands and features to get Thanks! Merry Christmas!
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 5:28:41 PM EDT
Personally, I am planning on picking up one of those with a VCR and DVD player both built into it. Am thinking that will come in very handy. Aviator [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 5:34:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Aviator: Personally, I am planning on picking up one of those with a VCR and DVD player both built into it. Am thinking that will come in very handy. Aviator [img]www.milpubs.com/aviator.gif[/img]
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yeah but unless the drive is macrovision free your kinda screwed where ass i can use a box to remove macrovision. ie i have seperate vcr and DVD i got a Apex 1500 got it for a 10 bucks at best buy a while ago plays DVD,VCD,SVCD and MP3 it a great buy unless u plan to use it in a kick ass home theatre setup in that case i dont know
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 5:46:15 PM EDT
I got my dad one of those sub $100 units from circuit city..(~APEX, I think is the brand) the damn thing works great, I hooked it up to his system and it performs like a charm... it also plays MP3's!!!! (it uses an on screen display for it too) works better than my freakin 2 yr old Toshibia which I payed near $240 for.. and doesnt play MP3's and 2 Music DVD's I have, (1 SRV and 1 MTV unplugged) have problems in it.. I'm thinking of buyin one for myself!! [whacko]
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 6:30:39 PM EDT
SO stick with digital sound...any other features?
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 6:44:46 PM EDT
Definitely pay attention to what it will read. Music DVDs are becoming more common and will only play in some players. There is also some new format that wil play special Karaoke DVDs, should that be your thing. Also, while it is least likely to affect those of you living in the US and Canada, region free models will increase your options in terms of languages and subtitles available - and also allow you to get foreign releases not available in the US. I am not even sure if you can buy them in the US though - there just doesn't seem to be a demand. Adam
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 7:17:02 PM EDT
Definitely do some homework and find one that does not suffer from country codes and region blocking. Yes, most DVD players restrict what you may view in them. No buying euro releases. No early releases. No mp3. Thus, spend extra money and ensure your freedom. Get one without country / region code blocking.
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 7:27:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By prebans: Thus, spend extra money and ensure your freedom. Get one without country / region code blocking.
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Do you know of any American companies that specialize in selling such? I've been in communication with a company in England but would have less shipping frustrations if I could go with a US company? Incidentally, I have a perefectly good DVD player, but it will onloy play region 1 DVDs. Kinda sucks when I DON'T EVEN LIVE IN REGION 1! Also, most region 1 DVDs only offer Spanish and French as optional subtitles. Asian languages of any sort are a rarity - you have to buy them locally. The whole thing is a huge pain in the butt. BTW, stay away from Sony. As I think someone already said, they are pickiest about what they will play. As the parent company has a huge interest in the recording industry, they adhere strictest to format and piracy prevention type concerns - at your expense. Heck, even their CD burners suck (IMHO). Adam Adam
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 7:48:05 PM EDT
well, to expand on your question.... (I'm not fully up to date on the latest and greatest, but hopefully you'll gleen something from this post.. :) things to ask yourself: 1. What type of inputs will my TV accept? (std(std(yellow rca)/f/composite/S-video?) 2. What forms of Input does my stereo system accept? (std (red/white rca)/digital (wire/fiber optik)...) 3. What forms of Audio will my receiver process? (dts, dolby....) 4. region coding of the dvd's you plan to use.. (I havent had this problem yet, but if you get or plan to get stuff from europe or ?? you may want to factor this in as mentioned by others) items #1-3 are very important, you dont want to spend a lot of extra money to get a unit that has many extra features if you are not going to use them...weigh the cost of having those features and future component upgrades. Also remember that DVD players have progressed in technology and prices have dropped...if you can wait and get by with a less costly unit.. the 'high-end' dvd players will drop in price and most likely have 'newer' technology. Another thing to consider: DVD burners!
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 9:35:48 PM EDT
Link Posted: 12/25/2001 11:03:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul: Along with the excellent post above look at the remote control. Some have more buttons then the cockpit of a 767! I find that in a darken room (the lighted ones are nice) that finding the buttons is impossible. Mine has a light that illuminates the transport buttons - pause, play, etc. which is handy. I find that I'm on the remote on the DVD more than the VCR's because they often feature addtional menus and features that require navigation and clicking around...quote] If you haven't taken the plunge and invested in a receiver with a programmable / learning remote for the rest of your stuff, at least look into a decent universal remote. The bliss of being able to control everything with one remote is worth the cost. Adam
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 9:30:15 AM EDT
Do an ebay search on "macrovision" You'll find a number of DVD players that are region free and can disable macrovision. You'll also find the "box" to remove it. I suggest this as a source of information. Where you buy from is your own business.
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 9:32:32 AM EDT
Look for "progressive scan". It's reputed to be better on the HDTVs. Haven't tried it myself, but it sounds good. Most of the cheapies will play a single DVD as well as the best ones. It's the "features" that make the difference. Do an ebay search on "macrovision". You'll find a number of DVD players that are region free and can disable macrovision. You'll also find the "box" to remove it. I suggest this as a source of information. Where you buy from is your own business. [/quote]
Link Posted: 12/26/2001 9:52:15 AM EDT
Panasonic DVD-RP56 Progresive scan MP3 compatible DTS Dolby Digital You can find them for about $250 at CircuitCity: [url]http://www.prodcat.panasonic.com/shop/templates/rect_template.asp?ModelId=11620&show_all=false&product_exists=True&active=1&ModelNo=DVD-RP56[/url] I have one and wouldnt trade it for squat.
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