Best picture quality - Tosh 520 vs Pioneer 656

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by toninho, Oct 29, 2002.

  1. toninho

    toninho
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Which one?

    Thank you.

    T.
     
  2. petrolhead

    petrolhead
    Well-known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2002
    Messages:
    4,822
    Products Owned:
    1
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    87
    Location:
    Newcastle
    Ratings:
    +120
    Could not comment as I have not seen 646 but I have the 520 and it is very good, better than my Pioneer 525.

    What realy supprised me was how much better the sound was.

    Also the 520 can be nearly £100 cheaper which clinched for me.

    PS Give them both a view as only your eyes will give you the answer :)
     
  3. Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I have a Pioneer 530 and can honestly say I wont be buying a Pioneer again, the drive is noisy, and the picture is good, but not stunning

    I will be treating myself to a Pro scan player when the dust settles
     
  4. phil_evans

    phil_evans
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Messages:
    186
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Singapore
    Ratings:
    +0
    I have the Pio 656 after trying the Toshiba 220. The picture and sound on the 656 seem very good to me but I had no chance to test the 2 players side-by-side. Uncle Eric and others seem to like the 656 too. I don't know if the 220 shares components with the 520, but here are my commments between the 2:

    Pio 656 pros: It works on all disks I've tried (mostly R2), good setup menus, quiet enough, great output options
    Pio 656 cons: No news on progressive capabilities/ upgrade potential

    Toshiba 220 pros: Zoom modes work during playback, so you can choose to get rid of the top/ bottom black bars on wider-than-widescreen DVDs, good picture and sound
    Toshiba 220 cons: It freezes at layer changes on some disks (e.g. Pulp Fiction, Dinosaur)

    If the 520 had been out when I needed to replace the 220, would I have got it instead of the 656? Yes, but it would have gone straight back if had frozen on any disks.

    Phil
     
  5. Bapapapa

    Bapapapa
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2000
    Messages:
    113
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Ratings:
    +0
    Toshiba 220 pros: Zoom modes work during playback, so you can choose to get rid of the top/ bottom black bars on wider-than-widescreen DVDs, good picture and sound

    I'm sorry, but how the hell is that a 'pro'..? :rolleyes:

    Remember the 656 also does SACD/DVD-A which if you're interested in those formats, makes it the only choice between the two..
     
  6. rjw

    rjw
    Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2002
    Messages:
    204
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Bath
    Ratings:
    +5
    Some people like to only watch half a film.

    Weirdo's :D

    Anyway, what's wider-than-widescreen?
     
  7. phil_evans

    phil_evans
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2002
    Messages:
    186
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    Singapore
    Ratings:
    +0
    I know, I know :blush: But having a zoom that works during playback is a (slightly) more useful feature than having a zoom that pauses playback.

    By w-than-w I mean a ratio higher than 1.78:1 (16:9).
     
  8. Sgt.Colon

    Sgt.Colon
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Well I have a Pioneer 545 and I love it. Picture is spot on. Like it more than the Tosh I had before, but then again that was over 4 years old. :D
     

Share This Page

Loading...
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice