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  1. ossie_lation

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    I am buying a present for my sister with a budget of around £40> She wants a DVD!! I know they are available and believe it or not there seems quite a choice. All she wants it to do is play DVD's and she has an average TV from memory. Certainly several years old. Does anyone have any experience or could recommend anything. I've come across Apex, Matsui, Phillips and a few others. Your experience/advice would be much appreciated.
    All the best
    Ossie
     
  2. chachi

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    Yamada 2600 multiregion is a nice little tiny one if space is an issue ...
     
  3. Tafsir

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    Pacific 1002w fro ASDA about 30 - 40 pounds
    DVDR,CDRS,MP3S,VCDS

    PLAYS EVERTHING YOU THROW AT IT (EXCEPT DVIX)


    Hack To Make Pacific 1002W MULITREGION

    1) open drawer
    2) press clear
    3) type 1369
    4) type 0(zero) for region free
    5) close drive tray
     
  4. Jules

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    I second the Pacific 1002 from Asda. Its £35 including a free scart lead, and it really does play EVERYTHING.

    I got one for my folks and used the multi region hack as mentioned above.

    The only problem with it is that to get a pure NTSC signal from Region 1 discs you have to set the TV output to NTSC. But this then tries to convert Region 2 discs to NTSC aswell... and it distorts the picture.
    If you leave it set to PAL, it converts NTSC to PAL and drops loads of frames on Region 1 discs.

    You can keep changing the output setting to get round this, or it may not even be a problem if all your discs are Region 2.

    All in all though, its a stonkingly good machine for a tiny outlay.
     
  5. bonzobanana

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    I bought a skyworth divx player from wh smiths for £24.69. Looks fantastic and plays everything and is multiregion out of the box. Has a full 5.1 decoder built in too.

    It seems in most wh smiths its marked up as £39.99 but scans through on the till at £29.99. I had a wh smiths points card flyer sent through back along and that had a voucher of 500 points (£5) if you buy certain items, one option was the skyworth player. With the 31 points from the sale the end price was £24.69. They actually deducted the points value with the transaction to make it that price.

    I already have a divx dvd player the Kiss DP-450 but couldn't resist another divx dvd player at this price. There is no better bargain out there at the moment especially if you have a wh smiths points voucher of some description that can be used.

    The dvd player appears to be very similar to the Yamada 6600 except it has karoake built in (mic socket and mic volume adjuster) and it includes a scart lead where as the yamada doesn't.

    Its not progressive scan sadly and doesn't have a dts decoder built in. You do get both coaxial and optical outputs though for external decoders.

    Its based on the mediatek 1389 chipset.

    Its incredibly well made and stylish too but the dvd tray is very thin and possibly could be easily damaged if your not careful. Probably no weaker than a lot of other dvd players but it is a very thin transparent tray.
     
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    I have bought a £35 Pacific 1002 from Asda for a Christmas present. Had to try it out before I wrapped it just to make sure it played jpeg's. WOW! what a machine for £35. Picture quality is cracking (better than my £150+ DVD player!) and sound is great as well. Only niggle is the remote that takes 2xAA batteries so is a bit bulky and heavy, and has lots and lots of small buttons. Manual is a a bit on the thin side as well, but all in all it is a great machine for using with a 2nd TV, kids room, etc.
     
  7. imichael

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    If your sisters telly is quite old, it's worth checking that it has scart sockets before you splash out on the player. I've got Yamada's dotted around the house in the kids rooms and never had a problem with them.

    Ian
     
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    the WHSmith can play Divx that makes it twice as good as the other
    old grot you are all advising on buying.
     
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    Hi does the Skyworth DVD-3650 have subtitle functionality?
     
  10. w3dal

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    This is what i went for, as i wanted a DVD player for the Bedroom. Wont be getting it till crimbo but the reviews seem pretty good and its cheap.

    £35.00 - Bargain

    Dal
     
  11. elliot_01

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    Are all these suggested players ok with RCE discs?

    Thanks :thumbsup:
     
  12. bonzobanana

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    I don't believe it does have divx subtitle support. If this is important to you then for the moment its probably worth looking elsewhere. However there is a good possibility it will be supported in the future but definitely not a certainty.
     
  13. elliot_01

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    bump
     
  14. shabba

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    Hi, I'm a newbie on here although I've been reading for quite sometime.

    Just come from my local Tesco store. Bought a Hikona for £24.95 for my daughter to have in my bedrom. I'm pretty impresssed. Out of the box it's multi-region. I haven't tested any RCE disks yet but will report back as soon as I've installed it. It also ouputs DD and DTS out the digital out. Value? I think so!

    Kev.
     
  15. shabba

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    Hi Again,

    Just tested the play with a R1 RCE disk and happy to report, works perfectly.

    See ya, Kev.
     
  16. dlanky

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    Shabba,

    Have you had any problems with DVD's recoreded on your own PC ??
     

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