Does the new Sony play SVCDs?

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  1. Jon Weaver

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    Bit of a long shot, but does anyone know whether the new Sony (I think its the 400) will play SVCDs.

    It plays CDR/W so thats one obsticle out of the way, but will it play SVCDs?

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    I hope you are right.. I don't speak German but can't see any mention of 'SVCD' in the text of the review.

    I do have my doubts as 'vcdhelp.com' say no, and its not common for the main manufactueres to support this format...

    My fingers are crossed!

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    Third paragraph, second sentence:

    "... as well it played our Test-SVCD."
     
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    Oh, now I see why you couldn't find "SVCD", must have been a typo ....
     
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    Thanks Reiner.. I couldn't understand it, so didn't even bother 'reading' it.. I just did a find on 'SVCD', 'S-VCD' and even 'VCD' and got nothing.

    I will have to try and hunt one of these players down in a shop and give it a test...

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    Good news: I found a model in my local Sony shop.

    Good News 2: It plays CDRs

    Good News 3: It plays VCDs

    BAD NEWS: It doesn't play SVCDs!

    Yet another 'branded' player which doesn't support the SVCD format...

    Why do they do this?

    One day, I am sure I will find a player which fits my needs!

    Hopefully the Toshiba 510e will.
     
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    Hm, surprised, normally the source where I took the information from is very reliable!?

    Anyhow, wasn't there someone who claimed SVCD would be backwards compatible and work as long as the player supporst MPEG-2/MPEG-1 decoding?

    Now I am confused, too!
     
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    To be honest, it didn't surprise me that it didn't work.. The database at VCDHELP (Which is fairly accurate) said it didn't.

    SVCD 'should' work on ALL players.. Its almost a VCD, but using MPEG2 codecs (i.e the same as a DVD).

    However.. There arn't many 'branded' DVD players which play them!

    For example.. My Samsung 709 does.. But it doesn't play CDRs very well.. So even if you can get a media which it recognises, the video skips.

    Even more bizzare.. The Pioneer 525 (535) does.. But the flagship 737 doesn't!

    But in contrast, nearly all of the 'budget' players do!

    The only decent player which does is the Arcam DV88.. Whilst this is undoubtedly a great player, I just can't justify spending a grand on a DVD player.. I know this is the wrong reason, but I find it too bland.. I like all the bells and whistles which can be found on the Japanese players.

    I also know that that Tosh 200/500 doesnt.. But I have heard that the 210e does.. This means that the 510 might..

    This is my only hope.. Its either the Tosh or I will have to buy the Arcam (or give up with SVCDs all together).
     
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    Thanks for the link.. Thats the first picture I have seen of the 510 and it looks very nice..

    I wonder if they will do it in silver?

    I have heard that the new Tosh's will play SVCDs... I sent someone a test SVCD and they confirmed that it did play on the 210.

    You would therefor think that it would on the 510....

    But I made that mistake with the Pioneer.. As they played on the 535 models, I almost bought a 737 without even testing SVCD play back.. Just by chance I found one in a shop, tried it and it didn't work.

    The details on Area-DVD do seem to confirm that it does.. I am hopeful...

    Jon
     

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