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H&B DX-3255 Divx DVD Player - Ultimate?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by aligamer, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. aligamer

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    Came across this, seems to be the latest model so far:

    DVD MPEG-4 Player
    DVD Video, DVD+R/RW, -R/RW
    CDR/RW, CD MP3, CD WMA, CD Audio, SACD compatible
    DVD DTS and Dolby Digital, multilanguage, multi subtitles.

    MPEG-4: V 3.11, 4.0, 5,x, XviD
    Audio AC-3, 2ch, 5.1ch, MP3, WMA (CBR & VBR), Multi-Audio compatible.
    JPEG image CD
    Progressive Scan 480p (RVB & YUV) video output

    Advanced MPEG-4 functions:
    FRW/FFD, 2x 4x 8x 16x, time Search function
    Image Zoom modes 2x 4x 1/2, 1/3, 1/4
    Subtitle supported (SMI, SRT, SUB, SSA)
    MPEG-4 PRO compatible, GMC, B-Frame, Quarter Pixel
    Error Re-sync Mark function, Post Processing NR, data-Partition,

    Connections:
    Digital & Optical Digital Audio output
    Decoded 5.1ch audio out in DTS & Dolby Digital
    Downmixed analog 2ch stereo DTS & Dolby Digital
    RGB Scart output, S-VHS, Composite, Component YUV, VGA (D-15 Sub)
    Power supply 100-240V AC 50/60Hz
    Consumption 25Watts

    Accessoriess:
    Remote + batteries
    User Manual
    SCART Cable
    A/V Cables

    Dimensions 430x45x265mm
    Weight 2.6Kg

    Seems to be the don of Divx and inputs (prog scan) - but i havent seen any reviews of it - anyone used a H&B player/product before?
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  2. aligamer

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    I might go for this one, seems pretty competent :)
     
  3. bonzobanana

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    That remote looks identical to an old logix design. Looks like they've bought the plastic moulding plates back out of retirement. Seems a nice player, presumably mediatek 1389 based. It might be a kingwon as its got there sort of look about it.

    http://www.kingwonint.com/dvd-e.htm
     
  4. YellowCows

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    To answer your question,

    NO, it's def. not the ultimate. No DVI, No WMV, No OGG, No Ethernet, No Wifi, No Streaming, No Net Radio - you get the idea.....

    Best wait for the IO Link player, or Kiss 600, etc.
     
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    Also no 576p progressive, ie. on PAL .. sorry aligamer I agree with YellowCows, the KiSS 608 should be a lot more fully-featured.
     
  6. bonzobanana

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    I bet it does have 576p output its just not listed above. Whats the price of it anyway?
     
  7. aligamer

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    OK thanks for the nfo - but for budget divx player i think its the best - under £100 its at the moment, as it has the inputs i need, and support subtitles and prog scan (I havent got plasma yet but am planning) and seems pretty cool by comparison to other budget players on the market and is also firmware upgradeable.
     
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    Most players are firmware upgradable, the trouble is few manufacturers provide any firmwares to upgrade their players. Also as soon as they stop making that particular player they lose all interest in it.
     
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    £39.99 delivered at www.digital-point.co.uk will need to search for dx3255


    *now £89.00 - must have been a mis-price* :(

    Delh68
     
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    Cheers, can get all in, incl del for £60 :)
     
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    Its been dispatched, will post impressions when it arrives! :)
     
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    Well, it's arrived!

    Set up done within 10mins, surprisingly the machine was already set to region free - even tho it stated region 2 in manual so remote hacked not needed :)

    Firsthings first, tried mp3s, jpgs, all worked without a hitch as you'd expect. Sound quality of mp3 is good, impressed thus far compared to other players, nice range of effects to choose from and its up to the output of an ipod-mini and then some.

    Ok, now onto the main event, Divx's - first movie, the quality of image is crisp, sound is spot on and subtitles come on fine - support of srt/subs - the framerate however wasn't that fluid. So i tried next movie, as the intro started i could tell it was going to run well, and it did, sound, subs and image quality all very nice - the framerate was perfect.

    So i continued the rest of the testing with other movies and discs and everything seemed to be cool - i noticed framerate issue only happens if the movie is less than 23fps - over 25+ and its all good. Just a matter of recoding then :)

    There is prog scan mode to choose from in the menus, rgb, component - overall then, very nice, impressed and a great price for what i required - was going to go with a Yamada/DK player but with a lil digging around, the H&B seems to be the dark horse for me :)
     
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    Update: managed to modify 23fps files without re-encoding - all smooth sailing now :thumbsup:
     
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    Does anyone know the multi region hack if the one I order doesn't turn up region free? I can't find any reference to it any where in the web. I want to be sure I want to be sure it can be made region free before I buy one.

    Aligamer, can you comment on the progressive scan on this player? Have you had it working?

    Thx
     
  15. aligamer

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    Ok firstly, all region hack:

    - Power on the player
    - Press the "Setup" button
    - Go in the "preferences" menu
    - Enter the following code : 49540
    - Select the desired zone with the arrows (0 for region free)
    - Press play to confirm

    As for prog-scan, sorry i cant comment on it until i get a new tv! :p

    For general use of the machine, working great since i got it, the loading is fast, can bypass the copyright screens and jump into movie menu and the drive is nice and quiet :)
     
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    Hi, I have a HB DX-3255 and also have that problem with some xvid movies. I know that the problem is due to a Packed Bitstream issue. How did you solve it?
    Also, have you tried to run Xvid mvies encoded with Global Motion Compensation (GMC)? Although HB claims that the DX-3255 is compatible with GMC, I've tried 3 movies encoded with GMC and the player was unable to read those movies beacuse there was a major video playback slowdown. Do you notice this problem?
     
  17. aligamer

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    You just need to install mpeg4modifier (http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=MPEG4_Modifier) load the file (under 25fps) and select remove packed bitstream - overwrite movie or create a new one - all takes less than 5mins. Also to find out nfo about any file use this great codec detector (http://www.videohelp.com/tools?tool=AVIcodec) stats the bitrates, sounds and fps etc.

    As for movies with GMC, i havent encountered any file that has gmc that i know of - i suggest to remove the gmc or re-encode it if you get probs withose files.
     
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    prog. scan works A OK
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    Is it prog scan over vga as well as component.
     
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    Hello,

    I'm interested in a divx/xvid player and saw this one.

    I'm new to all this and will be downloading Lost Season 2 due to C4 preferring to show BB all summer...

    Anyway, it takes me like 2 hours to convert from xvid to DVD with Nero, and don't want to have to purchase another program.

    I've seen this player for fairly cheap and what to know what you guys think.

    Is it just a question of dumping the xvid onto a cd-rw and I can watch it in widescreen on my telly?

    Does this player output RGB via scart?
    The place I want to buy it from is adamant it's R2, can it be made multiregion?

    I'll be moving it between 2 locations, is it solid?

    Are there any other players out there that might interest me?

    Any other advice?

    gaffer
     
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    Pretty tempted by this machine, at only around £40 from savastore it looks like a bargain.

    Now the problem/question:

    I have still got a crappy old 4:3 tv :( which won't handle NTSC format. My current (non-divx LG) dvd player can be set to output all dvds in PAL and everything is sweet.

    Does the H&B do the same thing or do I need to have an NTSC compatible TV?

    I will get around to getting a decent TV, but this one needs to get me by for now...

    Thanks in advance...
     
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    How does this compare with the Umax Yamada DVX 6700?
     
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    Hi does anyone know if there is a firmware update for this S/n is 3255.501.33549 and could maybe post the link to download pls :hiya:
     
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    I'm very curious about this player now. I need a solution for my mum's place.
     
  25. Mr_Fantastic

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    i Have been using a Targa 5100x on an old Portable TV as I am looking for a new TV (at least when the LCD or any thing better either comes along or improves over the current rubbish) so I have to use a TV which is only 25fps capable. Yet despite this I have played many many films etc which GSpot shows as being 23.976 or 29.971 fps (the first is movie speed and the second is NTSC) and they play perfectly on my TV, so the Targa must be doing something with it to make it display correctly on my TV. It plays Packed bitstream perfectly as well, the only problem it has had on two occasions is with an occasional VBR MP3 sound track which stutters and doesn't play correctly and this can also mess the video up, most play fine, but ones where the Frame & Display Aspect ratio are larger than 16:9, for example one is 40:17 which is a very strange ratio. That is the only difference I can see in the files that play fine and the two which do not. But it seems to be when a VBR MP3 sound track is present that the problem occurs. For those I have had to remove the VBR MP3 soundtrack and convert to AC3 2.0 after which the move playes fine with no other modification (not altering the Display Aspect ratio or Frame Aspect ratio).
    Just an example of what some DivX capable players are capable of. Everyone seems to have a few negative points. It's just a case of finding one that does what you need the most. If I had a TV which was capable of other none PAL refresh rates then I probably wouldn't of noticed that the Targa can play them no problem. I do not know why that is and maybe if someone knows about this kind of stuff then they could comment.
     

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