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Philips DVP 720SA Amazing !!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Jeffamentrulez, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. Jeffamentrulez

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    Hi,

    Picked up an absolute bargain yesterday, got a Philips DVP 720SA DVD/DIVX/SACD player for £48 brand new from www.dabs.com. I already have the Pioneer DVD 575 SACD/DVDA/DIVX player but have been on the look out for another DIVX player so I jumped at the chance!. Ok, so to compare SACD and CD playback to the Pioneer would be unfair because the Philips just p****s all over it. I thought the Pioneer 575 was very good but it really is nothing compared to the Philips. I love the built in Pro Logic 2 and all the different soundfields (Jazz, Rock,Digital etc etc) and the CD upsampling makes normal CD sound near SACD/DVDA quality. Divx works a treat, I made a test disc up last night and the Philips has no trouble with it. It can be made multi region very easily via the remote and seems to play RCE discs fine. It looks a treat as well, with some nice blue neons on the front. CD Text is also present which I love (dunno why just looks good) not tried MP3 yet, not got any test discs done yet (I use HI-MD for my MP3). DVD playback is very good quality and the player has a multi mode so it will playback NTSC and PAL no problemo. The new Foo Fighters album disc 2 acoustic stuff sounds really good in Pro Logic 2.


    Overall for £48 it is a total and utter bargain, a seriously good player.



    :thumbsup:
     
  2. coggs

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    Thanks for that Jeff, just ordered mine. :thumbsup:
     
  3. PJTX100

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    Sounds a nice machine. But to be honest if we took this sort of comment at face value everyone would have a stack of DVD players 6 high and there would be an amazing 2nd hand market.

    If you want decent SACD sound, buy an SACD player. If you want a decent CD sound, buy a CD player. If you are happy to compromise on an "all in one box", I'd advise be happy with what you've got and don't go jumping on the bandwagon of the latest greatest "all in one" player. 'cause tomorrow there will be another one along which some says p1$$e$ all over the last!

    For £50 quid it looks bargain though...PJ :)
     
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    Thanks for that Jeff, just ordered mine too..
    hope it is as good as you say, mind you for £48. It is dead cheap. :thumbsup:
     
  6. lupo

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    Just connected mine up. was initially disappointed. :(
    It would not play "The Fifth Element" correctly (Would not go past chapter 11!)
    I have updated the firmware to version 33. It plays it fine now. I am happy. :)
    The update makes a big difference to the length of time it takes to read a dvd also.
    I was nearly going to send it back.
    Zero delay in layer change on The Fifth Element. My pioneer 444 was poor, there was a big delay in layer change.
    The sound is so much warmer than the pioneer. I prefer this warmer sound, not as clinical and hard.

    For £48... Excellent value...
     
  7. tulloch2003

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    @lupo where did you get the firmware from please.

    Regards Tulloch
     
  8. lupo

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    Hi Tulloch
    I downloaded the firmware from Here
    just click on software and follow the instructions..
    I have had a bit more time to play with this now, and I really prefer the sound of this to my pionner..
    I have replaced the mains lead with my Russ Andrews mains lead, and as per normal the difference it makes is huge. :)

    Have fun

    Kevin
     
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    How do you make it multi region ?
     
  10. tulloch2003

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    @jerkyboy Remote Hack for DVP720SA

    dvd player on
    open tray
    (no disk inside)

    1. Turn on the player.
    2. Open the tray.
    3. Press the following sequence on the remote: 9-9-9-9-0
    4. The number 0 will appear on the lower left side of your screen.
    5. Your player is now region free! Put in a DVD and enjoy!

    NOTE: The 0 in the sequence above represents the region code. 0 = region free. If you want to change your player to just a specific region code, replace the 0 with the region number you want.

    Regards Tulloch :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks very much for that.

    Just ordered the player, has to be the bargain of the decade !!!.

    Just read some great reviews, and that was at £150 !!!!.
     
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    Any links to reviews?
     
  13. mconn

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    Hi,
    Sorry to butt in on this thread but how would the Philips dvp 720sa compare to the Philips DVD963SA which is 140 pounds.
    I was thinking of getting one and trying out sacd or is there any other player I should think off.
    Kind regards,
    mconn
     
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    Hi,
    Thanks for the reply.
    I read the reviews and wondered how it would compare to todays players.
    Is the rgb picture quality good for a crt.
    Regards,
    mconn
     
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    Some feedback on Divx Playback would be real useful. Currently have a Philips DVP 630 and Divx Playback on my TV is Cr*p. It applies anamophic compression to all DivX playbexk even though all DivX files already have it applied. Result is a very "squashed" picture.

    Hows this player perform ???
     
  17. mandlebrot

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    Hey thanks for the info Jeff, Ordered mine this morning, can't wait to hook it up to the PJ now as I've never tried a player with progressive on it :D :smashin:
     
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    I ordered this on Wednesday, arrived Thursday. Nice. I hope it works. I will be playing SACD's through a Marantz PM4400 stereo amp - will SACD's show an improvement over their CD counterparts even with standard stereo equipment, i.e. speakers are not high def, amp is only 2 channel. I have a sub though. :confused:
     
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    yes - would be interested to see how this compares with the 963sa
     
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    Thanks for the heads up Jeff,just ordered mine (42 left)I was looking for a cheapo player for the bedroom but if its as good as it looks I think I may switch one of my older dvd players out and use that in the bedroom and use this in my lounge system instead.

    One thing, one or two of the reviews list this player as DVD A as well as SACD is this correct or just a typo by the reviewers?
     
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    Sorry but on re-reading the review, I was mistaken the player only does SACD and not both DVDA and SACD as I thought I read initially.Still a great bargain though and now have to get a couple of SACD's to see how good they sound.It looks like even standard cd's should sound better on this player due to the higher upsampling rates.
     
  22. Ade

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    Thanks Jeff - good spot - it's a great deal. The Philips is very nearly as good in PQ as my Tosh 340 and equally (if not better) in DVD sound. Prog scan/component out etc so all the usual features. Much easier to use eg browsing mp3s than the Tosh, and without being temperamental with the disks.
    No sound sync probs at all and all divx/xvid I own play ok. Recommend upgrading firmware as the initalisation of disk reading is increased, and probably compatibility with newer manufacturers' disks.
    I just have to buy a SACD disk now ! Maybe Dark Side Of The Moon as a starter....

    Bargain!
     
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    Definitions of DVD-A = A music-oriented DVD format that can carry up to 6 channels of 96kHz/24-bit audio (music for 5.1-channel mobile theater systems), or 2 channels of ultra high-resolution 192kHz/24-bit audio.

    The Philips DVP 720SA does indeed have DACs for 96Khz/24-bit and 192kHz/24-bit so in theory should be able to play DVD-A yet I've heard from other sources that it dosen't and there is no mention of it in the user manual.

    However I have heard that if you flash it with a certain ROM from another make of DVD player then it will play them no probs, not owning any DVD-A's I haven't attempted to do this nor am I sure that I would do.

    I also don't know if the ROM update from Philips enables the DVD-A facility but feel that as the hardware is capable it would be a shame if Philips haven't activated or won't activate this option.

    Apart from this I've now played with the player a bit and think its bloody brill for the money, the prog scan defo makes a difference with my PJ and the player dosen't seem to have any probs playing anything I've thrown at it so far including Xvid which it dosen't mention support for. Can't yet comment on the SACD, but my wife as promised to treat me to the new release of War of the Worlds hybrid SVCD and I already own the orig CD so should be able to make a proper comparison ;)

    Thanks again to Jeff for pointing out this fantasic deal :D :smashin:
     
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    Now £42.30 delivered (free postage for some reason). I could'nt resist any longer :)
     
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    everyone remember to upgrade the firmware version to 31... I did 33 then downgraded to 31...

    Firmware version 33 did not like 'I Robot' and quite a few others.

    I think it is excellent value for money..

    war of the worlds is excellent in SACD format

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    Bugger!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ordered mine on Friday,it shipped Friday and they charged me £5.71 for shipping.
     
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    Hi
    Tried lots of dvd players last year before keeping my 565a as none were better. The price on the 720sa was too good to refuse so I bought one two weeks ago. Very impressed with sound quality on sacd and cd. Better than any thing else ive tried. Just wondering if anyone has a link for the firmware upgrade 3.1 as ive had a google and failed. Initially upgraded to v 3.3 but im not impressed and want to downgrade. I use the 720 on component progressive and I like the pq is good.
    cheers
     
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    Hi all. :)

    @ lupo: could you somehow make the fw3.1 available for download?

    @ mandlebrot: what is the other player you're refering to?

    Thanks in advance. ;)
     
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    Don't want to rain on anyone's parade here but we bought one of these about 5 months ago from Amazon. Unfortunately it's already starting to signs of picture "judder" (when the picture momentarily freezes and skips forward a second or two). Getting more frequent as the weeks go by.Only mod we've done is the R1 hack (soon after buying), no firmware upgrade.
     
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    My player arrived this morning,build quality seems quite good,attractive looking,picture via component and rgb seems very good.

    For what we have paid very pleased, was gonna get a cheapo from Makro for about £28 inc vat.So this has a display (the cheapo player didn't) and does sacd and from a known manufacturer rather than a no brand model all for £20 more.

    As long as it's trouble free for a year or more, I shall be more than happy.
     

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