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Pioneer 535 or Hitachi 505?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by nickeng, Feb 11, 2001.

  1. nickeng

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    Not sure if you know but the Hitachi is a badges Pioneer 505, from about 3 years ago , (I know i looked at the 505 then..). So on that basic I would go for the 535, its a later machine, originally made by the same company..

    I have a 535, about a week now, replaced a Wharfedale with it, and i am very impressed, excellent picture and sound. Has twin lasers and is allmost as good as my decidated Yamaha CD player..

    Well worth the mony, easy multi-region selectable as well (providing it has the Techtronics mode) and RCE proof..

    Paid £249 for mine as Richer sounds could not get any in..well worth it..

    Enjoy..

    Hope this helps..
     
  2. adamhamilton

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    Which player should I go for?
    Which has better picture quality which has better audio?

    Any problems with layer change etc?

    Thanks.
     
  3. Bob Todd

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    LOL

    where did you hear that!

    The ESS chipset inside the Hitachi 505 is the ESS4408F which was released in early 2000!

    so how can the Hitachi 505 be a 3 year old pioneer 505?

    Dixons are selling the Hitachi 505 for 230, it can easily be made multiregion with the software from my site.

    The Hitachi 505 supports CDR/CDRW VCD SVCD & XVCD it also plays MP3's.

    most of which the 535 does not support never mind the Pioneer 505 [​IMG]

    lol hitachi 505 a pioneer 505 clone roflmao [​IMG]

     
  4. tan1415

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    Hmm playing MP3 seems useful.
    The 505 seems pretty loaded.

    But i read a lot of magazines. Not only the english ones but also the german magazines.
    And i tell you that the 535 from pioneer is the most highly regarded machine in all these magazines.While the 505 is a middle of the pack.
    The other top budget machine is the 335 from Sony.It has even better picture but no cdr playback and very difficult to modify unlike the pioneer.

    Anyway i am going to buy the Pioneer 535. It's strange how little tests there are on this machine in english magazines. Anyway i can't find it online using the ecoustic website. And the germans are also serious about their Hifi and i think i can trust their views/tests. Because to tell youthe truth it's difficult to seehear any difference
    between the cheap DVD players.
     
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    Hmm playing MP3 seems useful.
    The 505 seems pretty loaded.

    But i read a lot of magazines. Not only the english ones but also the german magazines.
    And i tell you that the 535 from pioneer is the most highly regarded machine in all these magazines.While the 505 is a middle of the pack.
    The other top budget machine is the 335 from Sony.It has even better picture but no cdr playback and very difficult to modify unlike the pioneer.

    Anyway i am going to buy the Pioneer 535. It's strange how little tests there are on this machine in english magazines. Anyway i can't find it online using the ecoustic website. And the germans are also serious about their Hifi and i think i can trust their views/tests. Because to tell youthe truth it's difficult to seehear any difference
    between the cheap DVD players.
     
  6. adamhamilton

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    I tried the Pioneer last weekend in a shop - but only as a CD player.

    It wasn't too good at playing music.
    I'm going to go back for a DVD demo next weekend.


    I've also heard that the Pioneers have problems with layer change delays.
     
  7. Bob Todd

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    It has a very loud drive too.

     
  8. adamhamilton

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    Has anyone actually used the Hitachi 505?
    What's it like, any layer change delay?
    Picture quality?
    CD audio quality?

    Thanks.
     
  9. Bob Todd

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    I have the Hitachi 505, I bought it for 330 in august with multiregion and Macro-disabled.

    The 505 has a 2x drive, which is so fast, I have never seen a layerchange on any of the 40 or so movies I have.

    The Picture quality of the 505 is verygood, although I have seen a few slight artifacts on dark backrounds with the odd disc.

    The sound is very good with no flaws, but then I am not a big audio fan.

    for 230 its a deal its a steal its the sale of the F*ckin century [​IMG]

     
  10. adamhamilton

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    Where did you get yours from for £230?

    Cheers.
     
  11. Bob Todd

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    dixons
     
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    I thought you got yours from Multi-Region Magic IronDuke, don't forgot about the bad picture quality on the Hitachi though.

    Worth barring in mind.
     
  13. Bob Todd

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    I said earlier I got mine for 330 but you can get em for 230 which is great as the overall picture quality is very good and it only suffers slight artifacting on the odd disc.

    DOGMA played lustfully the other day no artifacts!

    I think as the transfers are getting better so is my 505 bradavon.

    you own an LG3500 yes?

    I bet your itchen to play some VCD's but you cant:p


     
  14. Bob Todd

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    Adam you could try demoing the player before you buy?
     
  15. tan1415

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    What do you mean with artifacts? What do you see?

    I'll be choosing the 535 from pioneer.
    It's a much cheaper player than the 505.
    You can compare it to the 305.
     
  16. nickeng

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    Im sure it was stated back a couple of years ago in the magazines, but if Hitachi have updated the machine since then, that could be the answer to your LOL queries..

    Certainly one of the Hitachis was a copy of a Pioneer beacuse I saw looking at buying it and it was cheaper at the time.

    Go dig out your mags and prove me wrong...
    LOL
    LOL


     
  17. Bob Todd

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    That was the Hitachi DV-P2E!

    which was a Pioneer clone the 505 has only been going since august 2000

    artifacting is like the stuff you see in jerry springer when some one is nude.

    but no where near that bad and is always in the background as it happens to the pixels that dont change much in the scene.
     

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