Pioneer dv400...opinions?

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rockafella

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I've looked for a dedicated thread but there just seems to be a few posts in the DV600 thread.

Is this the best under £100 player available,I've spent a week reading up on players and it looks like it's a good solid machine.

I need a player that plays Divx/Xvid,1080p and will allow sound via coaxial and HDMI at the same time...can anyone confirm the sound output?

Any advice from owners appreciated :lease:
 

westons1

Standard Member
Hi there, I too have been looking at the dv-600 for some time now. You say 'under £100' Cheapest i've seen it is £129.95 delivered from Superfi -

http://www.shopgenie.co.uk/go.asp?sid=190669086&position=0&tri=2&from=

I myself am going to buy this player as it plays SACD and for the money, I think that its gonna be hard to beat.
Can you put a link to this 'under £100' player?
 

noidea

Active Member
westons - he is talking about the dv400, one model down from the one you are looking at
 

Beetlejuice

Distinguished Member
I had the DV400 which had to be sent back due to a fault. I've now got the Philips 5980 and am MORE than happy with that, and £40 cheaper!

DivX played very well on the DV400, but I cannot comment on the sound situation as I just used the TV's speakers, sorry!
 

Beetlejuice

Distinguished Member
Every 10 minutes or so the sound would go off for around 2 seconds then start again... very annoying!

Other than that though, great player with a very good build quality!
 

MaxPowerTG

Standard Member
My initial setup was DV400 to amp via HDMI for video and coax for audio. Could switch inputs on amp to use HDMI or coax for audio and both worked without touching the DVD at all, well kinda as was only getting PCM over HDMI, solved this by making sure the DVD player was turned on last. Now just use the HDMI signal for both. Never used both HDMI and coax at the same time but when switching between them was always audio there.

Overall very happy with it other than the audio problem i was having, picture quality is far better than the phillips i had prior.
 

javelin_

Novice Member
Pioneer DV-490V did not show good reviews and DV-400 is based on the same Mediatek MT1389FE chipset, so I do not expect it is any better.
Spend some more for a DV-600 for your requirements. Compare sound specification between models. The later employes MT1389FXE which is much better for Divx, it is ultra Divx certified and is the first Mediatek to deinterlace PAL correct. It is reported by users to be much better then previous MT1389EE. It also fits to the price you require, unless you are not at the right retailer.
 

sportex

Active Member
My initial setup was DV400 to amp via HDMI for video and coax for audio. Could switch inputs on amp to use HDMI or coax for audio and both worked without touching the DVD at all, well kinda as was only getting PCM over HDMI, solved this by making sure the DVD player was turned on last. Now just use the HDMI signal for both. Never used both HDMI and coax at the same time but when switching between them was always audio there.

Overall very happy with it other than the audio problem i was having, picture quality is far better than the phillips i had prior.
hi maxpower tg, i have the dv400 set as you described above (dv400 to amp via hdmi and coax). so if i remove the coax using hdmi only will i still recieve 5.1 sound? also the picture quality is stunning on my th42px60.

i removed the coax cable and there was no audio signal only the picture was visible
 

gf1966

Standard Member
Pioneer DV-490V did not show good reviews and DV-400 is based on the same Mediatek MT1389FE chipset, so I do not expect it is any better.
Spend some more for a DV-600 for your requirements. Compare sound specification between models. The later employes MT1389FXE which is much better for Divx, it is ultra Divx certified and is the first Mediatek to deinterlace PAL correct. It is reported by users to be much better then previous MT1389EE. It also fits to the price you require, unless you are not at the right retailer.
Interesting comments, can you back any of this up..

Why is it much better for DivX, has anyone been able to confirm this?
Why does it deinterlace PAL correctly. How do other players handle PAL?
 

javelin_

Novice Member
Interesting comments, can you back any of this up..

Why is it much better for DivX, has anyone been able to confirm this?
Why does it deinterlace PAL correctly. How do other players handle PAL?
Probably FXE refers to better support of Divx then FE. In this regard the latest support are probably offered by Zoran Vaddis 888, as it supports also Nero digital. You can find it i.e. in Toshiba SD-370 and some others. It is 14 bit decoder and is evidenced to work very good over scart, but not as good for HDMI. So if you like to use scart, you may consider it.
 

MaxPowerTG

Standard Member
hi maxpower tg, i have the dv400 set as you described above (dv400 to amp via hdmi and coax). so if i remove the coax using hdmi only will i still recieve 5.1 sound? also the picture quality is stunning on my th42px60.

i removed the coax cable and there was no audio signal only the picture was visible
Initially i had just HDMI and got audio and video, it was only 2ch PCM though. Using coax was able to get dolby digital or 5.1. On the front panel of the amp switched between both coax and HDMI inputs and always had sound, just the formats were as just stated. If the DVD is powered on last got dolby digital on HDMI. There will be no difference in sound quality from HDMI to coax for DD.

Maybe you need to setup the amp to look at the HDMI input for audio instead of coax? On my yamaha RXV2700 it defaulted to auto select but have now defined where the audio and video source are when selecting DVD on it.
 

sportex

Active Member
Initially i had just HDMI and got audio and video, it was only 2ch PCM though. Using coax was able to get dolby digital or 5.1. On the front panel of the amp switched between both coax and HDMI inputs and always had sound, just the formats were as just stated. If the DVD is powered on last got dolby digital on HDMI. There will be no difference in sound quality from HDMI to coax for DD.

Maybe you need to setup the amp to look at the HDMI input for audio instead of coax? On my yamaha RXV2700 it defaulted to auto select but have now defined where the audio and video source are when selecting DVD on it.
ta for the reply. i have a sony HT-SS1100 amp.when it is switched on, hdmi and coax light up on the front display.i cant get it to switch to 1 or the other. maybe the coax has to be connected? although the sony salesman told me i only need to use the hdmi cable. when the coax i disconneceted i cant even receive 2ch pcm
 
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Master S

Guest
Pioneer DV-490V did not show good reviews and DV-400 is based on the same Mediatek MT1389FE chipset, so I do not expect it is any better.
Spend some more for a DV-600 for your requirements. Compare sound specification between models. The later employes MT1389FXE which is much better for Divx, it is ultra Divx certified and is the first Mediatek to deinterlace PAL correct. It is reported by users to be much better then previous MT1389EE. It also fits to the price you require, unless you are not at the right retailer.
Thats big bull !!!! I tested my new Pioneer DV-400 yesterday, after calibrating it with DVE, and the picture is awesome. I got the best picture on my TV with 1280x720p, I also tested 1920x1080i but i prefer 720p.

I tested various DVD's, some with superb audio/video quality (SW Episode III, LOTR, The Matrix, Spiderman 2) and some with mediocre AV quality (Beverly Hills Cop, The Shawsshank Redemption, Mission Impossible), and I was stunned by the rich colors and sharpness. I didnt have any problems with deïnterlacing. I am very impressed, best DVD-player for me so far.

I strongly recommend this DVD-player for anyone that wants good AV quality but does not need SACD and doenst want to spend 200 euro on a DVD-player.

BTW my settings were:
- Philips 32pf7320 32" LCD-TV
- Pioneer (1280x720p through HDMI with Full range RGB)
- calibrated with DVE DVD
 

=adrian=

Member
I have my dv400 for few days now (got it for free when I bought my TV) and I must say it's not bad. PQ is good, sound not bad, no optical out though. It's connected via hdmi to my pioneer pdp-428xd and I got PQ and sound, I need to buy coax cable to connect it to my amp for a real sound test
 

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