Recommendation for a DVD player

Smackie

Standard Member
I usually use vcdhelp.com for DVD player reviews and stuff however, I recently find them not very up to date and the info is getting a bit conflicting.

I have looked through pages of threads here but still can't find the info.

Anyway, got myself a HD LCD telly and now need a new DVD player to go with it so I get the most out of the tv.

I need a upscaling DVD player with a HDMI connection on it. I don't care much about card readers but would really want a USB 2.0 as I play a lot of divx files on the USB drive a lot. Don't care about the built as long as it's not too large to fit in my cabinet.

Any recommendation :lease:
 

Peopleselbowpad

Active Member
How much are you looking to spend?

Phillips 5960 £34.99 amazing value and performance.

Or if you've got the cash Oppo 981 £180.00, top notch player.

Many others aroung £60-70 Samsung 870, Toshiba 370 or if you want 1080p Phillips 5980 or Toshiba DVD-HD1080P7.

Or even if Multi Region is not a big thing you could go High Def with the Toshiba E1 now around £200.00 or below.

My humble advice, Phillips 5960. £34.99 is criminally cheap for a player of its quality.
 

Smackie

Standard Member
How much are you looking to spend?

Phillips 5960 £34.99 amazing value and performance.

Or if you've got the cash Oppo 981 £180.00, top notch player.

Many others aroung £60-70 Samsung 870, Toshiba 370 or if you want 1080p Phillips 5980 or Toshiba DVD-HD1080P7.

Or even if Multi Region is not a big thing you could go High Def with the Toshiba E1 now around £200.00 or below.

My humble advice, Phillips 5960. £34.99 is criminally cheap for a player of its quality.

Thanks Peopleselbowpad. I £50-70 is my budget.

I did check out the Philips 5960 and 5980 and loved the look and everything but the specs only say photo, it doesn't play divx on USB. Is that incorrect? Also it doesn't say whether it's just USB 1.1 or 2.0?
 

Peopleselbowpad

Active Member

dibdab

Active Member
Thanks Peopleselbowpad. I £50-70 is my budget.

I did check out the Philips 5960 and 5980 and loved the look and everything but the specs only say photo, it doesn't play divx on USB. Is that incorrect? Also it doesn't say whether it's just USB 1.1 or 2.0?


There both usb 1.1 and they do play divx.
 

Smackie

Standard Member
Thanks guys. Bought the 5980 in the end and cannot be happier with the results. Haven't got a HD DVD to test out the quality yet but divx files play perfectly off USB - even let me fast foward and stuff which my old player can't.

Love the design is well. Very slimline but solidly built
 

andy7urner

Active Member
Thanks guys. Bought the 5980 in the end and cannot be happier with the results. Haven't got a HD DVD to test out the quality yet but divx files play perfectly off USB - even let me fast foward and stuff which my old player can't.

Love the design is well. Very slimline but solidly built

Don't buy a HD DVD - this player will only upscale standard DVD's :)
 

Smackie

Standard Member
Oh, I thought if you play a HD DVD, the result would still be better than playing a standard def DVD. No?
 

Peopleselbowpad

Active Member
HD DVD is better than standard DVD, but the Phillips 5980 is NOT a HD DVD player.
 

chris57

Well-known Member
Oh, I thought if you play a HD DVD, the result would still be better than playing a standard def DVD. No?

No.

To play HD DVD you need a HD DVD player. There is a very limited choice of players that do this at present, Toshiba/Marantz, but there are some cheapys coming soon from a Chinese manufacturer.
 

sven365

Standard Member
sorry to be very annoying, does anyone know if the 5960 comes with a HDMI cable, or you need to buy one?

If I plug this direct into my TV, will this work, sound and audio fine?


Thanks and sorry if this is wrong forum.
 

Peopleselbowpad

Active Member
Mine did not come with a HDMI cable from Amazon.

And Yes HDMI is will carry both Sound and Video.
 

Peopleselbowpad

Active Member
Put the .avi file on the USB stick and plug into the player.
 
L

lima

Guest
Is there a difference between DivX and Xvid when looking at dvd players?

If it plays DivX will it also play Xvid?
 

Peopleselbowpad

Active Member
Chances are yes. HDMI DIVX players I have owned have all supported both.
 

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