Of the cheap players I think the Yamakawa 365 is the best.
It has the picture quality, flexibility and firmware support of the V880s, but has a better build quality. The downside is it is difficult to get in the UK.
The 935 produces a lovely picture, however it is not without flaws...
There is no firmware support that is apparent, so you are stuck with 60hz output for PAL through DVI. When you really need 50hz for smooth pans.
The 2 I had, had issues, like they wouldn't always open the drive tray, or would restart the DVD at random. Once they actually started a movie then they tended to work perfectly until the next time it was switched on.
It has bloody annoying really bright blue lights on it, even when it is switched off!
The 935 is however cheap and available in the UK and a good compromise seeing as at the moment the other available DVI playes available in the UK cost LOTS more.
Hi Vicbarry, Yes indeed, I have a Hitachi 500E and will be using this player straight into the DVI input, at present I have an old Sony 725 which quite honestly has absolutely fantastic PQ through component input to the Plasma, I just hope its not £140 wasted and I can see the difference using the DVI input from this Samsung Player, might be expecting a lot comparing a £140 machine with a machine that cost nearly £600 new a few years ago???
Hard to quantify in percentage the improvement, I can just say thats it is very noticable, even the family said WOW! thats clear, so I guess that says it all?
The manual isnt exactly "War & Peace" but it has the required info and it is clear.
There are some caveats with this machine I think, for example when sitting very close to the screen some digital artifacts (in solid dark tones some pixelation) can be seen that can not when played back on the Sony 725, although I feel it might be just because with the DVI input it is so clear that you can see them, but when using the Component input it sort of smudges them together, this isnt a problem though, as from normal viewing distance they are invisible, I am talking two feet away max when I say close!!!
in total I am delighted with the purchase and feel I am getting the best from the screen now.
Now can anyone direct me to the hack for this machine please?
1. Turn on the player.
2. Press PLAY and STOP on the player. Keep the two buttons pressed until the language selection is displayed, then release them.
3. Select language.
4. Press REPEAT.
5. Enter 57538. The region code will be displayed.
6. Press 9.
7. Press OPEN.
8. Press STANDBY.
If that doesn't work, repeat the process but in step 5 press 38767