Tosh 520

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  1. toninho

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    Hi,

    Three simple questions:

    Is there a built in DTS decoder?
    It still exists a HDCD decoder?
    Does it outputs PS in NTSC?

    Thank you,

    T.
     
  2. AV Junky

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    As far as can tell:
    No
    No
    Yes
    See the Toshiba UK website for more info.
    Toshiba SD520E brochure
     
  3. bob007

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    There is no DTS decoder onboard but the player is DTS compatable.

    No HDCD decoder, they seem to have omitted this from this model, though the 510 did have an onboard HDCD decoder.

    The 520 does output PS but only NTSC.
     
  4. toninho

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    Then, what are the major differences between the 510 and the 520, apart from the looks?
     
  5. bob007

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    Would say not a major difference between the two, I know the 520 is compatable with MP3/JPEG, don't know if the 510 was, not from just looking at the specs below anyway.

    Specification for SD-520E Connection Details

    Product design and specification subject to change or modification without notice
    General Sound
    Region 2 (PAL I/NTSC)
    DVD Video
    DVD Audio
    CD Audio
    CD Video
    CD-R
    Jog and Shuttle
    Bit rate display
    Dimensions (mm): 430(w) x 69(h) x 224(d)
    Enhanced Front Panel Operation
    CD-RW
    MP3 Playback
    Dolby Digital audio decoder
    MPEG2 5.1 Surround
    Dynamic range: >108dB
    Total harmonic distortion: <0.002%
    Sampling rate: 24bit/192KHz
    3D Spatialiser
    Jitter Reduction
    (EAM) Enhanced Audio Mode
    Dialogue Enhancement

    Picture Interactive Capabilities
    MPEG2 digital compression
    54MHz 10bit D/A Converter
    DNR
    Variable zoom (x1.5, 2.5, 4)
    Pan-around zoom
    Hyper Anti-Alias Filter
    Horizontal line resolution >540
    Progressive scan processing
    Enhanced Video Amplifier
    Digital still
    Slow motion (1/2, 1/8, 1/16)
    Fast forward/rewind (x2, x8, x30)
    Repeat
    Favourite running order of scenes on disc
    Display Dimmer
    Icon On-screen Display (OSD)
    Video DNR
    Multiple Language Tracks
    Multiple subtitle tracks
    Multiple Camera Angles
    Parental Lock
    Chapter index

    Connections
    SCART socket (RGB)
    RGB / S-video Connection output
    Optical Audio Terminal
    Co-axial Audio Terminal
    Analogue 6-channel audio output
    Component Video output
    Analogue 2 channel Audio output

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    Specification for SD-510E

    Product design and specification subject to change or modification without notice
    General Sound
    Region 2 (PAL I/NTSC)
    DVD Video
    DVD Audio
    CD Audio
    CD Video
    CD-R
    Jog and Shuttle
    Bit rate display
    Dimensions (mm): 430(w) x 81(h) x 305(d)
    Dolby Digital audio decoder
    MPEG2 5.1 Surround
    HDCD (High Definition Compatible Digital) compatible
    Dynamic range: >108dB
    Total harmonic distortion: <0.002%
    Sampling rate: 24bit/192KHz
    3D Spatialiser
    Jitter Reduction

    Picture Interactive Capabilities
    MPEG2 digital compression
    54MHz 10bit D/A Converter
    DNR
    Variable zoom (x1.5, 2.5, 4)
    Pan-around zoom
    Hyper Anti-Alias Filter
    Horizontal line resolution >540
    Progressive scan processing
    Enhanced Video Amplifier
    Digital still
    Slow motion (1/2, 1/8, 1/16)
    Fast forward/rewind (x2, x8, x30)
    Repeat
    Favourite running order of scenes on disc
    Display Dimmer
    Icon On-screen Display (OSD)
    Multiple Language Tracks
    Multiple subtitle tracks
    Multiple Camera Angles
    Parental Lock
    Chapter index

    Connections
    SCART socket (RGB)
    RGB / S-video Connection output
    Optical Audio Terminal
    Co-axial Audio Terminal
    Analogue 6-channel audio output
    Component Video output
     
  6. AV Junky

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    AFAIK, the 520 was not intended to be a an upgrade to the 510. It seems to be more of a case of providing the same, or similar, features in more up-to-date player at a lower price point (the 510 originally sold for around the £400 mark, compared with £200-£250 for the 520). This is the general trend with all electronic items, in that as time passes you get more for your money.

    The 520 still has the 'headline features' of the 510 (prog scan & DVD-A), but the HDCD has probably been 'trimmed' to keep the cost down. Personally, I've never even seen a HDCD, so it's not a great loss at this price point.

    No great surprise if MP3 playback has been added, since just about every 'supermarket cheapy' now offers it as standard.
     
  7. Sick Note

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    If the 510 has no MP3 capabilities then why does mine play all my MP3 discs without a problem:confused:
     
  8. bob007

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    Who said it wasn't?
     
  9. AV Junky

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    As Bob007 said, neither of us said that the 510 doesn't have MP3 capability. We both said that, from the information supplied by Toshiba, it wasn't clear whether the 510 had that capability. If the 520 has it, but the 510 did not (which we now know is not the case), then this would have been an additional feature. Since that was the gist of the original question, it was worth mentioning by Bob007 in his reply.

    Getting back to the point, my impression so far is that the 520 will be a nice piece of kit but I'm more inclined wait and save some more cash. The new Philips 963SA should be available by then (hopefully) at a reasonable price. The quality of the specs, and in particular the PAL PS capability, have now turned my eye away from the Tosh towards fabled Dutch masterpiece. :D
     

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