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Toshiba sd420e

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by eviljohn2, Aug 11, 2002.

  1. eviljohn2

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    I've just seen that www.leconcepts.com are stocking the Toshiba sd420e. I'm assuming it's an uprated version of the highly regarded sd220e, but the only difference I can make out in specifications is that it plays HDCD.

    Does anyone know if it's worth the extra 40squid for DVD playback alone?

    Thanks

    John
     
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    John, it also has an internal decoder listed, where the 220 hasn't, so in my oppinion it's definately a step up and worth the extra, though I haven't seen any reviews yet. Then again Toshiba very rarely go wrong regarding DVD players!

    tom
     
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    Thanks, I hadn't noticed that. Although it's a little beyond my budget I think I'm going to go for this one. Further research has shown that it's GPU allegedly runs at twice the frequency of most other models, also that it has gold-plated terminals :)
     
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    Its also the only tosh I have seen that can take an NTSC source and output it to Pal50
     
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    Thanks Ironduke, that last point definitely makes it worthwhile for me!
     
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    it really ****es me off with these new big name top end players.

    I have had a hitachi 505 for the last 2 years, okay its picture dont match upto the top Tosh's and Sony's.

    Yes I would love a Sony 900, but it dont play mp3's and it only outputs NTSC as NTSC.

    So it would be a step down in features for me, even though it does look sexy!

    My 505 does CDR/CDRW/DVDR/MP3 and can output any source at either PAL50,PAL60 or NTSC.

    now this Tosh seem's to be the first model that does the lot too, and we all know Toshiba have the best bang for your buck when it comes to pic quality.

    I just wonder if it has the Golden Chaliss too?

    The ability to search thru an mp3 song?
     
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    ive got a 420 and its a good machine brought it from be direct 4 weeks ago
     
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    more details shauny.

    DVDR?
    mp3 playback quality? menu's?
    etc
     
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    Ironduke,

    can u tell me where you found info about the conversion from NTSC to PAL50, ive been looking at the player specs on the net but cant seem to see any.

    thanx in advance
     
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    http://www.dvdmagic.net/players/t420.html

    there yer go sir:D
     
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    cheers for the reply ;-) ironduke
     
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    Ok guys, so what's the difference between an internal decoder and an external (?) decoder? Decodes in your tv or something?

    Basically, in lay man's terms, what's the difference between this and the 220e, which I was/am planning to buy?
     
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    An internal decoder means that on the back of the player you'll have 6 RCA sockets for the 5.1 channels of audio.

    The benefit of this is if your AV amp or processor doesn't already decode DD or DTS then you can feed the decoded signals in and it will direct the audio out to the speakers.

    You don't mention what AV amp or processor you're using, what is it? Maybe you won't need the decoder.
     
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    Got my player eventually.

    Although I don't use the 5.1 decoder since I've a Denon 1802 to handle that side of things.

    Other differences include all the output socketry being gold-plated, a graphics processor running at twice the clock speed of the 220 which seems to provide a slightly better picture although there's not much in it since the 220's an awesome player in it's own right.

    Perhaps most importantly my 420 has a significantly better looking fascia with mirror finish!
     
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    and does the pal,ntsc thing work well
     
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    It appears to. It's adjusted via a switch on the back which selects either PAL or NTSC output.

    Someone mentioned mp3 playback earlier in the thread - my opinion is that playback's of reasonable quality, but I seem to get better quality routing my soundcard to my hifi and decoding with winamp. I'm no expert in this area though since they're the only 2 decoding methods I've used (excluding Windows Media Player which eats every system resource I have!)
     

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