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Dying DVD Player (Locked)
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Lithurge
Registered: January 2, 2002
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Ok, it seems as though my standalone player may be getting a bit geriatric.

It forgot I had a widescreen TV yesterday (reset itself to 1.33 to 1), then today actually thanked me for buying it and asked me to set it up before I began using it. (On screen in text before people accuse me of hearing voices )

So (not wanting to hit the Hi-Def/Blu-Ray) bandwagon yet, can anybody recommend a replacement player (available in the UK) or some good sites for researching players? A froogle search returned thousands of hits of all sorts of specs and prices.

Key criteria for me are:

Multi region
Scart connection (not got a hi def capable TV yet)
Co-axial output to a DD/DTS decoder
Not stupidly expensive (i.e. over £350)

Would like:

User prohibition disabled (to skip annoying unskippable bits)
Multi disc memory to pick up watching more than the last disc
entered

Not at all bothered:

If it can't record off TV (i.e. no DVD recorder as that pushes the price up)
Nick

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candela
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Registered: August 4, 2003
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I don't think you're going to find a player out of the box that has "User prohibition disabled". I personally have a Panasonic S42 with a hacked firmware that has everything you want except "Multi Disc Memory". I know there are also hacked firmwares for Pioneer players.
Battling Butler
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Registered: January 11, 2005
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For the money, I don't think you can beat any of the Oppo's. 
They start at a very reasonable $149 for the 970-HD, and only go up to $229 for the new, top of the line 981-HD. All of the models will do 720p / 1080i up convert and any of them can become all-region in about 30 seconds with a very simple procedure (details at the Oppo website) 

http://www.oppodigital.com/
kovacs01
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Registered: April 17, 2004
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i think the new oppo is advertising 1080p upconversion...........
Lithurge
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Thanks for the replies, but the Oppo lacks the RGB SCART connection that I'm after. This is the best connection option for my current TV and I'm not upgrading for a while.

I believe SCART is a european connection and never made it as far as the US.

If I did go down the non-scart route (I could connect via composite or S-video) then I'd probably go for the Helios 4000, which looks remarkably similar to the Oppo, but does have the user prohibition disabled out of the box. (Probably the one exception to Candela's rule)

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/3143

My quest continues.
Nick

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mulderfx
Registered: May 20, 2002
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the Philips DVP642 has coaxial audio, component, plays Divx AVI files, and can have a firmware update for multi-regions. It's retailing for ~$50 in the U.S.

there are a couple of other Philips models w/ more features like HDMI, and USB drive usage.
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Lopek
Registered: June 23, 2001
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Try Leading Edge Concepts for good prices on multi-region players, and they also have detailed specification sheets to see what you get.

Don't let the incompetent web-design fool you, they provide a great service - I have bought both my players from them, as well as successful recommendations to a few other people.

They have a shop at the Metro Centre in Gateshead if you are in that area, but if not they do prompt mail order.
Rifter
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Quoting Lithurge:
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Thanks for the replies, but the Oppo lacks the RGB SCART connection that I'm after. This is the best connection option for my current TV and I'm not upgrading for a while.

I believe SCART is a european connection and never made it as far as the US.

If I did go down the non-scart route (I could connect via composite or S-video) then I'd probably go for the Helios 4000, which looks remarkably similar to the Oppo, but does have the user prohibition disabled out of the box. (Probably the one exception to Candela's rule)

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/3143

My quest continues.


I'm also in the market for an up-converting player, so I did some digging on both the Oppo and Helios models.  From what I could find, Oppo has a much better rating.
John

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Lithurge
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Thanks for the updated suggestions.

I'll check out Leading Edge, although sadly Gateshead is a wee bit too far for me to drop in. No excuse of being able to visit the area for work either  So dodgy website it is.

Rifter is the Oppo rating an overall rating or just in relation to upscaling? The user prohibition free on the Helios is might tempting and upscaling is less of a concern for me at the moment.
Nick

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Rifter
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Quoting Lithurge:
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Thanks for the updated suggestions.

I'll check out Leading Edge, although sadly Gateshead is a wee bit too far for me to drop in. No excuse of being able to visit the area for work either  So dodgy website it is.

Rifter is the Oppo rating an overall rating or just in relation to upscaling? The user prohibition free on the Helios is might tempting and upscaling is less of a concern for me at the moment.


Overall, and based on user ratings as well as tech editor reviews.
John

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Battling Butler
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Quoting Lithurge:
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Thanks for the updated suggestions.

I'll check out Leading Edge, although sadly Gateshead is a wee bit too far for me to drop in. No excuse of being able to visit the area for work either  So dodgy website it is.

Rifter is the Oppo rating an overall rating or just in relation to upscaling? The user prohibition free on the Helios is might tempting and upscaling is less of a concern for me at the moment.



All of the Oppo's consistently get top ratings.

http://reviews.cnet.com/4323-6531_7-6509120.html
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