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Question I don't know what standalone settop DVD (BD,etc.) player I need...

Discussion in 'DVD players' started by Steve83, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. Steve83

    Steve83 Member

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    I've had several DVD players in the past, and none of them really stood out as good OR bad. Most-recently, I've been using an old Samsung DVD-1080P9/XAA region-free single-slot connected by old composite video & analog audio to a big flat-screen, and it has done OK. But it has gotten progressively more-sensitive to scratched/dirty DVDs to the point that it won't play a clean disk with no visible scratches. We had to watch the last 5 minutes of Interstellar last night in the tub on the wall-mount TV/DVD combo there.

    Before this, I think we were using a noisy, over-complicated JVC XV-FA95GD 7-disk changer. I don't remember any specific problems with it, but when I pulled it out of its box last night, it powered up but output NO video or audio through any ports.

    So I've been browsing Amazon & eBay, and the hardware forum here, but nothing is organized or current enough for me to find what I'm looking for: a simple high-quality DURABLE player with hi-res, progressive, DVD upconversion, a variety of outputs (at least composite & HDMI), quick boot, quick read, & support for a lot of disk/data formats. I don't care about karaoke, BD/HDDVD, disk changers, Pandora or whatever the other apps are; but I'd favor USB/SD input, networking (at least for firmware, if not NetFlix/Prime), small chassis, & a remote with less than 40 buttons. IDK what Toslink & SCART are, so IDK if I need them. But if they're available with features like no-PUOPs, region-free, easy ripping to the USB/SD ports, smartphone/BT/WiFi interface, NTSC/PAL playback/output; that would interest me.

    I don't really have a budget, but I'm not spending $250. I don't know that I need to go over $150.
     
  2. scorpNZ

    scorpNZ Active member

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    May not need to spend any money,unless there's a particular thing your doing that requires a player you can use the computer,it will also store all your movie collection,more importantly computer dvd drives are better at reading discs when they get scratched,however there's no need for a disc if all are stored on the comp

    edit: or external hdd
     
  3. Steve83

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    Thanks, but that doesn't answer my question. Note what forum I posted in.
     
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    attar Senior member

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    I don't think you'll find much to choose in North America.
    Most of the players with advanced features seem to be in the EU.
    There's a database of sorts here that you can try.

    http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers
     

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