Need suggestions for good inexpensive DVD player

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Arthur Legardo, Nov 25, 2003.

  1. Arthur Legardo

    Arthur Legardo Second Unit

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    I want to give my folks a new DVD player for Christmas since their current one, a Panasonic A120, has difficulty reading/playing movies on DVD+R media. I would like something inxexpensive, but with good PQ, it doesn't even have to have a progressive scan output, just component video as well output DTS/DD.

    Of course, I could just give them my Panasonic RP91 and get something to replace that...:b
     
  2. Heath_E

    Heath_E Stunt Coordinator

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    I just picked up a JVC XV-N40BK for my inlaws for Christmas based on many good reviews I've read here. JVC is currently offering a $20.00 rebate, which means this player can be found for less than $70.00, after rebate. The great thing about this player is that it can handle a ton of formats, and do it well according to many here; DVD, CD, CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, VCD, SVCD, mp3, JPEG. Oh by the way, it outputs DD/DTS, has component outs, and is progressive scan also. PS, it doesn't have the chroma problem either.
     
  3. James R. Geib

    James R. Geib Stunt Coordinator

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    If you're willing to invest around $180, the Pioneer DV-563A is a no-brainer. It is relatively inexpensive, but for what if offers, it is the best value out there.

    Progressive scan, SACD, DVD-Audio, and most other recordable formats are supported.

    Recent reviews were very positive, and as an owner, I highly recommend it.

    James
     
  4. SherriK

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    Check out the JVC XV-N55SL. I am giving my
    Toshiba to my parents and buying this one.
    It has everything you want now and maybe
    later for $85.74 after rebate. And it has
    great reviews.
     
  5. Kwang Suh

    Kwang Suh Supporting Actor

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    Sorry, but IMHO, the JVCs suck. The picture is extremely soft, with lots of posterization. Also, they have a problem with pans (they stutter).

    I'd get either a Sony or a Pioneer, or even a Toshiba. Mind you, the Toshiba is a bit noisy.
     
  6. Arthur Legardo

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    How about the latest Panasonic players? Eventhough they aren't part of the DVD+R camp my two Panasonic players can play DVD+R discs. How about the Sony players?
     
  7. Kwang Suh

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    Well, the newest Panny are supposed to have the chroma bug, so I'd steer clear of them.

    The latest Sonys seem fine for regular interlaced play (I checked them out yesterday).
     
  8. Lisa Menin

    Lisa Menin Stunt Coordinator

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    I have had a JVC N40BK for about a month and really like it. Good picture quality, easy to use, plays all of my dvds. Hard to beat for the money.
     
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    The new Sony, Panasonic, and Toshibas all have the chroma bug. The JVC's do not. The JVC N40BK and N50BK are the best bargain in the under $100 area right now. They play all formats (DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW, VCD/SVCD on CDR/RW, all MP3/WMA/JPG) and load fast
     
  10. Kwang Suh

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  11. Geoff L

    Geoff L Screenwriter

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    A number of reports of the pan problem with the JVC-50 & 55, (stutters as the camera pans), but at the same time my JVC-50 and others, do not seem to have this apparent problem.

    As far a picture quaility, mine has a fantastic picture and absolutly NO stutter problem, this on a 50" screen. Also, highly picture tweakable, mega feature laiden, loads as fast as a rocket, and as mentioned, plays just about everything.

    We also have the JVC-XV-NP1 progressive player with the digital meda card reader slots, and this player has no problems either. Picture is just "slightly" softer than our XV-N50BK. Just as feature laiden and picture tweakable as the 50.

    IMO the 50 and 55 are excellent value players at well under a 100.00 ~{if you get a good one apparently}~. I don't know if these reported probems are just spoty bad units or what!
    But certainly NOT every JVC-50 or 55 player is wacked out

    Both our supposed junk JVC players have worked flawlessly since purchased aprox 3-1/2 months ago.

    Lets hope it stays that way...[​IMG]
     
  12. Galen Morgan

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    well crap...i got on here and read all these wonderful thingks about hte jvc 50bk and now i hear it sux

    im getting it for xmas so im not sure what to do..i guess ill try it and see
     
  13. Bill Will

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    Right now www.ecost.com has the JVC 44 on "Bargain Countdown" for the next 40 hours or so for $59.00 after a $20.00 rebate. They also have free shipping on it. For $60.00 you can't go wrong with the JVC. Just my 2 cents.
     

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