DVD Player for <$200

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  1. Pat S

    Pat S Auditioning

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    I am looking for a DVD player for my parents and not sure if one exists yet that meets what I want.

    I would like:

    Component Video

    Coax & Optical Digital Audio

    CD-R/CD-RW/MP3 capability

    Reliable (read non-Apex)

    Easy to use (my Mom's getting old ya know)

    I would love to spend under $200, but not sure if I can. I saw the Pioneer 440, but that is closer to $300.

    Any opinions on good models?

    Thanks,

    -Pat
     
  2. Mike LS

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    I'm not 100% that all of these have optical and coax outputs, but here's a few suggestions.

    1. Pioneer DV440 - $159

    2. Toshiba SD3750 - $169 Progressive scan (think it only has coax out though)

    3. JVC XVS60 - $199 Progressive scan

    4. Panisonic RV31 - $159

    5. Panisonic RP56 - $199

    I know they all meet the requirement of MP3 and CDR/RW playback. And all are well known brands, so they should be reliable. I believe they all have component outs....not many players don't.

    The thing to check is whether they have optical and coax outs.
     
  3. Bob-N

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    I've got the Panny RV31 and it only has component and optical out, no coax.
     
  4. Derrick_Ellis

    Derrick_Ellis Stunt Coordinator

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    Players with component, optical, and coax output are most certainly going to take you over the $200 limit. When you start adding all those features on at the same time it drives up the price.
     
  5. Richard Burzynski

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    Pat:

    Consider Toshiba 1700.

    KEY FEATURE: Zoom (4 levels I think)

    Zoom feature = little or no bars when watching Widescreen DVD's.

    Rich B.
     
  6. Brian Johnson

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    I have a samsung dvd n501-nuon player- optical/coax out with mp3 ability-has a Virtual Light Machine that plays with any audio playback-mp3,cd,etc(its similar to winamp)(can also play games but im sure thats not a factor) the zoom feature is better than most dvd players in this range-i have had no problems with playback of dvds. The fall back is the firmware needs upgraded out of the box- but anyone with a cd burner can do this- its available from BB for around 189-199
     
  7. Nicholas A. Gallegos

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    For the features you need, I'd recommend against the Toshiba SD-1700. It doesn't have CD-R/RW playback capability and it only has a coax output for digital audio.

    I think the only two Mike LS's original list that offer all the features you requested is the JVC. The two Panasonic models mentioned are awesome and would be my #1 picks from the bunch, although they only have optical digital audio out.
     
  8. Richard Burzynski

    Richard Burzynski Second Unit

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    Fair enough. Let me try again.
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...483166-1199856
    Component Video YES
    Coax YES
    & Optical Digital Audio YES
    CD-R YES
    CD-RW YES
    MP3 capability YES
    Reliable (read non-Apex) YES
    Easy to use (my Mom's getting old ya know) YES
    And Zoom!
    There now you have all the features you requested, and under $200. But belive me, any and every "average" user would want the player for the zoom alone. Everything else is gravy.
    And just to be sure, check user reviews over at www.audioreview.com. Do the Toshiba DVD players review "perfectly"? They don't, as no brand does. But, they do review well. I would put Toshibas in top 3-4 DVD brands every time.
    And, you can also use an Amazon.com coupon from here:
    http://www.allps2.com/coupons/retailers.asp?ID=2
    and save a couple more bucks.
    Happy Holidays.
    Rich B.
     
  9. James Herrod

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    The Toshiba SD3750 does have optical out.
     
  10. Dan Joy

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    Toshiba SD2710. Has all the above , MP3, CDR, Componite, Coax, OPT, with that great zoom! All from 159.00 from abt.com delivered. I love mine. Simple!
     

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