How come cheapo players have the most format compatibility?

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  1. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

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    I've been looking at DVD players that can play VCD/SVCD/MP3 and PAL/NTSC, and it seems like the most popular players are the inexpensive players, such as Apex & Daewoo. Is there any reason why these cheap players can play so many formats and the more expensive players can't?

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  2. Jason Caudill

    Jason Caudill Stunt Coordinator

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    Instead of doing one thing well these players do everything... lets just say, not well.
     
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    Many manufacturers of cheap Chinese players don't pay license fees for the various formats they support, that's why they're so cheap. License fees are a significant percentage of the price of a DVD player.
     
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    IMO, the Apex 5131 and Daewoo 5700 are two of the best bang-for-the-buck players made. Not only that, but, as you are looking for, they play all formats, unlike the more expensive (inferior? [​IMG]) players.
    For a single-disc player, the Daewoo 5700 for $99 is as good as it gets. It's a little ugly looking, but function over form, I guess.
     

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