I need help in choosing a DVD player

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  1. George Monroy

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    I need help in choosing the best DVD player from these models:

    Toshiba SD-4700 $249.99

    Panasonic DVD-RP56 $229.99

    RCA RC6001P $219.99

    Toshiba SD-3750 $199.99

    Samsung DVDP401 $179.99

    JVC XV-S500BK $179.99

    Samsung DVD-P421 $169.99

    They all have what I need component, optical and progressive scan. I just want to make sure that whichever one of these I buy is a good quality player and will play any DVD I buy. I am buying a DVD player now instead of later because my Xbox won't play my Transformers season one set. I am leaning towards the Toshiba SD-3750 since it has the same features as the other Toshiba plus it has a built-in DTS decoder, although I don't need it, and it is $50 cheaper.

    Thank you for all of your help.
     
  2. Mike LS

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    Personally, I'd go with the Panasonic.
    Not really based on the actual model you're looking at, but on the reputation of the brand. I've had bad experiences with Toshiba.
    I really don't take Samsung and RCA very seriously.....and JVC. No reason to not get it....but I'd still recommend the Panny. I think it would be worth the extra $$.
     
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    Yep, out of those players, I'd get the Panisonic too. There generally high quality players and I haven't heard of too many problems with them. Also, JVCs aren't that bad, I have one and love it. I have the XV-75GD (I think that's the right number) and for the money I don't think you can find a better player. It has progressive scan as well as DVD-Audio capability for about $210 bucks.
     
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    I would have to agree that in that price range I would go with the Panasic as well. They are well known for the longevity and quality of there products. And some of the Panasonic DVD players with progresive scan also do MP3 on CD-R and CD-RW.
     
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    Sorry about the typo

    Panasonic

    I should really watch what I am typing and slow down, LOL
     
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    Another vote for Panasonic.
     
  7. George Monroy

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    Thanks guys. I got the Panny last night.
     
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    I guess that nobody is having the problems with the 56 like they are with the model 31 Panasonic? These seem to be dropping like flies after about 8 months. I have been looking at both the JVC 500BK and the Panny 56, but after my 31 died I am a little hesitant to go with Panasonic again. Any one having any problems with the 56?

    Tim
     
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    I've got the JVC SA70BK & I really enjoy it. I'm still new to the ht game, but the JVC gives me an excellent picture.
     
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    No problem with my 56 after seven months of heavy daily use.
     
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    Well that is good to know Bob. Maybe the problems they are having with the 31 aren't going to effect the 56. Although it still makes me kind of weary of buying another Panasonic. I have narrowed it down between the 56 and the JVC 500BK though.

    Tim
     
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    I also bought a JVC. The model JVC SA-75GD. Just more common than the 70BK. Great Player in its price range.
     
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    I still trying to figure out how to do quotes, so please bear with me.[​IMG]
    Tim said:
    "I guess that nobody is having the problems with the 56 like they are with the model 31 Panasonic? These seem to be dropping like flies after about 8 months. I have been looking at both the JVC 500BK and the Panny 56, but after my 31 died I am a little hesitant to go with Panasonic again. Any one having any problems with the 56?"
    I was in the opposite boat, I had two JVCs die on me, so when I heard about the 56's picture quality I jumped. There are a lot of 56 owners over in the avsforum and there are no real problem posts about it.
     
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    Just goes to show Bob, you never know. I guess I will just flip a coin to decide. [​IMG] I know the JVC is able to switch between progressive with the remote, is the Panny able to do that also?
    Tim
    P.S. It seems weird that a lot of people are having trouble with the 31 and not the 56. They are essentially the same unit with the addition of progressive scan on the 56 aren't they? Seems weird. Although I guess since they charge more for the 56 they could have put better guts inside.
     
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    Tim,

    the internals of the 31 and 56 are actually a bit different. The 56 is closer to the RA-60 internally (the 56 has prog scan, the 60 has dvd-a, but otherwise they are pretty identical component-wise)
     
  16. BobJ

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    The button to change progressive/interlaced is on the front of the unit with the 56, not on the remote. It may be on the remote of the new 62, but we will have to wait a couple of weeks to find out out.

    As Matt said, the 31 and the 56 are different internally.
     

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