Is the Malata for me?

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  1. Jin E

    Jin E Second Unit

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    I have an ANCHIENT Toshiba SD3006 first generation DVD player that I've had for about.. lets see... 5 years? Maybe more... this thing is OLD! It's held up damed good... and with the exception of a porn movie brought over to the house by some college buddies I have been able to play everything thrown at it (though, not without some hassles). I have noticed that the player is having a harder and harder time playing newer DVDs, so I think it's time to retire the Tosh to tbe bedroom and finally utilize my DTS capability of my Denon receiver!!!

    I don't know why, but I'm really attracted the the features/ abilities of the Malata player. I do own one Pal disc that I've never been able to play before, and copies of Pearl Harbor and Princess Mononoke my mom brought back for me from Japan. I don't BUY a lot of DVD's (my collection is around 40-50), so I'm not sure how much I'll use the Pal/Regeon free. Being the techno geek I am, the thoughs of a DVD player with all the beels and whistles of the Malata sure does sound appealing. I would jump o one in a heartbeat, but I'm worried about long term durability (man, nothing can beat my old TOshiba!), and customer support. It looks like some retailers have stopped supporting the product because of numerous problems. If I get one of the newest firmware players, will I have to worry about this thing blowing up or going on the fritz? At the price point, I was also looking at the Toshiba 375x. WOuld I be better served with a big-name player (Panasonic, Tosh, Etc?). Any input you guys could give me would be GREATLY appreciated.
     
  2. Keith Mickunas

    Keith Mickunas Cinematographer

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    Jin, I have one and personally I don't recommend it as a primary player. I've got a couple of reasons for this, first I don't feel that it will be that reliable in the long run, and second, its got a horrible interface. If you have a good programmable remote, that may not be much of an issue.

    Now the PAL to NTSC and region-free aspects of the player are nice. And I'm not able to use the progressive scan and the scaling also is not something I use. So if those features are of interest to you, you may want this player.

    Its a tough call. I'd only consider it if you really feel the ability to handle all the imports is something you will use. I'm a collector, currently I own nearly 300 discs and I've been buying a bit of British comedy from the UK. For me I felt justified in buying this player just for that. I've had it for about 8 months and it works fine, and I recently did the firmware and its even better. However it doesn't get much use so hopefully it will live a long life for me.
     
  3. Jin E

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    A Remanufactured Marantz DV4200 is probably my #2 choice right now. Decisions, Decisions..
     
  4. Marc Alexander

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    The Malata is the ultimate regional DVD player. I love the interface (cryptic at first), but I am moderately technical and often live in service menus. The Malata lets you look at every possible bit of information regarding the encoding of a DVD. The scaling, PAL/NTSC conversion, and region free capabilities are combined with a damn good progressive picture (on properly flagged discs - I only had problems with some Anime).

    If you consider yourself moderately technical/a tweaker, and have a progressive display device...do not hesitate to pickup this player. You won't be sorry.
     
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    The progressive JVCs can also be modified to multi-region. They provide the same flawless PAL to NTSC conversion of the Malata.
     
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    I'm also looking at the Malata, not only for the PAL to NTSC conversion, but also for the scaling features which aren't found on any other player AFAIK. I understand the interface is cryptic, but the pixel level zoom would be great for nonanamorphic 1.66:1 flicks.

    I'm just wondering whether the model coming out next month is worth waiting for over the N996.
     
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    I was going to purchase a JVC from CKNA (I believe he has modded units for sale, he will mod your JVC, or sell you a kit). There were quality concerns with the Malatas. Those concerns have been resolved AFAIK with the latest hardware versions (with the upgrade switch). My advice, get the Malata. Does everything the JVC does and more.
    If you want the JVC and want some alternatives to CKNA, here are some links.
    http://www.electronicsdirect.com/
    http://www.jvb.nl/jvb.asp?cur=1&section=home&page=front
     

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