Malata DVD-520 Vs. Malata N-996

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  1. John Stockton

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    I was wondering if anyone knows the difference between these two machines. It seems the 996 is discontinued. Is the 520 the successor of the 996?

    Also I remember the 996 being regarded as one of the best players for the buck with fantastic PAL to NTSC conversion. Does the 520 also have the same performance?
     
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    The 520 did indeed replace the 996. It's almost exactly the same inside - same chips, etc., and the features are nearly identical. The 996 was more 'tweakable', but also more trouble-prone. The 520 still does the same PAL->NTSC conversion, with the all-important arbitrary X-Y scaling.
     
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    Thanks Johnny

    I plan to use the 520 for watching PAL DVDs as well as Region 1 NTSC DVDs. How does the picture compare with the domestic players such as the Sony 715 or the Panasonic RP 82?

    Also how does this player perform in interlace mode?
     
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    Well, it's no RP82 but it does a decent job with regular DVDs. The weakest link is probably the deinterlacer which is not as 'smart' as the RP82's.
     

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