need to go pickup new DVD player, need quick opinions

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  1. Evan Mann

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    My Sony 330 won't cut it anymore. It has a lip sync problem, and it doesn't play CDRs, two things I want to be able to do. I'm looking to get something locally and I want it to be fairly inexpensive (sub $300). I don't need a changer but would like the following in order of precedence
    Digital Coax and Optical outputs
    No Lip Sync problem
    Ability to play CDR/CDRW
    Ability to play VCD and SVCD
    Ability to play MinIDVD
    In addition, it would be nice if it has friendly menus and a decent remote (although I'm going to get a TSU2000 very soon anyway).
    Apex and Afreey have some inexpensive units that supposedly play everythin but I don't know much about quality.
    Pioneer also has an inexpensive unit with component out and progressive scan that's supposed to play everything.
    All opinions needed!
     
  2. Mike LS

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    There are a couple of good threads on this topic that should be around somewhere......
    I just picked up a Pioneer DV-C503 this week and it seems to fit what you're looking for. 5 disc etc. etc. I'm not sure about mini DVD since I've never heard of such, but I know it plays the other formats.
    The instructions and specs don't specifically state that it will play CD-RW, but I've contacted several people who say that it does. (haven't tried myself yet...don't use RW's for music.)
    All that for $170.
     
  3. YANG

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    "Digital Coax and Optical outputs
    No Lip Sync problem
    Ability to play CDR/CDRW
    Ability to play VCD and SVCD
    Ability to play MinIDVD"
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    PHILIPS DVDplayers maybe a possible match for you,they can play those mini-3inch CDs and CDRs...as for miniDVDs...err...
    Currently in the U.S,the most popular PHILIPS player now is the DVD711.
     
  4. Matt Wallace

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    I would try one of the new Toshiba's. I've got a 3"DVD from Artisan that plays just fine, and my Toshiba 2109 has been a great player for years. I'm not sure of CD-R/RW capability, however. I'd also second that vote for Phillips' players. Their GUI is a little weird, but the quality is very good.
    Matt
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  5. Frederic_M

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    Go for a new Toshiba or Pioneer model.
     
  6. Evan Mann

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    After reading a few other threads and this one, it looks like Pioneer is the winner. Either the brand spanking new 440 or the 343. Toshiba is out of the question because I have a 4:3 set, and no other brand had nearly enough mentions.
     
  7. Matt Wallace

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    The Pioneer will give you a great picture, but be wary of lip sync probs. I was one of the first 414 victims years ago, and have been wary ever since. If they've become more dependable in that regard, then I'm sure you will get a good unit.
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    JVC-723GD has DD, DTS and DVD-Audio decoding as well as progressive scan. Retail price is $899, but can be found nearly everywhere for 350 or so.
     
  9. Scott Merryfield

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    FYI, Sony can fix the lip synch issue on your current DVP-330. I used to own that player, and Sony repaired it free of charge. They replaced two IC's and upgraded the firmware. After the repair, I did not have a single lip synch issue for over a year (I sold the player when upgrading to a progressive scan player).
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  10. Evan Mann

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    Scott,
    I followed all the Sony lip sync threads and remember the repair and how the lip sync problems get worse the more you use it. When I replace this player, I will call and see if they will still repair it. If not, it's no big deal since it's going to see no use for a while, and perhaps never see use again (to my eyes).
     

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