Playstation as DVD player

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  1. Greg Hux

    Greg Hux Auditioning

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    What are the limitations of the PS2 as a DVD player? Sony have reduced their price and are throwing in a few extras including the remote, so I'm considering it. I had a bad experience with a Samsung player so I'd like some reassurance that its not prone to 'freezes'. I believe its output is interlaced.
     
  2. Masood Ali

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    You would be 10-100X happier with a cheap player like a Daewoo DVD-5700 for $99. The playback is alright, but I'd never use it as a DVD player unless I had no other option.
     
  3. Greg Hux

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    I'm in Australia. I've never seen a Daewoo DVD player but have seen some other cheap players for $200 (AUS). To give you an idea of pricing here - a Sony PS2 is $AUS499 (recently reduced from $650), name brand but cheap DVD around $AUS300. Sure, your dollar's worth around 2 of ours, but the local 'perception' of a dollar remains about the same (I could use what I call the 'Big Mac' index if you would like me to explain that further!).
     
  4. Peter Loan

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    It's a well known fact that the PS2 sucks as a DVD player. The picture quality is poor and it has problems playing a lot of discs.
     
  5. Yohan Pamudji

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    I used to use mine, but it always had lipsynching problems with DTS titles. Stay away from the PS2 as a DVD player unless you have no choice.
     
  6. JeffreyH

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    I never had trouble playing discs on my PS2 and I used it reguarly for a year. So not every PS2 has that problem.

    I did use it for a year and just grew tried of it. It's loud (the fan) and sucks up a lot of dust. It's also very slow loading and slow at skipping between menus and chapters. I didn't know how bad the blacks on the player were until I got a stand alone player.

    So no, don't use it for JUST a dvd player.
     
  7. Greg Hux

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    Three strikes...

    Guess I'll start looking at dedicated units again.
     
  8. Kevin C Brown

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    Someone I know saw a jitter measurement on it (Stereophile, more than likely). Very bad at like 10,000 ps. < 200 is outstanding, 500 is OK, and 1000 is barely acceptable.
     
  9. Brad Eisenhauer

    Brad Eisenhauer Stunt Coordinator

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    I'll echo what those above said about their problems with the PS2 DVD playback. I keep my PS2 at my fiancee's apartment so we can watch movies there too, otherwise I wouldn't use it for DVD at all. The picture is not as good as my old Creative Encore player, the slow loading and menus are frustrating when all I want is to watch the darn movie, but far more frustrating is that it seems to have trouble reading the second layer on a lot of discs. About half-way through a lot of movies, it will start dropping bits, skipping and finally it gives the dreaded "Unable to read disc" message. I assume it's a second layer problem, I'd have to do some checking into exactly where the layer change is on some of them to be sure.

    Going out this week to look for a semi-decent-yet-still-low-end standalone player for her apartment.
     
  10. paul watkins

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    mine just looks dark when i play dvds.not very good picture at all
     
  11. Arthur W

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    I can kind of echo what has been said above. The PS2, while a great game system, is just not a good DVD player. We have had numerous problems with the image freezing for a split second in the middle of a movie. We have also had some problems with lip sync not matching up on certain titles. It is slow to operate, and navigating through the menues gets be be a big pain. so any way. . .
    PS2 AS A DVD PLAYER: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    PS2 AS A GAME SYSTEM: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    just my 2 cents
     
  12. Ryan L B

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    plus it is so hard to hook up to the surround system that we just gave up. Is there a way to hook video games up to the Sony "Home Theater in a Box".
     

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