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Ever get tired of the timely task of converting your dvix filed to dvd format? Now theirs no need this slim and attractive dvd player plays all formats of raw files Inc DivX, Xvid, MPEG1 /2 /4, SVCD and jpeg for photo viewing.
Picture Quality is excellent with all the usuals such as zoom and progressive scan. As this player has the ability to play files such as divx / mpeg4. You can burn multiple files straight from your pc to disc including CD R+, CD R- CD RW ,accessible by a clearly set out title menu. You can also play your music collection through this player as it also plays mp3 files. This sounds great if accompanied by a good home surround system.
located at the rear of the player from left to right you will the following out put connection opptions. Audio out L\R, Video out, S video Out, Component video out, coaxal and optical, and RGB Scart.
I haven't got a bad word to say about this player although the more files you have on a disc the menu takes a little longer to load. But this is a matter of seconds and with all these pro's it really doesn't bother me.
I feel this player is Great value for money!
Review moved into correct category (thanks to the members who suggested who to contact to update the category list) 24 July
This is a review for the Philips DVP5100, which is the replacement for the DVP630. I had intended to get the DVP630 but as this had been discontinued plumped for the 5100 instead.
The Philips DVP630 got a good reputation as a decent budget DVD player that could also handle DIVX playback and MP3 CDs and DVDs. It also contained some advanced DVD features like progressive scan which would not normally be seen at players at the budget end of the market.
The 5100 currently retails for about £70 in the shops (Argos, Currys etc) or cheaper online.
The main specs are:
- Progressive Scan for razor sharp and flicker free images
- RGB on Scart - easy connectivity for high quality vide
- 12 bit/ 108Mhz video DAC for sharp image with natural colours
- 192kHz/24-bit audio DAC delivers high quality audio
Plays it all:
Movies: DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, (S)VCD, DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x · Music: CD, MP3-CD, CD-R/RW & Windows Media Audio
Picture CD (JPEG), Kodak picture CD
The first thing I noticed was how slim the player was - it is only 37mm high and so can easily slot into a Hi-Fi cabinet with the other equipment if youre short on space. It is 435mm wide so it should fit into most TV benches or cabinets.
The manual is fairly easy to read but the remote is so simple to use you will probably not need it and can start straight away. Batteries are supplied for the remote too! (2 AA) It was also a refreshing change to get a slim manual without the same pages duplicated in several languages - this was English only!
All the system menus are simple and uncluttered - you can easily use the arrow keys on the remote to navigate between options and change items or restore defaults.
The main thing people are probably going to buy this unit for is the DIVX compatability but the DVD playback is very good too!
I dont have many DVDs but had no problems with the player and the picture and sound was excellent sharp picture with crisp images and clear sound. There is also a camera angle feature which allows you to zoom around images onscreen on DVDs in they support different camera angles - there are not many DVDs on the market yet that do. You can use the menus to play with the brightness, contrast, tint and colour - again this is easy to do, pressing the system menu on the remote access all these options.
If you have nasty DVDs you dont want others to see you can lock them by setting a password for them via the menus - it will then recognise the DVDs and prevent others from playing them if they do not know the password.
I made do with a SCART connection from the player to the TV but there are also points for Composite Video, audio L&R, digital audio, and a cable or TV aerial cable. You will need the 3 composite connections to take advantage of the progressive scan capability (if you have a TV that can take composite video). The progressive scan if available greatly increases the vertical resolution of the picture by converting the standard DVD interlaced format to show all the horizontal lines on the screen at once. This is generally only available on higher end DVD players so I was surprised to see it on this one player.
Techie alert - the next bit lists all the DIVX formats supported so you may want to skip the next few paragraphs!
The main item I got this for was the AVI/DIVX supported file formats and so far I have not been disappointed it has handled everything I have thrown at it, including XVID, DIVX3 (lo and hi motion, DIVX4, DIVX5, SVCD, DVD-R and also MP3, PCM and AC3 audio. When playing these films on the PC there are invariably some combinations of video and audio codec that the PC has problems with, but these problem CDs played fine on the DVD player. The picture quality is excellent, far sharper and better than anything from a TV-out connection via composite RGB. For most DIVX films I thought the picture and sound was better than standard analogue TV and as sharp as cable TV.
Note that the help states that XVID is not formally supported for the player as it is an open-source video codec but all the disks I tried with it played OK.
There is not a feature to jump to a certain time on a DVIX / SVCD but via the remote you can fast forward or rewind at 2,4,8,16 or 32x just by pressing the left and right buttons so this is not a problem. It is also easy to switch brightness and aspect ratio settings (16:9 or 4:3 or 4:3 letterbox) using the menus and left, right, up and down keys on the remote. Even so you still get films in letterbox format on a normal TV, especially if they are the standard 640x272 resolution. What it doesn't have which would be good is the ability to zoom in and out on DIVX films to reduce or increase the letterbox size as you can on some PC video players like BSPlayer.
It also handles subtitle files (smi, sub, srt etc) on DIVX disks but only if the subtitle file has the same name as the film filename. After a few attempts at getting subtitled DIVX DVDs to play properly (a DVIX film with the XVID video codec, MP3 audio and SUB subtitle file) I found that it is picky about files with long filenames - reduce the video and subtitle filenames to short, identical names e.g. movie.avi and movie.sub when you burn them onto the disk, ensure that subtitles are enabled from the system menu and the subtitles then appear OK.
MP3 playback is similarly easy insert a CD and you get a file and folder format to recurse the directories and select tracks using the arrow keys. On this you get a blue screen with black foreground and file and song name in one pane and track details on the right with a dancing lights graphic equaliser at the top. Therefore it is great for navigating CDs or DVDs with many folders with different music files.
It also shows ID3 tags but for some reason only the first 8 characters of each filename. It also plays WMA files too.
The sound quality for MP3s is very good the bass and drums in particular are strong and on all the MP3s the sound was as good as any music on normal TV. It also handled several fixed bitrates (320 was OK) and variable bitrates of MP3s without problems. However note it doesnt play AAC or OGM music files so some of your I-Tunes may not work.
You can also view JPEG files or Kodak picture CDs in a similar fasion. Again the display of the folders comes up and you use the rewind and fast forward to jump between pictures and arrow keys (you should be familiar with these by now) to rotate the pictures and switch between fullscreen or file navigation preview of them.
There is support for the player on the Philips website, where you can also download manual, warranty and specifications sheets. The only thing is doesnt have is the ability to update the software like on the Kiss DVD players where they periodically upgrade firmware so you can handle more video codecs etc.
All in all an excellent player for the money and should certainly stop anyone needing to watch films on their computer in their bedroom! If you buy it also remember to buy a SCART lead too!