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Old 6th November 2008, 12:18   #151
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I got a Philips 3996 (HDMI upscaling/Divx ultra/USB/5:1 audio) for 3600 yesterday. Looks neat & works well.
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Old 6th November 2008, 13:38   #152
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Does it have Optical out. Most of the Philips players have a Co-axial out and not Optical out. If you are going to hook it to a Home theatre system, its good to have an Optical out.

Or one needs to have a receiver with HDMI capability to better use the same.
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Old 6th November 2008, 13:45   #153
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so are you actually able to make out much of a difference with upscaling and the normal dvd players?
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Well I dont have a HDTV I dont have home-theater speakers or receivers either. So Upscaling/5:1 is kinda useless to me at the moment. I bought it for the USB/DivX; HDMI was just 500 rs more.

BTW, does an optical out really matter? I thought the audio signal is digital(to the receiver), hence the transmission medium shouldnt matter.
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Nope if you are using a RCA cable it is analog and basically in stereo. If you want to enjoy Dolby 5.1 or DTS you need to have a digital signal. So either a coaxial or an optical would do the trick.

Some of the players only have a 5.1 pre-amp out along with the digital out. The normal RCA cables are to be connected to the front left and front right only. That means you miss out on almost all the surround sound.
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Well you're right - I'm using only normal RCA cables connected to my TV, and sound isnt as good as it can be.

However the box provides the option, it specifically says "Digital Audio Coax', and has configuration options to enable it. I just dont have the equipment to use it.
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Get yourself a Coaxial cable, and there will be a marked improvment in the sound quality. This is assuming your TV has a digital coax in port.
There isn't that much difference between optical and coaxial from what I know. Coaxial is better in case the conencting cable is very long.
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Old 11th December 2008, 16:27   #158
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Just got myself a weston dvd player from reliance mart for Rs.1500/-
It has got a USB port, 5.1 output and has one year warranty!

One of its interesting feature is to rip audio CD's directly to the USB drive.
I tried mp3's, videos, photos stored on my 4 GB USB drive, and it played em pretty well.

In all i feel its a good buy. My 1500 bucks well spent.

OT: These Dixon guys (weston mfr.) are OEM suppliers of DVD players and TV's to all major brands in India and abroad.
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BTW, does an optical out really matter? I thought the audio signal is digital(to the receiver), hence the transmission medium shouldnt matter.
Optical out or Digital Co-axial will not matter. The reason its better for the DVD player to have Optical out is because if you look at most of the AV receivers. They will have only 1 Digital Co-axial input, and around min 3 optical input's.
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I got my LG388 for 2800/- my 5.1 has come alive I should say! So muchhhh improvements in pic quality and sound that I can't express. Only drawback is you cant control volume through DVD player, you have to rely on your TV/5.1.
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Cambridge Audio has a nice new player out DV99.( 15K) . a bit pricey but does and play everything imaginable including USB. Has got rave reviews.
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Just got myself a weston dvd player from reliance mart for Rs.1500/-
It has got a USB port, 5.1 output and has one year warranty!

One of its interesting feature is to rip audio CD's directly to the USB drive.
I tried mp3's, videos, photos stored on my 4 GB USB drive, and it played em pretty well.

In all i feel its a good buy. My 1500 bucks well spent.

OT: These Dixon guys (weston mfr.) are OEM suppliers of DVD players and TV's to all major brands in India and abroad.
Does it play divx, xvid, etc., files also?
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Does it play divx, xvid, etc., files also?
It supports divx, never used it though. And no idea about xvid.
Just curious, are these formats actually used? and whats the advantage over dvd?
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Gosh... these are T H E formats used!!!

Almost everything you get off the web is encoded using these 2 codecs!! They give near DVD quality video in spite of higher compression. Also, if you want to back up some videos from DVDs, then these are the formats worth using most! Amongst the 2, Xvid is said to be better.

I cant imagine buying a player that does not support these 2 formats, at the very least.
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Gosh... these are T H E formats used!!!

Almost everything you get off the web is encoded using these 2 codecs!! They give near DVD quality video in spite of higher compression. Also, if you want to back up some videos from DVDs, then these are the formats worth using most! Amongst the 2, Xvid is said to be better.

I cant imagine buying a player that does not support these 2 formats, at the very least.
I might be the old school types, but most of the movies I watch are on various DVD's I buy or rent. No downloads..

But i'll check on my player and tell you if xvid is supported.
PM me a few sites to download these format movies, i don't mind giving it a try.
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