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wilson
2005-01-04, 12:39 AM
I have for or five ben harper and several radiohead dvds that are pal....watching them on my computer sucks and converting them to NTSC is just to much work.....plus I am going to lose quality that way

anyone know of a cheap model that plays PAL....the dude at Ultimate electronics said that its would run me two grand but I am thinking he is just a dipshit :lol

k8_fan
2005-01-04, 05:11 AM
anyone know of a cheap model that plays PAL....the dude at Ultimate electronics said that its would run me two grand but I am thinking he is just a dipshit :lol
I worked as "the guy in the back" for a small, 5-store electronics chain, and can assure you that the odds of any random US salesperson knowing beans about PAL players is just about nil. They simply don't deal with other TV systems very often. You need to get the information from the web, and really should buy it from the web as well.

jdawson
2005-01-04, 06:43 AM
Our boys just received dvd players for christmas, they are cyber home ones. I was jumping for joy when I read on top of the box that they play PAL dvd's. I think the apex ones play PAL also, should run you around $30 or so.

U2Lynne
2005-01-04, 10:48 AM
Yep, many Apex players do. Check out this page (http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers?allaudio=1) on videohelp.com . It should help you figure out what you need.

NoddingTurdFAN
2005-01-04, 11:37 AM
I bought a Phillips 642 at Walmart last week for $70 that plays pal dvds AND can handle just about any video file you throw at it (Divx included).

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RainDawg
2005-01-04, 11:42 AM
Sweet...DivX on CDR plays? I've been wanting to grab something like this to replace my very finicky old Sony for quite some time. About 30-40% of the DVDs I put in (a lot of NTSC too for some reason) it just refuses to read or play, despite the fact that they play fine in my PC.

NoddingTurdFAN
2005-01-04, 11:44 AM
Sweet...DivX on CDR plays? I've been wanting to grab something like this to replace my very finicky old Sony for quite some time. About 30-40% of the DVDs I put in (a lot of NTSC too for some reason) it just refuses to read or play, despite the fact that they play fine in my PC.


Yup plays back divx files from cdrs and dvdrs - I really like it!

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gungywump
2005-01-04, 11:52 AM
Best But sells one called the Cyber-Home(they make computer drives as well) player for ~$40 that handles anything you throw at it. +Rs, -Rs, RW, VCD, SVCD, PAL, NTSC. It does it all. And it converts the signal internally for use w/NTSC TVs.

I have also had good luck with APEX.

Basically, the cheaper the player is the MORE compatible it is with multi-formats. The smaller brands can't afford to manufacture a North American, European, and other country version of their DVD players so they just manufacture ONE that does it all.

Reverse-Logic at its best I guess. ;)

RainDawg
2005-01-04, 11:53 AM
If you put on a DVD disc with 4-5 Divx files on it, does it just play them in sequence automatically?

Boddah
2005-01-04, 12:54 PM
I bought a Phillips 642 at Walmart last week for $70 that plays pal dvds AND can handle just about any video file you throw at it (Divx included).

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Best cheap dvd in the market today. Everyone I know that owns one loves it.

NoddingTurdFAN
2005-01-04, 12:56 PM
If you put on a DVD disc with 4-5 Divx files on it, does it just play them in sequence automatically?

No - if you burn the dvdr or cdr as just a data disc (iso) then you put the disc in the player and a file menu comes up... Then you just scroll through them menu and select what you want to watch or listen to. The Philips is cool b/c you can easily diasble region codes and make it multi region. They also periodically upgrade the firmware which you can download and upgrade yourself. Hoping they'll eventually make the player able to play flac files...imagine that?

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katnapz
2005-01-04, 07:31 PM
Can you feel the luv? :D :love:...that Apex love...

I am probably in sooo much trouble after this... :lol

wilson
2005-01-05, 01:03 AM
its funny my 200 dollar panasonic will not play shit....even certain ntsc dvds that are made with certain authouring programs won't play.....thanks for the tips I will be off to walmart in the morning I am finally getting some john butler trio dvds and they are going to be pal so I want to be able to enjoy the with the full effect :lol

Boddah
2005-01-23, 03:41 PM
I bought a Phillips 642 at Walmart last week for $70 that plays pal dvds AND can handle just about any video file you throw at it (Divx included).

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After recommending this machine to many I finally bought one for myself. The remote could be better but it plays everything I throw at it.

feralicious
2005-01-23, 03:51 PM
I went searching for a DVD player that played DivX files and after comparing that Philips, the RCA DRC240N, and another deck, I went with the RCA. I don't remember why, but it was a good reason, so look into the RCA DRC240N before you buy one.

Same thing with the files. Just put them on the disc and put the disc in and it lists them and you go to whatever you want to play. It's good to shorten the file names. I was going to try putting folders on there and see if it can navigate.

Also, I haven't tried with the exact same file, but it seems to me that DivX files play back smoother on DVDs than on CDs. Don't know if that's by definition that DVD is better for video images or not.

ffooky
2005-01-23, 04:08 PM
Also, I haven't tried with the exact same file, but it seems to me that DivX files play back smoother on DVDs than on CDs. Don't know if that's by definition that DVD is better for video images or not.

I have a super cheapie Welkin that can play raw MPEGs. From CD-R they skip and get blocky etc. but from DVD-R they play flawlessly.

fatoldpig
2005-01-26, 07:15 PM
goto walmart and get a cheap one for $38 and it'll play PAL. I just got a ILO DVDRHD04 (with 80gb harddisk) dvd recorder from walmart for $230 (it was on sale, regularly $278) or you can get w/o the HD version for $149 (both works great, plays PAL)