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grrrv1
2007-08-05, 05:57 PM
Was wondering if any standard players here in the states play PAL burns? My Toshiba wouldn't play a lick.

bullpinjohn
2007-08-05, 06:41 PM
Apex, maybe $40.00. Plays NTSC and PAL. It works
for me.

vladsmythe
2007-08-05, 06:59 PM
Philips DVP642. I have tried Toshiba, Memorex and Daewoo. They're all in my basement all have issues. Go with PhilipsDVP642

U2Lynne
2007-08-05, 07:09 PM
My Apex plays both PAL and NTSC. Check out this list (http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers) over at videohelp.com - check Multisystem PAL/NTSC - and you'll get a huge list of players, many which are available for cheap at a Target or Walmart, or similar.

AAR.oner
2007-08-05, 07:52 PM
almost all of the cheap no-name DVD players at WalMart or KMart will play both NTSC & PAL...a few of the names off the top of my head are Apex, Durabrand, CyberHome, etc...

i recently picked up a Durabrand for $29, and it'll play anything, including data discs...has both component and digi outs i'm pretty sure
:thumbsup

vladsmythe
2007-08-05, 08:07 PM
caviot emptor

ragu421
2007-08-05, 10:59 PM
Get an "up convert".They play anything BUT they will show the flaws in the original source more.Things are becoming "high def" and Im glad!

DanielG
2007-08-05, 11:24 PM
My Apex plays both PAL and NTSC. Check out this list (http://www.videohelp.com/dvdplayers) over at videohelp.com - check Multisystem PAL/NTSC - and you'll get a huge list of players, many which are available for cheap at a Target or Walmart, or similar.

What's the quality like on these cheap DVD players? I'm in Australia and I test my DVD encodes on a number of players and I've found that the cheap 'made in China' players exhibit serious macroblocking on DVDs even when the video bitrate reaches 8 Mpbs!

I guess that's a compromise between being able to watch a PAL DVD and not, but I'd rather watch it on my PC than have to endure sub-par picture quality...

lbrow65
2007-08-06, 12:17 AM
Hi Daniel

I am in OZ too so this may help. I have a Pioneer DV-393 cost $150 12 months ago. I tried two cheap no name ones like you see advertised at the Warehouse and places like that but after a month or so they both were faulty and I had to return them. When they worked, the picture quality was fine, but that didnt last for long. In the end I said stuff it and went to Clive Anthony's and bought the Pioneer. It does PAL and NTCS as well as xvid, mpeg etc, and plays all the dvd's I make on my computer. It hasnt missed a beat, the picture is sharp, 1 year with no hassles at all. With my experience with what is avaliable here, I have found that paying a few dollars more for a quality player has been the better option.

lindsay
lbrow65

vladsmythe
2007-08-06, 12:26 AM
How you doing bud? Nice to see you again. We booked our Australia flights...Blue Mountains > Port Douglass > Sydney ...3 weeks! next June. PM me please!

DanielG
2007-08-06, 01:09 AM
I have a Pioneer DV-393 cost $150 12 months ago.
I've been using a Pioneer DV-383 as my primary DVD player for about a year now and I've been very happy with the picture quality.

The reason why I brought up the issue was because whenever a US trader mentions they can't play PAL discs, everybody (including myself) suggests that they pick up a cheap Apex, Phillips, Cyberhome etc. player. I was just wondering what the picture quality would be like on those machines...

STLBlues
2007-08-06, 01:21 AM
If you're looking for something on the higher end, one of the players I use is a Yamaha DVD-S2500. It plays NTSC and PAL progressive. Upscaling w/ the HDMI output. Plays DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD either with the Firewire output, or the 6 RCA outputs. I love it, superb picture and sound quality. Plays DVD+R Dual Layer also. Got mine last January. I do know that many of Yamaha's players (in all price ranges) usually play both NTSC and PAL, Yamaha advertises that feature.

COLOGNESHARK
2007-08-06, 01:43 AM
DVD PLAYER: Marantz DV 7600

http://www.marantz.com/new/index.cfm?fuseaction=Products.ArchProduct&cont=de&bus=hf&prod_id=3499
http://www.testberichte.de/test/produkt_tests_marantz_dv_7600_p55111.html
http://us.marantz.com/Products/349.asp

AAR.oner
2007-08-06, 05:57 AM
I've been using a Pioneer DV-383 as my primary DVD player for about a year now and I've been very happy with the picture quality.

The reason why I brought up the issue was because whenever a US trader mentions they can't play PAL discs, everybody (including myself) suggests that they pick up a cheap Apex, Phillips, Cyberhome etc. player. I was just wondering what the picture quality would be like on those machines...
i haven't noticed any major issues

Tubular
2007-08-06, 06:25 AM
The XBOX and XBOX 360 will play all region free PAL discs no problem. Not sure about Playstation.