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Old 01-16-02, 03:09 PM
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Does Sylvania suck? I need advice on player purchase, please.

My Panasonic gave up the ghost last week after three good years. The guy at the repair shop said it would be about $150.00 to fix (he said the digital-analog converter went out, whatever that means).

First of all, is his price for such a diagnosis fair?

Second of all, if it is $150.00 to fix, I'd just as soon buy a new player, so I need some help deciding.

I'd like a multi-disc player, but I'm a broke college kid. I'm shooting for around $200. There's a department store near me that is closing out some Sylvania 5-disc carousels for $169.00. That's a great price, and the same model is on sale at Amazon.com for $199.00. I just don't want to end up with the Oritron of carousels. I've never owned anything by Sylvania before...does anyone know if their stuff is crappy?

If it is, what should I be looking for? I have a Sony 200-Watt Dolby receiver, so the DVD-player's kick isn't really important. Mostly I just want reliability and a good, clear picture, with as many bells and whistles as $200.00 will get me (I know, I know, not many).

Anyhoo, this place has always been a goldmine of advice before, so I'm hoping y'all come through again. Thanks in advance.
Old 01-16-02, 03:15 PM
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A digital to analog converter(DAC) converts the digital audio bitstream to an analog signal which is what the analog audio outputs(RCA connector) use.

The $150 is all labor because a DAC chip is not that expensive(well at least the chip that would be used to fix it).

As far as Sylvania goes...they make an okay light bulb. Not sure on their DVD players. I would do some comparison shopping on comparable Sony/Toshiba players.

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Old 01-16-02, 03:20 PM
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I did not know Sylvania still made electronics!

Try this link for starters


Good luck
Old 01-16-02, 03:24 PM
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I was just at Costco, where I saw a Pioneer DV-C503 for $200, with a $30 rebate, for a grand total of $170 + tax.

I would definitely consider that model over any Sylvania.

Some reviews: http://www.audioreview.com/reviews/D...ct_68878.shtml

Same price online, but you'd have to pay shipping:


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Old 01-16-02, 07:04 PM
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Sylvania = Funai.

That being said, I just bought a "Sylvania" 27" tv for the bedroom. Technically, it doesn't compare with the 32" Sony Trinitron we also have...but you know what? My wife and I really like it.

If the Sylvania changer does what you want and you like the price, why not buy it.
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I would skip the Sylvania, unless you need a 5 disc changer.

Here's a couple of 5 discs just a shade above 200 that will give you better performance.

Toshiba 5 disc

Panasonic 5 disc


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