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Old 11-08-02, 09:41 AM
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Any better options than a Malata DVP-520?

Hi there,

I am thinking about getting a region free player and have about $500 to spend to hopefully get a decent one.

Question is:

Considering my budget, is there a better option out there than the Malata DVP-520, at $270?

My requirements for the player are:

PAL->NTSC Conversion
Progressive scan
X-Y scaling

I don't care about on-board DTS/DD decoder chips, as I will be using the player solely as a transport for audio.

Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-08-02, 09:19 PM
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Have look at the modded JVC for about the same price.
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Old 11-09-02, 10:08 AM
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Follow one of the links from here to hkflix.com They've got a handful of JVC's and Malata's to choose from, different options on each one.
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Old 11-09-02, 07:08 PM
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I just bought the Toshiba SD 2805 from HKflix.com and it converts everything PAL to NTSC perfectly.
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Old 11-11-02, 02:11 PM
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I'm having serious issues with the Malata right now. I'm actually going to find out if i can return it for a refund if I can't fix the problems. I dunno...the more I play the more I find how cheaply made this thing is.
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Old 11-12-02, 04:37 PM
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None of the other players mentioned will do x-y scaling. The JVC will not do this. The 220 Electronics ad is a misprint. I bought the 520 from HK Flix and, love it. I have not had the pixelization bug that many complain of. The worst thing about it is the remote which has unbelievably small buttons. I programmed my Home Theater Master MX500 remote, and put the Malata's in a drawer. No player is perfect, and yes the build quality has been reported to be a bit sketchy, but I have had no problems. This player handles non-anamorphic discs better than any I have tried including the JVC's. For the money nothing works as well.

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Old 11-12-02, 05:15 PM
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Again...just received an email from Jeff @ HKFLIX. I have to send my 520 BACK to get a new one. Problem with the chip.

*sigh*
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Old 11-12-02, 05:33 PM
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Thanks for the info everyone.

Doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling about any of these region free players, so I think I am leaning towards forgoing region freedom for a little while longer and upgrading my existing R1 player instead with a.....

Pioneer Elite DV47ai
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Old 11-14-02, 12:46 AM
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The 520s have been remarkably reliable. Our return rate is less than 1%. The modded JVCs and Toshibas are also extremely reliable, although, like you said, they don't have XY scaling at this time. If you're interested, we do have a modded region free Pioneer ELITE 47AI.

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Old 11-14-02, 12:05 PM
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Jeff,

I'll send you an email RE: the modded 47AI. Thanks.
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Old 11-15-02, 11:01 AM
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Could anyone confirm for me weather the Malata 520 from HKflix has the VGA output?? I have heard it does but from the picture on their site it is not clear as part of the rear of the player is cut off in the photo.
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Old 11-15-02, 11:11 AM
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Originally posted by Mr. Foo
Thanks for the info everyone.

Doesn't give me a warm fuzzy feeling about any of these region free players, so I think I am leaning towards forgoing region freedom for a little while longer and upgrading my existing R1 player instead with a.....

Pioneer Elite DV47ai
I have the 47a, and other than the known Chroma issues the player has worked wonderfully.
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Old 11-17-02, 07:08 AM
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Jeff,

I just checked the website for infor on the modded DV-47ai. I didnt find it. Id like to learn more about it as well. you can email me back if you like.

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Old 11-17-02, 08:48 PM
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if you dont mind only watching dvds that america says you can watch...then domestic only is for you. for myself, no one tells me what i cant watch. if its only ava over-sea's....then ill go there to get. the Malata has worked great for a friend of mine and im buying one next week....unless someone can convince me of another player that is truley better. the price is no object.
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