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Old 08-17-00, 10:48 PM
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just wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for a DVD player around $200.
Old 08-18-00, 12:06 AM
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Strongly suggest Toshiba SD1200 DVD/CD/VCD player!!!
Old 08-18-00, 01:25 AM
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The question is do you need a digital decorder or not ? If you don't look at the Pioneer 333 and Sony 360 Dvd players. If you need a DD Dvd Player look at the Sony 560D. All of the above go between $210.00 to $260 online. Go to AUDIOREVIEW.COM see what other people say about these and other DVD Players.
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I would go for the Sony DVD players over the Toshibas or any other brand. They seem to have less incompatibility problems with DVDs then any other brand. And they are just as reliable if not more.

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Old 08-18-00, 04:16 AM
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Try some of the RCA models. I have the 5520P and haven't had any problems with it at all. It can be had for about $200.

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1) Sony
2) Pioneer

They have the least compatibility issues. Too many issues with Tosh lately
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I agree with xcheckers, stay away from the Toshibas too many problems lately. The Pioneer 333 is my suggestion. I don't know of another DVD player at that $200 price range that has CD-R playback capabilities.
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I haven't had any problems with my Tosh 2109 which the 1200 replaced (except for the common layer change in Enemy of the State). My firmware is 1.8 .
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I will throw another good word to Sony players. Namely the 360 for your price range. This is the player I own and it is absolutely perfect. I have not had a sinle problem with it. Not a single one. keep in mind I have only had it since May but I have played well over 100 DVDs in it.

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hey all,

just wanted to let everyone know that i decided to go w/ the sony 360. i found it for right at $200 at alldigital.com. thanks for all the advice and help!
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Toshiba 1200 is excellent. Lots of features for a cheap price. Also has a higher rating over the Sony 360 at audioreview.com.

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Stick with Sony. More reliable then most other brands and the least compatibility problems with DVDs.

Check this thread for another reason not to go with Toshiba:
http://talk.dvdtalk.com/ubb/Forum5/HTML/004427.html


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quote:<HR>Originally posted by Windowace:
The question is do you need a digital decorder or not ?<HR>


Sorry for this dumb question, but where is the digital decoder found, if not in the DVD player? the receiver? is it an absolute necessity?
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If you want to get the 5.1 sound from your dvd player yes it is an absolute necessity.
Look for a receiver that has it in it. Buy one that has a decoder for Digital and dts signals. It decodes the digital signal to get the sounds of the movie explosions crashs etc. Why don't you post that question or go to cnet.com look up dvd player and get more info.
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I've owned 3 Toshiba's the 2109, 1200, and now the 2200. Never had a single disc not play. The 1200 is a great player for the money - more features than entry level sony at a cheaper price.

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First, the tosh may be had lower, but

1) the sony comes with a CH coupon for 2 dvds for 5 bucks shipped (think this is still a valid coupon too) with NO commitment AND
2) Tosh has lately had a firmware problem mentioned earlier in the thread. The older models may not have had an issue, but it gets to be a royal pain if you buy a new player and have to mail it in for a firmware upgrade.

Yes, it is possible to get a defective player, but I will not recommend a potential problem player to someone. When Tosh fixes the problem, they would be right back up with the others. Though for some, the affected disks may not even be of interest. So, right now, if someone wants CD-R playability I rec Pioneer. If not, the Sony is a great unit.


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