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Anyone bought a Malata 558?

Old 09-29-03, 08:57 PM
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Anyone bought a Malata 558?

I'm in the market for something like this and this one seems ideal. Plays everything, handles different voltages, slim design -- important since I'll be taking this overseas when I move next year. Anyway, HKFlix started just started carrying some of these.

What do you know about this player?
Old 10-02-03, 10:31 PM
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Hey BWG,

To be honest, it seems anything that Malata sells is usually pretty decent. You should have any worries.
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Get the Philips 727 for about $90. Does it all, and looks great. PQ is excellent. Better construction, too. Do a search on this and on the Toshiba 3900 (not as "region-free"). Lots of info.

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I did a search and found this thread:

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=316570

I'm convinced. Philips 727 it is. Thanks for the tip!
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They should add DVI outputs with these region-free players soon. I want it ! Come on Malata....
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Bought the Philips 727 from Target at $89.99. Tried some R1s and they looked great. Haven't tried any PAL discs yet but am eager to.
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this player may end up as a few christmas gifts for family from me, as well as a gift to myself for my bedroom. I already have a modded JVC for my main HT.
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I was talking about the Philips player.
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this thread has got me interested in the philips 727. are there any playback problems after an hour or so? some cheaply made players freak out after awhile due to heat buildup.
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No problemos at all. I may buy a second to replace the Zenith I bought earlier this year for the family room. Best thing I ever bought for my DVDs. period.
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Originally posted by darmok
this thread has got me interested in the philips 727. are there any playback problems after an hour or so? some cheaply made players freak out after awhile due to heat buildup.
Well, that would be dumb. Most movies are longer than an hour. Anyway, this is made by Philips and has the quality you would expect from them.
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Originally posted by Breakfast with Girls
Well, that would be dumb. Most movies are longer than an hour. Anyway, this is made by Philips and has the quality you would expect from them.
The question is not dumb, but the situation is. I have a portable Initial, made by the Malata folks, I think, and yes, it does warm up quite a bit after a short time. Not unbearably so, but it does generate a disproportionate amount of heat. Would I like that in my other players? Hell no, I don't like it in my portable. Cheap can = heat.
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yeah, my Apex had heating issues due to the dinky "heat sink" not making contact with the chip. i'm sure other makers have cut corners to make players cheap. that's why i was asking if there were any heat issues with the Philips.
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The principle issue with the Philips (and the only reason I wouldn't buy it based on what I've read in the other thread) is there seems to be no way of turning off the multiple angle icon when such a feature is present.
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Originally posted by stingo
The principle issue with the Philips (and the only reason I wouldn't buy it based on what I've read in the other thread) is there seems to be no way of turning off the multiple angle icon when such a feature is present.
I thought only adult films had that feature.

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