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|andywebsdale||11:48am on Thursday, November 4th, 2010|
|The best point for myself is that the dvd player is multiregion, this is what I was after. easy to use not found any yet|
|irnis||6:39pm on Sunday, September 26th, 2010|
|Happy when I got the Toshiba SD270E as a present. Although, I have to say. DVD players excluding this present Toshiba model well I have no other option than to sell one off to a friend or action at E bay merchants. Attention. That being said this Toshiba DVD came free with a digital camera set up I bought recently, so I cannot argue at something for nothing.|
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COMPARISON / BUDGET DVD PLAYERS
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Youll be amazed at just how much DVD deck you get for 100 these days. We test ve of the best budget decks ever made
066 / What Video & High-Denition TV / Issue 322
ONCE UPON A time, 100 was regarded as the price below which those who care about quality dared not venture. As production costs have plummeted, though, the technology that was formerly the preserve of mid and high-end players has trickled right the way down to the entry level market. Each deck on trial here is from a big-name brand and youll nd features such as HD upscaling, progressive scan and some seriously impressive picture performance. And yet none will set you back more than a hundred quid. There has never been a better time to buy a budget player and here are ve of the nest.
HDMI/DVI output: Prog scan output: DVD-A/SACD: Multiregion: Dimensions: Weight: Yes/no Yes No/no No 435(w) x 75(h) x 310(d)mm 2.3kg
No/no Yes No/no No 430(w) x 43(h) x 268(d)mm 2.6kg
No/no No No/no No 430(w) x 43(h) x 208(d)mm 1.75kg
Yes/no Yes No/no No 430(w) x 45(h) x 205(d)mm 2.3kg
No/no Yes No/no No 430(w) x 43(h) x 263(d)mm 2kg
Issue 322 / What Video & High-Denition TV / 067
Verdict Approx price 100
BClean, sharp pictures, rich, clear sound, price ENothing significant for this money
FIRST REVIEWED BY us when it cost 150 back in November last year, Denons DVD-1730 was a stunningly impressive budget option. Now that it is available for under 100 on certain websites (including empiredirect.co.uk to name but one), it should prove to be an even more enticing option. Which got us wondering just how much quality there might be in the sub-100 DVD player market these days. /// So, to lay the groundwork for reviews of the ve new mega-cheap players weve got together for this group test, lets rst revisit the 1730 in the context of both its new lower price and its new competition. In terms of looks and build quality, while its a far cry from the solid gold blocks of Denons higher-end models (which can, of course cost as much as ten times the price of this model), it looks noticeably superior to most sub100 decks and raises the prospect of some higher quality innards especially when it comes to matters of electrical screening and the like. Connectivity is very good, too. Particularly gratifying is an HDMI output via which the 1730 can squirt out 720p and 1080i HD upscaled images. This digital Scart is also partnered by component video jacks to output progressive scan video, plus the inevitable RGB Scart and lower quality AV options. Also, you get two digital audio outputs, but alas no 5.1-channel line outs, revealing a total lack of support for DVD-Audio or SACD. This lack of provision for the two high-end audio formats is, of course, hardly surprising for this money, but we mention it here specically because Denon buyers tend to have more interest than the average home cinema fans in audio as well as visual performance. It helps the general dynamism of the image presentation, too, that the rich colours are dramatically counterpointed by some unusually bright peak whites, free of the yellowy tinge that can so often plague economy players. The picture is also reasonably clean and sharp via the analogue or especially digital outputs, with no great problems from MPEG decoding noise or grain obvious. As for the decks upscaling capabilities, we didnt really notice vast amounts of extra detail in the picture, if were honest, but the upscaled picture does certainly manage to look even cleaner than the standard-denition one. Although its now a highly respected video brand, Denons heritage lies very much in the world of audio. And this even manages to shine through on a DVD player at such an affordable pricepoint as the 1730, as it delivers levels of clarity and richness with our CD collection that only the Sony among our other players in this group test can even come close to Z
/ Disc playback DiVX/6; MP3; WMA; JPEG; CD-R/-RW; DVD-Video/-R/RW/+R/+RW; Video CD; SVCD; Kodak Picture CD / Sockets Scart output (RGB-capable); HDMI output; component video output; S-video output; composite video output; stereo audio output; optical and electrical digital audio outputs
Colours are particularly striking, delivering rare levels of vibrancy and toning subtlety for less than a ton///
The 1730 continues to rack up positive feelings with its format exibility, with DiVX (including DiVX 6 and VOD content), MP3, WMA, JPEG, KODAK picture disc and DVD+R/+RW/-R/-RW compatibility particularly catching our attention.
Picture Sound Features Ease of use Value
As you might expect, the 1730s performance holds up very well indeed in the ranks of the budget company its new price places it with. Colours are particularly striking, delivering rare levels of vibrancy and toning subtlety for less than a ton. Assisting these colours are black levels of impressive depth and subtlety when it comes to retaining the sort of shadow detailing that gives dark scenes a sense of scale.
Denons DVD-1730 was a star at 150, so now you can pick one up for 99, its an absolute steal. Although that doesnt mean there arent one or two other contenders
068 / What Video & High-Denition TV / Issue 322
Verdict Approx price 50
BPicture detail, absence of noise, price, design ENo upscaling, no digital output
FEW, IF ANY, DVD brands have a ner reputation for affordable quality than Toshiba. But its latest deck, the SD-270E, retails for the relatively puny sum of 50. Surely this has just got to be too little to get you any genuine quality? The deck gets off to a perfectly respectable start by at least not appearing to be too badly built. It feels solid and classy, and its ultraslim prole and tasteful black and silver livery make it pretty enough in a toys for the boys kind of way. A scan of its connections around the back, however, yields an early disappointment: no HDMI digital output. All you get is a component video for progressive scan, a Scart, and an electrical digital audio jack. Obviously, this means you can enjoy neither the purity of a digital signal feed, nor the extra resolution of an upscaled HD output. Still, maybe its a tad churlish to wish for anything more than progressive scan, especially when you consider the asking price. Besides the progressive scan compatibility, features on the 270E are understandably limited. Theres the facility to magnify the picture in three stages, theres a 3D sound option for fans of pseudo surround sound, and the deck can handle the minus and plus DVD recording formats including dual layer discs, video CDs, SVCDs, JPEGs, MP3 les and DiVX v3.11, 4.x, 5.x and 6.0. WMA, however, does not appear to be on the menu. Operating the 270E is a relatively straightforward task, thanks to its cheerful onscreen menus and reasonably effective remote control. We guess the decks general lack of features is arguably helpful here, too, in that the /// lack of options to play with means there really isnt any way even the most die-hard technophobe can put a foot wrong. thats no more than wed expect. The 270Es images also look likeably solid thanks to some impressively rich colours and a contrast range thats way more expansive than that of the majority of the sub-50 brigade to which this Toshiba remarkably belongs.
/ Disc playback DiVX (3-6.0); MP3; JPEG; CD-R/-RW; DVD-Video/-R/RW/+R/+RW; Video CD; SVCD / Sockets Scart output (RGBcapable); component video output; composite video output; stereo audio output; electrical digital audio output
The 270Es performance is far better than youve a right to expect for the peanuts youre paying for it///
When it comes to its audio capabilities, the 270Es budget level shows through rather more than it does with its pictures. Movies sound decently clean and dynamic, but a selection of our favourite CDs tend to sound a touch too brash for comfort. That said, were not talking about actual audio crimes here, and the fact that we can describe the 270Es sonics as even decent, is a result, considering just how little Toshiba is asking for this impressively solid performer Z
Even without HD upscaling, the 270Es performance is far better than youve a right to expect for the peanuts youre paying for it. Straight away, for instance, were impressed by the images exemplary levels of sharpness, as it reveals all the detailing a good DVD transfer has to offer. In fact, the picture actually looks crisper and more detailed than some upscaled pictures weve seen though tellingly, this does not apply to the two upscaling models from Denon and Samsung included elsewhere in this group test. Contributing greatly to the surprising sense of sharpness from the progressive scan or RGBdelivered PAL picture, is the lack of visible noise. Theres exceptionally little MPEG decoder blockiness going on in backgrounds for a deck so cheap, and grain and colour buzzing seem similarly well suppressed. Non-progressive outputs perhaps look a touch more gritty than progressive ones, but
If you can live without HD upscaling which arguably only makes a small difference at the budget end of the market anyway the SD-270E is another great budget act
Issue 322 / What Video & High-Denition TV / 069
Verdict Approx price 65
BAffordable for a Sony, good picture and sound ENo prog scan, upscaling or digital video output
WHILE CAPABLE OF producing some of the nest performing DVD players around, Sony hasnt tended to look as comfortable at the ultrabudget end of the market as some of its rivals. So it doesnt come as any great surprise then to discover that, while far from the cheapest deck in this group test, Sonys tiny and slightly dour-looking DVP-NS36 is the least impressively specied. Even the most cursory glance at its rear end convinces us of this, as we nd only a /// Scart socket, a digital audio output, a composite video output and a stereo audio output. Theres no digital video output for pristine standard denition or, more importantly, upscaled high-denition output and theres no component video output for a progressive scan signal. In fact, theres not even a four-pin S-video option something wed even expect 30 supermarket decks to provide. Of course, this isnt to say that theres not a market for the NS36. We know full well that there are plenty of folk out there still using old CRT TVs that dont have component or HDMI connectivity, and for whom a good RGB Scart feed is all thats required. But at the same time we cant just ignore the fact that all the other players weve looked at for this group test do offer progressive scan, with two additionally adding HD upscaling, for more or less the same money. The DVP-NS36 is at least not completely devoid of features, however, as we nd one or two tucked away in its onscreen menus. For instance, theres a series of different image presets, plus a slot where you can save your own picture preferences, while adjustments to colour, brightness, hue, sharpness and contrast are all catered for. free of the colour striping and dot noise that gives lesser decks away. The NS36s other key skill is the richness of its colours. Hues across the spectrum look unusually vibrant, further enhancing the sense of cinematic solidity established by the lack of MPEG noise. Theres a touch of colour noise in some particularly vibrant shots, but this seems like a minor trade-off compared with the vividness on offer. Impressively deep and subtly detailed black levels provide a great foundation for these colours, too, and the decks recovery of ne detail from a DVD is such that its images look sharper and crisper than wed ever have expected them to, considering theyre not being progressively scanned or upscaled. Sonically, the DVP-NS36 is very assured considering the asking price, actually falling not a million miles short of what the Denon has to offer with the clarity and engaging tone of its CD playback, while handling movies with surprising power and dynamism Z
/ Disc playback MP3; JPEG; CD-R/RW; DVD-Video/-R/RW/+R/+RW (VR and Video Mode); Video CD; SVCD, DivX; audio CD; Kodak Picture CD / Sockets Scart output (RGBcapable); composite video output; stereo audio output; electrical digital audio output
Hues look unusually vibrant, enhancing the sense of cinematic solidity established by the lack of MPEG noise///
Using the DVP-NS36 is a reasonably pleasant experience thanks to colourful, straightforward onscreen menus and an unusually spacious and ergonomic remote control. Our only gripe is that you cant access the players setup mode without rst manually stopping disc playback. Happily, what the NS36 lacks in features it makes up for with picture quality. Two talents in particular stand out. The rst is the lack of MPEG noise in the picture, as the deck does a terric job of suppressing the telltale blocking and twitching. In fact, its pictures are arguably the most stable and smooth in this entire group test, with even bland backdrops looking
If youve got a big screen capable of receiving digital, progressive or HD pictures, the draw of going for a good quality upscaling or progressive scan deck instead is hard to resist
070 / What Video & High-Denition TV / Issue 322
Verdict Approx price 70
BRich, natural colours, price, sleek design, features EHaving to stop discs first to access setup menus
SAMSUNGS DVD-HD860 DVD player impressed us last year with its combination of smart design, genuinely useful features and better than average performance quality. So were champing at the bit to tackle its successor, the HD870, which offers almost identical specications but comes in even cheaper at just 70. Not bad for a deck equipped with 720p and 1080i HD pictures. Inevitably for an upscaling deck, the HD870s connections include an HDMI output. Plus, you get component video for progressive scan signals, as well as the usual composite and S-video options. Meanwhile, for audio there are optical and electrical digital outputs and stereo audio RCA jacks. These connections are tucked away on the rear of a seriously slick-looking machine, designed to complement Samsungs gorgeous current at TV range. Aside from the HD upscaling and progressive scan features, the HD870s main claim to fame feature-wise, are its manual adjustments for the pictures brightness, black level, contrast and colour saturation levels. This is an unusual level of exibility at this price, and one which could help the HD870 adapt its output to suit a wider variety of screen types than most similarly priced rivals. The setup menus containing these and all the decks other features are tidily presented and reasonably easy to navigate, though its slightly annoying that you have to manually stop playback of any disc before you can access the setup onscreen menus. Surely the deck could have automatically paused playback when you press the Setup button, instead of going to the trouble of presenting /// you with a message asking you to stop playback yourself ? other words, if you can spend more on a higher-grade upscaler such as the Marantz DV4001 (reviewed back in Issue 319), youll certainly be able to enjoy signicantly greater apparent upscaling benets. Having said, that wed say that being able to see any improvement at all on a 70 deck is arguably more than youve really got any right to expect.
/ Disc playback DVD-Video; Dual Disc; CD; MP3, WMA; JPEG; MPEG4 DivX/XViD; VCD; SVCD; CD-R/-RW; DVD-R/ -RW (Video)/+R/+R (Dual Layer)/+RW / Sockets HDMI output, Scart output (RGB-capable); component video output; composite video output; stereo audio output; electrical digital audio output, optical digital output
Incredibly, the DVDHD870s healthy feature count and sweet design arent the only attributes that make a mockery of its 70 price tag: its also a very ne performer when it comes to pictures and sound. We were almost immediately struck by how pictures are strikingly free of such noise types as grain and MPEG decoder noise especially if youre doing the sensible thing and making use of the HD upscaling facilities. Without having to peer through any noise-induced murk, its also quickly clear that the decks colours appear rich and natural, too. Then there are impressively deep, rich black levels and a really likeable snap to proceedings, due to the decks ability to both reproduce the ne detailing on a disc while adding more of its own, thanks to its upscaling processors. Of course, we shouldnt get too carried away here. For although the Samsungs upscaling systems do deliver some denite improvements in detailing and sharpness, the improvements are only slight. In
The Samsungs upscaling systems do deliver denite improvements in detailing and sharpness///
Two nal points to raise are that the HD870 is also a more than adequate audio performer, delivering plenty of dynamism with movie mixes and decent clarity and authenticity with CDs. Add to this the fact that the decks handling of DiVX les seems more stable than that of its predecessor which earned a poor reputation for locking up and it becomes clear that this is another Samsung success Z
A very likeable all-rounder thats capable of decent pictures and sound, the DVD-HD870 is far better than youve any right to expect for the relatively small outlay of 70
Issue 322 / What Video & High-Denition TV / 071
Verdict Approx price 60
BNice design, very user friendly, vivide colours ENo upscaling, no digital output, noisy pictures
PANASONIC CURRENTLY RULES the roost when it comes to DVD recording, but conversely seems to have rather lost its way when it comes to standard DVD playback at least, at the budget end of the market. What makes us say this? The Japanese manufacturers new 60 DVD-S33EB. Not that this player makes an especially bad rst impression. Its ultra slim prole and reasonably robust-feeling /// silvery nish cuts a pleasant dash in your AV rack, as well as hinting at some quality innards. But the rst wave of disappointment hits as we discover no signs of any digital video output, which immediately reveals the S33EB to have no upscaling technology. We guess you might expect this of a 60 deck, but lets not forget that the Samsung HD870, reviewed opposite, also offers credible HD upscaling for only 10 more. The S33EB does have one or two tricks up its sleeve, however. One especially handy one is a series of presets that adjust the pictures output characteristics to suit different screen types, such as a projector, LCD TV or plasma screen. The deck can also output progressive scan images via a set of component video jacks, lets you set the amount of time you want JPEG stills to be displayed onscreen, carries an MPEG noise reduction facility and will automatically adjust skin tones to make them look more natural. It also features a Quick Setup procedure to help novices get up and running in shorter order. Of course, it has to be said that even lumped together, the sort of helpful tools weve just listed arent really much compensation for the lack of any upscaling, but at least Panasonic has made them all easily accessible via a logical and tactile also seems to icker at times perhaps because the MPEG decoding issues seem to cause shimmering around bright edges. Calling in the decks MPEG noise reduction to tackle the problems were describing can reduce the blockiness aspect of the decoding noise to some extent, but it also makes the picture look considerably softer in the process. In other words, whatever adjustments you make, you just cant win. Trying the S33EB with a selection of other screen types at our disposal, we found these noise problems increased when using the LCD preset with an LCD panel. These glitches are made all the more unfortunate by the fact that in many other ways, pictures are otherwise quite strong. Colours are among the most vivid in this group test, while the vibrancy is achieved without sacricing natural tones. The picture is also quite sharp (though not exceptionally so) and offers ne details, considering theres no HD upscaling going on, and black levels are profound, if a touch empty-looking Z
/ Disc playback DiVX (3.11, 4.x, 5.x); MP3; JPEG; MPEG4; CD-R/-RW; DVDVideo/-R/-RW (version 1)/+R/+RW; Video, CD; SVCD / Sockets Scart output (RGBcapable); component video output; composite video output; stereo audio output; electrical digital audio output, S-video output
The S33EBs pictures just dont compete with those of any of its rivals in this group test///
remote control, teamed with some well organised onscreen menus.
Even using the decks best-quality progressive scan options, and being careful to ensure that wed chosen the correct output (plasma) to go with our 42in plasma test screen, the S33EBs pictures just dont compete with those of any of its rivals in this group test. The core problem is that images are distractingly noisy and unstable, due to some really very noticeable amounts of MPEG decoder blocking and stuttering. For instance, as Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman look over les from the case in Se7en, the walls of Pitts at look alive with moving blocks and chunky colour striping. The picture
The S33EB turns out to be that most depressing of AV offerings: a basically nice bit of kit let down by a single, but dominant aw noise
072 / What Video & High-Denition TV / Issue 322
WITH PRICES OF HD DVD decks already breaking the 300 barrier already, the price pressure on standard DVD players grows ever more intense. Which, on the evidence of this group test, seems to be pretty good news for us punters, as in most cases the decks covered offer performance levels well beyond their price points. One exception, though, is Panasonics DVD-S33. This comes as a surprise given the companys DVD heritage, but theres just no avoiding the fact that the amount of MPEG artefacting in its pictures is hard to accept even at 60. With the latter bringing up the rear in our group test, fourth place goes to Sonys DVP-NS36S. While its picture and sound quality are both great so far as they go, they just dont go far enough, due to a lack of HD upscaling or even progressive scan. In third place, theres the Toshiba SD-270E. This performs very well for its ludicrously tiny 50 price tag, especially in progressive scan mode. But it lacks upscaling unlike our two top dogs in this group test, Samsungs DVD-HD870 and Denons DVD-1730. Having HD upscaling doesnt automatically guarantee a budget DVD players success. But in both the Denon and Samsungs case, the scaling software used is good enough to deliver a tad more detail and crispness than you get with the other decks, and in these days of large at TVs, thats enough to win them our vote. Its the Denon though that romps home as the victor on sheer performance Z
/ Time in Lab: 10 days
Serial number Playback Test Video jitter: Audio jitter: S/n ratio: Chroma am: Chroma pm: Frequency response at 5.8Mhz S-video: Composite: Component: Contact: n/a Reading 36ns 810.3ps 68.6dB -71.6dB -68.2dB Rating
RC107005410 Reading 3ns 2,422ps 73dB -73dB -67dB Rating
VC6LA001012R Reading 5ns 671.4ps 74dB -77dB -74dB Rating
6RSP400002 Reading 5ns 7,475ps 66dB -71dB -68dB Rating
VC6LA001012R Reading 5ns 191.9ps 71.5dB -72dB -70dB Rating
0.3dB 0dB -0.1dB
n/a -0.76dB 0.33dB 424 www.toshiba.co.uk
n/a -1.7dB n/a
-1.1dB -1.4db -0.9db
n/a -1.05dB -0.59dB www.panasonic.co.uk
Picture Sound Features Ease of use Value OVERALL
Issue 322 / What Video & High-Denition TV / 073
DVD VIDEO PLAYER
Jan., 2002 5
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TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. DANGEROUS HIGH VOLTAGES ARE PRESENT INSIDE THE ENCLOSURE. DO NOT OPEN THE CABINET. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL ONLY. TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT. POUR EVITER LES CHOCS ELECTRIQUES, INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS LARGE DE LA FICHE DANS LA BORNE CORRESPONDANTE DE LA PRISE ET POUSSER JUSQUAU FOND. This Digital Video Disc Player employs a Laser System. To ensure proper use of this product, please read this owners manual carefully and retain for future reference. Should the unit require maintenance, contact an authorized service location see service procedure. Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure. To prevent direct exposure to laser beam, do not try to open the enclosure. Visible and invisible laser radiation when open and interlocks defeated. DO NOT STARE INTO BEAM.
FCC NOTICE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rule. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: - Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. - Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. - Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. - Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. WARNING: Changes or modifications made to this equipment, not expressly approved by Toshiba, or parties authorized by Toshiba, could void the users authority to operate the equipment.
On storing discs
Do not store discs in a place subject to direct sunlight or near heat sources. Do not store discs in places subject to moisture and dust such as a bathroom or near a humidifier. Store discs vertically in a case. Stacking or placing objects on discs outside of their case may cause warping.
Notes on Discs (continued)
About this owners manual
This owners manual explains the basic instructions of this DVD player. Some DVD video discs are produced in a manner that allows specific or limited operation during playback. As such, the DVD player may not respond to all operating commands. This is not a defect in the DVD player. Refer to instruction notes of discs. may appear on the TV screen during operation. A means that the operation is not permitted by the DVD player or the disc.
This DVD player can play the following discs.
Disc Mark Contents Disc Size
DVD video discs
video (moving pictures) + Audio 8 cm
Notes on region numbers
The region number of this DVD player is 1. If region numbers, which stand for their playable area, are printed on your DVD video disc and you do not find 1 or ALL , disc playback will not be allowed by the player. (In this case, the DVD player will display a message on-screen.)
12 cm video (moving pictures) + Audio
On VIDEO CDs
This DVD player supports VIDEO CDs equipped with the PBC (Version 2.0) function. (PBC is the abbreviation of Playback Control.) You can enjoy two playback variations depending on types of discs. VIDEO CD not equipped with PBC function (Version 1.1) Sound and movie can be played on this DVD player in the same way as an audio CD. VIDEO CD equipped with PBC function (Version 2.0) In addition to operation of a VIDEO CD not equipped with the PBC function, you can enjoy playback of interactive software with search function by using the menu displayed on the TV screen (Menu Playback). Some of the functions described in this owners manual may not work with some discs.
Audio 8 cm (CD single)
The following discs are also available. DVD-R discs of DVD video format CD-R/CD-RW discs of CD-DA format Some of these discs may be incompatible.
You cannot play discs other than those listed above. You cannot play discs of DVD-RAM or non-standardized discs, etc., even if they may be labeled as above. This DVD player uses the NTSC color system, and cannot play DVD video discs recorded in any other color system (PAL, SECAM, etc.).
Table of Contents
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS. 2 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. 4 Precautions.. 8 Notes on Discs.. 9
Notes on region numbers. 10
Accessing a Specific Location Directly. 34
Entering the time counter of the desired location.. 34
Playing Repeatedly.. 35
Repeating a title, chapter, or track. 35 Repeating a specific segment. 35
Table of Contents.. 11 Identification of Controls.. 12
Front panel... 12 Rear panel.. 12 DVD display.. 13 Remote control.. 14 Loading batteries.. 15 Operating with the remote control. 15
Playing in a Favorite Order.. 36
Setting titles, chapters, or tracks in a favorite order... 36
Playing in Random Order.. 37
Playing titles, chapters, or tracks in random order... 37
Zooming a Picture.. 38
Zooming a picture.. 38
Connecting to a TV.. 18
Connecting to a TV... 18 Connecting to an audio system and TV equipped with component video inputs. 19
Selecting the Sound Enhancement (E.A.M.).. 39
Selecting the sound enhancement.. 39
Selecting the Camera Angle. 40
Changing the camera angle.. 40
Connecting to Optional Equipment. 20
Connecting to an amplifier equipped with a Dolby Digital decoder.. 21 Connecting to an amplifier equipped with Dolby Pro Logic Surround.. 21 Connecting to an amplifier equipped with a DTS decoder.. 22 Connecting to an amplifier equipped with an MPEG2 audio decoder.. 22 Connecting to an amplifier equipped with a digital audio input... 23
Selecting Subtitles.. 41
Selecting a subtitle language.. 41
Selecting a Language.. 42
Selecting a playback audio setting.. 42
Using the Graphic Remote Control - V-REMOTE -.. 46 Selecting the Playback Function - QUICK -.. 47 Accessing Features - NAVI -... 48
Playing a Disc... 26
Basic playback.. 26
Customizing the Function Settings. 56
Setting procedure.. 56 Setting details.. 58
Variable Speed Playback.. 28
Playing in fast reverse or fast forward directions.. 28 Playing frame by frame.. 28 Playing in slow-motion. 29 Resuming playback from the same location. 29
Table of Languages.. 65
Before Calling Service Personnel. 68 Specifications... 69 LIMITED WARRANTY DVD PLAYER. 70
Locating a Desired Section. 30
Locating a title using the top menu.. 30 Locating a desired section by entering the corresponding number.. 31 Locating a specific chapter or track. 31
Identification of Controls
See the page in for details.
POWER indicator 26 OPEN/CLOSE button 26 PAUSE button 27 STOP button 27 Disc tray 26 PLAY button 26
TOP MENU MENU ENTER
DVD display 13 POWER button 26 / / / / ENTER button 56
SKIP buttons 31 RETURN button 56 MENU button
NAVI button 48
TOP MENU button 30
ColorStream (Component video) VIDEO OUT jacks (Y/PB/PR) 19 VIDEO OUT jack 18 2CH AUDIO OUT jacks BITSTREAM/PCM COAXIAL (DIGITAL) AUDIO OUT jack 23 AC inlet
SELECT I P
COAXIAL OPTICAL DIGITAL
S VIDEO OUT jack 18 SELECT (I/P) switch
BITSTREAM/PCM OPTICAL (DIGITAL) AUDIO OUT jack 23
When connecting the optical digital cable, remove the cap and fit the connector into the jack firmly. When not using the jack, keep the cap inserted to protect it from dust intrusion.
Repeated pressing of the FL DIMMER button on the remote control changes the brightness of the display.
Remaining time/elapsed time indicators Chapter/track number indicator Memory playback indicator Title number indicator Play mode indicator
TITLE CHP TRK REMAIN
Random playback indicator
VIDEO CD/CD indicator DVD indicator Multifunctional indicator (indicates operating status or messages, etc.) Angle icon indicator Repeat playback indicator
The indicators vary depending on the kinds of discs you play.
DVD video disc
TITLE GROUP CHP TRK TOTAL REMAIN MEMORY RANDOM A-B
Playing chapter 3 Elapsed time of of title 2 the current title Some discs may not display chapter numbers. A time indication not accompanied with a chapter number shows elapsed time of a segment within the current title.
Playing track 6 Elapsed time of the current track Some discs may not display track numbers or elapsed time.
Playing track 6 Elapsed time of the current track
Identification of Controls (continued)
The instructions in this manual describe the functions on the remote control. See the page in for details.
OPEN/CLOSE button 26 FL DIMMER button 13 ZOOM buttons 38
QUICK V-REMOTE NAVI OPEN/CLOSE FL DIMMER SETUP
Power button 26 SETUP button 56
E.A.M button 39 NAVI button 48
TOP MENU MENU
QUICK button 47 TOP MENU button 30
MENU button* V-REMOTE button 46
ENTER button 56 Direction buttons 56 ( / / / ) CLEAR button 31 PAUSE/STEP button 27 SKIP buttons Number buttons 31
ANGLE SUBTITLE AUDIO COLORSTREAM SELECTOR PAUSE/STEP PLAY STOP
RETURN button 56 STOP button 27
SKIP REV FWD
PLAY button 26
T +10 0
FWD button 28 REV button 28 T button 31 SLOW buttons 29 COLORSTREAM SELECTOR button 19 A-B RPT button 35
ANGLE button 40
RANDOM MEMORY REPEAT A-B RPT
RANDOM button 37 SUBTITLE button 41 MEMORY button 36
AUDIO button 42 REPEAT button 35
* MENU button Use the MENU button to display the menu included on many DVD video discs. To operate a menu, follow the instructions in Locating a title using the top menu. 30
Operating with the remote control
Point the remote control at the remote sensor and press the buttons.
Open the cover.
Insert batteries (AA size).
Within about 7 m (23 feet)
Make sure to match the + and on the batteries to the marks inside the battery compartment.
Distance: About 7 m (23 feet) from the front of the remote sensor Angle: About 30 in each direction of the front of the remote sensor * Do not expose the remote sensor of the DVD player to a strong light source such as direct sunlight or other illumination. If you do so, you may not be able to operate the DVD player via the remote control.
INTERLACED outputs/inputs (ColorStream) Some TVs or monitors are equipped with component video inputs. Connecting to these inputs allows you to enjoy higher quality picture playback. Actual labels for component video inputs may vary depending on the TV manufacturer. (ex. Y, R-Y, B-Y or Y, CB, CR) In some TVs or monitors, the color levels of the playback picture may be reduced slightly or the tint may change. In such a case, adjust the TV or monitor for optimum performance.
PROGRESSIVE outputs/inputs (ColorStreamPro) Some TVs or monitors are equipped with component video inputs that are capable of reproducing a progressively scanned video signal. Connecting to these inputs allows you to view the highest quality pictures with less flicker.
Connecting to an audio system and TV equipped with component video inputs
To Y VIDEO OUT
To PR VIDEO OUT
To PB VIDEO OUT
To wall outlet To audio inputs of the amplifier TV or monitor with component video (INTERLACED) inputs or TV or monitor with component video (PROGRESSIVE) inputs
To PB video input To PR video input To Y video input
Set to P.
Switching the output signal (interlaced/ progressive) using the remote control (only when the SELECT (I/P) switch is set to P)
You can temporarily switch the output signal for better picture quality. Press COLORSTREAM SELECTOR on the remote control. Make the following setting.
Notes Refer to the owners manual of the connected equipment as well. When you connect the DVD player to other equipment, be sure to turn off the power and unplug all of the equipment from the wall outlet before making any connections. If you place the DVD player near a tuner or radio, the radio broadcast sound might be distorted. In this case, place the DVD player away from the tuner and radio. The output sound of the DVD player has a wide dynamic range. Be sure to adjust the receivers volume to a moderate listening level. Otherwise, the speakers may be damaged by a sudden high volume sound. Turn off the amplifier before you connect or disconnect the DVD players power cord. If you leave the amplifier power on, the speakers may be damaged. The S VIDEO OUT jack and the VIDEO OUT jack cannot output video signals, if you select progressive signal when the SELECT (I/P) switch is set to P.
Connecting to Optional Equipment
You can enjoy high quality dynamic sounds by connecting the DVD player to optional audio equipment.
For connection to your TV, see Connecting to a TV 18 19. For details of output sound, see 43. This section uses the following reference marks.
: Front speaker : Rear speaker : Sub woofer : Center speaker : Signal flow
There are two different disc sizes. Place the disc in the correct guide on the disc tray. If the disc is out of the guide, it may damage the disc and cause the DVD player to malfunction. Do not place a disc which is unplayable in this DVD player.
1 2, 4
TOP MENU MENU / / ENTER STOP PLAY PAUSE/STEP
To obtain a higher quality picture
Occasionally, some picture noise not usually visible during a normal broadcast may appear on the TV screen while playing a DVD video disc because the high resolution pictures on these discs include a lot of information. While the amount of noise depends on the TV you use with this DVD player, you should generally reduce the sharpness adjustment on your TV when viewing DVD video discs.
About DVD-V VCD
The DVD-V VCD CD icons on the heading bar show the playable discs for the function described under that heading.
DVD-V : DVD video discs. CD : Audio CDs. VCD : VIDEO CDs.
To pause playback (still mode)
Press PAUSE/STEP during playback.
About the screen saver
If you pause a picture of a DVD video disc and leave it still for a long while, the screen saver of the DVD player automatically appears (when Screen Saver is set to On 62 ). To turn off the screen saver, press the PLAY button.
To resume normal playback, press the PLAY button. Sound is muted during still mode.
Automatic Power Off function To stop playback
If the DVD player is stopped, or the screen saver is engaged for approximately 20 minutes, the DVD player will automatically turn itself off.
To remove the disc
Remove the disc after the disc tray opens completely.
Be sure to press the OPEN/CLOSE button to close the disc tray after you remove the disc.
Notes Do not move the DVD player during playback. Doing so may damage the disc. Use the OPEN/CLOSE button to open and close the disc tray. Do not push the disc tray while it is moving. Doing so may cause the DVD player to malfunction. Do not push up on the disc tray or put any objects other than discs on the disc tray. Doing so may cause the DVD player to malfunction. In many instances, a menu screen will appear after playback of a movie is completed. Prolonged display of an on-screen menu may damage your television set, permanently etching that image onto its screen. To avoid this, be sure to press the STOP button on your remote control once the movie is completed.
Variable Speed Playback
You can play discs at various speeds, and resume playback from the location where you stopped playback.
PLAY FWD REV PAUSE/STEP
DVD-V VCD CD
Playing in fast reverse or fast forward directions
To resume normal playback
Press REV or FWD during playback.
REV : Fast reverse playback FWD: Fast forward playback Each time you press the REV or FWD button, the playback speed changes.
Notes The DVD player mutes sound and omits subtitles during reverse and forward scan of DVD video discs. The playback speed may differ depending on the disc.
Playing frame by frame
Press PAUSE/STEP during still playback.
Each time you press the PAUSE/ STEP button, the picture advances one frame.
Note The sound is muted during frame by frame playback.
STOP PLAY SLOW
Playing in slow-motion
Press SLOW during playback.
Each time you press the SLOW button, the slow-motion speed changes. button If you press the SLOW during playback, you can view the picture in reverse slow-motion. (Only when using a DVD video disc.) Each time you press the SLOW button, the slow-motion speed changes.
Notes The sound is muted during slow-motion playback. The playback speed may differ depending on the disc.
Resuming playback from the same location
2 Press PLAY.
Press STOP at the location where you want to interrupt playback.
DVD-V Playback starts from the
The DVD player memorizes the location where playback is stopped.
beginning of the current title. Playback starts from the beginning of the disc.
The DVD player resumes playback from the location where you stopped playback.
If you want to return to the beginning of a DVD video disc, open and close the disc tray once with the OPEN/CLOSE button before pressing the PLAY button.
Notes Resuming cannot function when: you change the parental lock setting 62 or select a disc menu language 60. you play a PBC-featured VIDEO CD while PBC 64 is set to On. you open the disc tray. There may be a difference in the location where playback resumes depending on the disc. Settings you changed using the on-screen displays while the DVD player keeps a location in the memory may function only after the memory is cleared.
To start playback from the beginning regardless of the location where you stopped playback
1 Press STOP twice.
The DVD player effaces the memory of the location.
Locating a Desired Section
TOP MENU / / / / ENTER
The memory playback indicator disappears.
Notes Some discs may not permit memory playback operation. If you press the REPEAT button during memory playback, the DVD player repeats the current memory playback. If you press the MEMORY or RETURN button while the display appears on the TV screen, the display disappears. The programmed selections will be cleared when: you turn off the DVD player. you open the disc tray.
To select another chapter in the same title, you do not need to select the title number.
Press PLAY while the display appears on the TV screen.
The DVD player starts memory playback.
Playing in Random Order
You can play titles, chapters, or tracks in random order. (Random playback)
Playing titles, chapters, or tracks in random order
Press RANDOM or / repeatedly to select the random playback mode.
Notes Some discs may not permit random playback operation. You cannot use the random playback function in conjunction with the memory playback function.
The mode changes as follows (when using the RANDOM button):
Plays the chapters within the current title in random order. Plays titles in random order. Plays tracks in random order. Plays tracks in random order. Resumes normal playback.
Title Random Track Random Track Random
If you select the mode during playback, the DVD player automatically starts random playback after finishing the current title, chapter, or track.
The DVD player starts random playback. Press the PLAY button within about 5 seconds after you press the RANDOM button.
Zooming a Picture
You can magnify areas within a picture. ZOOM/ZOOM/ZOOM+ / / / / ENTER
Zooming a picture
To shift: Press the
During normal, slow or still playback, press ZOOM, ZOOM+ or ZOOM.
The DVD player enters the zoom playback mode, and a monitor scope and an icon appear. e.g.
To hide the monitor scope and the icon during zoom playback
Press / / / to select EXIT, and press ENTER.
Select the zoom point and magnification level. Magnification level
To use the fixed levels: You can select from the followings. Magnification Image reduction Normal playback
Press ZOOM repeatedly until the monitor scope and the icon disappear. Alternatively press / / / to select ZOOM on the icon, and press ENTER repeatedly until the monitor scope and the icon disappear.
Notes You can change the camera angle during still playback. The camera angle changes to the new setting when you resume normal playback. If you pause a picture immediately after changing a camera angle, the resumed playback picture may not display the new camera angle.
Press ANGLE or / while the angle number is displayed on the TV screen.
Each time you press the ANGLE button or the / buttons, the camera angle changes.
You can change the camera angle directly by pressing the number buttons corresponding to its angle number instead of using the / buttons.
You can display subtitles on the TV screen and select a subtitle language from those included on the DVD video disc. / / / / ENTER
SUBTITLE DVD-V VCD CD
Selecting a subtitle language
To turn subtitles on or off
1 Press SUBTITLE during playback.
Press SUBTITLE during playback.
The current subtitle setting is displayed. e.g.
Off ENG1 FRE1 SPA1
The abbreviation of the language appears instead of the language name. Refer to the list of languages and their abbreviations. 65
2 Press / while the subtitle setting is displayed on the TV screen, to select On or Off.
Press SUBTITLE or / while the subtitle setting is displayed on the TV screen.
Each time you press the SUBTITLE button or the / buttons, the subtitle languages included on the DVD video disc change.
Notes Some DVD video discs are set to display subtitles automatically, and you cannot turn them off even if you set the subtitle function to off. During some scenes, the subtitles may not appear immediately after you select On. Some DVD video discs will allow you to make subtitle selections and turn subtitles on or off only via the disc menu.
To turn off the subtitle setting display, press the ENTER button.
Notes When you turn on the DVD player or replace a disc, the player returns to the initial default setting 61. When you select a subtitle language which is not included on the disc, the DVD player plays a prior language programmed on the disc. During some scenes, the subtitles may not appear immediately after you change the subtitle language.
Selecting a Language
You can select a preferred language and sound recording system from those included on the disc.
Selecting a playback audio setting
Off: The primary vocal is not output. On: The primary vocal is output when it is recorded on the disc.
Notes The vocal output feature is used during playback of Dolby Digital (multi-channel) recorded DVD KARAOKE discs. This feature allows you to turn off vocal audio tracks, or restore them for background accompaniment. When playing KARAOKE, connect appropriate audio equipment such as an amplifier to the DVD player.
Language On-Screen Language ENG Disc Menu Language ENG Audio Language ENG Subtitle Language
English: To view on-screen displays in English. Franais: To view on-screen displays in French. Espaol: To view on-screen displays in Spanish.
Disc Menu Language
English: French: Spanish: Others:
To display disc menus in English. To display disc menus in French. To display disc menus in Spanish. To make a further choice. After pressing the ENTER button, follow steps 1) - 4) below.
1) Obtain the abbreviation of the preferred language from the list 65. 2) Select the first character by pressing the / buttons. 3) Press the / buttons to shift and select the second character by pressing the / buttons.
English French Spanish Others Code E S
4) Press the ENTER button.
Note Some DVD video discs may not include your preselected language. In this case, the DVD player automatically displays disc menus consistent with the discs initial language setting.
3) Press the / buttons to shift and select the second character by pressing the / buttons.
To play sound tracks in English. To play sound tracks in French. To play sound tracks in Spanish. To make a further choice. After pressing the ENTER button, follow steps 1) - 4) below.
English French Spanish No Subtitle Others Code A A
Notes Some DVD video discs may be set to display subtitles in a different language than you selected. A prior subtitle language may be programmed on the disc. Some DVD video discs allow you to change subtitle selections only via the disc menu. If this is the case, press the MENU button and choose the appropriate subtitle language from the selection on the disc menu.
Note Some DVD video discs may be played in a different language than you selected. A prior language may be programmed on the disc.
English: French: Spanish: No Subtitle: Others:
To display subtitles in English. To display subtitles in French. To display subtitles in Spanish. To disable subtitles. To make a further choice. After pressing the ENTER button, follow steps 1) - 4) below.
1) Obtain the abbreviation of the preferred language from the list 65. 2) Select the first character by pressing the buttons.
How to Obtain Warranty Service (1) Refer to the troubleshooting guide in your owners manual. This check list may solve your problem. (2) In the U.S.A., only call the TACP toll free number 800-631-3811, or if in Hawaii or Canada see listing below within (30) days after you find a defective product or part. (3) Arrange for the delivery of the product to the TACP/THI/TCL Authorized Service Station or TACP Return Center. Products shipped to the Service Station must be insured and safely and securely packed, preferably in the original shipping carton, and a letter explaining the defect and also a copy of the bill of sale or other proof of purchase must be enclosed.
In the Continental United States contact: In Hawaii contact: Toshiba Hawaii Inc. 327 Kamakee Street Honolulu, HA 96814 (808)-521-5377 In Canada contact: Consumer Electronics Group 191 McNabb Street Markham, Ontario L3R 8H2 (905)-470-5400 Consumer Electronics Group 22171 Fraserwood Way Richmond, B.C. V6W 1J5 (604)-303-2500
Toll Free 800-631-3811
Consumer Electronics Group 1643 North Service Road Droval, QC H9P 1J1 (514)-856-4100
All warranties implied by state law, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, are expressly limited to the duration of the limited warranties set forth above. With the exception of any warranties implied by state law as hereby limited, the foregoing warranty is exclusive and in lieu of all other warranties, guarantees, agreements and similar obligations of manufacturer or seller with respect to the repair or replacement of any parts. In no event shall TACP/THI be liable for consequential or incidental damages. No person, agent, distributor, dealer or company is authorized to change, modify or extend the terms of these warranties in any manner whatsoever. The time within which an action must be commenced to enforce any obligation of TACP/THI arising under the warranty or under any statute, or law of the United States or any state thereof, is hereby limited to ninety (90) days from the date you discover or should have discovered, the defect. This limitation does not apply to implied warranties arising under state law. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, when an action may be brought, or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above provisions may not apply to you.
ATTENTION CANADIAN CONSUMERS: Canadian consumers are requested to complete the special Canadian Warranty Registration Form enclosed, and forward this completed form with a copy of bill of sale to TOSHIBA OF CANADA to Register and Validate their warranty. Product must be purchased from an Authorized Canadian Dealer. Products purchased in the U.S.A. and used in Canada are not covered by these warranties. IMPORTANT: PACKING AND SHIPPING INSTRUCTION When you send the product to a Service Station, you must use the original carton box and packing material, then insert the original carton box containing the unit into another carton using more packing material.
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