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183 of 184 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2009
This Philips DVP3360 DVD player is simply amazing. DivX/Xvid support, USB 2.0, region free in a few clicks of your remote....what more can you ask for?

The main attraction here though is the scaling to HD resolutions over HDMI. Well good news.....the scaling/de-interlacing chip inside this baby is the very same Miediatek© chip used in the Oppo 980H upscaling player....which costs about £175 in Europe. So take it from me, 1080p, 1080i or 720p scaling/de-interlacing is handled MUCH better than all but the more expensive TV's chipsets. That is how it works you see....for a normal consumer grade TV set, IF you have a good upscaling player, you let the DVD player perform the scaling, by setting it to output 720p, 1080i or 1080p over HDMI. But if the TV is of a much higher quality than your DVD player, you make the player output 576p (or i) over HDMI or component and let the TV's chipset do the scaling/de-interlacing to the TV's native resolution. My Sony Bravia set looks great when it scales to HD resolutions, but the Mediatek chipset in this player does an even better job..so I feed my set 1080i. (Note: The Mediatek chip is also the same one as in the more expensive Philips DVP5990). At the end of the day, though, always let your eyes be the judge.

Please note, if you're new to upscaling: Ignore the salesman hype about SD upscaling rivaling Blu-Ray and broadcast HD....it simply never will. But it is DAMN nice when done well....and a perfect halfway house for those not prepared to pay Blu-Ray prices. Also, for those with TV sets smaller than 40", upscaled DVD is easily your best bet. For me and many other people, Blu-Ray is a specialist format for those with very big screens and even deeper pockets.

The DVP3360 has played every disc I've thrown at it.....even scratched up no brand DVD-R's or DVD+R's....no sensitivity issues here. This makes it perfect for home burned media. That's IF you can be bothered burning DVD's in the first place of course. As if you chuck a USB flash drive into your shopping basket at the same time as buying this, or if you have one at home already, you can take full advantage of the high speed USB 2.0 port on the front of the player. Just drag files to the flash drive on your PC...DivX, Xvid, MP3, WMA and what-have-you, and plug it in the DVP3360. No more formatting and burning discs....brilliant. Previous Philips players used USB 1.1....which was fine for playback of slow moving drama style movies, but when it came to car chases and other fast moving scenes it got very choppy indeed. So much so that it just wasn't worth it sometimes. And don't get me started on fast-forwarding and re-winding movies on a USB 1.1 drive....you got 2x speed at best. Not the case any more...USB 2.0's data rate is up to 480MBPS (USB 1.1 was a lousy 12MBPS), so fast scenes play as they would off a DVD, and FF/RW is also smooth and fast...up to 32x speed in fact. Brilliant!

You are not just limited to USB flash drives either....if you buy a USB 2.0 external HDD (160GB or less), and format it to the FAT32 standard (it does not recognise NTFS formatted devices), you can keep your entire movie/music collection in DivX/Xvid/MP3/WMA on one of these instead, and stand it neatly at the DVP3360's side. That makes it MUCH more than just a DVD player in my eyes....it becomes a multimedia centre at this point.

WANT REGION FREE DVD SUPPORT? No problem...just follow these very simply steps:
1. Turn the DVD player on (with no disc in the drive).
2. Press the "Setup" button on the remote control.
3. Highlight but do not select the "Preferences" page using the right directional button.
4. Type 1,3,8,9,3,1 on your remote. The default region setting will be displayed.
5. Use the Up/Down directional buttons to select the required region, or select "0" for region free.
6. Press the "Setup" button on the remote control to leave the menu.

Congratulations...your player is now region free.

So now that's a region free HDMI 1080p upscaling DVD player with USB 2.0....for less than £60? That means bargain in anyone's language.....especially considering the high quality guts of the machine and its sleek, sexy looks.

Note, too, that the only thing the more expensive DVP5990 has on this baby is an optional optical SPDIF output. This machine has just digital coaxial...but digital audio is digital audio. Oh...and the DVP5990 also has WMV support, but I know for a fact that a well known firmware modifier is currently planning an unofficial patch to add WMV support to this machine, so even that won't matter soon (although firmware modification is a warranty violation, so proceed with that at your own risk). In light of all this, I'd save yourself a few quid and buy the DVP3360 instead of its older brother - I did, and I am not regretting it in the slightest. A well deserved 5 stars.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2009
I recieved this item alot quicker than expected.Had no problem setting it up,very easy.The picture quality is amazing,crystal clear and very sharp.I would recommend this dvd to anyone who is on a budget.Definetly go out and buy.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2009
My original purchase was to be the Philips dvp5990 (Amazon £72.66 May 09)
I came across this player..... did some research and thought wow!!

It has the USB slot at the front... USB2 that is !! very handy for playing high bit-rate Divx/Xvid movies... no lagged/stuttered playback on intense action scenes. (Earlier Philips DVD players with USB 1 suffered from)

Hdmi output..... cyrstal clear picture, far better than my older dvp5960 which also had hdmi support. (42" Philips LCD Tested with Hdmi & RGB Scart)

Accepts a FAT32 formated HDD or Memory stick. (USB-2 Slot at the front)

The playing quality of a regular DVD movie is also exceptional !

And.... if you pop in an audio cd, followed by some kinda storage device into the USB slot, it will actualy rip and convert the music to MP3 !! how cool is that (Wont id3 tag the tracks though... obviously!)

All in all.... a very good purchase.

The only down-side (And there is always one) is the fact that powering off the unit (Stand-by) still leaves power going to the USB port... so you'll have to unplug your mobile HDD otherwise it will carry on running and probaby burn itself out eventually :(
(The only reason it did not get 5 stars)

Highly recommended all the same :)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2010
Yes I Bought this from Argos. Dose everything it says on the box. But I am a bit Disappointed. One of the reasons i bought it was To play Cd's in the Sitting room. The phillips DVD recorder we had was brilliant at it. So I thought cant go wrong with this. But how wrong i was.

Every CD whether it be one i made or bought from the amazon The player misses the first 2 seconds of each track it plays I do not know why but its annoying the hell out of me intensely. I did read ages ago why Cheap DVD players Did this. Never gave it a thought this one would I would not have bought it if i knew. This begs two Questions. The guy gave it a shinny review making MP3 on a flash drive mines less than a month old whys yours different to mine. I never been great at taking things back So it going to stay and do what it was primarily designed for.

I have since found after a chat with Phillips customer service, There is a software upgrade for this machine

[...]

Download the latest firmware from the product support page.
- Please refer to the "Installation Instruction" on the product support page for more information on the upgrade procedure.
- If there is no firmware available to download, it means that your player already has the latest software installed.

Extract the files from the .ZIP file.
Write the extracted files onto a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc.
Switch on the set and insert the disc.
If the upgrade file is recognized, a message will appear on your TV screen.
If the upgrade file is not recognized, you may have written the files onto the disc incorrectly. Try to write the files to the disc at a slower speed.
Follow the instructions that appear on the TV screen.
After your player has read the file, it will eject the disc.
You may now remove the disc, but do not close the tray.
It will take approximately 3-5 minutes for the software to be upgraded.
Your player will restart itself once the upgrade is complete.
After the player has been restarted, you will need to perform a reset it in order for the changes to take effect.
Proceed as follows:
- press the SETUP button on the remote control
- use the arrow keys to select Preferences and press >
- use the arrow keys to select Default and press OK
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 2009
i bought the dvd player after a reveiw i read on amazon, sometimes the reveiws can be misleading but not this time
i love this player not only is it a multi region but the picture is the best i've seen a must buy
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2009
This DVD player certainly seems to read any format you throw at it - so far anyway. I bought it for the USB port really in order that videos can be watched from a USB stick and this works well. When loading a DVD-R it can take a while to read the disc, although that is pretty standard for players that read them. I have not had one fail yet although have had it less than a week so will update this review if I have problems. There is one big drawback, the main reason I gave it only four stars - the menu from a DVD-R (or CD-R, I expect), which obviously shows the filenames for any mp3s, videos or photos on the disc, only shows 12 characters of each of the filenames. For a fairly new player, this is daft, I would say 25 or even more characters should be the minimum. There is room on the screen for more but only 12 are shown, which can be rather annoying if there is part of the title such as a number that you need to know before playing it. I know that Sony's equivalent player (but without USB!) shows about 25 characters plus, so it can be done, Philips!
The other issue I am a bit concerned about is that longer ago I had two Philips players - models that were about 1 year or so older - I think they both had USB. The first one worked for 6 to 8 months and then stopped reading DVD-Rs at all. The second gave up in about 2 weeks. Fortunately I got refunds for both, however this is obviously unacceptable so I am hoping this one will be better. I will attempt to update this review if I have similar problems.
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on 7 July 2011
Reads all sorts of discs, including re-recordable DVDs. And it has USB.
But, it's died after 18m - it won't switch on properly, won't open the door (with DVD inside).
It was only £40, but really, there's not much to go wrong, so I'm dissapointed.
I'll probably buy the latest version again though!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2009
I mainly got this for the MP3 converting !
If you pop in an audio cd, followed by your storage device into the USB slot, it will actualy rip and convert the music to MP3 !
If you've a lot of cd's like I do and are converting them to digital this is a godsend !
It plays Div'x files with ease and is also a great DVD player !

Highly recommended !
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2009
I'm very pleased with this player. As both a DVD and MPEG-4 player it works very well and has played everything I've tried so far. I'm using the HDMI connection and the picture quality is superb, upscaled DVDs in particular look excellent on my 32" LCD TV. Even relatively low quality MPEG-4 files played off a USB drive look good.

Menus are nice and responsive and hitting the "info" button while a DVD is playing will display the video bit-rate as well as let you view and change things like the current title, chapter, subtitles and audio track.

I only have a few niggling problems with this player. The first is that it won't automatically change the aspect ratio of my TV based on the source material, so for example if my TV is in 16:9 mode and I play a 4:3 DVD I need to switch my TV to 4:3 manually. However I'm not sure whether this is a problem with this particular player or HDMI in general.

This follows on to my second niggle. When playing an MPEG-4 (i.e. Xvid or DivX) file with everything set to 16:9, the DVD player automatically inserts black borders on each side so that the picture looks correct and I don't have to switch my TV to 4:3. For some reason it doesn't do this with 4:3 DVDs, which is a shame.

(UPDATE: Not only were the last two points really talking about the same issue, it turns out I was wrong! There is an option buried deep in the settings menu and badly named that does indeed resize the image when given a 4:3 source.)

The final thing is that there doesn't seem to be a way of skipping to a particular part of the video when playing MPEG-4 files, you have to simply hit fast forward and sit twiddling your thumbs.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 August 2009
Good quality, upscaling, yes, yes. Paid extra for these aspects. You can get an unknown brand DVD player with USB port for half or less. I had a cheap "Silvercrest" one from LIDL last year that had memory card slots as well. The slots and USB still work, but the disk mechanism stopped reading disks after a few months. Who ever keeps a LIDL receipt?

Back to the Philips: What I didn't expect with my new expensive brand name player was how inflexible the display format selection would be when using USB drive and HDMI leads. The combination seems to turn off all the options for flipping between 4:3, 16:9 and the other variations of display format. You get what the player decides is the appropriate framing, with no way of altering it. In contrast, when playing a disc you are allowed to select a few different display formats on the player.

Part of the problem is my TV, which locks into "Full" widescreen format when using the HDMI input, so only the DVD player controls are effective, but those go away when the input is a file on a USB drive. When using a SCART cable, I get the TV format controls back, but the picture is noticeably lower quality (I have obviously lost the upscaling). Another niggle: while the using the SCART the TV will automatically switch to the appropriate AV channel when the player is switched on, but this doesn't happen with the HDMI lead. I have to manually press the AV button five times to get to the right input. That may be my TV again, or it may be that HDMI just doesn't have this feature, but it is annoying.

One more moan- This player seems to play most of the usual video file formats via the USB connection (I have tried a few) but not the one that would be most useful for me. My satellite tuner (downstairs) records onto a USB drive, and it would be wonderful if I could just unplug the drive and take it to the Philips DVD player (upstairs) so the wife could watch the recording at her leisure. To be honest, I wasn't expecting such luck, and sure enough, the sat tuner file format is not usable in the DVD player. It takes an hour to convert even a short movie (NOT HD, that would take hours and hours) on the computer, and ten minutes or so just to read or write the USB drives from the computer. So not ideal for my purposes.
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