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5.0 out of 5 stars Total bargain!, 7 Nov 2008
This review is from: Philips DVP3980/05 - DVD Player with True High-Def HDMI 1080p (Electronics)
I know this player lacks a couple of bells and whistles, such as USB or memory card inputs, but let us look at what it does have. Picture quality is amazing from the HDMI port on a HD ready TV. Video is handled by a 12bit video DAC and it is truly very nice. Audio is handled by a 24bit Audio DAC and the sound is wonderful too. 1080p and 720p scaled DVD's honestly look very clean, clear and flow well...which is the sign of a very capable scaling chip.

At first I fretted that the DTS logo was nowhere to be seen, and not mentioned in the manual either, but I was quickly relieved when I hooked it up via the coaxial digital output to my separate decoder to find that it passed through the 7.1 / 5.1 DTS bitstream without issue. So it seems that Philips merely cut a corner by not putting a DTS decoder inside...backed up by the fact that switching a disc's audio track to DTS results in muted TV speakers....but hey, DTS is a surround sound mode and if you crave it you will already have a DTS capable amp....so this is no big issue at all.

As regards connections it has: 1x HDMI, 1x Component, 1 RGB SCART, 1 pair of analog audio out sockets (RCA/phono) and 1x coaxial digital out socket. No Toslink/optical I'm afraid....but most amps have coaxial inputs and, at the end of the day, digital audio is digital audio. Philips have also kept the price down by including no free AV cable of any kind, which is commendable, as most people would prefer to buy their own as opposed to using the cheap things that come in the box. So the only accessory in the box is the rather nice looking remote control and 2 AAA batteries.

DivX playback was flawless....and the files were quickly loaded so I could tell that the 'engine' is pretty fast too. I should note that the first thing I did was to find the most beat up/scratched rewritable DVD-RW I could find for the DivX test....if a machine plays files off one of those you will know that it will not bother you in the future by being fussy over media. And I'm pleased to report that all the files played through fine. As did some old/scratched DVD-R and DVD+R discs authored as DVD-VIDEO. It seems this is one of those machines that never complains and spits out a disc over a few lousy marks (I should add that I look after my discs in general, I purposefully scratch a couple up for this test as it is a good way to spot laser over-sensitivity in a player). I should also add that this player is 'DivX UltraŠ' certified... so it comes with extra menu, subtitle and audio features with its DivX playback, as opposed to standard DivX certified machines. This is a very nice feature.

Overall Philips have cut all the right cost corners and not sacrificed the important things to place this model as their entry level 1080p DivX DVD player - and to be totally honest it seems more like a midrange machine. If you require USB inputs and extra AV outputs, then look elsewhere....perhaps even Philips models above this one, but if you don't need these extras but still want DivX and upscaled output....you will not go wrong here. I personally have to commend Philips on this machine, as it does all I wanted from it, does it well, and came in at a bargain price. For that I give it five shiny stars.
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Initial post: 18 Apr 2012 10:01:53 BDT
Jkwoodward says:
Philips DVP3980/05 DVD Player I want to project DVD from this does anyone recommend a projector that will give a reasonable HD look that is
a very affordable price and could even be picked up second hand. I just picked up the DVD player second hand and now I want to project
from it for an art exhibition
Thanks
Jo
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