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This must be the cheapest upscaling DVD player on the internet with HDMI outputs and upscaling function which takes the rough edges off your films and makes them look even better.

The cheapest I had seen an upscaling player before was £49.99

It also includes a usb input interface and 3 in 1 memory card reader which is handy for transfering files from your PC.

I cannot vouch for the quality of this item as I do not own one.

Do not forget to use google checkout to get £10 off in order to get the item at £22.51


Price of this item including delivery is £27.20
- jonboy0802

To get this item at £27.20 you must also select super saver delivery.

- jonboy0802

As the £10 discount using google checkout for anything over £30 has now expired, the cost is now £37.20
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#1
Wow nice player, great price! I think I might buy one.
The mods like you to include the price with del - £27.20 (with google discount).
#2
gone up in price now unfortunately
banned#3
I bought one of these for £44 delivered, take it from me you get what you pay for it was rubbish I gave it to my sister in the end

poor quality but I think I deserve it for trying to cheap out on things like this
#4
eBuyer say it's an Eltax but while looking for more info found this on the Eltax website..




Just found this from someone who brought one from Scan....

Further to our conversation, I am writing to clarify the situation with the DVD player which you have bought from us. I can understand your concerns having perhaps read the page on Eltax’s website where they have mentioned a batch of “not original Eltax products”. However, I would like to take this opportunity to confirm in writing to you and absolutely assure you that your DVD player is not affected in any way. It has a 100% full warranty as advertised by us on our website and this is fully covered by Scan throughout the warranty period.

To explain the background of this issue for you in detail, some time ago Eltax ordered some 200,000 pcs of dvd players from their factory in China where they were being made. However, they then decided to cancel the order. Let me stress this was not due to any technical or manufacturing issues, it was purely down to a change of decision by Eltax. However, as you can imagine, the factory who made these DVD players were left with a massive batch of 200,000 pcs of stock which were perfect and working, but they had no contract to fulfil with them. So, they took the decision (as most companies understandably would) to resell them on to the next highest bidder. This company turned out to be IT Industries (the company we bought these players from directly). However, what they didn’t do before reselling them (which in hindsight would have caused less confusions) is re-badge them or simply remove the Eltax badge to make them generic. This is where the confusion has occurred but please let me assure you that you will have absolutely no issues whatsoever with the quality, performance or the warranty support with your DVD player. At no stage of the life of your DVD player will you ever have the need to contact Eltax for anything, your warranty will be looked after by Scan and we will provide full support for you. As you know we have been in business for over 18 years and we pride ourselves on our service and support so you can be very safe in the knowledge that you will be well looked after if you ever need anything at all.

I hope that my email has helped to clarify the situation and put your mind at ease. Some companies may not have gone into quite so much detail to explain the circumstances and background in such detail but we do believe in integrity through complete honesty and in recognition of that sentiment I have been very open and upfront in all the information I have given. There is nothing else you need to do at this stage except enjoy your DVD player and rest assured that if you ever need anything at all we’ll all be here and more than happy to assist.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.
regards
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scan.co.uk
#5
it's an illegal knock-off, but who cares what brand it is. All these cheap dvd players are made in China, and it doesn't mater which you get as long as the quality is good
#6
This machine was posted as a deal previously from Dabs.com.
People questioned it's credibility and lo and behold Dabs pulled it from their site.
Thread here:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56973&highlight=eltax
#7
Alot of these upscaling players are a waste of time, your tv upscales the image anyway
#8
deanos
Alot of these upscaling players are a waste of time, your tv upscales the image anyway


Deanos. I've heard this said before, but the picture on my Panasonic TH42PX60 is significantly better from my Samsung DVD player upscaling to 1080i than from the Sky+ box. Do these TV's automatically upscale or do you have to adjust the settings. I can't find anything in the manual. Thanks
#9
deanos
Alot of these upscaling players are a waste of time, your tv upscales the image anyway


No, not all TV's do.
#10
merlinthehappypig
Deanos. I've heard this said before, but the picture on my Panasonic TH42PX60 is significantly better from my Samsung DVD player upscaling to 1080i than from the Sky+ box. Do these TV's automatically upscale or do you have to adjust the settings. I can't find anything in the manual. Thanks


You cant compare a Sky signal to a DVD one as the DVD will be far superior , ive got a PX70 and bought a Panny HDMI dvd player the picture looked no better than my old Pioneer DVD player so i sent it back.
#11
Originally Posted by deanos
Alot of these upscaling players are a waste of time, your tv upscales the image anyway.


Originally Posted by adymace
No, not all TV's do.


True statement sure enough. CRT tv's don't upscale because they play back standard definition PAL signal at a native 1:1 ratio.

All LCD and Plasma screens (although the low resolution small screens won't) upscae the images other wise you would just see your standard definition PAL TV displayed surrounded by black borders in the middle of the screen. A LCD or Plasma has to upscale the images in order to make the picture fit the full size of the screen.

So these upscaling DVD players are generally a gimmick. The only advantage you might have is that the upscaling technology in the DVD player may be better technology than inside your TV. It's just a marketing ploy to make you believe you are going to get better pictures when in fact your tv does the job anyway.

Daz
#12
inside101
eBuyer say it's an Eltax but while looking for more info found this on the Eltax website..


Where? I looked at the item on Ebuyer and it says Ebuyer brand not Eltax:?
#13
Shengis
Where? I looked at the item on Ebuyer and it says Ebuyer brand not Eltax:?


Click on the [COLOR=#0000ff]Specification[/COLOR] tab and you get...

Product Description: [COLOR=darkred]Eltax[/COLOR] DV-254 - DVD player
Product Type: DVD player
Media Type: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD+R, Kodak Picture CD, DVD, CD, Video CD
Remote Control: Remote control - infrared
Sound Output Mode: Stereo
Form Factor: Tabletop

I've bitten the bullet and ordered one - fingers crossed it won't be a pile of cack!
#14
Got it, their website has been playing up for me for the last few days. As for being cack, course it will, it's an Eltax, whether they admit to it or not ;-)
#15
deanos
Alot of these upscaling players are a waste of time, your tv upscales the image anyway


The whole upscaling issue isn't as simple as stretching the image to fit the screen. Upscaling covers a wider variety of issues such as frame-rate conversion from movie to tv frame-rates and the like.

And as such there's a wide variety of qualities out there. Having said that that, I don't think I would be getting any better picture out of a budget upscaling DVD player than I get out of my LCD tv.

Of course, for £27 it's still very cheap for a DivX player with HDMI and USB input function. It'll no doubt suit people with lots of torrent movies.

For not too much more money the Philips 5960 may be a better buy.
#16
DazJWood
True statement sure enough. CRT tv's don't upscale because they play back standard definition PAL signal at a native 1:1 ratio.

^
|_____ True


DazJWood
All LCD and Plasma screens (although the low resolution small screens won't) upscae the images other wise you would just see your standard definition PAL TV displayed surrounded by black borders in the middle of the screen. A LCD or Plasma has to upscale the images in order to make the picture fit the full size of the screen.

^
|_____ Not true. What the TV's do is they zoom-in the picture to fill the screen. Zooming in doesn't add any extra detail to the picture hence the picture you see is either 'blocked' or 'washed out'.
Upscaling on the other hand uses certain algorithms to enhance the picture itself before feeding it to the screen - while it still isn't going to be perfect it makes a lot of difference on HD TV's (especially if the player is able to upscale to 720P or 1080P, you will not see much image improvement with interlaced image).


DazJWood
So these upscaling DVD players are generally a gimmick. The only advantage you might have is that the upscaling technology in the DVD player may be better technology than inside your TV. It's just a marketing ploy to make you believe you are going to get better pictures when in fact your tv does the job anyway.

Daz

^
|_____ Again, not completely true. Most of the big manufacturers include some sort of picture upscaling in their TV's (pixel+ etc) - otherwise the picture on your 40'' LCD's would be complete c**p. Since PAL is low resolution they have to do it - but if you feed the TV with the upscaled picture from your player the results will be much better.

D-Pac
#17
It really does make a difference, I've been watching dvd's on my 360 which upscales to 720 and they look a lot better than they do from a standard dvd player or a ps3.
#18
Either the OP needs adjusting or the deal should be expired.The price i am getting is £43.02.With google checkout,the best price you will get this for is £33.02.Price should be in Title also.
Edit:Forget me talking absolute bo***ocks.I didn't change the shipping options.
#19
Spark
It really does make a difference, I've been watching dvd's on my 360 which upscales to 720 and they look a lot better than they do from a standard dvd player or a ps3.


Likewise DVD's look better on my JVC than they do on my crappy Tevion Divx player. Funnily enough my JVC doesn't upscale. You get what you pay for. Come to think about it films look better on my XBMC than they do on the Tevion pmsl.
#20
Back at £27.20 delivered!
#21
thekanester


For not too much more money the Philips 5960 may be a better buy.


i have this unit and its bloody amazing. well worth the extra
#22
Does anyone know if this player lets you resume watching a disc when you put the machine in stand by and come back later? Also, does it remember more than just one disc? I'm giving thought to buying this and I was wondering how people have found it.
#23
Nope, it won't resume playback of a disc :o

Next best option is to note what time you stop at and then use the "GOTO" button to key in the time when you want to carry on later - not really a great solution but the best I could find.

It plays AVI's (Divx, Xvid) really well from disc, pendrive and hard disc (don't think I've tried memory card yet) but I haven't found it to be as reliable with MPEG2 files either as MPG or VOB. For an example I haven't been able to use the "GOTO" button with any mpeg2 to file. It does play Video DVDs fine though.
#24
inside101
Nope, it won't resume playback of a disc :o


What the hell? How could someone leave the ability to resume a DVD off a player's function list? I suspect I'll be getting the Philips 5960 instead. Or maybe the Tevion 8000/Technosonic
#25
Hi, I just got this player recently. Is anyone having any problems with it. It seems not to be able to play region 2 dvds over hdmi. The output seems to be garbled...with my tv continually changing detection from hdmi to dvi and vice versa.

Does anyone know of any firmware updates for it?

Cheers
#26
inside101
It plays AVI's (Divx, Xvid) really well from disc, pendrive and hard disc (don't think I've tried memory card yet) but I haven't found it to be as reliable with MPEG2 files either as MPG or VOB. For an example I haven't been able to use the "GOTO" button with any mpeg2 to file. It does play Video DVDs fine though.


This is a great player for the money (£27) and the upscaled picture through hdmi beats the pants of my £200 Philips dvd recorder across scart.

DIVX AVI looks very good too from disc, but mine won't play them from usb pen or drive and the manual also states usb is for mp3 audio and jpeg only?!
#27
oh oh, after reading some of the reviews on this thread, I'm regretting ordering this DVD player!
#28
dickslash
oh oh, after reading some of the reviews on this thread, I'm regretting ordering this DVD player!


I wouldn't worry. it's just made my Philips recorder redundant for playing standard dvds and the ability to play any AVI file i've chucked at it so far, is worth the meagre price alone.
The dvd tray is made of paper though.
#29
sburley
I wouldn't worry. it's just made my Philips recorder redundant for playing standard dvds and the ability to play any AVI file i've chucked at it so far, is worth the meagre price alone.
The dvd tray is made of paper though.


so apart from the issues u're having with getting it to play anything from a USB flash drive source, the DVD player does everything else it's supposed to?

Also, could someone who has bought this player confirm the follwing for me:

1. Is it a loud machine...nothing more annoying than a loud DVD player!
2. Does it upscale to 1080i?
3. Has anyone noticed a difference in picture quality when using the HDMI function with a LCD TV (how good is the upscaling function?) against a DVD player linked to LCD TV via scart?
4. How would one go about updating the firmware?

Any replies welcome...
#30
anybody?
#31
dickslash
so apart from the issues u're having with getting it to play anything from a USB flash drive source, the DVD player does everything else it's supposed to?

Also, could someone who has bought this player confirm the follwing for me:

1. Is it a loud machine...nothing more annoying than a loud DVD player!
2. Does it upscale to 1080i?
3. Has anyone noticed a difference in picture quality when using the HDMI function with a LCD TV (how good is the upscaling function?) against a DVD player linked to LCD TV via scart?
4. How would one go about updating the firmware?

Any replies welcome...


1. Very quiet you hardly hear it when in operation
2. Yes upscales to 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p if your tv handles it
3. Picture quality is excellent via lcd hdtv much better than via scart
4. Not sure if you can but you probs wouldn't need to

Plays everything and to get your usb sticks working - just make sure it is blank ie everything is deleted and put any xvid, divx files in the root and makes sure there file name sizes are less than 8 characters for eg use ep1.
#32
bazza88
1. Very quiet you hardly hear it when in operation
2. Yes upscales to 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p if your tv handles it
3. Picture quality is excellent via lcd hdtv much better than via scart
4. Not sure if you can but you probs wouldn't need to

Plays everything and to get your usb sticks working - just make sure it is blank ie everything is deleted and put any xvid, divx files in the root and makes sure there file name sizes are less than 8 characters for eg use ep1.


thanks for the info...much appreciated...
#33
usb doesn't seem to be able to handle fast moving scenes though - seen this problem posted elsewhere, and i have the same. watching 24 the picture ends up chopping till the scene changes.
#34
dcx_badass
Mine arrived on Wednesday i've not set it up yet. And i rang Ebuyer they do a 1 year warrantee on it incase anyone was worried.


let me know how u get on with it!
#35
bazza88
1. Very quiet you hardly hear it when in operation
2. Yes upscales to 576p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p if your tv handles it
3. Picture quality is excellent via lcd hdtv much better than via scart
4. Not sure if you can but you probs wouldn't need to

Plays everything and to get your usb sticks working - just make sure it is blank ie everything is deleted and put any xvid, divx files in the root and makes sure there file name sizes are less than 8 characters for eg use ep1.


completely agree, best bargain in ages. Will try the USB fix shortly, but if there is a speed issue I'll prob stick to DVD-r, they work perfectly - picture is awesome on quality DIVX.
#36
does anyone know how to upgrade the firmware for this particular DVD player?

PS. Have just used the player for the first time...DVDs work fine (notable improvement in quality when using HDMI connection as opposed to scart), so far all .avi files have worked (but .mp4 and .3gp have not), remote IR range is very limited, USB interface not yet tested bu SD card interface used with great success (played all types of media from my SD card including .avi, .jpg and .mp3).
#37
sounds like there are alot of troubles with machine, recently like many others i bought a philips dvp 5960 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-DVP5960-Player-upscaling-1080i/dp/B000G2Y59E/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/203-6253486-2262364?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1182697408&sr=8-1 probably as good as you gonna get for the £40 mark delivered.
#38
dickslash
does anyone know how to upgrade the firmware for this particular DVD player?


anyone?
#39
[quote=dickslash]does anyone know how to upgrade the firmware for this particular DVD player?[quote]

Doubt it, as Eltax have disowned the machine in this guise, claiming it is a fake.
Best 'fake' I ever bought :-D

It was apparently a cancelled order/batch that the contracted manufacturer off loaded cheaply to recoup costs.
#40
I have one of these and when I checked the eltax site I was surprised to see the message about them being a fake. Especially when the rolling "Experience the difference" image at the top of the homepage clearly shows a close up of one of these with a usb stick attached!!!

Anyone else spot this?

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