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#1
I bought one of these when they came round the last time, probably one of the worst things I've bought.

Problems experienced:-

Sound Sync flutters when playing DivX / Xvid from DVD
Very slow playing DivX on all media
Remote Control has to be absolutely perfectly directed to the IR sensor
Remote control is very cheap (but does glow in the dark)!
Limited to 512mb SD or compact flash
No firmware to update it to correct problems
emailed customer services with no reply, or I could choose to ring an expensive support line, but I don't want to waste any more money

It's good playing from a Pen Drive, or an external hard drive, but is slooooooww!

Just thought I'd share my experiences, so voting cold, due to it not being worth the money.
#2
I'm gonna have to disagree with chrizzler on this one. Mine works perfectly and was very pleased with it especially at the price. I used a 1gb usb key and it worked fine with it and remote control works fine also.
I would definately reccomend it.
#3
I feel i've learned the hard way in previously buying these no name cheapies. Invariably, I have ended up disappointed with either performance or reliability.

Since I paid that bit more for a Philips 5960 I have been extremely happy.
#4
Unfortunately, you get what you pay for these days!!!
#5
I'm not the only one to have problems with the previous DivX player, just google it and you'll see there's plenty of unhappy people with it experiencing the same problems.

I believe that Lidl have had a few DivX players in the past, I'm referring to the last one they had (approx 2 months ago). I think its the Silvercrest 1501?

I do agree that playing from a pen drive or USB drive or even an external usb hard drive then this is fine (but slow), it's the DivX on DVD's that I and others have the most problems with.

Looking at the pictures bod emrys, it would appear that this is a different model and doesn't look to have a Flipdown section where the USB and SD card slots are.
#6
unfortunately Philips don't have a glowing reputation on the reliability front either - infact they're notoriously poor in several product areas.

Silvercrest is a Lidl specific brand, but there's no mention of this player on their website to check spec (http://www.mysilvercrest.de). Previous players have had USB, but this a different player to that previously sold and strange not to mention it as it would be a big selling point.
Either check instore or go for the Ebuyer/Eltax player which I have and is superb for HDMI and AVI via usb - much better than my £200 Philips DVD recorder anyway.
#7
I got one of the last ones they did that had a USB port on it. I think it is wicked, in fact the sony player got relegated to the spare room.

occassionally I get skipage and sync problems with avi files off my usb stick, but I put that down to the stick not the player. 99% of stuff plays fine and really at the price I would not complain! ;)

** plus I have found silvercrest items to be of good build quality and feature rich for low low prices **

mind you the ebuyer one looks wicked! Hmm given the choice again, I might go for that!
#8
Buy an Xbox with XBMC and be done with it lol. I find it so surprising that comapnies don't make divx players with 10/100 ports. I know Kiss used to make them but they all seem to have vanished....
#9
Isn't the Xbox really noisy? I don't like the idea of a fan and noisy drive whirring whilst watching a film. The 360 plays DivX through the Media Centre connection with the VLC add on, but again, the noise is annoying.

I'm now in the process of building a HTPC to finally get over the problem of DivX playing and be done with having to worry about compatibility. It's an expensive way around the problem, but I wanted the new LCD to be my superhuge monitor anyway!

Chrizzler
#10
chrizzler
Isn't the Xbox really noisy?


Yes and no. When it's just sitting there you can hear it, just like a normal PC, but as soon as you start playing anything (provided your sound system is any good) it seems to cancel out. Makes about as much noise as my 6.1 system when the PSU fan kicks in.
#11
I have to say I've had a Silvercrest player since Christmas and I haven't had any trouble with it at all. I haven't used the USB or card slots yet (this current model doesn't seem to have the option though), but it's played everything I've thrown at it so far, including MP4s (quite a rare thing on DivX players), on CD and all types of DVD.

I've heard a lot about Philips and other big name DivX players having trouble with XviDs and AVIs with AC3 audio, but I've been sticking with these cheap and cheerful players and I haven't had a single problem.

Just to respond to some of chrizzler's problems:

I haven't had any synch problems from any file formats on any media.
I've found that all the players I've used have been a bit slow starting up AVIs (including bigger brands).
I've not had any problems with the remote and I almost always have to use it at angle to the player.

If you do have any problems with the player, just take it back. At least you would have only wasted time and not money. I haven't been disappointed with my Silvercrest KH6511.
#12
Isn't the Xbox really noisy? I don't like the idea of a fan and noisy drive whirring whilst watching a film. The 360 plays DivX through the Media Centre connection with the VLC add on, but again, the noise is annoying.

I'm now in the process of building a HTPC to finally get over the problem of DivX playing and be done with having to worry about compatibility. It's an expensive way around the problem, but I wanted the new LCD to be my superhuge monitor anyway!

Chrizzler
#13
how do u add the vlc?
#14
i got one of these last also, and yes what a waste the whole idea of usb support for me and for most reading around is so that you can hook your external hard drive up to up and go , got the dvp5960 and this machine is great , now they only cost £40 from amazon delivered . 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=1182576034&sr=8-1
#15
chrizzler
I bought one of these when they came round the last time, probably one of the worst things I've bought.

Problems experienced:-

Sound Sync flutters when playing DivX / Xvid from DVD
Very slow playing DivX on all media
Remote Control has to be absolutely perfectly directed to the IR sensor
Remote control is very cheap (but does glow in the dark)!
Limited to 512mb SD or compact flash
No firmware to update it to correct problems
emailed customer services with no reply, or I could choose to ring an expensive support line, but I don't want to waste any more money

It's good playing from a Pen Drive, or an external hard drive, but is slooooooww!

Just thought I'd share my experiences, so voting cold, due to it not being worth the money.



I bought the Targa-branded version from Lidl, and it was excellent after the firmware update. 99% of the Divx videos worked perfectly (not an out-of-my-arse figure; I'm dirty pirate scum and it's only that one in a hundred or so movies / TV shows that ever caused any trouble, and most of them were because of iffy files), and it never froze or anything mid-way through a movie. It was quiet, reasonably fast to start up, and pretty much perfect.

Utter shite before I got the firmware update for it, though. I'd recommend a spot of Googling - someone on the AV Forums will have worked out what Divx player yours is a rebrand of, and will have found a decent firmware for it.
#16
Got my silvercrest dvd player just before christmas .At first it seemed a good player (the only downside was I couldnt get it to work correctly with my 2Gb pen drive) . Then after a couple of months I got occasional freezing on dvds. At first I thought it was a couple of bad discs but then I found that some original dvds wouldnt play the second half of the disc without freezing every minuite or so. The problem has now got to a point where virtually all discs (dvdr's and original dvd discs) when inserted in the player will come up as bad disc or when they are initially read in will start freezing when you play the disc. Will be returning my player in the next week . Does anyone know what lidl's do with faulty products which are just over six months old ?(do they allow a refund/exchange ,do they send it off to silverscreen to be repaired or do you have to send it off to silverscreen to be repaired yourself). Also does anyone know if this dvd player next thursday has a dolby digital decoder inside (ie it has 6 phono ouputs on the back)

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