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Philips DVP5960 - Multi-region capable DVD Player with HDMI and upscaling to 1080i £36.60 delivered!

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Product Features and Technical Details Product Features Region - Zone 2 [CAN BE CHANGED TO MULTI-REGION] 1. Turn on the unit 2. Open the loading tray 3. Press the "Setup" button on the remot… Read More
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Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features
Region - Zone 2 [CAN BE CHANGED TO MULTI-REGION]

1. Turn on the unit
2. Open the loading tray
3. Press the "Setup" button on the remote
4. Navigate to the "Preferences" page using the right arrow key
5. Enter 138931
6. You will now see the current region code displayed
7. Use the Up/Down arrow keys to select the region required or "0" for all regions
8. Press the "Setup" button on the remote
9. Press "OK" on the remote

Standard - NTSC, PAL
Compatible Media - CD, CD-R/CD-RW, Video CD/SVCD, DVD, DivX, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CD, MP3-CD, MP3-DVD, CD-R/RW, WMA-CD Formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, DivX 3.11, DivX 4.x, DivX 5.x, DivX 6.0, DivX Ultra, Dolby Digital, MP3, PCM, WMA
Video Out - CVBS composite video output HDMI output Video component output
Other - Displays photos: slideshow with simultaneous MP3 music play, reframing, rotation Progressive Scan Parental control
HDMI digital output for easy connection with only one cable
Video Upscaling for improved resolution of up to 1080i
High definition JPEG playback for images in true resolution
Progressive Scan component video for optimized image quality
Movies: DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, (S)VCD, DivX
DivX Ultra Certified for enhanced playback of DivX videos
Music: CD, MP3-CD, CD-R/RW & Windows Media Audio
Picture CD (JPEG) with music (MP3) playback

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#1
Just bought this one today, with £2.50 off voucher as well!
Fab price and Philips are good quality too.
Heat added ;)
#2
Bought this a couple of months ago from Amazon and very pleased with it.Just ordered one for the father in laws birthday present!
#3
got the 5980 model, well worth it if you got a HD TV. - Got mine hooked up to 400gb harddrive and it plays everything i throw at it
#4
i bought this from amazon on thursday for £42.99 and delivery is due on monday. am i likely to get amazon to refund £6 without going through the hassle of refusing delivery?
thanks for any advice
#5
pmcx9;2072654
i bought this from amazon on thursday for £42.99 and delivery is due on monday. am i likely to get amazon to refund £6 without going through the hassle of refusing delivery?
thanks for any advice

yes:thumbsup:

no worries, just use the price reduction method.
#6
Wow was waiting for this to be reduced again, ordering now, heat added and rep.
#7
ra3ac;2072629
got the 5980 model, well worth it if you got a HD TV. - Got mine hooked up to 400gb harddrive and it plays everything i throw at it

am i right in thinking you simply connected an external hard drive through usb and it plays the files back "upscaled"?

thanks
#8
Y'know, I lost the remote for my old regionless player and I was thinking I'd have to get a universal remote and hope. This is probably a better solution for me as I won't have to hope and I'll have upscaling for the future. Thanks!
#9
Sheriff Waffles
Just bought this one today, with £2.50 off voucher as well!
Fab price and Philips are good quality too.
Heat added ;)


Where did you get the voucher?
#10
Probably the match voucher - too bad I used mine already.
#12
OK thanks - missed that one - been away for a few days....

Jav
#13
Has anyone got an opinion on upscaling? I haven't got any kind of upscalinging equipment but I cannot imagtine how anything is 'upscaled'. I know HDMI will help with picture quality but how does actual upscaling translate to real life? Does it make a difference?

The only thing i can imagine is that original DVD's have a higher resolution than a SDTV can display and so the upscaler takes advantage of it - this is how DVD compression software is so quick to 'transcode', it strips off the unnecessary. If this isn't the case it must be boule-lox.

Or am I missing something fundemental here? Would you be able to tell(with the same setup) that something was upscaled or was not? You could tell HD from SD no problem...................
#14
This is a superb player, I have one for a year now and plays just about any divx file you can throw at it, picture quality on a HDTV with HDMI cable is fantastic.
It is also a favourute of firmware modders, I have loaded a modified firmware on and it gives longer filenames when using USB sticks and better divx playback compatibility than the stock firmware.
Buy this now, a steal at this price! HOT HOT HOT!
#15


Nice link, have some rep cos i've ordered 2
#16
Ive had this player for about 2 years. It plays all the divx and xvid files ive thrown at it so far (SD of course) and DVDs from all regions. After a while it played xvid files a little badly BUT I was able to download the latest firmware and the problem was fixed. There are also 'hacked' firmwares available online so this player has a community of fans who improve the specs themselves also. Out of the box my player would only use 8.3 naming conventions but after a firmware update it now handles long file names.

It also has the ability to upscale video to 720p or 1080i - using this I do notice a difference but not a massive difference so I wouldnt say its the best feature ever (not on this player anyway) but it does work to an extent.

There is also a lipsync feature on this so if you download something that happens to be out of synch you can adjust the lipsync delay to a number of milliseconds until you have it in sync. Found this useful.

The remote doesnt seem to work unless its pointing directly at the unit and fairly close and thats my only gripe.

I can also plug in virtually any USB device in - flash or traditional external hard drives and it reads them (FAT32 only - not HFS+) - the USB socket on this is not highly powered so can only cope with memory sticks (hard drives too but only if they have own power source). Still works great 2 years after purchase. I paid £59.99 so its not much less than when I bought it all that time ago - good buy though.
#17
I've got the 5160 model (SD only, but that's fine - no HD telly here yet ;) ) and I can't recommend them enough.
Absolutely fantastic dvd and divx player, and this is a great price. Heat, and rep for OP.

torby
am i right in thinking you simply connected an external hard drive through usb and it plays the files back "upscaled"?
thanks

As I mentioned, I've the SD version so couldn't comment on upscaling, but I can confirm that an external HDD will connect to it and play (avi etc.) files.
The HDD will need to be formatted to FAT32 format, though (not a major problem) and might need it's own power source (I don't get much juice through the USB port).




Edit; Seems avsie types faster then me! :thumbsup:
(Mind you, everyone types faster then me ;-)
#18
Bought this player few months ago for £39.99 from Argos, and I am extremely pleased with it, the only thing that lets it down it's a remote control. Still, hot deal for me.
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#19
I've got a 5980 and I'd thoroughly recomment it :) fantastic player and if its anything to go by this should be good as well
#20
does this mean i could buy it plug my external HDD in and it can play all the divx films on it?
#21
Not bad, but my Sumvision 1080p player is superb, and cheaper.
#22
rickyc
does this mean i could buy it plug my external HDD in and it can play all the divx films on it?


yes, but the primary partition has to be in FAT/FAT32 format
#23
Nice find heat added :thumbsup: just ordered one and used match voucher
#24
I did spot this price yesterday morning...guess I should hve done a new deal instead of mentioning it on the original posting: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=160621&page=2
#25
Anyone knows if the upscaling is only for DVD and not for the video file that is playing through the USB port?
#26
rickyc:
does this mean i could buy it plug my external HDD in and it can play all the divx films on it?


Yes but, ime, any divx movie with packed bitstream plays very jerkily - the player can't handle packed stuff - so make sure all you movies are unpacked - a free program called MPEG4 Modifier will quickly and simply unpack them for you
#27
An excellent price for an excellent DVD player. My favourite gadget purchase from last year!
It happily plays .avi, .divx files, has the HDMI output, the only bad thing seems to be it's terrible remote control.

There are times I'm on my hands and knees, a metre away from the DVD player, desperately trying to get it to recognise the keypresses ! Meanwhile, my Philips LCD TV is happily flashing a light each time I press a button on the DVD player's remote. So the TV knows I'm pressing buttons, but the DVD player itself seems a little, errrm, blind to it.

That aside, the USB slot on the front is the best feature. Get downloading, copy your files onto a USB memory stick or Lacie external hard drive, and this DVD player will play your movies.
Worth every penny.
But a decent remote control would've been nice.
Oh, and a thank you to Picard123 for the note about updating the firmware:
http://www.phunkyfish.com/article/4/philips-dvp-596012#firmware

I didn't realise you could do that until reading this thread !
#28
I have an older Philips DVD player that is great. Handles DiVX and subtitles perfectly but I have one masive bug bear with it - the remote. The remote does not have a forward or rewind button - instead you have to hold the skip button down for about 3 seconds which is very irritating. Looking at the Amazon page this seems to have a similar remote which means I wont be buying this.
#29
I bought one of these a few months ago, pictures is good, but it takes at least 15 secs to load a dvd, and there are very few front buttons, meaning you have to find the remote which invariably has been swiped by one of the kids!!
I think i'm going to sell mine.:?

deeyup
#30
Very Good player, I would recommend to all. Especially, you are playing DIV X films.
#31
This is a good DVD player but the remote control is so frustrating that I've resorted to using my PS3 instead.

For such a good brand it's surprising that they'd supply it with such a useless remote control!
#32
Sweet. Was looking for a new DVD player. Cheers.
#33
Thanks for this looks great and can update fw too thanks again.Heat added
#34
gsloman
divx movie with packed bitstream plays very jerkily


I agree! I've mostly given up on playing movies back through the USB port due to the jerkiness issue.

This was the main reason I bought the player to, so I was a bit qi$h3d off about that.

Interesing to hear about the 'MPEG4 Modifier' utility.

I seem to remember someone saying that the USB is only v1.1 and that's why it can't handle some movies so well, but audio & photos are OK.

I also have a few issues with the player after having it a few months now.

1. Mine has an awful delay between pressing a RC button and anything happening on the player.

For instance, pressing the power button doesn't seem to repond, so after a few seconds, press it again. It then swiches the player on then off. arrrghhh!

2. Also the rewind / ffwd. Press rewind and it sometimes works first time, but it won't respond when I press play button. Arrrgh!

Could be that the RC just eats batteries as it seems slightly better when replaced with a new set (after a few days of use).

3. The 8.3 filenames! Arrggggh! Nice to see that there is a firmware hack for that one though.

I just tend to burn a few movies to DVD/DVDRW now and must say that there have only been a couple of movies it wouldn't play (MKV format).

I'd give it 7 out of 10
#35
Im not that bothered about the shoddy RC. I can never find the ones for my tv/dvd anyway.
Where would i get the MPEG modifier utility from?
#36
avsie
Ive had this player for about 2 years. It plays all the divx and xvid files ive thrown at it so far (SD of course) and DVDs from all regions. After a while it played xvid files a little badly BUT I was able to download the latest firmware and the problem was fixed. There are also 'hacked' firmwares available online so this player has a community of fans who improve the specs themselves also. Out of the box my player would only use 8.3 naming conventions but after a firmware update it now handles long file names.

It also has the ability to upscale video to 720p or 1080i - using this I do notice a difference but not a massive difference so I wouldnt say its the best feature ever (not on this player anyway) but it does work to an extent.

There is also a lipsync feature on this so if you download something that happens to be out of synch you can adjust the lipsync delay to a number of milliseconds until you have it in sync. Found this useful.

The remote doesnt seem to work unless its pointing directly at the unit and fairly close and thats my only gripe.

I can also plug in virtually any USB device in - flash or traditional external hard drives and it reads them (FAT32 only - not HFS+) - the USB socket on this is not highly powered so can only cope with memory sticks (hard drives too but only if they have own power source). Still works great 2 years after purchase. I paid £59.99 so its not much less than when I bought it all that time ago - good buy though.


Hi, I also have the same player and have had to live with the problem associated with short file names, How can i update the firmware to show the longer file names? your advice would be much appreciated
#37
Wolfylee
Has anyone got an opinion on upscaling? I haven't got any kind of upscalinging equipment but I cannot imagtine how anything is 'upscaled'. I know HDMI will help with picture quality but how does actual upscaling translate to real life? Does it make a difference?

The only thing i can imagine is that original DVD's have a higher resolution than a SDTV can display and so the upscaler takes advantage of it - this is how DVD compression software is so quick to 'transcode', it strips off the unnecessary. If this isn't the case it must be boule-lox.

Or am I missing something fundemental here? Would you be able to tell(with the same setup) that something was upscaled or was not? You could tell HD from SD no problem...................


If you have an sd dvd player connected to an hd display then upscaling takes place either by the player or the display to match the source to the displays native resolution.

So assuming a PAL dvd has a rsolution of 720x576, and your tv has a resolution of 1366x768 for example, if you feed the original signal to the tv it then has to scale it (upscale) to 1366x768. This information is not on the disc the display is basically making calculated guesses based on surrounding pixels to fill in the gaps. If you get your player to upscale it first say to 720p (1280x720) the tv will still have to scale it again.

The benefits of upscaling depend a great deal on the respective scaling capabilities of the display and the player. My PS3 for instace does a better job of upscaling dvd's than my projector so I let the PS3 send an upscaled image.

It varies from display to display, and sometimes the most logical settings are not always the best in practice
#38
bought this a few weeks ago excellent product so far, i have mailed amazon for a refund of the difference as i paid £45.88 for this. :thinking:
#39
[QUOTE=avsie] After a while it played xvid files a little badly BUT I was able to download the latest firmware and the problem was fixed. There are also 'hacked' firmwares available online so this player has a community of fans who improve the specs themselves also. Out of the box my player would only use 8.3 naming conventions but after a firmware update it now handles long file names.

how do i update the firmware, and how can i get the player to handle long names? anyone help?
#40
netjunkie
how do i update the firmware, and how can i get the player to handle long names? anyone help?




^^ Everything required at that link mate :)

@OP: Just ordered one. Fantastic for the price.

Heat added.

Thanks :thumbsup:

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